I hate to be the bearer of bad news but French toast isn’t French. The earliest official mention of French toast is in the Apicius, which is a collection of Roman recipes dating back to the 4th or 5th century. So French toast is actually an Italian invention! Ain’t that a hoot?
Nearly all cultures have some sort of French toast recipe, it’s just called different things. In France, it’s called “pain perdu”, which means “lost bread”. The story behind calling it “lost bread” is based on the ability to “recycle” the stale bits of bread you didn’t eat yesterday and make a delicious egg battered treat out of it. Voila! Pain perdu!
I can’t help but imagine Scooby Doo and Shaggy looking for the “pain perdu” in hopes of making a delicious snack of French toast. “And I would have gotten away with the lost bread if it weren’t for you meddling stoners.”
I can’t write today. Depression has the best of me. I celebrated French toast day by having waffles and I just can’t seem to shake my betrayal.
Sorry, French toast. You deserved better.