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Basic French Toast
The first appearance in print of "French Toast" was in 1871. The dish originated in France, where it was called "pain perdu," or "lost bread." The bread used was typically stale bread, which would have otherwise been "lost." The tradition was carried on in Cajun and Creole cooking, where pain perdu is a classic breakfast dish.
You can gussy up your French toast with a little vanilla or cinnamon, bake it in the oven like a bread pudding, or wrap it around sausages, but the basic ingredients are constant: bread, milk, and eggs.
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Granola Crusted French Toast Sticks
These crunchy, deep-fried granola French toast sticks are perfect for a special breakfast or brunch. They can be served as a dessert, as well.
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Pain Perdu (Lost Bread)
This version of pain perdu is baked in the oven, a convenience if you are cooking for a group. I like this method for a family holiday or Sunday breakfast. Use a rich brioche loaf, baguette slices, challah, or sourdough.
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Pound Cake French Toast
This is a genius way to serve dense, delicious pound cake. Dip it in egg batter and fry it! Serve this delicious dessert French toast with a fruit or berry syrup or maple syrup.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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French Toast Sausage Wraps
Fun with French toast! Wrap your favorite cooked breakfast sausage up in slices of French toast. Brown them and serve them with orange segments or berries and syrup.
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Cinnamon French Toast Sticks
These family-friendly French toast sticks are flavored with cinnamon and vanilla. Use a nice thick, sturdy bread for these. Texas toast is a good choice. Add bacon, ham, or sausage to make this a hearty meal, and serve them with your family's favorite topping.
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Blueberry French Toast Bake
This cinnamon-spiced blueberry French toast casserole makes any morning special. The dish is prepared the night before, making it perfect for a holiday breakfast or brunch. This dish is similar to a bread pudding, so it can easily double as a dessert. Top it with whipped cream or serve it warm with ice cream.
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Light Cinnamon French Toast
This version is made with one whole egg and two egg whites, so is lighter than the typical French toast. Cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg spice this dish. Sprinkle the with cinnamon sugar and serve with maple syrup, sorghum, or cane syrup.
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Pumpkin French Toast with Spiced Cider Syrup
Spices and canned pumpkin in the egg batter make this French toast very moist and fall-like. This is an excellent choice for October and November breakfasts, and the apple cider syrup is awesome!
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Basic French Toast Sticks
These are the French toast sticks kids love. They are flavored with a little bit of vanilla. Sprinkle them with powdered sugar or drizzle with a favorite syrup.
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