The only thing better than waking up to the aroma of French toast on the griddle is sitting down to a plate of warm slices slathered with butter and dripping with syrup. This recipe contains a hint of orange and it makes a lovely difference.
How French is French toast really? According to many sources, the origins of it date back to Roman times and a reference to a similar dish was first mentioned in a dictionary in the 1600s. Although the ingredients of it throughout the ages, and even now, varies a bit from culture to culture, the gist of it is the same – a great way to use stale bread. In times of old, people needed to use every bit of food they had, so new recipes were developed from using up leftovers. In France, a culture steeped in the culinary arts, a version of this recipe was born known as “pain perdu” or lost bread, so maybe that’s why the name is accredited to the French.
Although the days of waiting for bread to go stale before making French toast are over, the denser the bread, the better the texture. A good artesian bread or sour dough makes wonderful French toast.
New Orleans French Toast Recipe
Ingredients for New Orleans French Toast:
- 2/3 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
- ¼ tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. finely grated orange peel
- 3 eggs
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 4 – 6 slices day-old bread
Directions for making New Orleans French Toast:
Beat the milk, powdered sugar, salt, grated orange peel, eggs, and flour together with a whisk until smooth and frothy.
Heat 1 tablespoon of butter in a large non-stick skillet or on the surface of a large, non-stick griddle until the butter is melted – spread to cover the entire surface of the pan – careful not to burn the butter or you will need to start over.
Dip bread slices, one at a time, into the egg mixture. Do not let the bread soak in the mixture; just make sure that both sides of the bread are coated. Place in a single layer on the hot griddle or in the prepared skillet.
Cook over medium to medium-high heat until golden brown (1 – 2 minutes), flip to cook the other side. Repeat with remaining bread slices adding remaining butter, as needed.
Serve warm spread with butter and sprinkled with powdered sugar or covered with jam or maple syrup, if desired. This particular recipe can also be served with fresh orange sections tossed with sugar and orange liqueur.
(Adapted from Old Fashioned Cookbook, 1990)
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