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Recipe French Toast

What To Do With Old Leftover Bread?

I remember my grandmother who used to make a lot of French Toast when I was younger. For her, it was extremely important to consume all of our food and not to leave anything left over. So, as soon as we had leftover bread, it was “French-toast-time” at my grandparents´ house. Funnily, the word for French Toast in Germany is “Armer Ritter”, meaning “poor knight”. And in French it is called “pain perdu”, meaning “lost bread”. We have all these different names and meanings for one common recipe, so what is this recipe really about?

What Exactly Is “French Toast”?

Coming from a French culture, you probably can imagine that my family and I buy and consume a lot of baguettes / bread (this is not only a stereotype). Therefore, we also have some leftover bread from time to time at home. So, in order not to waste the old and hard bread that remains leftover for several days (in our kitchen), we alternatively can make French toast: An easy recipe with old bread which does not require a lot of time and effort.

Hints Before Starting With The Preparation:

The following recipe is meant to be for 4 people, with one slice of bread (French toast) for each person. You´ll see, the preparation is very short. It takes a maximum of 15 minutes and you do not need any special cooking skills to succeed. According to me, there are only two possible “challenges” that could occur when preparing French toast. First of all, when dipping the bread into the milk, watch out that your dipped bread is not falling apart into pieces (this often happens faster than expected). 

Second of all, from time to time it can be really challenging to decide on which topping you would like to have on your French toast in the end: Are you the kind of person who likes to make it simple and enjoy the taste of the bread with only a little bit of powdered sugar on it? Or are you rather the type of person who enjoys eating French toast with a more sweetened flavor by using maple syrup accompanied with berries (blueberries or blackberries)? If you do not know yet, I would suggest you try out both variations 😉. So enough talking for now, and let´s get to the fun part: the cooking!

What You Need:

  • 4 slices of old and hard bread 
  • 1 egg
  • 0,33 L milk
  • Butter to sear the pan 
  • 30 g. of sugar
  • Any kind of (sweet) toppings you like, e.g. powdered sugar or maple syrup with raspberries

How To Make It:

  1. Choose your 4 slices of bread that have been stocked in your kitchen for the past 1-3 days. It does not matter how hard the bread is, because it will be softer later on thanks to the milk. 
  2. Mix the milk with sugar and the whole egg in a bowl. Mix this together until it is very liquid.
  3. Take a little bit of butter to sear your pan.
  4. Then, dip the bread slices one by one in the prepared liquid mixture. Make sure the entire slice is dipped and soaks up enough liquid for 1-2 minutes. This will soften the bread slice, so be careful the bread slice does not disintegrate into pieces here.
  5. Last but not least, put the bread slice in the pan and let it fry for about 5 minutes.
  6. Do this procedure for each bread slice until all 4 slices have been dunked and seared. And you’re already done! Now just pick your topping and enjoy. Bon appetit!
Fry your bread slices.

To Sum It Up:

The original idea behind doing French toast was to not waste bread, although it is already old, hard and unpleasant to eat.  Therefore, if you bought too much bread and you have some leftovers from it, this recipe is an ideal hint for a good and sweet breakfast. But, of course, French toast can not only be made with old bread leftovers. Alternatively, you can definitely also use fresh bread or, as the name says it itself, you can also use fresh toast slices.

If you want to find out more good leftover recipes, have a look at our recipe overview. We also gathered cooking/baking hints from a professional chef that we recently interviewed, see article here.


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