"She was so wild that when she made French toast she got her tongue caught in the toaster."
French toast will cause your fans to sigh, ooh, la-la'. The milky nutty aroma of browned butter will bring people to consciousness and sleepy eyed smiling to plates heaped with french toast. Serve them up with sides of country ham, thick sliced bacon and fresh ground sausages hot from the griddle. The best french toast starts with good breads. I would suggest an egg bread, baguette, sourdoughs or fresh homemade bread. The flavored breads are those that are slightly sweet and the texture is plentiful and dense to soak up the egg and milk mixture. The absolute best for a golden crispy outside and a custard-like inside.
Some French Toast HistoryDaniel Rogov tells a brief story about the origins of French toast:
- First made at a roadside tavern not far from the city of Albany in 1724, there are few dishes more truly American than the breakfast favorite known as "French toast". So American is the dish that very few can understand why it is not called "American toast", "Albany Toast" or even "New York State toast".
The confusion comes about because the owner of the tavern at which the dish was invented had a very poor knowledge of grammar. When Joseph French decided to name the dish after himself he should have written his invention as "French's toast" (that is to say, the toast of French). Because he did not know how to use the possessive apostrophe, however, the dish appeared on his menu simply as "French toast". In short, the dish has nothing whatever to do with French culinary history but in the two hundred and seventy years that have intervened, no one has taken the time to correct the grammatical error.
The toppings are plentiful. Everything from the raspberry sauce and exotic mango to the humble blueberry and drizzles of homemade butter-pecan sauce. But this year for Easter morning breakfast my family will wake up to the Real McCoy! Hardwick Sugar Shack Pure Maple Syrup from Worcester County Massachusetts. It's light amber color in a beautiful bottle shaped like a maple leaf. Grade A says the tag made in small sugarhouse near Quabbin Reservoir and sent to us from Peace Frog! Everyone in the family has sampled its wonderful lightly sweet flavor and we can't wait to feast on it Easter morning, with biscuits and gravy and lots of scrambled eggs! So hear ya go from our family to you and yours some favorite French toast recipes I gathered over the years:
French Toast SticksIf you've ever had French toast at Bob's Big Boy you may be curious as to how it's made. Take slices of Texas toast and and cut them into one inch pieces. Dip into a dozen or so beaten eggs. That's it, no milk or anything else, all eggs. Deep fat fry in a fryer until a deep golden brown. Serve dusted lightly with powdered sugar.
Cinnamon Buns French ToastSlice a large cinnamon roll into three cross sections and dip into a batter of three whisked eggs then grill in a skillet for 3 to four minutes on each side until golden brown. This recipe comes from the kitchens at Coco's Bakery Restaurant where my husband works.
Fluffy French ToastI like to substitute sourdough bread for this recipe sometimes because the tangy flavor is a nice contrast with any sweet toppings I might use. My favorite is a honey spread a lot like the one Mr Loo made for me when I was little girl.
- ½ Cup All Purpose Flour
1 Tablespoon plus 1½ Teaspoons Sugar
¼ Teaspoon Salt
2 Cups Milk
18 slices French Bread
1 Tablespoon Butter
Heat butter in skillet until melted. Cook bread until nicely browned about 2-3 minutes on each side.
Note: To make a honey spread for French toast, pancakes or waffles, beat ¼ cup butter and ¼ cup honey in a bowl with a fork. Sprinkle in a little nutmeg.
Oven French Toast
Helpful hint:What I like about this recipe is that it can be done ahead the night before. After dipping and arranging the bread in an oblong baking dish ,13 ½ x9x2 is a good size. The sides of the bread will overlap a little. Drizzle any remaining eggs mixture over the bread then cover and refrigerate, both no longer than 24 hours. Bake on the pre heated cookie sheet as directed. Use a pancake spatula to flip. It keeps the saturated bread from tearing.