The French toast is a bread based dish soaked in a mixture of milk and cooked with egg. It is known in many parts of the world under various names. Accompanied with sugar, the French toast is served as a pastry at breakfast, snack or dessert.
It is also possible to incorporate the cheese in the preparation. The toast is then used as lunch or dinner, possibly with ham. In Canada, the toast is traditionally accompanied with maple syrup. In some regions of France, this dish has other names such as muddy bread or rail bread in the north.
The English name is bread and butter pudding. In Spain, the torrija is a kind of toast, usually associated with the period of Lent. The variant of Argentina and Uruguay is called Torreja. In Switzerland, the dish is called golden crust. In Germany, it is called Armer Ritter, which means poor knight and refers to a meal that can be prepared with little money thanks to cheap ingredients. In Portugal, the toast is a traditional Christmas dish and is called rabanadas.
In Mexico, the term Pan Francés means French Bread. As it was taken over by cooks who have enriched it with flavors such as cinnamon, it has also become a neat dessert item offered in gourmet restaurants.
Preparation Time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 10 mins
Servings: 2 servings
Calories per serving: 225 calories per 100 gms
4 slices bread
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp sugar
1 cup milk
1 cup butter
1 tbsp fruit syrup
Salt to taste
Break eggs in a bowl and beat lightly. Stir in sugar, salt, cinnamon and milk. Place the bread slices, into the bowl or plate, letting slices soak up egg mixture for a few seconds, then carefully turn to coat the other side.
Over low heat, heat skillet coated with a thin layer of butter. Transfer bread slices to skillet, heating slowly until bottom is golden brown. Turn and brown the other side. Serve French toast hot with butter, syrup and fresh berries.