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Wednesday, 01 August 2012 16:52

Fix it, forget it and fall asleep

I just so happen to know quite a bit about French toast. Being a genealogist, I traced my line back many many centuries. While doing so, I researched food during each century wherever my ancestors happened to have been living at the time. Looking at my notes, I found that French toast (as we know it today, using eggs) wasn't mentioned in any text until the early 14th century. This was in French Normandy, where it was referred to as tostees dorees. Guillaume Tirel, the chief cook of King Charles V of France, wrote that you were to toast bread first, then glaze it with egg yolks and sugar. Put them in hot grease, sprinkle with sugar and cook until done. This recipe is far more delightfully tasty, and you make it at night, go to bed and wake up, only to pop it in the oven.

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