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As promised, here is your “special Wednesday surprise!”

I have it on relatively good authority (how good is the authority of a random website purporting to have traditional English recipes?) that this is an authentic English recipe. According to Wikipedia, “Poor Knights of Windsor” is the name applied to this dish, colloquially known in Britain as eggy bread or gypsy toast. So it’s French Toast with an English twist! It sounds delicious and pretty simple. It might not work well with all your weight-loss resolutions, but maybe you should give it a try, for Wednesday’s sake.

4 Thick slices of bread
200 ml White wine
2 Eggs
½ tsp Cinnamon
1¼ tbsp Sugar
Icing sugar

Serves 4 – (1 slice per person)

1. Beat the eggs. Cut the crusts off the slices of bread and discard the crusts. Cut the bread slices in to four equal quarters.
2. Place the bread into a fairly deep dish.
3. Mix the eggs with the wine, sugar and cinnamon. Once fully mixed pour over the bread slices and leave them to soak up the mixture for 3 or 4 minutes.
4. Put enough cooking oil in a frying pan until it is about ¼” deep and then heat. Once the oil is hot, gently slide an egg covered bread slice into the oil. Take care you do not splash oil everywhere as it will spit hot oil. Fry until golden brown, then turn over the slice and fry the other side until golden brown.
5. Take out and let drain on either kitchen paper or a cake cooling rack.
6. Let most of the oil drain off, but whilst the toast is still warm, sprinkle with a little icing sugar and (if to your taste) a little cinnamon.
7. Repeat for the other slices.

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Written by Abigail Young

I've had a passion for everything British my entire life, despite being raised as a small-town girl in the American Midwest, After years of dreaming, I got the chance to live and work in England for an entire year. Now I write about my favorite country, and hopefully inspire my fellow Britophiles to get over there and experience it for themselves.

This article has 6 comments

  1. CambridgeLady Reply

    Yum. I know it as Eggy Bread and believe me it works pretty well with just bread, eggs and sugar …. but those extras look very tempting ….

    Are you trying to get me off my New Year’s healthy eating plan? 😉

  2. Gypsy Girl Reply

    My Mother fixed that all the time for us children …of course not the wine but with milk and no cinnamon,then butter and syrup. It was great! Thanks for reminding me. I like your Wednesday’s !

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