The Unglamorous Origin of “French Toast” or pain perdu!


French Toast is a yummy luscious breakfast treat in the US with a French twist … but do you know the humble creation and  unglamorous origin of French Toast ?

Picture of french toast
Picture of french toast (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

French toast, also known as eggy bread, Bombay toast, German toast, gypsy toast, poor knights, or Torrija, is a dish made of bread soaked in milk, then in beaten eggs and then fried. In French, we call French Toast  “pain perdu” which literally translates as ” lost bread”. In the old days nothing went to waste and old  or stale bread or pain rassis was just recycled into a delicious treat. Dipped in milk, eggs and sugar with a dash of cinnamon then baked or fried it became  known in the US as “French Toast” as we enjoy it today!

French toast, maple syrup, and orange juice. S...
French toast, maple syrup, and orange juice. San Diego, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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2 thoughts on “The Unglamorous Origin of “French Toast” or pain perdu!

  1. I have actually found out during my time in Canada that Americans put way too much eggs in their french toast recipe, which ends with a weird omelette taste and a strong yellow color !
    My advice : less eggs guys ! 😉

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