French Toast was created in Medieval Europe as a way to bring new life to stale bread. It was not invented in France (though the French version is called Pain Perdu), but most likely first made by the Romans. There are versions of this dish throughout the world, from Mumbai (Bombay toast ), to Spain (Torrijas) to Germany (Arme Ritter), and even Brazil (Rabanadas). Some regions serve it as breakfast, while it is purely a dessert in others.
The bread is first soaked in an orange-infused egg mixture and cooked until golden and crisp.
Orange French Toast
- 1 Egg
- 1 Tablespoon Sugar
- 1/3 Cup Milk
- 2 Tablespoons Fresh Orange Juice
- Zest of 1 Orange
- 1/4 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 4 Slices of Bread (Sandwich Bread)
- 2 Tablespoons Butter
- In a small bowl, whisk together egg, sugar, milk, orange juice, and orange zest. Pour onto a wide plate.
- Soak each slice of bread in the milk mixture both sides. Do not make the bread it soggy.
- Melt little butter in a pan over medium low heat.
- Fry the soaked slices until golden, about 2 minutes per side.
- Dust with confectioners’ sugar and serve with syrup if desired.
- Serve warm.