Were you wondering if there was a special day to honor French toast? You were? Good news! National French Toast Day is right around the corner! On November 28th, we celebrate this breakfast treat, and there’s no better way to get the party started than with these fun facts!
Why do Americans Call it French Toast?
French toast has different names all over the world. Many think colonists likely brought the name to the Americas, while others credit it to Joseph French, who inadvertently left out the apostrophe when naming the dish. The first time the words French toast were used in print was in 1871, in the Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink.
Who Made the First French Toast?
Probably someone in the 4th or 5th century. French Toast has been around long before it got its current name. Similar dishes have been served up for centuries all over the world. Different varieties include Torrija in Spain, Arme Ritter in Germany, and pain perdu in France!
French Toast Toppings
If you can put it on bread, you can put it on your French toast. While Americans often use things like maple syrup, powdered sugar, and fruit, in other parts of the world, toppings vary widely. In India, they use chilies. In Scotland, it is served with sausage, sandwich style. And in Hong Kong, they use peanut butter and honey.
French Toast Can Be Healthy!
Many of the ingredients used in French toast have health benefits! Vitamins, minerals, and protein are just a few of the health perks.
- Bread – carbohydrates and fiber
- Milk – calcium and protein
- Eggs – protein and vitamins
- Cinnamon – anti-inflammatory and antioxidant
Where Can You Get the Best French Toast in Mesa, AZ?
We might be biased, but we are very partial to the French toast we serve. The T.C. Eggington’s menu is packed with incredible flavors, but a couple of our favorites include…
The T.C. Eggington’s French Toast
An order of French toast at T.C. Eggington’s is made by taking our freshly-made cinnamon bread, dipping it in a custard-rich batter, and delicately grilling it to perfection. Then we top it with honey butter and a dash of powdered sugar.
Foster’s French Toast
Our Foster’s French Toast is made by grilling two perfect slices of cinnamon bread, then covering it with bananas and warmed Foster’s sauce. Is it breakfast? Is it dessert? Does it really matter?
In Your Kitchen!
While we encourage you to join us for breakfast every day, we realize that isn’t always feasible, and you may need to have a meal at home. Making French toast is relatively simple. A few of the most common mistakes to avoid when making French toast include:
- Not whisking enough – you’ll want your eggs, milk, and sugar to be nicely combined to avoid making a scrambled egg.
- Using too much dairy – you’ll want your toast to crisp up when cooking, not turn into a soggy mess.
- Not using whole milk – a creamy custard is key to French toast. Leave the skim milk on the shelf for this go around.
- Not using the right bread – ideally, you are looking for spongy and sturdy bread that will absorb the mixture without crumbling into bits.
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