Like many of America’s favorite French foods, French Bread was invited by the poor people who improvised or created meals out of very cheap ingredients or out leftover food. Some other examples of other “poor” people’s dishes are Crepes, Escargot, French Onion Soup, French Fries, and many mushroom dishes.
French people typically buy their bread every day or two fresh from the local baker. Without preservatives, the bread starts to go hard after two or three days. In order to use the very hard bread, the French started dipping it in a mixture of eggs and milk to soften it up and then browned it on a skillet. The French name for it is “Pain Perdu” which directly translates to “Lost Bread,” but a more appropriate name might have been “Saved Bread” because the poor were literally trying to use every scrap of food they had.
But as recipes do mine has evolved from early French peasants to a mouthwatering fancy dessert! If you do it with brioche it will become the super luxury dessert. This is becoming a very popular dessert in really fancy restaurants with famous chefs. So, I hope you enjoy my “Famous French Toast” recipe.
In France, we don’t serve this dessert with toppings, but I know how much Americans LOVE toppings so I added some delicious examples.