Fun Fact February 17, 2020
17 February 2020
We eat it for breakfast with syrup or powered sugar, but would you ever eat it with ketchup? Today some history about French toast. Long before it was known as French toast similar recipes were being whipped up all around the world One of the earliest versions has been traced back to the Roman Empire. The name “French toast” was first used in 17th-century England. The recipe and name were brought to America by early settlers. Don’t order French Toast in France. There it’s called “pain perdu,” meaning “lost bread.” Originally, people made French toast from stale bread in order to make use of bread that would otherwise have been thrown away. The recipe is fairly simple. Mix a few eggs with milk, vanilla and cinnamon. Coat a slice of bread on both sides and place it on a hot griddle. If you don’t happen to have stale bread some people recommend slicing the bread the night before and letting it dry out a bit overnight to keep the bread from soaking up too much egg and getting soggy. In the United States, restaurants usually serve French toast with butter, maple syrup and powdered sugar, but the possibilities are endless. You can top it with just about anything. Around the world, people enjoy French toast in many different ways. Today the British call French toast “eggy bread,” “gypsy bread” or “french-fried bread.” And sometimes they serve it with ketchup. The people of New Zealand prefer their French toast served with bananas, bacon and maple syrup. Australians serve up a savory version of French toast with cheese and tomato sauce. The French consider “pain perdu” a dessert, not a breakfast food.
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