Sweet Eggy Breakfast Bread – Friganele
What’s better than having a sweet breakfast with a delicious homemade jam and a large cup of tea, on a lazy Sunday morning? These slices of sweet eggy bread are perfect for the most important meal of the day, and if you ask Romanians, many of them will probably tell you that it’s the breakfast of their childhood.
I can’t say that I ate these Romanian eggy breakfast bread slices called frigănele a lot when I was a little girl, but I remember that my best friend’s grandma used to make these fried bread slices all the time for her. I don’t think that she made them sweet though; she skipped adding sugar and served them with Romanian telemea cheese.
The savory version of these eggy bread slices was just as good as the sweet one, but since I usually prefer a sweet breakfast, I made these vanilla-flavored eggy bread slices, topped with blueberry jam. You can find a lovely recipe for savory eggy bread on my friend Silvia’s blog, www.booksandlavender.com.
It’s a hearty breakfast dense in calories, so we don’t really make it that often. I love the vanilla flavor given by the vanilla extract I added, so make sure you don’t skip that part. The traditional recipe doesn’t require any vanilla flavoring, but it’s an extra ingredient that will make this Romanian breakfast even more delicious.
Many Romanians like to serve this sweet eggy bread with a simple sugar topping – just spread granulated sugar over the sweet toast once you take it out of the frying pan. You can also add a bit of cinnamon, or top it with maple syrup and bananas, but that wouldn’t be a Romanian breakfast anymore, so just stick to the classic if you’re going for the real deal. Make sure you don’t use a bread that’s fresh from the oven – it will be too soft when you fry it, and it won’t have the right texture.
I know what you’re thinking – this totally looks like French toast, right? I know it might be very similar to the original French toast recipe, but I promise you I had no idea what French toast was when I ate this sweet eggy bread as a child. It’s a pretty simple recipe, so you’ll probably find it in different parts of the world with different names. Nonetheless, I still think it’s one of the easiest and most delicious Romanian breakfasts you could prepare, so go ahead and spoil yourself with this yummy sweet eggy bread (and please don’t think about the calories… just enjoy it 😊).
6 bread slices
2 medium eggs
250 ml milk
75 g powdered sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
100 g butter
100 g blueberry (or any other fruit) jam
- Beat the eggs, then add the milk, sugar, vanilla extract and mix.
- Dip each bread slice in the liquid mixture.
- In a frying pan, melt the butter and fry each slice for 2-3 minutes on each side.
- Take the sweet eggy bread slices out of the frying pan and serve them with the topping of your choice – you can add blueberry, plum, apricot or sour cherry jam, or top them with simple, granulated sugar.
Recipe in Romanian – Rețetă în română
6 felii de pâine
2 ouă medii
250 ml lapte
75 g zahăr pudră
½ linguriță extract de vanilie
100 g unt
100 g dulceață de afine (sau orice alta dulceață puțin acrișoară)
Mod de preparare
- Bateți ouăle ca pentru omletă, apoi adăugați laptele, zahărul pudră, extractul de vanilie și amestecați.
- Înmuiați bine fiecare felie de pâine în amestecul lichid.
- Într-o tigaie, topiți untul și prăjiți fiecare felie timp de 2-3 minute pe fiecare parte.
- Scoateți frigănelele din tigaie și serviți-le cu dulceață de afine, prune, caise sau de vișine, sau cu zahăr tos simplu.