When finding out where the origin of French Toast comes from I was surprised by finding out that it also had different names, eggy bread, Bombay toast, German toast, gypsy toast, poor knights (or Winsor) and Torrija (Thanks to Wikipedia)
This is one of the most popular recipes in American when ordering at a restaurant, in France, they serve it for dessert, which is called “Lost Bread” or Pain Perdu.
The French are mainly credited with creating French Toast, but upon further research, they really created it in Belgium.
Back in medieval times the soldiers would take the old bread and soak it in egg and milk, to make it edible.
Before preservatives in America and around the world, the bread did not say long; it was a great way to use up day-old bread.
This is also a great way to use your imagination, as everything goes with French Toast, berries, stuffed, etc..
Any type of bread works for French toast, you can use white bread, whole wheat, rye bread, French Bread, brioche, and croissants. A typical holiday breakfast would be for a French Bread Casserole, so I am hoping to make one in the coming weeks because it really makes for a wonderful breakfast on either Thanksgiving or Christmas mornings. I am working on making homemade French Toast Bites because my kids have fallen in love with the Frozen version.
Here are some other great recipes,
Air Fryer French Toast Casserole
Air Fryer French Toast Bites
Frozen French Toast in the Air Fryer
Cooking Frozen French Toast Sticks In the Air Fryer
(How To Make Frozen French Toast Sticks In Air Fryer, How Long to cook frozen French toast sticks in the air fryer)
Here are some tips for getting perfect French Toast every time:
- The perfect thickness of the bread you will use for your French Toast, the thickness should be between 1/2″ and 1″ thick.
- As mentioned above, you can use any type of bread, but the dried the bread the better, therefore day-old bread really works, it soaks up the liquid perfectly.
- All French toast batter includes eggs and milk, whole milk works best, as it is thicker.
- Remember to season the batter, so grab your favorite spice and mix it in.
Tips for Air Frying French Toast in the Air Fryer:
- Make sure that the entire piece of bread has liquid on it, AKA the batter.
- Spray the soaked bread with non-stick cooking spray. The more spray you put on the less it will stick.
- I use a pan, only because I can spray the pan, with non-stick cooking spray, this way, you put the soaked bread on top of a greased pan; it is easier to flip, and it does not stick to the air fryer basket.
- Don’t forget to use tongs to flip the French Toast, halfway through.
- I hardly preheat the oven but, for French Toast, I preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees F. (but check each recipe, as they are all different)
GoWise Air Fryer, I think this is the best model to get you into the air fryer world, it doesn’t mean that you are going to stick with it, but it’s a solid machine, large enough for a chicken and inexpensive enough that you can upgrade later, and use it for sides.
Secura Air Fryer: This is MY first air fryer, I have had it since (Amazon tells me I ordered it on August 23, 2017), It is a fabulous machine, and I always recommend it to my facebook group, when they are on sale because it works. And to be honest, once you get into the air fryer world, you want another one for side dishes (and, I’m so hoping that is true and not just me)
Omni Air Fryer, By Instant Pot: This is my newest addition and I am in love. There are a lot of things I love about this, but the main ones are that I can make a LOT of food for my family, and since I have 2 teenage boys, I really need the same. Also, this was my first air fryer oven, so I am loving making cookies, pancakes and other food that needed a flat surface.
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This is a really rich and delicious breakfast, yet it only takes a few ingredients to get a great french toast. The air fryer makes the bread light and crisp, while the strawberries are a great and healthy addition.
- 1 cup milk
- 4 large eggs
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 8 slices any bread
In a large mixing bowl, (large enough to soak the bread) mix the milk, egg, sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt.
Then cut the bread (I used Challah)
Soak the bread for about 5 minutes, and then place on a greased air fryer tray or basket.
Set the temperature to 400 degrees F. (or 390 F, if you air fryer only goes up that high) for 4 minutes. Then flip and do another 4 minutes.
Note: The actual cooking time for your french toast will depend on the thickness, the wattage of your air fryer and the degrees that you have it on. 390 vs 400. Please check and make sure that it's fully cooked.
Plate, serve and enjoy!