Warm cinnamon, tender toast, sweet syrup, fine powdered sugar and sometimes fruit, French Toast is a breakfast, and sometimes dinner favorite among toddlers and grandparents alike! Though we Americans are very fond of this popular morning dish, many of us do not know that there is also a savory side! Classifying as a custard, French Toast is simply the name for the dish of bread that has been soaked in eggs and fried.
Known also as Eggy Bread, Pain Doré, or Western Toast, this dish has found its way into the hearts of people all around the world! Not only has it found its way into hearts, its also found its way into numerous amounts of toppings including, but not limited to, butter, syrups, fruits, bacon, baked beans, treacle, and more! French Toast has a history almost as rich as the dish itself!
Where and when was French Toast first invented?
Unlike french fries, French Toast actually did originate from European region. The first documented instance of French Toast is from the 4th or 5th century in the Latin cookbook Apicius; however, this record only instructs the chef to soak bread in milk and is only labeled as ‘another sweet dish’ or Aliter Dulcia. In the 14th century, Germany creates the recipe under the name “Arme Ritter,” and in the 15th century, England creates “Pain Perdu.” Finally, a dish in 1660 is found to be bread soaked in wine, sugar, and orange juice, until finally, we arrive at our current French Toast, created with eggs.
What other toppings do people put on their French Toast? (Follow the links for recipes!)
- Powdered Sugar
- Syrup, maple, sugar, or molasses
- Jelly, Jams, and Marmelades
- Apple Sauce
- Whipped Cream
- Ice Cream Nuts
- Cold cuts
If I’m in another country and get a hankerin’ for French Toast, what should I call it?
In England, Eggy Bread. In French-speaking Canada, Pain Doré. In Mandarin-speaking China, xīduōshì, or Western toast. In Pakistan, Meetha toast. In Burma, Bombay toast. Visit Wikipedia:French Toast for more worldly pronunciations of French Toast.
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