National French toast day
November 28th, 2012
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

November 28 is National French Toast Day!

Whether swimming in syrup, dusted with powered sugar or stuffed to the gills with fruit, French toast has had a recurring role on breakfast tables for many years - or possibly even centuries. One of the earliest references to the recipe dates back to 4th century Rome in the recipe book, "Apicius."

The Oxford English Dictionary traces the etymology of “French toast” to 1660 in a book called "The Accomplisht Cook," even though the recipe omitted the eggs which gives French toast the custard base that we love so much.

Luckily, you don’t have to know the history of French toast to appreciate the simplicity of the recipe. Slices of bread, preferably Challah or brioche, are drenched in an egg and milk mixture, and fried to a golden crisp in a pool of melted butter. You can add vanilla extract, orange juice, cinnamon, nutmeg or even eggnog, but just make sure that the bread is day-old so that it soaks up all that lovely egg mixture without breaking apart.

Apparently no one is immune to the buttery goodness of French toast. The French call it pain perdu (or lost bread) since the recipe lets you reclaim older or forgotten bread. In Spain, you’ll hear French toast referred to as torrijas while people in Germany call it arme ritter. People in England devour eggy bread while Hong Kong-style French toast calls for bread to be slathered with peanut butter or kaya jam before being battered and fried.

Whether called pain perdu or arme ritter, French toast proves that it’s just as sweet by any other name. Make sure you say "oui, oui" to seconds if you’re lucky enough to enjoy this buttery, delicious treat today.

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  1. Jackie

    I make mine with Pepperidge Farm Cinnamon bread...I actually make the whole loaf, then freeze can pop in the toaster when you need a quick, hot nutritious meal!

    November 29, 2012 at 10:04 am |
  2. Jello Shooter

    I got stung by a bee once.

    November 29, 2012 at 8:09 am |
  3. Rob

    Interestingly enough French toast was always a savoury dish in my home country. It was only when we met Americans that we discovered it was more commonly eaten sweet in the wider world...still haven't wrapped my head aound that idea though...great stuff regardless.

    November 29, 2012 at 7:47 am |
  4. Dubhly

    So properly its National Roman Toast Day!!!!! :) I refer to mine as german toast anyway since arme ritter which is a 14th century german recipe (2 centurys older then the oldest french one) is bread with egg over it fried up, where as Pain perdu the late 16th centurty french one is bread soaked in wine, orange juice and sugar. Not things i EVER soak or use on my toast ( i do not even use syrup on mine I like them plain, maybe a touch of salt). However, the romans seems to have done it closer to how we would do it today so lets return it to Roman Bread and remember our past!

    November 28, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
  5. Barbra & Jack Donachy

    For a great French toast recipe, go to

    Baked in the oven and topped with pecans and brown sugar, this makes the perfect brunch.

    November 28, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  6. ™©JbJiNg!eŚ®™

    Mimis Cafe used to have a french toast that was stuffed with cream cheese and orange marmalade, so yummy! I've made it myself on special occasions and added a touch of orange liqueur.

    November 28, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  7. Boo

    Vive la France!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 28, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  8. SteveDave

    We call it FREEDOM toast around here. (j/k...French toast rules)

    November 28, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
    • Cheech N. Chong

      Dave's not here.

      November 28, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
      • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

        Damn it!

        November 28, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
  9. janer52

    isn't it comforting to know that we have a french toast day.

    November 28, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
  10. Mindy Morgan

    I'm glad we can call it French Toast and not Freedom Toast. Mmmmm...... breakfast! :)

    November 28, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
  11. Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫


    November 28, 2012 at 10:32 am |
  12. neepsandtats

    I had some French Toast Sticks at Sonic this morning.. does that count as an observance of this special day?

    November 28, 2012 at 10:26 am |
  13. M T Nest

    Had a girls w/e in Chicago to see the play,"Wicked". We stopped at a bar/resturant & I had the best French tst ever. I still have a craving for it to this day.

    November 28, 2012 at 9:21 am |
    • HarleyGirl

      Time for another road trip? lol...

      November 28, 2012 at 10:29 am |
      • M T Nest


        November 28, 2012 at 11:59 am |
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