French Toast

French toast is bread sopped in an egg mixture and griddle-fried (or in some cases, baked). What most distinguishes one French toast from another is the bread, which can be sweet bread or sourdough, eggy challah that yields a tender, custard-like consistency or a hearty baguette that stays firm. Raisin bread and banana bread are good candidates for French toast, too. Beginning as a clever idea to make use of bread that had begun grow stale (hence the name pain perdu – lost bread), it is fertile ground for such culinary whimsy as baked crème brulee French toast at Mamie’s of Roxbury, Connecticut, peach-stuffed French toast topped with caramel sauce and sugared pecans at Two Cracked Eggs in Savannah, Georgia, French toast Casserole at the Well-Bred Bakery & Cafe in Asheville, North Carolina, and tres leches French toast with dulce de leche, crystallized pecans, and a fried chicken thigh at New Orleans’ Paloma.

Restaurants With This Dish

Bright yellow wedge of smoked gouda quiche shows herbs and tomato slice on top.
Well-Bred Bakery & Cafe

ASHEVILLE, NC

Lou’s Restaurant

HANOVER, NH

The Nashville Biscuit House

NASHVILLE, TN

Paloma

NEW ORLEANS, LA

Close up of the Challah French Toast from Helena Avenue Bakery
Helena Avenue Bakery

SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA

Auten’s

AIKEN, SC

French Toast Recipes

Crème Brulee French Toast

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