NATIONAL FRENCH TOAST DAY
Each year on November 28th, people across the United States enjoy National French Toast Day. Also known as eggy bread or omelet bread, it makes a great breakfast for guests or part of a brunch.
Home cooks and professionals alike whip up a few personal favorites when it comes to french toast recipes. The base consists of eggs and milk whisked together. Bread is dipped into the mixture and fried until golden. Many people also add some sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon to the base.
The flavor of French toast can be brightened with a squeeze of fresh orange or stuffed with sauteed apples and cinnamon. Make French toast kid-friendly by cutting it into sticks. Then dip the sticks into syrup. Substitute sugary syrup with a fruit puree and fresh fruit pieces. Nuts and seeds add crunch to this delicious breakfast fare, and don’t forget the whipped cream! Just a dollop goes a long way.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalFrenchToastDay
Make French toast as part of a big breakfast. Freeze leftovers for easy breakfasts later in the week. Have breakfast for dinner. Share your favorite French toast recipes. Do you love cinnamon and vanilla? What’s the best fruit toppings? Add apple butter or another jam. Share your favorite combinations using #NationalFrenchToastDay to post on social media.
Give these recipes a try:
NATIONAL FRENCH TOAST DAY HISTORY
Within our research, we were unable to find the creator and the origin of National French Toast Day.
French Toast FAQ
Q. How do I get the edges of my French toast crispy?
A. Perfect French toast puffs up a bit and has a slightly crispy exterior. If your French toast leans more toward the soggy side, try these tips for firmer, crispier French toast.
1. Set your bread out the night before and let it go stale. Stale bread holds up better than fresh when you’re making French toast.
2. Don’t use too much dairy. Sometimes we get pour happy and overdo the amount of milk we use.
3. Add something sweet to the egg and milk mixture like a squeeze of orange juice or a little sugar. When the sugar caramelizes, it will add a crispy texture to the edges of your French toast.
4. Make sure your skillet or griddle is hot enough but not too hot. The sweet spot will depend on the oil you’re using, but it’s usually between medium and medium-high heat.
Q. What is French toast called in other parts of the world?
A. The term “French toast” is primarily used in the United States. However, similar dishes served in the rest of the world go by a variety of names including:
Poor knights (arme riddere) – Denmark, Norway, and Germany
Bombay toast – India
Eggy bread or Gypsy toast – United Kingdom
Lost bread (pain perdu) – France and New Orleans
November 28th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) History
Sadie Allen becomes the first woman to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel. She joined George Hazlett in the same barrel he had taken over the rapids on August 8th with William Potts. Weighted with 500 pounds of sand, the pair were towed to the center of the stream and set loose. When they were fished from the river an hour later, battered, bruised and Sadie’s stomach emptied, but alive.
J. Frank Duryea wins the first automobile race in the United States. The roundtrip journey from Jackson Park in Chicago to Evanston, Illinois took the winner just over 10 hours to complete through snowy weather. A total of six competitors entered the race hosted by the Chicago Times-Herald.
RAF Capt. Cyril Turner demonstrated the first skywriting for the purposes of advertising in the United States over New York City. Utilizing the invention of Major Jack Savage of London, his message spelled out, “Hello, U.S.A. Call Vanderbilt 7200.” The phone number was for a hotel.
The Grand Ole Opry began broadcasting on WSM out of Nashville, Tennessee. The broadcast features live musical performances and is a cornerstone of country music today.
While studying at Cambridge University, astronomer Jocelyn Bell and her advisor Antony Hewish discovered the first pulsing signal source which is now known as pulsars.
November 28th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Helen Magill White – 1853
She became the first woman in the United States to earn a Ph.D. Magill completed her Ph.D. in 1877 at Boston University.
Elsie Quarterman – 1910
The ecologist and conservationist is best known for her concerted efforts with the Tennessee cedar glades, including the noted rediscovery of the Tennessee coneflower.
Berry Gordy, Jr. – 1929
In 1959, Gordy launched Motown Records creating one of the most legendary record labels in the country.
Jon Stewart – 1962
The comedian and political commentator is best known for his hosting The Daily Show on Comedy Central for 16 years.