November 28 is National French Toast Day.
French toast, also known as eggy bread, gypsy toast, lost bread, and omelette bread, is a dish of made with bread that has been soaked in beaten eggs and then fried.
The earliest known reference to French toast is in the Apicius, a collection of Latin recipes dating to the 4th or 5th century. The recipe mentions soaking bread in milk, but not egg, and gives it no special name, just aliter dulcia “another sweet dish.”
There is similar 14th-century German recipe called “Arme Ritter” or poor knights. In the 15th-century English recipes for “pain perdu” or lost bread cropped up for use of stale bread.
French toast may be savory or sweet. Savory versions include it being topped with cheese or bacon, while sweet is usually topped with fruit, jam, or syrup.
Be sure to have some French toast today for breakfast or as a great late afternoon pick-me up.
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