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Costa Rican French Toast

*This is best prepared with traditional sourdough (from starter) and whole milk, but any bread / milk of choice may be used.

Large cast iron skillet with lid (if making on the stove)
9 x 12 glass baking dish(if making overnight bread pudding style French toast)
Large skillet for sauce
Serves 4-6


French Toast Ingredients:

  • 1 loaf sourdough bread sliced into 1” slices. Bread may be sliced the night before and left out on the counter.

  • 8 pastured eggs

  • 4 cups whole milk (you can use a good quality coconut or oat milk).

  • 1/2 tsp. Sea salt

  • 2 tsp. Ground Cinnamon

  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground nutmeg

  • 1 Tbsp. Vanilla extract (or 1 tsp. ground vanilla bean)

  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup​

  • 1 1/2 cubes unsalted butter

French Toast Directions:

  1. ​In a large shallow bowl or glass dish, blend all ingredients except butter.

  2. Place bread in batter and soak on each side for at least 5 min or until completely soaked in batter.

  3. Heat skillet over med to med/high heat.

  4. Add a few chunks butter to skillet and allow to melt. Skillet should be hot enough to make butter sizzle but not smoke.

  5. Add enough of the bread to cover skillet and lower heat to medium. Cook for 5-8 min, checking often. You may need to turn down heat.

  6. Lift lid and flip bread (adding more butter if necessary)

  7. Cover with lid and cook until middle is set, approx. 8-10 minutes.

  8. *This can also be made bread pudding style in the oven..Breaking bread into chunks and soaking for at least an hour. Bake in buttered dish and top with remaining butter and drizzle with syrup. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 min or until fluffy and browned on top

Caramelized Fruit Sauce Ingredients:

  • 2 cups fresh pineapple, cut into small, thin chunks

  • 2 small bananas, sliced

  • 1 1/2 cup coconut sugar

  • 1 cube unsalted butter

  • 1 tsp. Ground cinnamon

  • Pinch sea salt


Caramelized Fruit Sauce Directions:

  1. Place butter and coconut sugar in skillet over med/high heat and stir 2-3 min until sugar and butter begin to caramelize.

  2. Add fruit and sprinkle with salt and cinnamon.

  3. Stirring frequently for 8-10 minutes until fruit begins to caramelize and soften.

Top bread pudding with fruit sauce and sprinkle with coconut and nuts (if desired).


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