French toast with caramel sauce

French toast with caramel sauce

I’ve hesitated a bit about posting this simple breakfast (or dessert) which is pretty similar to French toast or Pain perdu. Not because it’s not good (because it is!) but because I’m a bit ashamed of the Dutch name for it: wentelteefjes. In Dutch it’s a really normal thing to say, you never give it a second thought, but translated in English you can’t help but raise an eyebrow.

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French toast with caramel sauce

Ok, let’s just say it, wentelteefjes literally means rotate or turn around bitches. We’ve been calling them wentelteefjes for quite a while, first mentions of it were found in an 17th century Dutch poem. The ‘wentel’ part of the word is easy to explain, it means rotate or turn around. The ‘teefjes’ part is the tricky bit, it seems that in the 17th century it was common to call certain types of cake a ‘teefje’, but nowadays we only use this word to express something completely different!

French toast  French toast with caramel sauce

French toast with caramel sauce

But we do love to eat them, so here’s the recipe for Wentelteefjes with caramel sauce. Perfect for brunch or weekend breakfast! In the Netherlands we traditionally bake them in a pan, but I prefer to make them in the oven. The main reason for this is that I’m just a very lazy person and I like letting the oven do all the work. Plus it makes a pretty dish at the table. I’ve added a caramel sauce, don’t skip it because it really makes all the difference!

French toast, pain perdu or wentelteefjes

Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 10 slices of white bread, no crusts
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) of milk
  • caramel sauce
  • 2 tbsp of salted butter
  • 2 tbsp of brown sugar

Preparations

Preheat the oven to 180 C (356 F)

Beat the egg slightly in a bowl

Add the cinnamon and milk and mix well

Arrange the slices of bread in a cake form lined with baking paper

Pour the mixture over the bread

Put in the oven and bake for 10 minutes

Meanwhile, melt the butter and sugar together in a pan on low heat

Whisk to combine

After the 10 minutes in the oven, open the over door and pour the caramel over the bread

Bake for another 10 minutes

Take out of the oven and serve immediately

Bon appétit!

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French toast with caramel sauce