Poor Knights (French toast)

If you like French toast, then you’ll love this Swedish twist of French toast. So simple yet delicious. Here is a quick history on the naming

French toast is a dish we have borrowed from the French, who call it “pain perdu”, or lost bread. It is known in England as the poor knights of Windsor, which is the same phrase used in many countries: “fattiga riddare” in Sweden; “arme ridder” in Danish; and “armer ritter” in German. One theory about how the latter name came about goes as follows: In olden times, one of the symbols of distinction between the gentry and the common herd was that the former were expected to serve dessert at dinner. Knights, of course, were gentry. But not all of them were rich. Those who were not, in order to maintain their status, made do with “armer ritter’,” often served with jam.

Poor Knights (French toast)


1 ½ dl / ¾ cup plant-based milk

1 dl / ½ cup gluten free flour

1 egg

½ tsp salt

1 tsp sugar

4 slices of bread of your choice

Butter or oil


Ground cinnamon

Powdered sugar

Cottage cheese


1. Whisk together milk, flour, salt, and sugar into a smooth batter. Place in a shallow bowl, large enough to place your bread.

2. Dip each slice of bread into the batter, ensure both sides have soaked up the batter.

3. Place in frying pan with oil or butter of your choice. Fry until golden brown on both sides.

4. Remove from pan onto plate. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar, top with cottage cheese and berries of your choice.


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