Overnight French Toast with Buttermilk and Peaches

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It’s funny how long some recipes stay in your to-do folders. We saw a recipe for French toast with Grand Marnier on Epicurious ages ago and periodically think, “we still haven’t made that.” Turns out it’s from a 1995 Bon Appetit. We finally gave the recipe a go, but of course changed it to our liking. We rarely have cream in the house and never have half and half. Also, we were out of oranges and vanilla. The buttermilk gave the batter a wonderful rich tangy flavor.

What’s great about letting the bread soak in the batter overnight, is that it soaks it all up. It seems like half the batter in most recipes goes down the drain.

Overnight French Toast

  • 4 large eggs
  • 3/4 buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup Grand Marnier
  • 3/4 tsp almond extract
  • 8 3/4-inch-thick sourdough bread slices
  • 1-2 tbsp butter
  • 3 peachs, peeled, sliced
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon sugar, plus extra for dusting
  • juice from half a lemon

Whisk first eggs, buttermilk, liquor and extract in medium bowl. Dip each bread slice into egg mixture and arrange in 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish. Pour remaining egg mixture evenly over bread. Dust with cinnamon sugar. Let stand until egg mixture is absorbed, at least 20 minutes. Cover and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, place a nonstick griddle over medium heat. As the griddle is heating up, toss peaches with 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon sugar and lemon juice, set aside. When the griddle is hot run a little pat of butter over it for flavor and to reduce sticking. (Hey, our griddle’s old!) Cook bread in batches, making sure the griddle doesn’t get too hot. Turn down the heat as needed. Brown each side, about three minutes per side. Serve topped with peaches and, if desired, maple syrup.

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19 Responses to Overnight French Toast with Buttermilk and Peaches

  1. Kristy says:

    We made a very similar recipe tonight! Love the buttermilk idea…may have to get this one in our tourney. :)

  2. rutheh says:

    I wish this were in my fridge soaking right now for the morning’s breakfast. Just scrumptious looking and tasting I am sure.

  3. Carolyn Chan says:

    Can’t forget the maple syrup ! Love love love french toast – crispy on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside – did soaking them overnight affect the final outcome ?

  4. Eva Taylor says:

    I love buttermilk and overnight French toast; we usually do it with panettone and I generally bake it instead of frying on a griddle. Great use of peaches.

  5. I am still wondering whether to make sandwich out of these french toast and peaches. Either way it will be nice breakfast treat. Breakfast on Healthy side….

  6. egg me on says:

    This is the easiest way to make French toast. Those are some great-looking peaches … and check out that sliced strawberry! Fancy!

  7. Alison says:

    This is now going into my to make folder! Thanks!

  8. billpeeler says:

    French Toast – such a great weekend treat. Makes sense to let the bread soak overnight to use up as much batter as possible. It looks delicious – and I’m jealous of y’all’s peaches!

  9. That looks amazing – what a treat!

  10. ChgoJohn says:

    If I had a dish of this soaking in the fridge, I wouldn’t mind Max waking me at 6:00 am. Well, for one morning anyway.

  11. spicegirlfla says:

    Great way to use of some of the last great tasting peaches! How interesting you used sourdough bread, sounds like it gave it a nice twist of tangy flavor. Love the pretty presentation :)

  12. Curse you and your non-vegan French toast! I’ll just have the peaches then.

  13. The overnight soak is a brilliant idea…

  14. I would wake up extra early if these were waiting for me in the morning.

  15. From your to-do folder into mine – really like the idea of putting Grand Marnier in there.

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  17. rsmacaalay says:

    I would start adding peaches or any stone fruits on my french toast from now on. That looks good

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