Pain perdu (French toast)

french toast

I don’t often have a large breakfast, but when I have a little more time I prefer to make French toast. I don’t know why I don’t make them more often because they are perfect for using up old bread. What do you like to eat for breakfast?

Wentelteefjes, Pain Perdu, French toast, all names for a dish that is eaten all over the world. Nobody knows exactly where French toast came from, but it is interesting that it has a similar name all over the world. In the Netherlands, they are mainly known as wentelteefjes or verloren brood. Just like in Switzerland where they are also known as verlorenes brot. While searching for the history of this recipe, I learned that in the 5th century they also had a similar recipe. The recipe for Aliter Dulcia is described in one of the oldest known cookbooks. This recipe is made by soaking slices of white bread in milk and egg which are then baked in oil. After baking, they poured some honey on top. Almost exactly as we make them today.

french toast

Usually, French toast is made with (old) white bread, but I like it better when I make them with wholemeal bread. You can also use baguette or brioche to make French toast. In this recipe I use cinnamon, but many old cookbooks also have recipes with nutmeg, rose water, wine or brandy.

Pain perdu (French toast)

Pain perdu (French toast)

Yield: 2

Ingredients

  • 4 slices of bread
  • 1 egg
  • 150 ml (2/3 cup) milk
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Butter

Instructions

  1. In a shallow bowl, whisk the milk, sugar, cinnamon and egg together.
  2. Dip the bread slices into the egg mixture and let them soak for one minute.
  3. Melt some butter your pan.
  4. Add the bread slices to your pan and bake them for 2-3 minutes on both sides until golden.
  5. Remove the French toast to a plate and sprinkle with some extra sugar and cinnamon.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 304 Total Fat: 10g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 108mg Sodium: 386mg Carbohydrates: 44g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 16g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 9g

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