DELICIOUS FRENCH TOAST RECIPE
written by @juliarecipes
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When we say French Toast, we most of the time see beautiful yellowish bread dipped in egg mixture and fried, often covered in cinnamon & sugar and served sometimes with piece of butter and/or fruit. Yes, you are not mistaken, here in North America, it is exactly, how we prepare French Toast & I none will change that 😀
I love my french toast dusted with light coat of sugar & cinnamon..yummy😋
Little history about French Toast
Have you though ever wonder, why do we call it French Toast?🤔 If you are thinking, it is because it’s coming from France, then you are not far away with your answer, it’s just a bit more complex, then just saying, yeah it’s a French toast, so it comes from France! Now first, I’ll get you a bit of a history of French toast. So, the earliest known reference to French Toast is in the Apicius (Roman cookbook from 4th or 5th century), where it is described as “sweet dish”. The recipe depicts soaking in milk though. And here they reffer to “Pan Dulcis”. So then in 14th century we can see German recipes using the same methods, dipping bread in egg and milk mixture and then fried, not necessarily covering it in sugar and cinnamon, but the usage was more as salty side dish to the meats and game birds.
Then in 15th century in France, the usual name in French is called “pain perdu” meaning: old or lost bread, which is also bread dipped in eggs and fried, but it is old bread, not fresh toast, what we use here in North America. This is finally bringing me to the right founder or introduced of today’s French Toast. One legend states that the “French” in the name doesn’t refer to the nation, rather to an innkeeper named Joseph French. He created the dish in 1724, and advertised it as “French Toast” because he was grammatically inept and forgot the apostrophe “French’s toast”. So here you have it,nice introduction to the history of French toast.
What ingredients we need for French Toast
We will need toast, or let’s say white bread. Some milk, eggs, butter, vanilla extract for better aroma and icing sugar with cinnamon for dusting. Simple skillet (or non-stick pan will do the trick). Wooden spatula and plates to place the french toasts on it.
How to make French Toast
The process is fairly easy: we break the eggs in medium bowl and add all the other ingredients, except butter, icing sugar and cinnamon. Whisk well until all ingredients are well combined. Reheat a skillet over medium-low heat and melt 1 tbsp of butter. Dip the bread slices in the egg mixture and, letting them soak a bit. Brown for about 2 minutes each side, turning with a spatula. Dust the toast with mixture of icing sugar and cinnamon and top them with fresh fruit. Some might slide a little slice of butter on hot toast to add more buttery taste. Enjoy it warm with cup of coffee or tea.
GOLDEN & CRISPY FRENCH TOAST
Preparation time: 10-15 minutes ⭐cooking time: 20 minutes⭐ servings: 8-10 slices (4-6 persons)
- 375 ml (1 ½ cup) milk
- 5 eggs
- 10 ml (1 tbsp) vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- 8-10 slices white bread
- 75 ml (3 tbsp) unsalted butter
- Icing sugar and cinnamon for dusting
- In a large bowl, combine the milk, eggs and vanilla with a whisk.
- Place a non-stick skillet over medium-low heat. Melt 1 tbsp of butter, each time you will fry the toasts. I use skillet big enough to place at least 3 toasts.
- Dip the bread slices, one at a time, in the egg mixture, letting them soak a bit.
- Brown for about 2 minutes per side, turning with a spatula.
- Dust with mixture of icing sugar and cinnamon , (I usually mix 4 Tbsp of icing sugar and 1 tsp of cinnamon).
- Top with your choice of berries. Serve warm with cup of coffee or tea.
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