Thursday, May 9, 2013

Is French Toast really French?

Well,  that's the most intriguing question I got last night while serving French Toast to a few hundred hungry UIS students at our annual "Finals Week Late Night Breakfast." What a great night!
It was nice to see the cafeteria packed with students – some celebrating being finished with finals while others were taking a break from studying to fortify themselves for that last exam. I also enjoyed seeing some of our student-parents attending the event with their children. I've always admired the multi-tasking of our non-traditional students, who often balance classes, work and childcare and still manage to be very successful at everything they do. That’s what I call determination. These kinds of events really bring our community together and I hope we can find even more ways to do that next year. 

So is French Toast really French? Here's an answer via an internet search: Culinary historians disagree over whether French Toast has exclusively Gallic roots. The simple concoction of bread, eggs, and milk likely dates back to Medieval times, when the battering process was used to make stale loaves more palatable. The question is whether the French were truly the first to dip and fry their bread, or whether other Europeans stumbled upon the "invention" on their own. For example, a similar dish called suppe dorate was popular in England during the Middle Ages; it's unclear, however, whether it was brought over from what's now France by the Normans, who may have delighted in something called tostees dorees before toppling King Harold II in 1066.