I made my boyfriend French toast for breakfast the other morning, what a lucky guy!!! Anyway mom told me a really interesting story I had never heard about French toast before she told me French toast isn't really French at all! The first piece of bread that was soaked in an egg batter and then cooked seems to have originated in Rome. In legend, French toast evolved when food was dear and every bit had to be used even stale bread. Ancient cooks found that dipping stale bread in a mixture of eggs and milk helped rejuvenate it. Then they cooked it on a griddle and served it up, much like our modern version. Another version of this recipe was reserved only for the wealthiest people of the time, because it used white bread (the most expensive of the time) and exotic (and costly) ingredients like vanilla and almonds. So, it seems French toast was used to feed rich and poor alike!
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
6 slices bread
1 tbsp. (or more, as needed) butter
maple syrup, jam, or powdered sugar (for topping)
Put the oven on to Warm.
Beat eggs, milk, vanilla and cinnamon in a shallow bowl or small baking pan.
Dip bread into egg mixture and coat both sides.
Melt butter in skillet over medium heat. Add bread in batches and cook 2 to 3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Add more butter as needed.
Keep the cooked slices warm in the oven until all the toast is ready.
Serve the toast warm with syrup, jam, or powdered sugar.