A search on the internet on French toast gave me good info about how the toast originated. It says “French toast originated as a way to use day-old or stale bread (some breads and especially French bread become stale after one day). Whereas a stale, crunchy bread might seem unappetizing, soaking the bread in eggs and frying it solved that problem”.In medieval Europe it is supposed to be have known as pain perdu. Germany: armer Ritter (literally, "poor knight") Interestingly, it is also said it was known as german toast (used ina few countries even now) then changed to French toast during world war I given the anit –german sentiment.. well whatever it is called. I could not eat it given that egg had to be used.
When I lived in Romania ,I did learn a few excellent typical romanian dishes like Sarmale, gogosi and mammaliga. A friend of mine ( Romanian ) said she made frigãnele as it is known there without egg using cornflour and salt as crust during their lent period. Tried that, Alas it didn’t turn out real good on the palate it was good but not good enough… my woes continued with trial and error with quite a few recipes till I finally got the things right way of making the toast.What would I have done without so many lovely food blogs!!!!!!
MY FRENCH TOAST
Few slices of sandwich bread
1 cup Fine semolina (rava)
2 cups of water
1 Onion(finely chopped)
2 Carrots (grated)
2 Green chillies (finely chopped) (optional)
coriander leaves (shredded)
salt to taste
oil/butter to roast.
Mix Semolina, Chopped onions, grated carrots, chillies coriander leaves ,cinnamon powder and salt.I did read in a recipe that butter milk enhances the taste I did not have so I used normal water.Just about to the consistency of slightly thick batter..
Cut the Bread slices into two ( shape is left to your creative skills).
Dip the cut bread in the above mixture and roast on a a hot skillet .
Add butter or ghee to enhance the taste of the toast. I used oil for ours and butter on the kids toast.
Sprinkle the pepper according to the taste and serve hot with ketchup or mint/chilli chutney.
It was amazingly tasty.. was a bit hit as well with my children..
There goes another one for you to try, if you have not known about it till now..