Portuguese “French” Toast… Growing up, this was just plain ole french toast to me! I didn’t realize it was “Portuguese style”. My mother would make this with whatever bread we had in the house, usually some type of portuguese vienna bread (as you see here) or pop seco roll. But, it wasn’t unheard of to make it with plain old sliced bread either. The key is the crispy fried goodness that soaks in all that sugar and cinnamon.
My Vavó (grandmother) used to call these Sopas Fritas, which doesn’t make much sense because literally translated it means Fried Soup. But, if you understand a bit of Portuguese food history, it will. The Portuguese make a soup with milk and put stale bread in it called “Sopas de Leite”. Instead of soup, here we beat eggs and add milk to the beaten egg mixture and dunk day old bread to make fried, well, bread… but it was her quirky way of referring to this delightfully delectable dish. This was traditionally served on Fat Tuesday before lent for those who could not afford to make Portuguese Malasadas (a portuguese fried dough). Now, we eat it for breakfast, brunch, parties or just as a fun snack. Kids and adults alike love Fatias Douradas!
Whatever you call them, they are a simple and delicious start to the day. Definitely a dish the kids can help with! And one they will surely gobble right up. Just one more note before we get started. I have since realized what “actual” french toast is made with sliced bread and topped with maple syrup… this is a bit different and definitely is meant to be eaten sans syrup. (This is a habit my husband had to be broken of) But, if you must, you must… just try to enjoy it as is first! 🙂
Recipe for Portuguese ‘French’ Toast:
1 large Vienna bread loaf (or loaf of your choosing)
1 c. white sugar
1/4 c. veg. oil
3 Tbs. cinnamon
1/8 c. milk
Pre-heat pan with oil on med/high.
Prepare ingredients: In a shallow medium sized bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon, set aside. In a medium bowl beat eggs and milk vigorously, set aside.
Quickly dunk bread. Fry on both sides for 2-3 minutes on each side until golden brown. Immediately dunk in cinnamon sugar mixture. Plate.