What Is French Toast?

The perennial brunch favorite of the anti-pancake and anti-waffle crowd
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Panettone French Toast

Elaina Samardzija

Panettone French Toast

Along with pancakes, waffles, and omelettes, French toast is a must for anybody who seeks to while away a lazy Sunday morning with a steaming cup of joe and a proper newspaper. Unlike french fries, this dish is actually French in origin, known as "pain perdu" or "lost bread" because of the dish’s usefulness in repurposing day-old bread.

Simple to make and indulgent, this is something that you can make with the kids. All you need is some thick slices of slightly stale bread, a few eggs, some butter, and milk, and perhaps some cinnamon if you’re feeling particularly fancy. Feel free to think outside the box a bit — panettone, challah, and brioche all make great French toast.

Click here to see the Challah French Toast Recipe.

Then, there isn’t much to do. Beat the eggs together with the milk to make the batter and melt the butter in a skillet. Dip the slices of bread into the batter, shake off any excess liquid, and fry both sides until golden brown. (To keep your French toast from getting soggy, dip the slices into the batter just before frying.) Serve with maple syrup, jam, or more butter. Dust with powdered sugar to your heart’s content. That’s it!

Click here to see the Raspberry-Cinnamon French Toast Recipe.

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