November 28th Is National French Toast Day
What Is National French Toast Day?
Did you know November 28th is National French Toast Day? Like many obscure holidays, little is known about its origin. What we do know is that French toast has become a staple breakfast food in American cuisine. Many cafés, restaurants, and boulangeries offer this eggy bread dish as a part of their menu. Often topped with sweet, luscious fruits and warm, thick maple syrup, French toast is definitely about as decadent as breakfast food gets.
Interestingly, National French Toast day occasionally falls on the same day as Thanksgiving, which is celebrated annually on the fourth Thursday of November. Have you ever wondered what to make for breakfast on Thanksgiving morning? French toast is the perfect complement to late November's chilly morning weather.
Was French Toast Invented in France?
The origins of French toast are not entirely clear. According to Apicius, a book of recipes from the early 5th century CE, the dish we now know as French toast existed during the time of the Roman Empire. When preparing this early style of French toast—then called "pan dulcis"—the Romans would soak bread in a milk and egg mixture then fry it in oil or butter.
Apicius Marcus Gavius, the presumed author of Apicius, was a wealthy, educated member of the Roman elite who lived during the reign of Emperor Tiberius (14–37 CE). He is famous for his love of food and his authorship of the cookbook De Re Coquinaria (The Art of Cooking).
In France, French toast is known as "pain perdu," or lost bread. This is because the French traditionally salvaged bread that had gone stale by dunking it in egg batter and frying it. Despite its name, French toast is neither French nor toasted.
Did You Know?
French toast is known as "eggy bread" in the UK.
How Is French Toast Made?
Most people have made French toast at some point in their lives, but everyone makes it a little differently. Generally, it is made by soaking bread in eggs and milk then frying it in a pan. Beyond this basic formula, however, everyone has their own personal preference when it comes to what other ingredients are included in the perfect French toast.
How to Celebrate National French Toast Day
- Make your own French toast at home with family or friends.
- Buy fresh, local fruit from your town's farmer's market and use it to top your French toast.
- Spice it up with seasonal flavors like pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
- Make it for breakfast on Thanksgiving morning whether or not it falls on the same day or week as National French Toast Day.
- Take a picture of the French toast you make and post it on social media with the hashtag #frenchtoastday.
- Check with your local cafés, restaurants, and bakeries to see if they are offering free or discounted French toast in celebration of the holiday.
- Enjoy it with a cup of your favorite coffee or tea.
My French Toast Recipe
If you want to make the perfect French toast at home, give this recipe a try. Reference the photos in the gallery above to help you follow along.
My husband and I have made this many times, so we sometimes like to experiment with new ingredients. Recently, we've been using ghee oil rather than normal butter to fry the bread—the resulting French toast is very crispy. Ghee is a class of clarified butter that originated in ancient India. If you don't have ghee or prefer not to use it, butter works just fine. I hope you enjoy this delicious breakfast food with your family for National French Toast Day or Thanksgiving!
- 5 slices of bread (I used brioche, but any type of bread you have at home will do)
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
- 5 tablespoons whole milk
- 3 tablespoons ghee oil (or butter)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Maple syrup, honey, or other syrup
- Fresh fruits (bananas, strawberries, raspberries, etc.) or fruit compote (optional)
- Powdered sugar (optional)
- In a large bowl, combine eggs, milk, vanilla extract, and cinnamon powder. Stir until a smooth batter forms.
- Heat the ghee and olive oil on medium in a pan.
- Take the first slice of bread and dip one side of it in the batter thinly. Do not dip the whole slice into the batter, as this will make the toast soggy. Dip the other side with the same technique.
- Put the coated bread in the pan. Cook both sides until they turn golden brown, then remove.
- Sprinkle some powdered sugar on top.
- Top with fresh, thinly sliced fruit or fruit compote.
- Drizzle with maple syrup, honey, or syrup of your choice.
More on Ghee Oil
This ghee oil is a great butter substitute, so if you are looking for a healthy fat to add to your diet, it's is a great choice. We even use it in our tea and coffee. 4th Heart's ghee oil is a combination of ghee from pasture-raised cows, avocado oil, and grapeseed oil. It makes a great addition to most healthy lifestyles because it's lactose and nut allergen-free, keto-friendly, NSF non-GMO verified, gluten-free, kosher, and paleo.
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