National French Toast Day 2022: History, Significance and Celebrations

National French Toast Day is annually celebrated on November 28th in the United States. This day honors and celebrate this delicious breakfast and encourages others enjoy this delight as well. 

There is just something about that thick, sweet, savory dish that’s become a staple of the American breakfast diet. Just listening about it brings water to our mouths! That’s why we are so jazzed about National French Toast Day! 

This day is such a treat for all food lovers especially for those who likes to enjoy their breakfast very much. French toast is really marvelous and that’s why everyone should be aware about it and to spread that awareness only we celebrate this day.  

Event National French Toast Day
Date November 28, 2022
Day Monday
Significance The day celebrates and honors the delicious French Toast
Observed by United States

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National French Toast Day History: 

Spoiler alert! The French did not invent French toast. Rather, it was Americans who gave the name “French Toast” to this dish because French immigrants in America popularized the dish. In fact, French toast was invented long before the country of France even existed. The first known recorded recipe for French toast comes from Rome around 300 A.D. The Roman author Apicius included it in his cookbook titled “Cooking and Dining in Imperial Rome”. For centuries, the French themselves called this dish “Roman Bread”.  

However, the origins of french toast are not entirely clear, but long before this sweet snack was called “french toast,” similar recipes were being whipped up all around the world. One of the earliest versions of french toast has been traced back to the Roman Empire and it is believed to be the most popular origin story for this dish. This recipe was called Apicius, a collection of Latin recipes dating to the 1st century CE, where it is described as simply aliter dulcia ‘another sweet dish’. The recipe says to “Break [slice] fine white bread, crust removed, into rather large pieces which soak in milk [and beaten eggs] fry in oil, cover with honey and serve”.  

A 14th-century German recipe uses the name Arme Ritter ‘poor knights’, a name also used in English and the Nordic languages. Also in the 14th-century, Taillevent presented a recipe for “tostées dorées”. Italian 15th-century culinary expert Martino da Como offers a recipe. The usual French name  of this dish is ‘pain perdu’ which means ‘lost bread’, reflecting its use of stale or otherwise “lost” bread. It may also be called pain doré ‘golden bread’ in Canada especially in Quebec. There are fifteenth-century English recipes for pain perdu.  

The name “french toast” was first used in 17th-century England. The recipe and name were brought to America by early settlers. There is another less exotic theory. French toast may have been called “French” because it enabled chefs to inflate the price. “Traditionally in the United States, people have an admiration for French cuisine, which they consider elaborate and gastronomic,” says Kitchen Project Editor-in-Chief Stephen Block. And that’s probably why this dish was named that way. It’s just marketing. There’s no chance that ‘Lost Bread’ could have worked.  

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National French Toast Day Significance: 

French toast is a dish of sliced bread soaked in beaten eggs and often milk or cream, then pan fried. Alternative names and variants include “eggy bread”, “Bombay toast”, “gypsy toast”, and “poor knights” (of Windsor). When French toast is served as a sweet dish, sugar, vanilla, or cinnamon are also commonly added before pan-frying, and then it may be topped with sugar (often powdered sugar), butter, fruit, or syrup. When it is a savory dish, it is generally fried with a pinch of salt or pepper, and it can then be served with a sauce such as ketchup or mayonnaise.  

For preparing French toast, slices of bread are soaked or dipped in a mixture of beaten eggs, often whisked with milk or cream. Already sliced or artisan loaves cut to 3/4 to 1″ thick are frequently used as the bread of choice. Sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla may be variously added to the mixture. The bread is then fried in butter or olive oil until browned and cooked through. Day-old bread is often used, both for its thrift and because it will soak up more egg mixture without falling apart. 

In the United States, restaurants usually serve french toast with butter, maple syrup and powdered sugar, but the possibilities are endless. French toast can be topped with just about anything. Popular toppings include powdered sugar, maple syrup, jelly, jam, honey, peanut butter, applesauce, whipped cream, fruit, yogurt, ice cream and nuts. Savory (not sweet) french toast can be topped with bacon, cheese, gravy and even ketchup!

People use a variety of different breads to make french toast. In the western and southwestern United States, many cooks prefer sourdough bread. Within some Jewish communities in the New York area, people use leftover challah bread from the Sabbath dinner for french toast on Sunday mornings. Around the world, people enjoy french toast in many different ways. Like the people of New Zealand prefer their french toast served with bananas, bacon and maple syrup. Australians serve up a savory version of french toast with cheese and tomato sauce. The French consider “pain perdu” a dessert, not a breakfast food. 

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National French Toast Day Celebrations: 

Use this opportunity to order some delicious French Toast! This unique meal is not on every menu, of course, but it should certainly be on the list of foods offered by many cafes and diners that serve breakfast or brunch-type meals. Plenty of chain restaurants are famous for their breakfast menus and offer delicious options for French Toast. In fact, some of them might even be offering a discount just because it’s National French Toast Day! 

Another best way to appreciate National French Toast Day is to make some for yourself. Gather the family in the kitchen and create your favorite recipes together! You don’t have to be a cook for making this breakfast delicacy so it will be quick and easy for you, so you can definitely give it a try on making it yourself for the day. If you already knows to make it then there’s no problem at all. 

For a fun departure from the usual, consider taking French Toast to another level by adding interesting ingredients. Some ideas include adding orange or lemon zest, spices such as nutmeg, or a bit of brown sugar. In this way you will get to enjoy this delicacy all according to your taste and overall it will be a very fun activity to do for the day and also try to share your French toast with your friends or family to make this occasion even more special. 

Most Searched FAQs on National French Toast Day: 

1. When is National French Toast Day celebrated? 

National French Toast Day is annually celebrated on November 28th in US. 

2. Why do Americans call it French toast? 

The French did not invent French toast. Rather, it was Americans who gave the name “French Toast” to this dish because French immigrants in America popularized the dish. In fact, French toast was invented long before France even existed. 

3. What kind of bread is best for French toast? 

Brioche is probably the most commonly used bread for French toast. It’s thick, fluffy, and buttery, which is everything you want in French toast. It’s made from a leavened yeast dough which is heavy on the eggs and the butter. Those ingredients are what make it so delicious.

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