Ah, the aroma of sweet French Toast on a cool winter’s morning is sure to bring your family to the kitchen!
I am an eggs, bacon, grits and toast breakfast person for at least 350 days of the year.
On the other 15 days? Make it French Toast with warm maple syrup please!
There is just something about that bread dipped in milk, egg and sugar before it is fried to a golden crispiness that I find irresistible!
Now in the South, we will fry ANYthing and proudly share this fried goodness with family, friend and sometimes foe.
So I got to wondering, did we invent this and because it looked and tasted so fancy, we called it French Toast?
After some research, I found French toast was found in a Latin recipe book as far back as the 4th or 5th century! However, in that recipe it was not called French toast and it was only dipped in milk and then fried.
French toast could be called eggy bread, gypsy toast or omelette bread since the bread is soaked in beaten eggs and then fried.
Usually it was served as a sweet dish and sugar, vanilla or cinnamon could be added to the milk-egg mixture before frying and then often topped with powdered sugar, butter, fruit or syrup.
BUT it has been prepared as a savory dish fried with a pinch of salt and served with some type of sauce like ketchup or mayonnaise. SHUT UP!! Who in their right mind would do that to French toast?
I also learned in Belgium, Acadiana, the Congo, France and New Orleans French toast is called pain perdu, which is literally “lost bread” in French. It got this name because this recipe was a way to use stale or “lost” bread. They would soften the hard bread by dipping it in the milk and eggs and then frying. Sounds like one of my ancestors “Let us not wasteth the bread!!”
I use a fairly standard recipe, but add a little orange juice to the milk-egg to give it just a little extra flavor.
Yep, I am a very happy camper any day I can eat French toast, and now with such great tasting Gluten Free bread, I can continue my breakfast splurging throughout the year!
Mix you up a batch of this easy, delicious gluten free French toast and sit back and wait for the praise!
- 4-6 slices of your favorite gluten free bread*
- 4 eggs
- 1 Tablespoon gf vanilla extract
- 2 Tablespoons orange juice
- 2 Tablespoons almond milk
- 2 Tablespoons cinnamon
- 5 Tablespoons sugar
- Put all ingredients except bread in a pie plate.
- Beat well until blended.
- Heat a pan on medium to high heat.
- Drench both sides of bread.
- Melt butter in hot pan.
- Let excessive egg mixture drip of bread before adding it to the melted butter.
- I like to sprinkle more cinnamon and sugar on to both sides of the bread while it is cooking.
- Continue this until you have cooked all your slices of bread.
*I like Aldi's brand of gluten free bread. I also like Canyon Bakehouse gluten free bread.