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Vanilla Bean Buttermilk French Toast

This Vanilla Bean Buttermilk French Toast uses Sourdough Irish Soda Bread for thick cut slices that soak up the egg and buttermilk mixture for fluffy and flavorful French toast! I use vanilla bean and nutmeg in place of traditional cinnamon in this easy weekend French toast.

If you love French toast as much as I do, check out my Coconut French Toast, Easy Cinnamon French Toast, or my Meyer Lemon French Toast.

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Why You'll Love This Recipe

You will love this recipe because I use thick cut slices of Sourdough Irish Soda Bread. This bread already has amazing flavor, thanks to the buttermilk, so I keep it going with and use buttermilk along with eggs to soak these slices. Instead of traditional cinnamon, I use ground vanilla bean and just a pinch of nutmeg in this easy weekend French toast recipe!

You will love switching it up with this French toast with vanilla bean! I love using vanilla bean as it brings a more robust vanilla flavor to desserts and cooking. French toast is one of my favorite weekend breakfasts. It ranks second next to waffles, but with it being so much faster and easier than waffles, it kind of ties it up for me. If I’m craving a sweet breakfast with syrup, this easy weekend French toast is it!

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Ingredients for Vanilla Bean Buttermilk French Toast

Organic Valley Large Eggs

Organic Valley Buttermilk

Lafaza Organic Ground Vanilla Bean

Frontier Co-Op Organic Nutmeg

Sourdough Irish Soda Bread

Organic Valley Salted Butter

Organic Maple Syrup

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How to Make Vanilla Bean Buttermilk French Toast

Step 1

First step is to crack the eggs and whisk together with the buttermilk in a large bowl or shallow dish. Then add in the vanilla bean and nutmeg and whisk together.

Step 2

Slice the bread into 1-inch thick slices. I also cut these in half before soaking and frying because the Sourdough Irish Soda Bread is very long slices.

Step 3

Get your skillet ready, I use a 10-inch cast iron skillet for this. You can also use any skillet, frying pan, or griddle! Put over medium/high heat and add the butter and allow it to coat the pan while it heats.

Step 4

Soak the bread in the egg mixture. Be sure that it’s soaked well, and it is completely covered in the mixture, as you don’t want dry parts of your French toast. Don’t soak it too long, as this bread can break if soaked too long. I find the perfect time is starting to soak it is when I turn on the stovetop, while it’s heating up.

Step 5

Once the butter has coated the pan and your skillet is hot, add to soaked brad to the skillet. Cook until golden brown about 1 to 2 minutes per side.

Step 6

Serve with maple syrup, fresh fruit, Homemade Whipped Cream, or Lemon Curd.

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FAQ's

Do I need to use Sourdough Irish Soda Bread?

I use Sourdough Irish Soda Bread for this recipe because it’s a dense bread that soaks up the egg mixture really well. If you don’t have this you can use any other type of bread you want, it will still be delicious! I’ve also made this with sourdough, white, and wheat!

What if I don’t have buttermilk?

You can easily make your own Homemade Buttermilk! But, if you still don’t want to do that, you can also just substitute regular milk as the recipe will still work. But, buttermilk really gives this recipe more depth of flavor!

What if I don’t have vanilla bean?

I highly recommend getting organic ground vanilla bean for this recipe! You can substitute vanilla extract, but double the amount, as it’s not as strong as ground vanilla bean. However, it won’t have the same flavor.

What can I eat Vanilla Bean Buttermilk French Toast with?

I love making my Homemade Pork Breakfast Sausages to go with this easy weekend French toast. You can also top it with strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, Homemade Whipped Cream, or Lemon Curd!

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Why use organic ingredients in this recipe? You all know I’m a huge organic advocate, and I bet you may be thinking sometimes, Why would I even bother to use organic ingredients in something that is so sweet and indulgent? But, that is the exact reason why you should use organic ingredients! Sweet things need to have flavor in order to be good, otherwise they are just sweet and they don’t taste like much else. Organic ingredients are more pure than conventional ones, therefore they actually have more flavor than the non organic options. Say it with me, organic means more flavor! And not just more flavor but a more true and pure flavor. And organic ingredients are much healthier for you to eat in general as they do not contain GMOs or anything artificial. Plus, you are being environmentally friendly when you choose organic ingredients!

So, I highly recommend that you buy the best organic ingredients for this recipe! You can also shop my Amazon Storefront for all my favorite organic ingredients here. Tip – hover over each ingredient to see the name. And if you want to learn more about organic foods and the difference, read my post here on Food Labels and What They Mean.

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Vanilla Bean Buttermilk French Toast

Recipe by MimiDifficulty: Easy
Makes

3

servings

This simple Vanilla Bean Buttermilk French Toast is an easy weekend French toast recipe the whole family will love! This goes well with breakfast sausage!

Ingredients

  • 2 organic large eggs

  • 1/4 cup organic buttermilk

  • 1/4 teaspoon organic ground vanilla bean

  • 1/8 teaspoon organic nutmeg

  • 3 large pieces of Sourdough Irish Soda Bread, cut in half

  • 1 to 4 tablespoons organic salted butter, for cooking and serving

  • Organic maple syrup, for serving

Directions

  • In a large bowl or shallow dish, add the eggs, buttermilk, ground vanilla bean, and nutmeg and whisk together. Set aside.
  • Cut the bread into 1-inch thick slices and cut in half. Set aside.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium/high heat. Add the butter to coat the pan.
  • Soak the bread in the egg mixture, and when completely soaked, add to the skillet. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Remove from heat.
  • Serve immediately with butter and maple syrup.

Recipe Video

Notes

  • High Altitude – Follow the recipe as noted.

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