French toast day
French toast, yes or no? It's also known as gypsy toast, Spanish toast, German toast and good old eggy bread as we call it in Blighty. This delicacy of a snack is made from bread soaked in beaten eggs and then fried in butter or oil. There are loads of variations and you can eat it topped with fruit, bacon, beans, dripping in syrup or jam, thickly spread with chocolate spread or peanut butter, or you can just eat it au naturel. It’s best to use stale bread because the staler the bread the more it will soak up the eggy mixture without falling apart. Personally I’m not that keen on it, but that’s just me. No offence to the French, not that it’s really a French concoction.
It’s a very old dish, a Latin recipe book dating from the 4th or 5th century mentions bread soaked in milk and later eggs joined the milk mix. It had loads of fancy names in the various European courts: suppe dorate, soupys yn dorye, tostées dorées, payn purdyeu, and was widely eaten all over medieval
So it appears that French Toast isn’t French at all and predates the founding of
It’s strange how these misconceptions come about. French fries were actually invented in
where potatoes were being fried in the late1600s. Of course the French
also lay claim to them, but what’s in a name? I was in America when the French refused to join in the Iraq war and
suddenly French Fries became Freedom Fries overnight as many American
restaurants and hotels refused to use that particular ‘F’ word. That all seems
a bit silly now in the light of recent terrible events in Paris.
So there you have it, French toast in a nutshell. I wonder what it tastes like smothered in Nutella?