Poor Knights (Swedish French toast)

French toast is a dish made of sliced bread soaked in eggs and typically milk, then pan fried.

French toast has been around since the 4th or 5th century, described simply as 'another sweet dish'. The usual French name is pain perdu, "lost bread", reflecting its use of stale or otherwise "lost" bread — which gave birth to the metaphoric term pain perdu for sunk costs.

Poor Knights is a classic Swedish dish for 'French toast'. The special thing with Swedish Poor Knights is that it is a standard Swedish pancake batter that the toasts are soaked in before frying, whereas French toast usually doesn’t have flour in the batter. Even though the classic requires the white bread ideal for toasting, you can of course try with any bread you have at hand. So do you have some stale bread at home, make some Poor Knights!

Poor Knights (Swedish French toast)


1 ½ dl (1/2 cup) plant-based Milk

½ dl (1/4 cup) Flour

Pinch of salt

1 egg

1 tsp sugar


Cottage cheese


Butter or oil of your choice


1. Whisk together milk, flour, eggs, salt and sugar to a smooth batter then pour into a deep plate shallow bowl.

2. Dip the bread slices in the batter on both sides then cook them golden brown in butter or oil in a frying pan.

3. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar mixture on the knights and serve with a dollop of cottage cheese and berries.

Enjoy breakfast or anytime of the day!

Jan-Åke Johnsson

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