Ahh, French toast. That thick, sweet, savory dish that’s become a staple of the American breakfast diet. We’ll tell you something: just writing about this topic has us thinking about heading out for a late breakfast. That’s why we’re so jazzed about National French Toast Day, celebrated on November 28th.
The dish we call French toast has its origins in the fourth or fifth century B.C., as one of the foods in the “Apicius:” a collection of Roman cooking recipes. Over the millennia, it’s been called by a number of different names, depending on where it’s being served. But one thing has stayed the same: it’s totally yummy.
National French Toast Day - History
A Move From Past to Present
Although nobody is quite sure how National French Toast Day got started, we're glad it's here!
French Toast Hits America
The "Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink" first includes the phrase "French toast."
A Recipe Flung Far and Wide
Various recipes for what we call French toast have already spread the world over.
4th Century BC
A Timeless Recipe is Born
An early collection of recipes, the "Apicius," describes a sweet treat known then as "aliter dulcia," or "another sweet dish."
National French Toast Day Activities
1. Make some!
The best way to appreciate National French Toast Day is to make some for yourself. Gather the family in the kitchen, and create your favorite recipes together!
2. Learn the history
Culinary and gastronomical history is filled with fascinating tales of discovery and trial and error. Since French toast has such a long, illustrious history, you're bound to stumble upon some interesting tales.
It's sometimes easy to forget those less fortunate than us. On a day like National French Toast Day, which is a celebration of food, take some time to volunteer at a food drive or a homeless shelter.
5 Things We Didn't Know About French Toast
1. It's got a bunch of names
French toast is also known as eggy bread, German toast, poor knights, and torrija.
2. It's not "French toast" in France
In France, it's called "pain perdu," which means "lost bread."
3. It's not even French
The recipe is first found in Roman documents from the fourth or fifth century BC.
In Hong Kong teahouses, "Western toast" is often filled with peanut butter or jam.
5. Not just for breakfast anymore
Americans like it for breakfast, but other countries and cultures eat it at other times of the day.
Why We Love National French Toast Day
A. Because YUM!
Comedian Steven Wright tells a jokes about how went to a restaurant that served "breakfast at any time," so he ordered French toast during the Renaissance. If he'd actually been alive during that time, he'd have found that it was already a staple of many cultures' diets. It's just that tasty.
B. It's not actually that bad for us
While certainly not a health food, French toast can be a part of a healthy and moderated diet. For example, it contains decent amounts of essential nutrients, such as riboflavin, vitamins B6 and B12, thiamine, niacin, and folate.
C. It's a sweet way to start the day
Many of us like to load up for breakfast. Although opinions vary as to whether or not breakfast really is "the most important meal of the day," there's no doubt that there are worse ways to start the day than with some sweet deliciousness.