National French Toast Day

The origin of French toast is not certain, but recipes can be found back to the sixteenth century in Europe. Before the Hundred Years War, French toast was known in England as “poor knight’s pudding” when it was a basic and affordable dish that a knight with no money could eat. In France, it was called “pan perdu” or lost bread, since it was a way of using lost or stale bread.

The 28th of November doesn’t seem to hold any historical significance to the creation or popularity of French toast. It is very possible that the holiday stems from an old wives tale in the Eastern U.S. In anticipation of an impending snow storm (which coincides with the late November date), shoppers flocked to grocery stores to by staple items such as bread, milk, sugar and eggs. Being the exact ingredients to make French toast, such shopping days became know as French toast days!

So eat up and enjoy some french toast tomorrow, or every day for that matter.


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