I love breakfast. Waffles, oatmeal, eggs, toast, you name it; breakfast is definitely my favorite meal of the day. And even though I normally start my schooldays with a simple bowl of cereal, on weekends I like to make something a little more elaborate, like French toast.
In contrast to popular thought, French toast did not actually originate in France. Instead, there is evidence that this dish was popular across Europe, and early recipes have even been connected to Roman times. Other names for French toast include pain perdu, Poor Knights of Windsor and arme riddere.
Whatever you call it, French toast is not only delicious, but is also an easy way to use leftover bread. In fact, this delicious breakfast was initially concocted as a way to use stale bread, with the egg and milk coating making the tough loaves easier to chew. Today, most recipes still contend that French toast is most delicious when made with stale bread because it adds a bit off crunch to balance the sweetness of the syrup.
Has all this talk of food made your stomach rumble? Check out the recipe below.
- 2 pieces of bread (any kind will do)
- 2/3 cup of milk
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- Warm griddle on low-medium heat.
- Grease with olive oil or PAM.
- Combine milk, eggs and cinnamon in a shallow bowl wide enough to dip your bread slices in.
- Dip bread into egg mixture. Be sure to cover both sides thoroughly.
- Drop bread onto warm griddle.
- Fry until golden, then flip to the other side.
- Serve warm with butter, maple syrup or other toppings.
Want to kick it up a notch? Try making stuffed French toast by cutting the bread ¾ of the way through the middle and then filling it with a cream cheese and fresh fruit mixture, Nutella and sliced bananas or cinnamon apples. Make sure to add your filling before you place the bread into the egg mixture and then continue following the original recipe.
Photo Credit: Kim Scarborough