Mother’s Day French Toast

Enjoy this simple, delicious recipe for French Toast. It’s perfect to serve your mother or special woman in your life on Mother’s Day or any special day of the year!  Remember, you can never serve too much French Toast!

Wondering why they call it “french toast”? As it turns out, the dish actually predates the founding of France. According to the Apicius, a collection of recipes from the early 5th century AD, the dish we know as the French toast existed as early as the Roman Empire. However, their version of French toast, called Pan Dulcis,  was bread soaked in milk (and sometimes also egg), and then fried in oil or butter. Later in the 15th century we saw a version of the dish called “pain perdu” or “lost bread”. In fact, it was called “lost” bread because the recipe called for soaking hard or stale bread in a mixture of milk and egg, then frying it. According to legend, it was an Albany, New York, innkeeper named Joseph French who first coined the dish we know today as as french toast in 1724.

Mother’s Day French Toast Recipe

Ingredients
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 slices challah, brioche, or white bread
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melt in saute pan.
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup, warmed in microwave for 10 seconds in microwave proof vessel.
Directions
  1. In a small bowl, combine dry ingredients; cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugar and set aside briefly.
  2. In a heated 10-inch or 12-inch skillet, melt butter over medium heat.
  3. Whisk together cinnamon mixture, eggs, milk, and vanilla in a mixing bowl.
  4. Dip bread in egg mixture.
  5. Shake off excess egg, lay flat in a medium hot sauté pan.
    • Slices should gently sizzle when placed.
  6. Pan fry slices of french toast until golden brown, then flip to cook the other side. Serve with syrup.  Enjoy!