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Do you use fresh bread to make French toast?

althetrainer's picture

Do you use fresh bread to make French toast?

My husband loves breads.  Who doesn't?  I make sourdough WW sandwich bread, twice a week, so my family can have fresh breads all the time. 

Last week I got busy and behind schedule so we were out of my homemade sourdough bread for one day.  My husband couldn't wait for one day so he bought a loaf of bread from the store.  Then it was the weekend and I made bread again.  So the SD bread was done and cooled and was sliced, ready to be served.  Guess what?  My husband wanted to use my freshly baked SD sandwich bread to make French toast!  I asked him why he wouldn't use the store bought bread and he said "because I like this bread and I like French toast so I am going to use this to make French toast!"  Some people make French toast because their bread has become old and stale!  He said  "I know, but I am going to use this bread because I like it."

I was mad, didn't make any more bread for 5 days.  Today, he was out of bread (my bread) again.  He knew I was annoyed so he said he would make Russian Black bread dough in the machine and asked me to shape the loaf and bake it for him.  I said fine and I did just that.  An hour later, the bread came out.  I checked the internal temperature of the bread, it was 196F.  Normally I wouldn't have any problems with 196F because I let my bread cool for a few hours before slicing into it.  I explained to my husband why he should wait for the bread to cool but he didn't want to.  He said "this is my bread and I am gonna do what I want to do with it." 

Our 7-year-old son behaves better than his dad.


trailrunner's picture

I always use my Challah for French Toast. it makes the best. The stale bread, I don't think, is as good as fresh. I like the recipe on Epicurious for overnight FT. It is Creme Brulee FT. Wonderful and rich. But for every day I think the FT is only as good as the bread and syrup you use for it. But then I am a fanatic about FT LOL. I also want a rich eggy bread for FT as I think it soaks up the egg/cream better. Just my .02. c

Susan's picture

And, yes, I make French Toast with my fresh sourdough bread and we love it!  In fact, I made it this morning.  Now, what are you two really frustrated about?  :-)

Susan from San Diego

Mini Oven's picture
Mini Oven

Something is amiss.  I would be complemented if my son made french toast from my bread but he doesn't.   A lot of what your husband says makes sense and it puts you in an interesting light as well.  Ok. so you don't like french toast, neither does my son, but your two men obviously do and both must be having a hard time trying to figure out why you are mad about it.  Your husband repeats his behavior, you repeat getting upset.

Let me tell you a true story:

When I first met my husband, he wanted me to make kaiser rolls or stiff white rolls.   It took me a while to figure out the recipe, folds and shaping (no internet) and such.   Several weeks later,  I proudly presented him with a beautiful batch of fresh baked (warm) kaiser rolls.  Instead of biting into one and savoring every morsel, as I had fantasized, he said something like "super" and then proceeded to cut them all up into little cubes to use like stuffing for a recipe.   He could have easily used all my trial rolls but he didn't know I had them and I was curious and didn't know what he was up to.  I was upset to say the least and he never had to show me that recipe again.  It burned into my brain but I don't hold it against him, and it was replaced with better bread cube memories later.   We still laugh about it, and when I look back, it was just as silly of me as it was of him, we were both trying too hard to impress the other without doing so.  He had fantasized that I would love his "stuffing" but I was furious.

Your french toast dilemma is similar and you both are making something to eat and want to share something with the other that tastes good.  You need to straighten out the communication wires.    What he is telling you is that your bread is better than the store bought and that you should bake more because he prefers your bread.  Maybe he wants to show you how he likes his french toast, how good it can be and trying to teach you his method in case for some odd reason he can't do it himself.  So why not give in, try it (you may find you like french toast, ok, I won't push it but) complement him and try making french toast in his favorite way if it makes him happy.   It may just break this cycle of "crossed wires."   You're wanting to tell him, "I do work hard to bake you bread and it would be nice if you complement me directly (worship me and grovel at my feet) for it."


A very wise man told me that a happy marriage is the ratio of 90/10 not 50/50.  Each gives 90 and expects a maximim of 10 in return.



tjkoko's picture

Yes and on night before it's made, the bread is sliced and allowed to rest on the countertop to stale.  That way the slice will absorb more batter and cook better throughout.

rcrabtree's picture

+1 - it's the same concept as bread pudding, the bread should be dry so it will absorb the batter and result in a more custard texture.  If that's what you want, of course.  Fresh bread results in very chewy result - most of the batter is just kind of stuck to the outside.  Of course, homemade bread is still better to use than commercial :)

althetrainer's picture

Thanks all for your replies.  Now I know I overreatced.  I will let him use my fresh SD bread to make French toast next time.  I guess the memory of my mom making French toast because the bread was old and stale really got the best of me. 

Mini, yes I do agree the 90/10 formula, 90% from him and 10% from me!  Hahahha

cryobear's picture

Ah Yes, I remember as a child that Grandma would put the last of the old bread in the oven to dry out overnight.  First thing in the morning, the kids all got dried toast rubbed in olive oil and garlic.  That was our daily dose of health care to ward off the Polio out break.  The rest of the dried toast was used to make "German Toast" which we all loved.  Custardy, creamy, sligthtly roasted taste.  It was a real treat.  Then the War came along and it became "French Toast".  MORAL  Call it what you will, make it of what you want, but do it with LOVE. 

Bob Farrell

tjkoko's picture

In France it's called "pain perdu", or lost bread.