Let’s Celebrate National French Toast Day!

November 28th, 2022, is National French Toast Day. Have you ever tried French Toast? Well, if you haven’t, you’re missing out on one of the simplest yet tasty breakfasts there is out there. French Toast is a dish that anyone can learn to make and doesn’t require any out-of-the-ordinary ingredients that would make you go out to the store and get them.

It only takes a few ingredients that most of us have in the fridge, such as bread, eggs, milk, and, optionally, some cinnamon or vanilla. All it takes is whisking together the eggs and milk to make a custard, to which you can add cinnamon or vanilla as well, then soaking your day-old bread into the mixture and then frying it on medium heat with some butter. When both sides turn golden brown, you know it is ready. The options for toppings are endless but usually served with maple syrup or some fruits, which is why this is one of my favorite breakfasts.

And you may be wondering, were the French responsible for inventing this delicious recipe? Well, funny enough, a recipe for soaking bread in milk and then frying it originated during the Roman Empire in the 4th century and was known as Roman Bread. In the 14th century, Germany called this dish “poor knights pudding” because it was an affordable option for people on a tight budget.

But the different names for French Toast don’t just stop there. Around the world today, this breakfast food can be known as eggy bread, gypsy toast, German Toast, Spanish Toast, or even pain perdu. Pain perdu means lost bread in French because this recipe works best with old stale bread that soaks up the mixture without falling apart.

Nothing quite beats the smell of French Toast on a Sunday morning. I was lucky growing up because my dad made French Toast at least once every weekend, and there was nothing better than waking up to the sweet and savory smell of this yummy breakfast, no matter how early it was. Make sure to celebrate National French Toast Day today by ordering it at your favorite breakfast or brunch spots or making it at home.

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