Nov. 28, 2012 at 1:42 PM ET
We propose a toast to National French Toast Day! While dedicating Nov. 28 to the cinnamony-sweet breakfast treat is a recent tradition, French toast has been around a lot longer than you might think. Turns out fourth-century Romans enjoyed dipping stale slices of bread in milk before frying them up in oil, just as we do today. In other words: Here's another "French" dish that, just like fries, didn't originate in France (where French toast is actually called pain perdu, or "lost bread").
So, next time you have some stale bread lying around, do some delicious recycling with the recipes below. Whether you use sourdough, challah, baguette or even wheat bread, you’ll save that loaf from an early death... and your taste buds (not to mention kids) certainly won’t complain.
Peanut butter crunch French toast
French toast with chocolate, Nutella and chestnut honey
Blueberry-cream cheese French toast
Crème brûlée French toast
Croissant French toast with fresh berries
Bourbon ball French toast with pecans, strawberries and dark chocolate
Frenchy toast casserole
Giada’s panettone French toast