Despite its name, French toast is not especially French and is much older than you would expect. In fact, the dish itself it can be traced back at least to the Roman Empire. It is possible that French toast, or something like it, has origins even older than that. Since French toast has been widely known by many names since ancient Rome, it is possible that it, like many foods, was actually spread by the Romans during their conquest of Europe and other areas. Recipes may have adapted to local customs and flavorings and then spread through immigration. Depending on the location, French toast may be sweet or savory and served as any meal or even as dessert.
The name ‘French toast’ can be traced back to 17th century England, and the name and dish made its way to America with the first English settlers. In France, it is actually called “pain perdu” which means “lost bread”.
Bread dipped in a mixture of egg and milk and pan fried.
Bread, milk, egg, butter or oil for frying.