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3-F-Toast-Rec-art – 6/10/05


"Period French Toast Recipes" by Lady Hauviette d’Anjou.


NOTE: See also the files: French-Toast-art, French-Toast-msg, eggs-msg, bread-msg, pancakes-msg, egg-storage-msg, wafers-msg, Brakng-t-Fast-art, breakfast-msg.





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Period French Toast Recipes

by Hauviette d’Anjou


Two 15th Century Cookbooks (Take a Thousand Eggs)

Harleian MS. 4016

80. Payn purdeuz.  Take faire yolkes of eyren, and try hem fro the white,

and drawe hem thorgh a streynour; and then take salte, and caste thereto;

And then take manged brede or paynman, and kutte hit in leches; and then

take faire buttur, and clarefy hit, or elles take fressh grece and put

hit yn a faire pan, and make hit hote; And then wete the brede well there

in the yolkes of eyren, and then ley hit on the batur in the pan, whan

the buttur is al hote; And then whan hit is fried eyowe, take sugur

ynowe, and caste there-to whan hit is in the disshe, And so serve hit



An Ordinance of Potage (15th Cent.)

110. Payn purdyeu.

Take payndemayn or fresch bredd; pare awey the crustys.  Cut hit in

schyverys; fry hem a lytyll yn claryfyd buture.  Have yolkes of eyren

drawyn thorow a streynour & ley the brede theryn that hit be al helyd

with bature. Then fry in the same buture, & serve hit forth, & strew on

hote sygure.



A Period Recipe Recreated


Platina (1475) 8.63  Golden Balls


Toast chunks of bread crust a little on both sides.  When they are

toasted, soften with rose water in which there are both beaten eggs and

ground sugar. When they are taken out, fry in a pan with butter or fat,

far apart so that they do not touch each other.  When they are fried and

transferred into a serving dish, sprinkle with sugar and rosewater

colored with saffron.  This pleases M.

Antonius, not undeservedly, for it fattens the body, helps liver and

kidneys, and stimulates passion.


Recipe Recreation



1 loaf of sourdough bread, cut into cubes (2” by 2”)

1/4 LB of butter or lard



12 large egg yolks

2/3 cup rosewater

6 tsp. ground sugar (place sugar in a mortar or food processor and turn to powder like consistency)



Combine 1/4 cup rosewater  and 4 saffron  threads, bring to a boil over low heat or place in a microwave oven for 30 seconds on high. Remove from heat and with a pestle or the back of a spoon, mash the saffron to release the colour and flavour.


1/4 cup ground sugar  for sprinkling.




Toast the bread cubes in a 400 degree oven. Turn to ensure toasting on all sides. Or for simplicity, cut into 1.5 inch slices and toast in a wide slot toaster.


Combine the egg yolk, rosewater and sugar. In a large bowl toss the bread and egg mixture to coat. If there is not enough coverage, combine 1 or 2 yolks and 2-4 tsp. rosewater with 1/2 tsp. sugar and add to the bowl, continue.


Heat butter in a large frying pan. Fry soaked bread for 3-5 minutes, shaking pan to ensure all sides are browned fully.


Place browned bread into a serving dish. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and drizzle with the rosewater syrup.


Serve warm.


This dish is wonderful served on it’s own or as an accompaniment to a simple pork sausage.



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