French toast or pain perdu is a delicious warm breakfast recipe made with bread, eggs, and cinnamon. This recipe is perfect for Brunch or a quick lunch.
I don't often have a large breakfast, but I prefer to make French toast when I have a little more time. I don't know why I don't make this recipe more often because it is perfect for using up old bread. What do you like to eat for breakfast?
Wentelteefjes, Pain Perdu, and French toast are all names for a dish that is eaten all over the world. Nobody knows precisely where French toast came from, but, interestingly, it has a similar name worldwide.
In the Netherlands, French toast is 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, baked in oil. After baking, they poured some honey on top, almost exactly as we made them today.
Usually, you make French toast with (old) white bread, but I like it better when I make them with wholemeal bread. You can also use a 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.
- 4 slices of bread
- 1 egg
- 150 ml (⅔ cup) milk
- 2 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- In a shallow bowl, whisk the milk, sugar, cinnamon and egg together.
- Dip the bread slices into the egg mixture and let them soak for one minute.
- Melt some butter your pan.
- Add the bread slices to your pan and bake them for 2-3 minutes on both sides until golden.
- 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: 304Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 108mgSodium: 386mgCarbohydrates: 44gNet Carbohydrates: 0gFiber: 2gSugar: 16gSugar Alcohols: 0gProtein: 9g