Poor Knights of Windsor "English French Toast"
This special breakfast dish comes from interesting history. Shared with our Teashop by Jeff Schnabel. Jeff is the president of the ESU, Kansas City Branch. We have been honored to work closely with Jeff on their annual Queen's tea the last few years. We are thankful to Jeff for sharing such a great Tea Party with us and for sharing one of his favorite recipes!

The origin of the name is a puzzle, especially since dishes similar to this are called the equivalent of 'poor knights' throughout northern Europe, from Germany to Finland. The addition '... of Windsor' is probably a reference to the so-called 'Poor Knights', those military gentlemen who were ruined financially by having to ransom themselves after the battle of Crecy, and who were given pensions and lodgings in Windsor Castle by Edward III in the 14th Century. Their successors still march around Windsor in red uniforms.

  • 4 slices day-old white bread
  • 2 tablespoons superfine sugar (not powdered sugar)
  • 150 ml milk (2/3 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon sweet sherry
  • 1 tablespoon white wine
  • 4 egg yolks, beaten
  • 75 g butter (1/3 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 teaspoons strawberry jam or 4 teaspoons raspberry jam

  • Remove the crusts from the bread and cut each slice in half. Place 1 tablespoon of the sugar, the milk, white wine and sherry in a shallow dish and stir to dissolve the sugar. Place the egg yolks in a shallow dish and beat well then dip the slices of bread in the milk mixture and then into the egg yolks. Melt the butter in a large frying pan and fry the bread until golden brown on both sides. Drain well and keep hot while the remaining pieces are fried. To serve - sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon and serve hot with strawberry or raspberry jam.