Cornmeal-Crusted French Toast

French Toast
Big Girls Small Kitchen


  • 4 eggs
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Salt
  • Eight 1 ½-inch slices challah (from 1 loaf)
  • ¼ cup cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Softened butter, for serving
  • Sorghum syrup, for serving

My sister Kate is living and teaching in Arkansas, and has made a habit of coming home to New York City with gifts for me and the rest of the family. On one of her recent trips home, Kate brought me a new gift: an oversized bottle of sorghum syrup, which I’d admired at a small shop when I was there.

For this French Toast recipe, I added the buttermilk to the milk-egg mixture and the cornmeal as a coating all in a nod to the sorghum’s Southern derivation. Naturally, you can replace the sorghum with good old Northern maple syrup. — Cara


Combine the eggs, buttermilk, milk, bourbon, 2 tablespoons of sugar, vanilla, and a pinch of salt in a large, shallow bowl. Layer in the challah slices, flipping to coat each one. Let sit for 15-20 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine the remaining 1 tablespoon sugar, the cornmeal, and a pinch of salt on a plate. Stir to combine.

Take each slice and let any excess milk mixture drip off, then place it in the cornmeal. Flip to coat both sides.

Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large frying pan over medium heat. In batches, fry the French toast until golden and cooked through, flipping once. It should take 3-4 minutes per side. Repeat with the remaining slices, adding more butter to the pan as needed. You can also double team and get two pans going at once.

Top the French toast with a generous smear of softened butter and a substantial drizzle of sorghum syrup.


Calories per serving:

464 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Balanced Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 66g 101%
  • Carbs 236g 79%
  • Saturated 28g 141%
  • Fiber 9g 36%
  • Trans 1g
  • Sugars 57g
  • Monounsaturated 22g
  • Polyunsaturated 9g
  • Protein 67g 133%
  • Cholesterol 982mg 327%
  • Sodium 1,882mg 78%
  • Calcium 701mg 70%
  • Magnesium 125mg 31%
  • Potassium 1,072mg 31%
  • Iron 15mg 84%
  • Zinc 6mg 43%
  • Phosphorus 996mg 142%
  • Vitamin A 774µg 86%
  • Vitamin C 2mg 3%
  • Thiamin (B1) 2mg 119%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 3mg 169%
  • Niacin (B3) 18mg 89%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 35%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 525µg 131%
  • Vitamin B12 3µg 47%
  • Vitamin D 6µg 2%
  • Vitamin E 4mg 19%
  • Vitamin K 6µg 7%
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