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National French Toast Day

French Toast is celebrated today! It is usually eaten for breakfast, and its primary ingredients are bread, eggs, and milk. The bread is dipped in a milk (or sometimes cream) and egg mixture. Spices and flavorings such as sugar, nutmeg, vanilla, and cinnamon are sometimes mixed in, and the bread is then fried in butter. French toast is usually topped with maple syrup or powdered sugar, but jam, honey, and fruit are often used as well. It is often served with bacon, ham, or sausage.

The origin of French toast is unknown, but a food similar to it—where bread was dipped in milk but not eggs—appears in the Apicius, a Latin recipe book from the 4th or 5th century. Foods just like French toast were served in medieval Europe with game birds and meats. Recipes for the food date to the 14th century in France and Germany, and the 15th century in Italy.

French toast has gone by many different names, and wasn't referred to as French toast until it appeared in print as such in 1871. In America it has been known as "nun's toast," "German," and "Spanish." It is often called "pan perdu" in France, which means lost bread. It was given this name because lost bread—bread that is leftover or stale—is often used to make it. This term survived in the United States in Creole and Cajun cooking. It has been called "poor knights pudding" and "Poor Knights of Windsor" in England, Denmark, and Germany, and "torriga" in Spain.

How to Observe National French Toast Day

Celebrate the day by eating French toast. You could eat it at a restaurant, but the most appropriate and fun thing to do is to make your own. It doesn't matter what time of day you eat it; eat it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, or all three!

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