Well, if we just emphasize on the name and don’t look back at the origin we rather presume that French toast might have a French origin. But you know what? It actually isn’t a French dish. The basis of French toast dates back to a really, really long time. The initial reference of the French toast is in the Apicius, which was the collection of Latin recipes written back in the 4th and 5th century, where the French toast was described as the aliter dulcia which literally meant “another sweet dish”. A few centuries later, in the 14th century, Germans used the name Arme Ritter for the French toast which realistically means “poor knights”.
Since we’ve already been through the history and a little bit of the origin of the French toast let’s find out how it actually got the name. Most of you might be thinking if not French then why French toast is called a French toast? Well, we’ll have to dig a little deeper into the history and origin to find out. Well, before getting the name French toast there were several other names given to the dish. The people from the Roman Empire (Latin/Greek) named it aliter dulcia which was mentioned in the collection of Latin recipes. According to that recipe, you need to slice white bread, remove the hard excessive crust and break the bread into larger pieces. Next, you need to soak the bread in the milk and beaten eggs and fry them until they are golden brown. Top it off with honey to give it a delightful taste.
After the Romans, German’s started adopting the recipe in the 14th century but obviously with a different name and a slight change in the recipe. The name then given was Arme Ritter which meant “poor knights”. This name was also used in English and other Nordic languages. Amazing, right? Well, who would have thought that a French toast has a really long history and origin? But that’s not the end. In the 15th century Court of Henry V, called French toast Pain Perdu which meant lost bread. This is now the French name of the French toast as well.
Quite a long history, right? Well, at least we found out where the French toasts had their name from. The recipe for the French toast is almost the same as it was before. The simplest way is to make the milk and egg batter with sugar and all the spices (like cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt) and dip the white bread in it. After which you fry it to a certain level to give a soft yet crunchy texture. French toasts, these days are served with several sides like dried fruits, brown sugar, lime juice, orange strips, muscovado sugar, raspberries and blueberries in many restaurants.
Astounding, isn’t? It is actually hard to believe that the French toast doesn’t have a French origin. Well, it is mindboggling but it’s true. Make sure you try out the recipe. Trust me it is certainly the easiest, scrumptious and healthiest meal for any time of the day. You’ll love it just like I do, for sure.