|Serving temperature||Hot, with toppings|
|Main ingredients||Bread, eggs|
|Cookbook:French toast French toast|
History and names
The earliest known reference to French toast is in the Apicius, a collection of Latin recipes dating to the 4th or 5th century; the recipe mentions soaking in milk, but not egg, and gives it no special name, just aliter dulcia "another sweet dish". There is a fourteenth-century German recipe under the name Arme Ritter ("poor knights"), a name also used in the Scandinavian languages.
There are fifteenth-century English recipes for pain perdu  (French for "lost [or wasted] bread", suggesting that the dish is a use for bread which has gone stale).
Preparation and serving
Slices of bread are soaked or dipped in a mixture of beaten eggs, often with milk or cream. The slices of egg-coated bread are then fried on both sides until they are browned and cooked through. Day-old bread is often recommended by chefs because the stale bread will soak up more egg mixture without falling apart.
Hong Kong–style French toast is listed at number 38 on the World's 50 most delicious foods compiled by CNN Go in 2011. It is made by deep-frying stacked sliced bread dipped in beaten egg or soy, served with a slab of butter and topped with golden syrup, or sometimes honey. Two slices are normally used and a sweet filling is usually added.
Rabanadas or Fatias Douradas is the Portuguese variation served with a Port Wine based syrup and prepared as dessert during Christmas period.
In French speaking regions, French toast may be referred to as pain perdu, meaning "lost bread" in French. It is referred to as "lost bread" because it is a way to reclaim stale or otherwise "lost" bread. The hard bread is softened by dipping in a mixture of milk and eggs, and then fried. The bread is sliced on a bias and dipped into a mixture of egg, milk, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. The slices are pan-fried in butter and traditionally dusted with powdered sugar and served with jam or syrup on the side.
In France, pain perdu is considered to be a dessert, a breakfast, as well as an afternoon tea snack ("goûter").
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