Today’s recipe is called Arme Ritter (French Toast in English), and it is a traditional dish that can be traced back to the Romans. The antique cooking book De re coquinaria describes this dish following:
„Zerbrich abgeriebene Siligenen (= Winterweizengebäcke), mache größere Häppchen, tauche sie in Milch, röste sie in Öl, übergieße sie mit Honig und serviere sie.“
The oldest Arme Ritter original German recipe was found in the 14th century in the book “guter spyse” (good food) that is quoted in the German dictionary of the Grimm brothers with: „snit denne aht snitten arme ritter und backe die in smalze niht zu trüge.“
In a German cook book from 1691 the German French Toast is called “Gueldene Schnitten” (golden slices) .
The dish has many names:
In England it is called Poor Knights of Windsor, in the USA French Toast, in France Pain Perdu, and in Spain Torrijas. Arme Ritter is great for the brunch, breakfast or as a sweet dish only. You can use this base recipe and create French toast Casserole – Find the Recipe here – Happy Cooking!
4 slices toast, wheat
¼ liter milk
2-3 tbsp butter
mix of cinnamon and powdered sugar
– Mix the egg with milk.
– Soak the bread slices in the egg-milk mix.
– Heat butter in a skillet.
– Fry the bread slices in butter, and when they show a golden brownish color on both sides they are done.
– Serve hot and sprinkle with the cinnamon-sugar mix.
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The Armer Ritter I know when I was growing up was old Bread dunked in water, fried real crisp,and we put sugar on top.The word stand for poor Knight. And I am 72