That's right, folks, today was National French Toast Day! I don't know about you, but I really enjoy French toast.
First, a little history lesson: While the actual origin of French Toast (a.k.a. eggy bread, moelet bread, or gypsy toast) is unknown, there are recipes that date back to the sixteenth century in Europe. In England, French toast was known as "poor knight's pudding" because it was a simple, inexpensive dish that even a knight with no money could afford. In France, it was called "pan perdu" or lost bread, because it was a way of using lost or stale bread.
French Toast is quite simple to make and uses a small list of ingredients: bread, milk, eggs, sometimes cinnamon and/or vanilla. My challenge, when it comes to this delicious delicacy, is that it is normally full of gluten...and sugar when you add the syrup on top (which is kinda a necessity, let's not lie). Luckily, the eggy mixture that is needed to make French Toast can be used on any type of absorbable bread!!
I recently made an awesome batch of French Toast using slices of Focaccia Flax Bread. Along with some IMO Pancake Syrup, it completely did the trick in satisfying my craving. I still want to try out some other bread options in the future to figure out which works best. I'm thinking next one on the docket will either be my Coconut Flour Focaccia or Fluffy Focaccia. I'm pretty sure all of them will be yummy!
For those of you who are looking for an even lower carb option than the Focaccia French Toast, I was recently introduced to what has been deemed French Toast Scrambled Eggs. The idea of sweet scrambled eggs sounded a little bit strange to me when I first heard it, but I tried it out anyway and instantly found a new favorite breakfast. This one is great when you don't want to take the time to make actual French Toast, but still want to have the taste of it. And talk about easy, this recipe simply just calls for scrambling some eggs and flavoring them with cinnamon and stevia. Of course, you could always mix up a batch of Mock Pancake Syrup to pour on top as a finishing touch, if you want to go the extra mile.
Whether you choose enjoy French Toast to start your day or end it with breakfast-for-dinner, it is a dish that tends to bring a smile to people's faces!