The Millau Viaduct; built so the French could be in awe of themselves.
The French do nothing out of practicality or necessity. Have you ever sat next to one on crowded bus? Where’s the ode de Cologne when you need it? They do things for the sake of grandiosity, pretentiousness, and impressing others (mainly themselves). Look at the Eiffel Tower, the Millau Viaduct, the Maginot Line; all testimonies to the French desire to create grand things that are useless.
Take Champagne and caviar; people pretend to like it. It’s like listening to a Frenchman speak English; you pretend to understand them.
If you question them you relive a scene from the Pink Panther:
Clouseau: Tell me do you have a reum?
Hotel Clerk: I do not know what a ‘reum’ is.
A gun on the Maginot Line; built to stop the German invasion of World War II.
Clouseau: [looks up the word ‘room’ in his German dictionary]
Hotel Clerk: Ah, a ‘room’.
Clouseau: That is what I have been saying, you idiot. Reum.
However, French Toast is the only French item I like. Which leads me to think it may have been stolen from the Belgiums. (Little known fact; the French have been envious of Belgium waffles for years, also equally not known is the French stole their language from the Belgiums.)
The first time I had French Toast was in a small restaurant in Marysville, Ohio (I know it would have been more exciting to say a small French café on Avenue des Champs-Élysées). For some reason Mom, one of my sisters, and I were traveling to Columbus. We stopped for breakfast on one of the main streets near the middle of town. Mom ordered French toast for me. This was my first introduction to French cuisine and culture besides the French fry.
The Eiffel Tower; built to observe the invading German Army marching from the Maginot Line.
That French Toast was one of the most delicious foods I had to that point of my young life. I wondered what else was being kept from me?
When I became a cook particular attention was given to how it was prepared.
French Toast is simple. Here is a recipe I prefer;
3/4 cup milk
3 tablespoons brown sugar (evil white sugar can also be used and you may wish to go as much as double the amount)
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
Dip the bread in the batter and toast on a lightly buttered grill set at 350 degrees. Toast each side lightly and serve with your favorite syrup. I don’t get the pat of butter thing. If you can’t taste it why even do it? If you’re going to do butter do Paula Dean portions – ya‘ll (spoken with irritating nasal quality).
Creamy French Toast
French toast; it can't be French, it tastes too good.
A couple of years ago I expanded the recipe a bit. I made a simple cream cheese filling. As an example; Purchase a tub of whipped cream cheese or an 8 oz. package. Add a cup of your favorite pie filling. Blend until smooth.
Any pie filling bought off the shelf is fine; apple, blueberry, cherry, peach, etc.
Here is something that will send it over the top; Add a glub of rum for you boozers or a dash or two of rum extract for the temperate.
Take two freshly dipped slices of French Toast and brown them on one side. After one is browned flip it over. Add a tablespoon or so of the cheese/filling mix on the flipped slice of toast. Then flip the other slice on top of the slice that has the cheese/filling mix. As soon as the grilled side to is toasted flip it to toast the untoasted side.
Your favorite syrup can be used as a topping, but don’t overdo it – unless you are French.
Her is a simple syrup;
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar 3/4 cup water
1/2 cup light corn syrup
Bring these ingredients to a boil for about seven minutes, then add the following to it.
1/2 teaspoon maple flavoring
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
The flavoring or extract can be substituted for what ever you prefer.
If you want to skinny it down a bit, use fresh fruits.
I have had people try my French toast and its many variations and speak fluent French ,or to be more precise, Belgium immediately.