Did you know that French Toast dates all the way back to 4th century Rome, in a cookbook attributed to Apicius? French Toast is traditionally made from stale bread. Since bread is a staple for most cultures most people wouldn’t dream of wasting it. In order to make the stale bread more palatable it was soaked in milk and eggs and then cooked. This style of “French” toast was called Pan Dulcis. The name for French toast in France itself is “pain perdu”, which literally means “lost bread”. This seems like a logical way to make a delicious meal without wasting any food.
- 8-10 slices of bread
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- coconut oil for coating pan
- confectioners’ sugar for dusting (optional)
- maple syrup (optional)
- fruit, nuts and berries (optional)
1. In a large bowl, whisk eggs, milk, flour, salt, baking powder, almond and vanilla extract.
2. Soak bread slices in mixture until saturated.
3. Heat coconut oil in a pan or griddle. One at a time press bread into hot oil and cook on each side until brown.
4. Top with confectioners’ sugar, syrup and or fruit nuts and berries. Serve warm and enjoy.
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