Happy National French Toast Day!
Dubbed "poor knights of Windsor" by the Brits, French toast originated in Europe during the Medieval times. As a way of making use of "pain perdu" (or "lost bread," as it's called in France), cooks discovered they could add moisture to hardened bread by dipping it in a sweetened egg-milk mixture. Despite the practicality of using up old bread, this practice was most likely confined to the wealthy, who would cut off the bread's crusts, an unthinkable, wasteful move to those less fortunate.
Today, French toast still refers to the breakfast dish involving bread dipped in an egg-milk mix, then fried, then topped with a combination of powdered sugar, jam, syrup or other various toppings.
What do you like to top your French toast with? Let us know, after the jump!
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