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French Toast is Eggy Bread

I discovered something new today. I have read about French Toast in different books set in America, served with syrup, apple sauce, cream and cinnamon, icing sugar, fresh fruit and always vaguely wandered what it was. Turns out its good old fashioned 'eggy bread'. Introduced to me at Guide Camp around age 10. Ha!

A yummy means of using up stale bread ever since, not to mentioned great quick supper or brunch. Being a Brit I would always have it with tomato sauce (ketchup) and some mushrooms, bacon or even grilled tomatoes on the side. When I'm trying to engage the kids I use a cookie cutter to make shapes like Dinosaurs - the junior Gingerbreads love it.

I will venture outside of convention and go sweet next time its on the menu here at Jamtart Towers. Photos to follow. Now, if I can just understand the Americans references to 'biscuits' (sounds like some kind of a scone) I'll be happy.

3/4 eggs (more egg = more puffed up bread)
6/8 slices of bread
6 tablespoons of milk
Glug of Olive oil
Knob of butter
Salt & pepper (leave out if sweet option)

Mix eggs and milk in a bowl (a flat base is a bonus here to make soaking the bread easy, for example a pyrex oven dish) and season to taste. You can add cinnamon at this stage if going sweet.
Heat the olive oil and butter in a pan to a medium heat.
Halve the bread slices and dunk them in for a few seconds to soak up the mixture.
Put as many in the pan as will fit and fry until firm. The final colour is a matter of personal taste, we like ours quite brown and crispy, others like them paler.


  1. I add some orange zest, and a bit of Triple Sec orange liqueur to the batter for extra zing.

  2. Good post. I like it with icing sugar on the top. AJ

  3. Yummm :). This is nice with icing sugar and cinnamon.
    Chicken and biscuits is great!!
    florida-dott :)

  4. @Florida-Dott Right then - you are challenged with bringing back information on the mysterious biscuits! Pretty please.

  5. I've only ever made them from a packet - I worry that they're a bit like soda bread, in that only real Americans can make them... but I'll have a go and then let you know how they go! After all, I just mastered mac'n'cheese from a packet!
    (Martha Stewart has a recipe for buttermilk biscuits... now to work out what half the ingredients are over here...)

  6. Yay - thank you. Are they like scones (but not sweet) or something else entirely?

  7. They're a little like scones, but a lot lighter, less doughy. The recipe I'm probably going to try is
    In Florida fast food restaurants they're eaten with chicken and gravy. I'll try and make them before we meet up again (will reply to email tomorrow!!)
    dott :).

  8. if doing this the 'guide' way you need a stick and a flame too :)