Today we celebrate French Toast Day! A day devoted to the appreciation of the ever popular eggy bread. My appreciation comes in the form of a super quick 3 color doodlewash. Though it was always called French toast when I was growing up, the dish didn’t really originate in France and actually existed during the age of the Roman empire. In France, it’s called ‘pain perdu’ which literally translates into ‘lost bread’ because it was a way to find some usefulness for stale bread. But there is a story around how it came to be called French bread here in America and it has nothing to do with France at all. An 18th century innkeeper in New York named Joseph French tried to name the dish after himself. Unfortunately, he didn’t know how to write in the possessive form and the apostrophe “s” was omitted. So, although the name would stick, credit would forever go to the country instead.

As with most legends, I’ve no idea if any of that story is fully accurate or not, but it makes for a good one. With regard to the doodlewash, the French toast shown here is actually from a photo reference of a version that I made myself in one of my rare attempts at cooking. Actually, this is one dish that is fairly easy to prepare so even I can’t mess things up too badly. The unusual medallion shape is because it was from a leftover bit of old baguette. I continued to buy baguettes after Philippe visited for the first time and then returned to Paris, but a whole one was too much for one person. Now, I wouldn’t dare try to make it as his version is incredible and mine was well… just incredibly edible. This was still an achievement in cooking for me, so I was pleased enough with myself to snap a photo.

I thought about adding berries to this little montage for a bit of color, but instead I kept it just as I made it. Ridiculously simple, if not a bit boring. Yet, despite the lack of flare to the dish, I still remember the feeling of accomplishment for having cooked it all by myself. In the end, cooking wasn’t really my thing. But I do love food and have so enjoyed a month of painting it in watercolor. I hope all of you who have been joining in on the adventure this month have enjoyed it as well. If you’re on the mailing list, you got a sneak peek at what’s coming in December. If not, stay tuned, as the next adventure will be announced in tomorrow’s post!

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About the Doodlewash

Sennelier L’Aquarelle:  Quincridone Gold, Burnt Sienna and Ultramarine Deep. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon with black ink and second pen with sepia ink in a little red cloth hardbound l’aquarelle journal I found in a Paris shop.
 Day 28 - National French Toast Day plate fork napkin white background watercolor

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23 thoughts on “French Toast Day

  1. Well your version looks fab to me, far better than I could muster I imagine, and is making me hungry when I really ought to be thinking about sleeping! Whuh-oh! Not so much lack of flare as devilish simplicity, I’d say – certainly not boring!

  2. Let’s hope the French aren’t toast after their next Presidential elections. Have been following the news with nail biting anticipation. Interestingly, I felt like eating cheese just now, so this post has excellent timing. Behold the power…

  3. Your baguette French toast are an epicurean delight. My kids’ and grandkids’ favorite Saturday morning breakfast is French toast. It’s something I can make, especially with thick slices of bread. I add a good portion of orange juice, cinnamon, and vanilla extract to the beaten eggs. Then we top with real maple syrup and eat till we’re all sick. Yummy!

  4. Although the look of pain perdu is not particularly appealing (my version I mean )and I would not feel the urge to paint it ….
    next time I ll make some, I will think of your very informative post and it will taste even better ! Thanks

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