You don't have to live in France to enjoy this food on its national day. You don't have to speak French either. Everyone can enjoy the day by eating French Toast on National French Toast Day. French toast is a versatile food that can be eaten any time of the day even though most people around the world eat it for breakfast. The classic food is made with just a few ingredients. If you have bread, milk, and eggs, then you can make French toast for yourself and your family.

The origin of French toast is unknown, but some recipes date back to the sixteenth century.

At one time it was known in England as "poor knight's pudding." That's because it was so inexpensive to make. A knight with little or no money could afford the simple dish. In France, it was known as lost bread because it was and still is an excellent way to use stale bread. It's a creative way to use old bread instead of throwing it away. Besides, old bread is better because it soaks up more of the egg mixture without breaking apart.

Making the dish

Making French toast is one of the easiest dishes to make. Simply soak bread in eggs and milk. The earlier recipes called for the bread to be dipped in milk only. Eggs were added to the recipe much later. Not that it is needed, but some cooks add some of their favorite things to the mixture.

These choices can be sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla extract. In New Orleans, cooks add alcohol to their mixture. That shows that French toast can be customized to whatever people want as long as there is a liquid to soak the bread in. In Spain, the bread is soaked in wine with honey and spices.

After soaking the slices in the mixture put the soaked bread in a hot pan with butter.

The slices are then fried until browned on both sides. After the slices are cooked, they can be plain or topped with sugar, syrup, jam, honey, or fruit. People in Hong Kong top theirs with peanut butter. In India, the slices are topped with tomato ketchup.

The dish can be a dessert as well as a breakfast food. In France, French toast is usually eaten as a dessert especially in the afternoon with tea.

It can be topped with whipped cream or ice cream.

There is no set time to enjoy the food. So, on November 28, find some old bread in your kitchen and make French toast for breakfast, a snack or a dessert to have with your afternoon tea. No matter how you make it or what time you eat it, enjoy it on National French Toast Day. Millions of other people will be doing the same.