How did french toast get its name

Sweet classic: Poor Knights aka French Toast

Juicy and soft on the inside, crispy on the outside baked in butter and - for me - sprinkled with an extra portion of sweet cinnamon sugar - that's how I know and love it: French toast.

You may also know them as "Poor Knights", "Bread Slices", "Baked Wecken" or "Bavesen". In Russia you can enjoy the delicious, sweet cuts as “Grenki” and the Dutch love their “Wentelteefje”. But whatever the name, they are all delicious.

And the preparation is always similar: slices of white bread - often a few days old - bathe in a mixture of cream, milk, sugar, egg and vanilla, where they can really soak up, and then put in a crispy, golden coat in the pan to get. Then you can roll them in cinnamon sugar, dust them with powdered sugar or - very American - enjoy them with maple syrup. Pure feast!

Back then it was still a note food that was eaten when people didn't have much more than stale bread and eggs, but today the poor knights are so popular because of their simplicity and a real culinary delight. It doesn't take much, the basic ingredients are cheap and you often have most of them at home. Even if you're just about to discover your culinary skills, little can go wrong here.

Simple and delicious!

How to make your sweet French toast:

Preparation steps

Preheat the oven to 150 ° C.
Place the bread slices side by side on the oven rack and bake in the oven. Turn after 5 minutes and bake again for 5 minutes. Take out of the oven and let cool down.
Whisk eggs, milk, cream, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and salt with a whisk. Pour the egg mixture into a square baking dish.
Place 1-2 slices of bread in the egg milk and let it steep for about 30 seconds on both sides. Bake bread slices in a pan over medium heat with butter until golden brown. Turn over and over again.
Divide the slices diagonally and sprinkle immediately with cinnamon sugar or powdered sugar. Garnish with a little maple syrup. Serve hot immediately after frying.

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Knight 2.0: It gets really crazy when you turn the "poor" into "rich knights". What do I mean by that? Your knights will be filled. Yeah ... if you want to take the classic variant to the next level of enjoyment, fill two soaked bread slices with your favorite ingredients: Classically with plum jam or, according to my recommendation, with nut nougat cream and strawberry or banana slices. Place bread slices on top of each other, then roll them thoroughly in breadcrumbs and fry them in fat just like traditional knights. I cannot describe this pleasure in words, you just have to try it yourself.