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French Toast--Oui, Oui!

A kid's Saturday morning favorite, French toast is always a fun way to begin the weekend.

Any Way You Slice It

Even at it's plainest, French toast is a delicious, kid-pleasing breakfast. Get it going while they're still asleep to draw them out of bed, or put the kids in the middle of the action by having them lend a hand. Try these ideas for fun presentation:

  • Dipables. Slice bread into strips for a finger food-style, hands-on breakfast.
  • Kabobs. Cut bread into small squares, soak quickly in batter, then cook in a pan, stirring occasionally to be sure they are browned on all sides. Use kabob sticks, alternating pieces of French toast with pieces of fresh fruit.
  • Shapes. Use cookie cutters to create fun-shaped pieces of French toast--cut up extra bread into bite-size pieces to sprinkle around the plate with the shapes.
  • Sandwiches. Cut bread into fours, then create French toast "sandwiches" filled with sliced strawberries and low-fat cream cheese, bananas and peanut butter, or mashed up berries.
  • Monogrammed. Cut your child's first initial out of cardboard for a stencil, then use it to dust powdered sugar letters on each slice of French toast.

If you are making several batches of French toast, you can keep cooked slices warm in a 250 degrees F (120 degrees C) oven.

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      Jul. 13, 2009 9:09 am
      What's funny to me about French toast is that is that I learned about it through American people, being French speaking Belgian I mentioned it to my countrymen and found out it's a very old recipe called "lost bread" pain perdu. when bread started to dry out instead of thrashing it they would do French toasts with it, a little like the Italians using left overs putting it on dough and calling it pizza
      Aug. 9, 2009 7:57 pm
      BRAVO! BRAVO! what more can I say french toast is totally delicious. Congrats...
      Sep. 28, 2009 1:18 pm
      yeah that is funny i am american but i live in france and sometimes people ask me what is a common breakfast food in america and i tell them french toast and they never heard of this... strange but true.
      Nov. 14, 2009 7:13 am
      Fran, I had a boss who made these one day, the lost bread, it was sooo good, wish I had got the recipe. I like the idea of the savory french toast, though I don't know if I could ever get over them not being sweet, you bring up an interesting point, why not have good power packed breakfast, instead of instant suger rush? I don't know lol
      Jan. 19, 2010 3:29 pm
      I am a native Texan, but most of my family (on both mother's and father's side) came from the deep south. Most of these recipes on "allrecipes" which are baked custardy "French toast" sound like what we called "bread pudding" and were served as a dessert. French toast was served at breakfast and was made of bread dipped in a sweet egg/milk batter and fried in a skillet, and served with syrup or powdered sugar.
      Pat and Sandy 
      Feb. 14, 2010 3:51 am
      I had never heard of sweet french toast until I went to college. I grew up with a simple bread dipped in egg and milk mixture, fried, and served with a sprinkle of salt. I have tried the sweet recipies and will not change from my original.
      Linda Ind 
      Aug. 13, 2010 6:20 am
      being a Canadian, growing up in Montreal, Quebec, we ate french toast frequently, just scrambled eggs, touch of milk and some salt. Best to use white bread. I added my own new ingredient which is Vanilla but just a tiny bit and I only use pure Vanilla from Mexico. Try it, you'll like it!
      Nov. 27, 2010 6:33 pm
      There is probably a thousand different ways to make French toast out there. I was very pleased to see the great variety, baked like a custard or fried in a pan. I love to learn new ways for these tried and true recipes.
      Dec. 16, 2010 4:35 pm
      Grew up in Canada, we had French toast only on special occasions.My mom had her own recipe for it, never got it from here. Wish that I had now.
      Dec. 20, 2010 5:43 am
      The first time I saw someone making french toast was in one of the scenes of "Kramer vs Kramer" movie. As soon as I went home I tried it at home. I love it.My children love it and I add cinnamon and sugar, instead of salt.
      Dec. 29, 2010 7:55 pm
      Keeping it simple, at our home, the French Toast is made from eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, some low fat milk and then pan fried - it is not topped with butter, only real Maple Syrup.
      Nicole, Belgium 
      Jan. 3, 2011 2:52 pm
      The basic recipe (below "one man's stale bread") is fine. A tip or two: - For day old bread, don't soak it, just dip it either side in well-beaten egg and fry (broil?) immediately. - For really stale, dry bread, first soak it well and then let it drip on a plate before frying. - Fry gently and keep an eye on it. - Don't keep it hot - serve immediately. If guests get impatient, use several frying pans. - Indulge in butter for frying, but don't let the butter burn. - In Belgium the classical finish is a light dusting of "cassonade": light brown, slightly sticky, moderately refined beet sugar. Like most delicious recipes, don't indulge too often but when you do, indulge in the real thing.
      Jan. 9, 2011 9:02 am
      I grew up in the midwest and for my family it was "fried bread" was only later in school that I discovered it was called French Toast. We always kept it simple....beaten eggs, a little milk, a pinch of salt and a dribble of vanilla for flavor......dip the bread, fry, and top with butter and homemade brown sugar syrup.
      Jan. 31, 2011 3:46 am
      I have made standard french toast using day old bread dipped in buttermilk and egg, then sprinkled with a mixture of 1 Tablespoon of Flour 1Teaspoon brown sugar and crushed walnuts or pecans before lightly frying on both sides. Makes a great dinner surprise for kids. I have topped it with whip cream. Delicious.............
      Aug. 6, 2011 11:28 am
      @kismet..I'm sorry, but that sounds disgusting..In America, "French Toast" Is sweet..Either with Powdered Sugar, Syrup, or Fruit..ANd alot of us DO make it healthy...:)
      Dec. 2, 2011 8:25 pm
      55 years ago if I remember correctly mom saw it on a menu as "toast Anglaise" which we interpreted to be English toast.
      Jan. 7, 2012 4:13 pm
      French Toast like this is Great, and fun to make. I`ve done similar meals and love to see my guest faces light up when they are served breakfast. Makes everyone happy.
      Feb. 25, 2012 7:08 am
      Who cares what its named. I've always known it as Frentch Toast. I am from South and it was very special treat. Dip stale french bread in beaten eggs w/a little milk a splash of vanilla. Have pan med hot with butter and fry til golden brown. Serve slices drizzled with your favorite pancake syrup and sprinkle white powdered sugar on it. Serve sausages or bacon on side. You can add fruit slices, jam or preserves if you like.
      Jul. 24, 2012 4:19 am
      In Dutch this recipe is called "wentelteefjes" wich means, uhm..... rotated bitches... I have NO idea why it is called that, but there you go. It's mostly served as a dessert and is made from stale (white) bread soaked in egg/milk/cinnamon, baked and topped with (powdered) sugar.
      Aug. 31, 2012 4:13 pm
      I too am from Canada and we do savory. Eggs, milk, salt and pepper. Dip bread in egg mixture and fry in buttered pan. Serve with bacon or sausage. Many then add maple syrup like they would to pancakes. All the sugary sweet and nutty ones I KNOW would not stay down! And in the morning - I think not! My grandson would be wired to the light fixtures for the rest of the day! Isn't it nice that there is something for everyones' taste.
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