French toast was developed as a way to use day-old stale bread.
French toast recipes are easily scalable. In other words, simply memorize the recipe for 1 serving or 2 slices of bread and then multiply to make more.
The History Of French Toast
Alternative names and variants for French toast include eggy bread, Bombay toast, gypsy toast, and poor knights toast.
The earliest known reference to French toast is in the Apicius, a collection of Latin recipes dating to the 1st century CE, where it is described as simply aliter dulcia, translated “another sweet dish.”
The recipe says to “Break fine white bread, crust removed, into rather large pieces which soak in milk and beaten eggs, fry in oil, cover with honey and serve” (Source).
Is French Toast Of French Cuisine
It was not until the 17th century that the term “French Toast” appeared in England in a book published in 1660, called The Accomplisht Cook, according to The Oxford English Dictionary.
As with French fries, the name “French” does not designate the country of origin of the dish, but rather is referencing the verb “to French” which means “to slice” in Old Irish. Hence, “French toast” or “sliced toast.”
Stephen Block, editor-in-chief of the Kitchen Project, a site specializing in the study of the origins of recipes writes…
“The name sounds good and the French adjective gives it a high-quality connotation. There’s no chance that ‘Lost Bread’ could have worked. And since the dish was successful and the recipe was easy, the name spread.”
Pecan Crusted French Toast with a Maple-Bacon Syrup
4 slices sourdough bread
3 large eggs
1/2 cup heavy cream
2-3 tablespoons butter or coconut oil
2 cups chopped pecans
4 slices of a smoked bacon, could be apple wood or hickory smoked
1 cup real maple syrup
Cut bacon into small pieces and place into a warmed skillet over medium high heat.
Fry until bacon pieces are just crisp, about 4 or 5 minutes.Remove from heat and set aside.
Take about 4-5 tablespoons of bacon fat from skillet and spoon into a small bowl.
Next add maple syrup and bacon bits. Mix in and set aside.
Next spread chopped pecans out on a plate or shallow dish.
Next whisk eggs and heavy cream in a pie dish.
In a skillet over medium high heat add butter or coconut oil, melt and swirl pan to coat bottom.
Dip the bread into the egg mixture, then lightly press both sides into pecans.
Place the bread on the skillet and cook each side about 2 minutes.
Plate and serve with maple bacon syrup.
If you like pecan crusted – than you’ll surely love Breaded Coconut French Toast.
Not into a coating other than egg on the bread. Then how about a Apple-Berry Topped Sourdough French Toast.