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How to toast sourdough bread

Apr 8, 2021 | Bakery Tips

Sourdough bread has been popular for centuries – and for very good reason too! But did you know that it also makes great toast? And there are all kinds of other things you can do with sourdough too.

Here are a few tasty suggestions on how to toast sourdough bread without a toaster.

Cast-iron grill pan

This is a simple way to make thick sourdough toast slices.

You will need

  • A cast-iron grill pan
  • Olive oil to drizzle
  • A loaf of sourdough bread

How to toast your sourdough

  1. Heat your cast-iron grill pan over high heat for about 8-10 minutes.
  2. Cut the sourdough bread into thick, rustic slices and drizzle both sides of each slice with plenty of olive oil.
  3. Put the sourdough slices on the grill and press down gently so they pick up nice, even grill marks.
  4. Grill until crispy and toasted – about 45 seconds per side.

Now enjoy with your favourite toast condiment, or perhaps with cooked eggs.

Recipe source: Food Network website.

Slow and low stovetop toast

If you don’t have a cast-iron grill pan, here’s another easy way to make sourdough toast on the stovetop.

You will need

  • A big pan
  • A small, heavy lid or a heavy plate
  • ½ teaspoon butter
  • One thick slice of bread

How to toast your sourdough

  1. Melt the butter in the pan on low heat.
  2. Once the butter is melted, place the bread slice in the pan, making sure it soaks up some of the butter.
  3. Put the heavy lid (or heavy plate) on top of the bread and let it cook on low heat for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Take off the lid and turn the bread over, making sure the other side also soaks up some of that butter. Place the lid or plate back on for at least another 2-3 minutes.

It’s that simple! Now enjoy with your favourite spread or cooked eggs.

Recipe source: The Kitchn.

Garlic bread sourdough toast

This recipe is for the garlic-lovers out there. Instead of toasting the sourdough on the stovetop, it uses the bake and grill functions of your oven.

You will need

  • ¼ cup salted butter, softened
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 sourdough loaf (or a sourdough baguette) sliced into 8-10 slices
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped (optional)
  • Baking tray with baking paper

How to toast your sourdough

  1. Preheat the oven to 190° Celsius.
  2. Combine the butter, garlic and parsley (if using) in a bowl.
  3. Spread the mixture over both sides of the sliced sourdough bread, then place the slices on the baking tray with baking paper.
  4. Bake for 5-7 minutes, then turn on the grill.
  5. Grill for another 3-4 minutes, depending on how crispy you’d like the bread.

Remove and enjoy this bread by itself, as an entree or as a side dish to a delicious meal.

Recipe source: The Kitchen Magpie.

Sourdough French toast

Now here’s a delicious recipe for those with a sweet tooth. It calls for ingredients that are pantry staples in most households.

There are plenty of things you can serve with French toast, depending on what tickles your taste buds. Does eating it with fresh fruit make it healthy? Maybe… especially when it’s believed that sourdough bread is healthier than regular bread!

You will need

  • 8 thick slices of sourdough bread (two- or three-day-old sourdough works a treat)
  • 4 medium-sized eggs
  • 100ml (about ½ cup) full-fat milk
  • 2½ tablespoons thickened cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 30g (2 tablespoons) butter – more if you need it
  • Baking Tray with baking paper
  • Bowl, large jug and casserole dish

How to make your French toast

  1. Preheat the oven to 90° Celsius. Have the baking tray ready.
  2. In the large jug, whisk together the milk, eggs, spice and cream. Pour this egg mixture into the casserole dish.
  3. Cut the sourdough bread into thick slices of roughly 2.5cm (1 inch).
  4. Depending on the size of your casserole dish, place two or four slices of bread into the egg mixture. Leave them to soak up the eggy goodness for about 3 minutes. Turn the bread over and let the other side soak for another 3 minutes.
  5. While the bread is soaking, heat the butter in a skillet or non-stick pan.
  6. Once the butter has melted, add 2 slices of the soaked bread to the pan. Cook until the bottom is golden, about 2 minutes.
  7. Flip the bread and cook the other side until it’s also golden, about another 2 minutes.
    Tip: if the bread is getting too dark during cooking, turn down the heat.
  8. Transfer the cooked toast to the tray in the oven to keep warm while you cook the remaining bread. Don’t forget to soak the bread in the egg mixture first.
  9. Serve warm.

Serving suggestions

  • Maple syrup or honey
  • Fresh berries of your choice
  • Sliced fresh banana (or sliced banana and berries!)
  • 1 teaspoon icing sugar (optional)
  • Butter

Recipe source: The Last Food Blog.

Now get toasting!

We reckon these recipes sound tempting. If you agree, why not grab some sourdough and test them out? We supply a variety of sourdough breads to delis across the greater Sydney region. You can also buy from us direct at one of the markets, or through home delivery services and fine food providers. Find out where to buy.

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