National French Toast Day

French Toast Day by Charlie O'Shields

Today we celebrate French toast! It’s also known as eggy bread, German toast, gypsy toast, or Spanish toast but I guess those are celebrated on a different day. No matter what you call it, it’s a dish made of bread soaked in beaten eggs and then fried and it’s delicious.

I talked Philippe into making this earlier today under the guise that I need a reference for this post. Above is the plate that I sketched and then promptly ate, adding color later in the day (it was incredibly yummy and made from challah bread!). Pro tip: It’s a waste of good food to also sit there and doodlewash it while it’s getting cold. Just make a quick sketch, snap a photo reference, and dig in!

This doodlewash was a bit of an experiment as I wanted to see what would happen if I only used two colors and nothing else for the entire piece. For this one I only used Quinacridone Gold and Dioxazine Purple. I love Quin Gold because it has all the colors I needed for eggy toast depending on the amount of water added. Though getting the two colors to produce something close to gray was a bit challenging.

As for French toast, this was my number one favorite as a child! My mom would make it for me every Saturday morning, which come to think of it, was probably why I was a chubby child. The little Charlie version consisted of four slices of regular white Wonder bread that formed a sort of tower. I used to cut the tower four times evenly in each direction so there were tiny stacked squares that I would eat one at a time. The pieces in the middle were paper thin and a tad gooey. Those were my favorite.

This strikes me as odd behavior now, but I also used to eat Fruit Loops one at time just to see if each color was a different flavor. They really all tasted the same version of fake fruit, but I swore I could taste a difference so I kept doing it. I just really liked these breakfast-only treats and eating them this way made the whole experience last longer.

Tonight, we’re about to trim our tree and drink some vin chaud aux épices that Philippe is currently making (also known as mulled wine). So I’ll keep this short and say that I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend! Christmas is my jam, so I’m excited to get started!

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  1. thepaperbaker 7 years ago

    Whoa! Only 2 colors used! Must be a Doodlewashing EXPERT!! Fab painting….love the blueberries too 🙂

    • Author

      Awww thanks, Nicole!! 💕😃It was fun to test what would happen with only a couple colors! I hope you’re having an amazing birthday and got lots of cool gifts!! Hehe

  2. artandmoondreams 7 years ago

    Wonderfully cozy post. Adore the French toast (both the painting and the food) 😃 You did a great job using just two colors and the custardy looking top of the toast is excellent. Peace

  3. Kari 7 years ago

    Yummy doodlewash!! And I agree about quin gold.. I’m also a fan of quin burnt orange. I just ordered the Holbein 24 tube set so hopefully, there will be a purple in there.. 😊

    I love French toast and like you growing up, my dad made them with Wonder Bread too! I didn’t you could buy bread that weren’t square to that you had to slice yourself! And now, challah French toast is my favorite! I used to make two loaves of challah, one for Shabbat and one for French toast! My friend makes apple pie challah and white chocolate challah and she tells me French toast with those are heavenly!!

    I wished I could have some of that mulled wine as I’m freezing.. It’s only 52 degrees here!! Hehe.. ❤️

    • Author

      Thanks Kari! 💕😃Oh wow!! Now I want to try everything challah!! That all sounds amazing!! What?! It’s 32 degrees here! Which is “actually” freezing! Lol I’m still jealous! Arizona is a much better spot tonight! 😉

  4. Jill Kuhn 7 years ago

    I have a Peaches and Cream French toast recipe that I make in the summer when we can get fresh peaches. You soak thick slices of French bread over night in egg and cream and peach jam. It is to die for! 😄 I’m impressed that you only used 2 colors to paint the whole thing! WOW! And it looks DELISH too! 💖💕 Enjoy your tree trimming. 🎄

    • Author

      Thanks Jill!! 💕😃 We ended up just setting up the lights as one strand was dead and so it’s off to Target tomorrow. That’s fine because I’ll make egg nog for the occasion. And that Peaches and Cream version sounds heavenly!! I’ll have to try that, or be super sweet and talk Philippe into trying it if I’m being honest. 😊hehe

  5. Teri C 7 years ago

    Beautiful and yummy looking!

    • Author

      Thanks so much Teri! 😃I’m always worried with food sketches, because even if they’re roughly “accurate” I’m never sure if they’re yummy! Hehe…glad you think so!

  6. Catherine Johnson 7 years ago

    Great doodlewash. That’s so weird because I dsuggested we eat that today without knowing. We opted for poached eggs instead.

    • Author

      Thanks! 💕😃See, Catherine?! This special day was calling to you and you didn’t even know why?! Hehe… Though you definitely ended up with a healthier option! 😉👍🏻

  7. Sharon Mann 7 years ago

    I hope the French toast I make tomorrow looks this delicious. Well done on the two color doodle wash. Watercolors are a remarkable medium. Happy Sunday.

    • Author

      Thanks Sharon!! 💕😃Yeah, I just keep falling in long with watercolors over and over again. I’m alway amazed at what they can do! And ya to French toast tomorrow! 😃👍🏻 I’m not sure if we’ll be having it again…I think I’m already being put on the “diet before Christmas” after the last couple days of binge eating 😊

      • Sharon Mann 7 years ago

        Diet before Christmas sounds like a song title, heehee, I know what you mean. The December treats ahead will be taunting us!!

  8. Sand Salt Moon 7 years ago

    Only two colors and you got that grey – super, Charlie. Funny story about your stack and Fruit Loops. I used to love Captain Crunch and Life cereal, along with Lucky Charms. But pancakes are my fav. And I can have a chocolate chip waffle with no syrup or anything, just plain with a cup of coffee, and that’s yummy good.

    • Author

      Thanks Cynthia!! 💕😃I had fun with this one! And those are all great cereals. Pancakes are our norm on the weekend, though we did have waffles for a time and I loved them. Now the poor little waffle iron is sitting in the cabinet wondering what he did wrong. But apparently our whole wheat pancakes are the best for us according to my other half. I think what tastes the most awesome should win, but that’s why I’m a big child and need this type of care. 😊

  9. Jodi 7 years ago

    Hey – our Thanksgiving hosts (which we stayed overnight at) made us french toast the morning after Thanksgiving. It was soaked in an eggnog mixture overnight. It was divine, and I have not had in months and months. Oh this is that time of year! 🙂 Great doodlewash of your yummy breakfast – and awesome that you did with those two colors! Christmas might be your jam, but your doodlewashes are my jam! 🙂

    • Author

      Awww that’s sweet, Jodi! Thanks! ❤️😃 Oh my! Your French toast sounds awesome!! We don’t have the foresight or patience to soak things…but we should really try because that sounds amazing!! 😳I want some!!

  10. Teresa Robeson 7 years ago

    You know what they say: two can make magic! That would include your two paints and you and Philippe! Mmm…now you made me want French toast… 💙😉

    • Author

      Awww…sweet! Thanks Teresa! ❤️😃 I never do know who “they” are, but I often like what they have to say! You should totally have French toast…right this minute!! Stop whatever you’re doing and have some! 😉👍🏻

      • Teresa Robeson 7 years ago

        LOL! We have freshly made sourdough bread right now and that doesn’t translate to French toast as well. Maybe I’ll attempt to make brioche when we’re done with the sourdough bread so hubby can make French toast! 😀

  11. Jacob 7 years ago

    You need to somehow both stop and continue doodlewashing food because I read these normally just before bed, and they leave me ridiculously hungry. It looks so damn tasty. It’s incredible and the two-colour thing just knocks me for six. You are the grand master!

    I don’t think I’ve ever had French toast. I know, I know – I’m ashamed.

    • Author

      Thanks!! 😃 And wait, what?!!! This is not acceptable Jacob. I’ve already come to terms with the coffee thing, but you really must give this a try! Right this minute! Okay….well you’re probably asleep now, so that’s not entirely fair. But the moment you wake up then! Sorry for the pre-bedtime cravings. I guess then, you’re welcome for the sardines! 😉

      • Jacob 7 years ago

        Oh, yeah… the sardines had a rather different impact. (Ha, ‘impact’… I feel that’s an appropriate word for sardines.) At least it was a lovely painting!

        I’m totally going to try this soonish!

  12. kirkistan 7 years ago

    Great sketch and solid pro tip.

    • Author

      Hehe…thanks Kirk! I heard someone say Pro Tip the other day when suggesting I get the roasted potatoes at a new lunch place. It made me smile, so I’ve been looking for a place to use it ever since. 😉lol

  13. Wonderful painting – I can almost smell the maple syrup.

    The first time I ever had French toast was on a business trip to San Francisco. I had a dreadful hangover and thought it would be something like Melba toast, thin and dry and not too demanding on my delicate constitution. When it arrived there were about six thick slices dripping in syrup and powered sugar, with strawberries and blueberries and mountains of other stuff. Somehow I got through it, felt immediately better (the sugar probably!) and have been a fan ever since.

    • Author

      Thanks so much Michael! Glad you liked it! And yum! That San Fran French toast sounds amazingly decadent. I have to admit being somewhat jealous as after these two meager slices, I was assuming there was another round. Philippe just looked at me and said, “Uhm…that’s a lot! We’re finished!” And I swear I saw his eyes briefly dart down to my holiday stomach. Guess I’m being cut off for awhile until things return to normal. 😊

  14. obat kuat terbaik 7 years ago

    L I K E

  15. memadtwo 7 years ago

    Enjoy Charlie! One color next…?
    and French toast is always a hit in our house too! (K)

    • Author

      We had it again this morning. 😊No use letting perfectly good challah go to waste. Hehe…. I thought about one color, but unless it was an ink wash or Neutral Tint, I’d miss my darks too much! 😉

  16. Rachel Murphree 7 years ago

    Really nice, Charlie. Hope it tasted as good as it looked!

  17. Lemon 7 years ago

    Charlie, your food paintings are making my stomach growl. You should submit here, it’s fun:

  18. Love that you did this in two colors! Gluten may be evil, but your painting is all good, bro! LOL

  19. Jill Holmes 7 years ago

    Honestly, I thought French toast was another food group! And definitely a required part of the nutrition triangle. 🙂

  20. agneslise 7 years ago

    Did you try French toast with sugar or not ? With sugar it’s really delicious ! Congratulations for your paint delicious for the yes ! Happy new year to you and yours ! Agnès-Lise.

    • Author

      We didn’t this time, but I do love it with sugar! Merci beaucoup, Agnès-Lise!!
      Bonne année à toi aussi!!🍾😃

      • agneslise 7 years ago

        You must try ! It’s delicious more than with salt (for me) 🍳 ! Meilleurs voeux à vous et aux vôtres Charlie pour 2016 !🎉

  21. zuzala 6 years ago

    1. Inspite of the great suggestion from @lemmon, i will be avoiding that site. 2. Great post 3, @kari is correct; challah french toast is devine- thinish slices, soaked in egg and some milk for too long,( almost fall apart) yields a crispy on outside, custardy inside FToast piece. Yum. I also recommend both sugar and dark or grade B real male syrup. ( each fork dipped on one, then the other), My husband likes cinnamon sprinkled on top but i find it a distraction. ( not that i would turn it down) fry in butter! Oh yum. Ive already got the Thanksgiving/ xmas 7 lbs. Half way there and then the year to loose it. Sigh. But what a way to go! ( the mozzerella and sausage stuffing and the flourless cake didnt help!)

    • Author

      Wow!! 😃💕 That crispy, custardy recipe sounds divine! But I agree, that cinnamon is a distraction. hehe… I like the maple and vanilla to just come through! And yeah, there’s just too much good food this time of year to worry about the pounds. It’s soooo worth it!! LOL

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