Zuppa pavese (‘Pavia soup’) or zuppa alla Pavese (‘Pavia-style soup’) is an Italian soup consisting of broth into which fried slices of bread and poached eggs are placed. It is usually served with grated cheese! But in the south German/Bavarian/Austrian name for French toast is also pafese or pofese, is derived from this dish! I ate Pavese first with plum jam in between- at my Austrian friend’s house and I liked it very much. It was delicious either warm or cold with cinnamon flavored powder sugar!
So what is French toast? Slices of bread are soaked or dipped in a mixture of beaten eggs, often with milk or cream. Sometimes sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla are added to the mixture. The slices of egg-coated bread are then fried on both sides until they are browned and cooked through. Day-old bread is often recommended by chefs because the stale bread will soak up more egg mixture without falling apart. The cooked slices may be covered with sugar or sweet toppings such as jam, honey, fruit, or maple syrup, or served as a savory dish with ketchup or another sauce.
Variations: The bread may be dipped in milk only, with the egg mixture added afterwards.
The bread may be soaked in various other liquids, such as wine, rosewater, or orange juice, either before or after cooking. Formerly, the dish was eaten more as a soup than dry!
Ingredients: 200 ml milk, 3 eggs, 4 large slices white bread or brioche, 4-6 tablespoons plum jam or preserves, butter for frying, ground cinnamon for sprinkling and powder sugar
- Pour the milk in a shallow plate. Lightly beat the eggs and pour them in another shallow plate.
- Spread 2 slices of bread with the plum jam. Sandwich together to make two sandwiches. Dip each toast sandwich into the milk and stack on a platter to drain.
- Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large non-stick frying pan. Dip each sandwich into the eggs from both sides and fry until golden brown and crisp on both sides. Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve immediately. By the way I preferred to eat for breakfast then for dessert!