Dutch French toast (in Dutch: wentelteefjes) is easy to make and super delicious! Perfect if you have day-old or stale bread, or if you just fancy a sweet breakfast or lunch! Everyone is always happy when we serve this wentelteefjes recipe.
It doesn’t really matter what bread you use to make Dutch French toast. We personally like to make wentelteefjes with white bread, as it’s the classic version.
But if you have other bread that needs to be eaten, you can also make Dutch French toast with it! Stale bread does not break as quickly and is therefore extra perfect for making French toast. And you also don’t waste bread, so it’s a win-win situation.
We love to eat Dutch French toast every weekend, but are not particularly healthy. You can make the wentelteefjes healthier by using whole wheat bread or spelt bread, for example. You can also use honey or agave syrup instead of sugar. Another possibility is to serve the Dutch French toast with fruit!
This Dutch French toast recipe is easy to double if you want to make more. Perfect if you want to eat French toast with the whole family.
You can also easily make Dutch French toast without milk and Dutch French toast without eggs with this Dutch French toast recipe. Read on to find out how!
Enjoy this wentelteefjes recipe!
The literal translation of wentelteefjes is ‘turnaround bitches’! Funny, right?
It was the Romans who discovered that stale bread could be very tasty! At first, they added milk to the old bread to make it easier and more delicious to eat. But soon they figured out the bread in soaked mild was even more delicious fried and sprinkled with honey.
The Romans liked it that much, that they even forced poor people to fish the old bread for the trash cans. That’s how the name ‘the lost bread’ came into being. In French, French toast is therefore called pain perdu, which literally means ‘lost bread’.
Nobody really knows where the name wentelteefjes, aka turnaround bitches, comes from.
Wentelteefjes is plural, wentelteefje is singular. So, how do you pronounce wentelteefjes? Here’s our wentelteefjes pronunciation:
Phonetic pronunciation (IPA) of wentelteefje: /ˈʋɛn.təlˌteːf.jə/
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Dutch French Toast Recipe
You only need a few ingredients to make Dutch French toast: bread, milk, eggs, cinnamon, a pinch of salt, and butter or margarine for frying.
Optionally, you can add (vanilla) sugar to taste. Want to make healthy French toast? Leave out the sugar, and add honey or agave syrup, for example, to sweeten the Dutch French toast if necessary.
In terms of bread, we like white bread the best. Be sure to try out what kind of bread you like best for wentelteefjes. And if you have brown bread that really needs to be used, you can of course also make French toast!
Use wholemeal bread or spelled bread to make the French toast healthier.
Making Dutch French toast with sugar bread is also very tasty! You can even use baguettes. Just try whatever you like most!
How to Make Wentelteefjes
How do you make Dutch French toast? Fortunately, that is very easy. Mix the milk, egg, salt, cinnamon, and (vanilla) sugar together on a deep plate.
Heat butter or margarine in a frying pan. Then dip a slice of bread through the milk mixture. Do this with both sides of the bread. This way the bread is well ‘soaked’ with the mixture.
Fry the bread slice over medium heat in the pan until golden brown on both sides. The Dutch French toast is ready in about 2 minutes per side. Make sure they don’t get too brown, it can sometimes go quickly.
You can of course bake several wentelteefjes at the same time in the frying pan. That depends on the size of the pan you are using. We usually bake 2 at the same time.
Dutch Oven French Toast
Do you want to make the Dutch French toast in a Dutch oven? That’s possible too! See this Dutch oven French toast recipe for more information.
Wentelteefjes Variation Tips
You can serve the French toast with lots of tasty things! Personally, I like syrup and white sugar on my Dutch French toast and pancakes. Other options for serving the French toast: granulated sugar, honey, cinnamon, chocolate spread, fruit, and brown sugar.
Or go for a savory Dutch French toast! Leave out the sugar and cinnamon and serve with cheese, or with vegetables such as mushrooms.
Fruits that we like when we eat French toast are strawberries, bananas, and blueberries. Also try jam on your Dutch French toast! Or mango and peach!
Another variation tip: try gingerbread spices instead of cinnamon!
Dutch French Toast Without Milk
Want to make Dutch French toast without milk? Use a vegetable variant of milk, such as soy milk or almond milk. Or replace the milk with water.
The Dutch French toast will taste a little more like egg than you are used to, but the Dutch French toast is still tasty.
Dutch French Toast Without Egg
You can also make wentelteefjes without eggs! Instead of 1 beaten egg, use 2 tbsp flour or 1 tbsp cornflour.
Perfect if you want to make vegan French toast!
How To Store Wentelteefjes
Okay, Dutch French toast is most delicious to eat when you’ve just baked it. And we normally eat them right away. But if you want to store the Dutch French toast a little longer, that’s possible too.
Let the Dutch French toast cool down first, then place them in the fridge as soon as possible. Pack them airtight, and they need to be eaten within 3 days.
Do you want to freeze the Dutch French toast? Then you can keep them for 3 months. Also put them in an airtight container and put baking paper between each Dutch French toast.
Enjoy this Dutch French toast recipe! And be sure to let us know in the comments how the Dutch French toast turned out for you.
- 8 slices of bread*
- 1 1⁄2 cups milk (360 milliliters)
- 2 eggs (beaten)
- pinch of salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract** (optional)
- butter (for frying)
- In a bowl or soup plate, whisk together the milk, eggs, salt, cinnamon and vanilla extract.
- Melt the butter in a frying pan on medium heat.
- Take a slice of bread and dip it in the milk-mixture, on both sides.
- Fry the slice on both sides until golden, be careful not to break.
- Repeat with the other slices.
- Serve the wentelteefjes with cinnamon sugar, icing sugar, or other sweetener (like agave syrup). Enjoy your meal, or as we say in Dutch: eet smakelijk!
*You make authentic Dutch French toast with white bread, but you can also make healthy wentelteefjes with healthier bread! Dutch French toast is best made with stale bread that doesn't break easily.
**You can also use vanilla sugar if you don't have vanilla extract.
- Try using pumpkin spice instead of cinnamon!
- Make savory Dutch French toast! Leave out the sugar and cinnamon and serve with cheese, or with vegetables (delicious with fried mushrooms!).
- Serve the wentelteefje with fruit for healthy French toast! Strawberry, blueberries, and banana are yummy.
- Vary the type of bread, you can even use baguette!
- You can also make Dutch French toast without eggs! Instead of 1 beaten egg, use 2 tbsp flour or 1 tbsp cornflour. Perfect if you want to make vegan French toast!
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Amount Per Serving Calories 275Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 108mgSodium 439mgCarbohydrates 36gFiber 2gSugar 8gProtein 12g
This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix
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