Sunday, 15 April 2012

Who really named it French Toast?

This morning I decided to indulge in  some french toast made from french bread. Recollecting an English Lesson I was giving to a french business person from when I was living in Mauritius last year I sneared with laughter from my soul. In the lesson we discussed things in America named after French. French toast came up in the conversation. Without a doubt an English Teacher always wants to have an answer to that question for there students. The golden question asked by the student, "Who on earth named it French Toast because we sure didn't?"

The well defined answer is French Toast originated as an exclusive way to use day-old or stale bread. French breads are commonly known as becoming stale after a day. 

Whereas a stale, crunchy bread may seem unappetizing, soaking the bread in eggs and frying it solved the problem for many. The precise origins of the recipe are unknown, although a version appears in the 4th Century CE Roman cookbook attributed to Apicius.

There you have it French Toast from French Bread....YUMMMMMY!!

Bon Appétit!