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Do you butter your French toast?

Jpan99 May 26, 2014 06:24 AM

I saw someone buttering their French toast this weekend. I have never buttered my French toast. I butter my pancakes. I butter my waffles. But I have never buttered French toast and I have no idea why that is. We didn't butter it as kids and it never occurred to me to butter it!

Do you butter French toast?

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    rasputina RE: Jpan99 May 26, 2014 06:28 AM

    yes

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      jjjrfoodie RE: Jpan99 May 26, 2014 06:30 AM

      Why yes... yes I do.
      Whipped butter when I have it, otherwise a pat or 2 of std. butter.
      Then warm syrup.

      If I do a Cap'n Crunch coated or Corn Flakes coated French toast, then I may not butter.
      But always warm syrup.
      Yum.

      1. mcsheridan RE: Jpan99 May 26, 2014 06:40 AM

        Oh yeah. :) but as I'm cooking for one, I just add a little butter atop the slices as they're finishing in the pan. It melts a little before I plate it up. Then the maple syrup over all. Yum.

        1. coll RE: Jpan99 May 26, 2014 06:42 AM

          No, I cook it in lots of melted butter so it's not necessary to add more at the table. My husband, however, does not agree.

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            RedTop RE: Jpan99 May 26, 2014 07:03 AM

            Yes. Done that way by my parents, continues on with me.

            1. sunshine842 RE: Jpan99 May 26, 2014 07:05 AM

              Absolutely, every time.

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                gordeaux RE: Jpan99 May 26, 2014 07:42 AM

                I butter French Toast, and anything else I can possibly butter.

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                  melpy RE: gordeaux Jun 2, 2014 08:33 AM

                  My father always buttered his farina and it drove my mother nuts! She wouldn't let us kids do it.

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                  Linda VH RE: Jpan99 May 26, 2014 08:12 AM

                  No, and not pancakes or waffles either! Always say "no butter".

                  1. gaffk RE: Jpan99 May 26, 2014 08:37 AM

                    I'm with you: pancakes and waffles get butter and maple syrup; french toast just gets syrup. Not sure why.

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                      Florida Hound RE: Jpan99 May 26, 2014 08:45 AM

                      Gotta love Chowhound. It never occurred to me that someone would not butter their French toast. I go to a breakfast meeting for an organization in the area, about once a month, and we meet at a small restaurant that serves a very simple buffet. They always have French toast (not the best, maybe), and I will always pile on the slices, then slather on butter and butter and butter, and top it off with sopping amounts of syrup. And a little later, go back for seconds.

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                        magiesmom RE: Jpan99 May 26, 2014 08:49 AM

                        Yes

                        1. The Professor RE: Jpan99 May 26, 2014 08:50 AM

                          Since childhood I have_always_ buttered my French Toast, whether topped with syrup or fruit conserves (usually apricot).
                          It's just not complete without the butter.

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                            vttp926 RE: Jpan99 May 26, 2014 09:18 AM

                            First time I have heard of buttering French toast. Then again I rarely eat French toast.

                            1. tim irvine RE: Jpan99 May 26, 2014 09:34 AM

                              No, but I fry it in bacon fat.

                              1. kitchengardengal RE: Jpan99 May 26, 2014 10:01 AM

                                I do butter my French Toast. And more often than not, I sprinkle it with powdered sugar instead of using syrup. The powdered sugar and butter make a most delicious topping.

                                1. bagelman01 RE: Jpan99 May 26, 2014 10:36 AM

                                  I prefer my French Toast crispy with butter and powdered cinnamon. NO Syrup and NO powdered sugar.

                                  I have learned to specify when ordering waffles, French Toast, pancakes muffins, cake...NO Powdered Sugar!

                                  If it arrived that way it will be refused.

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                                    chowyadoin99 RE: Jpan99 May 26, 2014 10:55 AM

                                    No butter on French toast, because it's already been fried (or sauteed or whatever the term is) in butter.

                                    Butter on pancakes & waffles, because they're not cooked in butter.

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                                      chartreauxx RE: chowyadoin99 May 30, 2014 03:21 PM

                                      really? i use butter as the cooking oil for pancakes and waffles, too! but then i love cooking with butter.

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                                        melpy RE: chowyadoin99 Jun 2, 2014 08:34 AM

                                        What do you cook pancakes and waffle in?

                                      2. Karl S RE: Jpan99 May 26, 2014 10:56 AM

                                        Yes. Yes. Yes. I don't use much syrup or sugar, if any, as I can't stand too much sweet.

                                        1. JMF RE: Jpan99 May 26, 2014 11:03 AM

                                          Lots and lots of butter! Soaking in it, and a little Maple syrup, preferably grade B.

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                                            kseiverd RE: Jpan99 May 26, 2014 12:53 PM

                                            Oh yeah, butter and nice REAL maple syrup on top.

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                                              Leepa RE: Jpan99 May 26, 2014 01:00 PM

                                              *nods*

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                                                FriedClamFanatic RE: Jpan99 May 26, 2014 01:06 PM

                                                Yep..........on both pancakes and FT, when I flip them, I put a pat of butter on the cooked side. about the time it starts melting and running toward the edges, it's time to take them out. And softens the butter

                                                sometimes.but not oftenI'll add some more

                                                I also use Grade B Male Syrup......not only cheaper, but a bolder taste and a bit more thick.

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                                                  sueatmo RE: Jpan99 May 26, 2014 01:09 PM

                                                  Yes.

                                                  1. Ttrockwood RE: Jpan99 May 26, 2014 02:54 PM

                                                    Go big or go home.
                                                    Just don't use margarine.

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                                                      Jerseygirl111 RE: Jpan99 May 26, 2014 03:02 PM

                                                      Heck yeah.

                                                      1. foodieX2 RE: Jpan99 May 26, 2014 03:11 PM

                                                        Yes, liberally. No syrup or powdered sugar, blech. On rare occasion I will do a shmear of Chivers ginger preserves.

                                                        1. Jpan99 RE: Jpan99 May 26, 2014 03:26 PM

                                                          Wow, really surprised to see so many people butter their French toast! I guess I will have to try it next time.

                                                          Never use powdered sugar but always use real maple syrup. The fake stuff is nasty.

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                                                            Karl S RE: Jpan99 May 26, 2014 03:31 PM

                                                            There are people for whom French toast, waffles and pancakes are primarily delivery devices for maple syrup. And then there are other people. (And people who mix it up.)

                                                          2. John E. RE: Jpan99 May 26, 2014 05:12 PM

                                                            I always have buttered French toast. I have not done so lately. It's been at least five years since I have eaten French toast.

                                                            1. KarenDW RE: Jpan99 May 27, 2014 12:28 AM

                                                              I cook in butter, and don't add extra at the table. But DH butters his.

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                                                                jhoni123 RE: Jpan99 May 27, 2014 02:51 AM

                                                                No i don't want to increase fat in my body :)

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                                                                  melpy RE: jhoni123 Jun 2, 2014 08:36 AM

                                                                  Then I would avoid the french toast altogether.

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                                                                  treb RE: Jpan99 May 27, 2014 04:38 AM

                                                                  Yes, I load it up, I don't use any syrups at all.

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                                                                    AngelaID RE: Jpan99 May 27, 2014 08:53 AM

                                                                    Oh, heavens, I can't imagine French Toast without butter. And syrup must be on a ramekin on the side for "dipping".

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                                                                      mcsheridan RE: AngelaID May 27, 2014 09:04 AM

                                                                      Ooh, I like that idea - will keep the texture of the French toast intact.

                                                                    2. biondanonima RE: Jpan99 May 27, 2014 09:39 AM

                                                                      Interesting - it never occurred to me to butter French toast either. I also don't butter pancakes or waffles, but that's largely because I feel like the flavor disappears under all the syrup so I don't need to add the extra calories, not because the idea seems strange.

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                                                                        jpc8015 RE: Jpan99 May 27, 2014 11:39 AM

                                                                        I butter everything.

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                                                                          jeanmarieok RE: Jpan99 May 28, 2014 09:40 AM

                                                                          Yes, I do! I like the way the syrup tastes with melted butter.

                                                                          1. alliegator RE: Jpan99 May 28, 2014 01:06 PM

                                                                            Heated butter (to not mash the ft) and powdered sugar. No cinnamon for me.

                                                                            1. ipsedixit RE: Jpan99 May 28, 2014 04:57 PM

                                                                              No.

                                                                              1. RealMenJulienne RE: Jpan99 May 30, 2014 10:51 AM

                                                                                French toast is cooked in butter at my place so no additional butter required. Strangely, the best topping I've tried on French toast was the syrup from a jar of maraschino cherries.

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                                                                                  mcsheridan RE: RealMenJulienne May 30, 2014 01:11 PM

                                                                                  Oh that really *is* weird - would you have it again? And was it because there wasn't any maple handy?

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                                                                                    Karl S RE: mcsheridan May 30, 2014 01:18 PM

                                                                                    A little tip for people wanting different flavored syrups: heat jams up and add a little bit of water until you reach the desired consistency. Absolutely no reason to waste money on special fruit syrups when you can get a much vaster selection of jams that can be kept indefinitely and diluted as needed. It's simply a slight reversing of the jam-making process.

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                                                                                      mcsheridan RE: Karl S May 30, 2014 01:45 PM

                                                                                      Oh, so right. I'd much rather thin out a good blueberry preserve than suffer one of those artificial, HFCS-laden "blueberry" syrups on my pancake stack.

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                                                                                        Karl S RE: mcsheridan May 30, 2014 03:06 PM

                                                                                        And it's just such a simple solution, I nearly kicked myself when I happened upon it after my favorite fruit syrups were no longer available years ago.

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                                                                                          melpy RE: mcsheridan Jun 2, 2014 08:38 AM

                                                                                          I just flashed to the scene in Big Business where Bette Midler tells Lily Tomlin about how she knows she likes to mix and match her syrups and then proceeds to dump boysenberry on her jacket so she can buy a new outfit.

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                                                                                          kaleokahu RE: Karl S May 30, 2014 08:17 PM

                                                                                          Hi, Karl: "...add a little bit of water..."

                                                                                          Or a little bourbon...

                                                                                          Aloha,
                                                                                          Kaleo

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                                                                                            mcsheridan RE: kaleokahu May 31, 2014 04:41 AM

                                                                                            Hmmmm.....peach preserves, a liitle water, a little Rum. Now we're talkin' !

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                                                                                              sunshine842 RE: mcsheridan May 31, 2014 04:46 AM

                                                                                              hell, who needs French toast? Got some ice and a blender? LOL

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                                                                                                EM23 RE: sunshine842 May 31, 2014 05:46 PM

                                                                                                We’ll need the French toast in the morning to soak up the peachy rum cocktails.;-) And I want mine with butter and maple syrup, please.

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                                                                                                  sunshine842 RE: EM23 May 31, 2014 06:26 PM

                                                                                                  eh, the heck with that!

                                                                                                  We'll just make overnight French toast (yes, it's basically a breakfast-flavored bread pudding...) so that all that needs to be done is finding someone who can manage to turn the oven on and put the pan in for a while.

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                                                                                                    EM23 RE: sunshine842 May 31, 2014 07:01 PM

                                                                                                    And make coffee, mimosas and bloodies, as well.

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                                                                                                      sunshine842 RE: EM23 May 31, 2014 07:09 PM

                                                                                                      that's what programmable coffeemakers are for! :)

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                                                                                                        EM23 RE: sunshine842 May 31, 2014 09:17 PM

                                                                                                        You must own the best coffee maker ever, Sunshine! I’d love a cuppa mimosa with my French toast ;-)

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                                                                                                          sunshine842 RE: EM23 Jun 1, 2014 08:29 AM

                                                                                                          no, no.... :)

                                                                                                          The coffee maker is just to get you propped up enough to manage the cork....

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                                                                                                Karl S RE: mcsheridan May 31, 2014 06:41 AM

                                                                                                Grand Marnier, calvados, Luxardo amaretto, et cet. all work for the purpose as well.

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                                                                                                  mcsheridan RE: Karl S May 31, 2014 04:26 PM

                                                                                                  Your middle name is "trouble", isn't it? ;)

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                                                                                                    John E. RE: Karl S Jun 1, 2014 04:05 PM

                                                                                                    My mother had a recipe for French Toast that included Grand Marnier in the batter and as sunshine says, it's basically a bread pudding.

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                                                                                              RealMenJulienne RE: mcsheridan Jun 2, 2014 07:46 AM

                                                                                              It was the morning after a serious bender and the remnants of last night's party was still scattered around. Empty bottles, discarded items of clothing, various unspeakable spills, and a half eaten jar of maraschinos. Some of that bright red syrup on a stack of french toast really hit the spot in my state of mind.

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                                                                                                mcsheridan RE: RealMenJulienne Jun 2, 2014 08:27 AM

                                                                                                Makes sense to me... :)

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                                                                                                  FriedClamFanatic RE: RealMenJulienne Jun 2, 2014 11:37 AM

                                                                                                  bourbon might even have been better

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                                                                                                    RealMenJulienne RE: FriedClamFanatic Jun 2, 2014 03:22 PM

                                                                                                    I've had a great bourbon cinammon bread pudding before, and French toast is not that far off from bread pudding. Worth a try?

                                                                                            3. Motosport RE: Jpan99 May 30, 2014 12:46 PM

                                                                                              Duh?? http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7635...

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                                                                                                mcsheridan RE: Motosport May 30, 2014 01:12 PM

                                                                                                Just shows that the classics always come back. :)

                                                                                              2. Gastronomos RE: Jpan99 May 30, 2014 03:15 PM

                                                                                                butter and/or buttering is a deeply personal and intimate thing of choice for the person to choose for him/herself.
                                                                                                it is deeply personal whether one likes butter on their french toast, or if they even want it "french"

                                                                                                1. chartreauxx RE: Jpan99 May 30, 2014 03:24 PM

                                                                                                  i don't eat french toast that often (i'm not a sweet breakfast person, so i only eat it usually if someone else is serving it to me), but yes, i do. butter, powdered sugar, and maple syrup (NOT pancake syrup! i grew up with maple and cannot stand "pancake" syrup on anything.).

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                                                                                                    sunshine842 RE: chartreauxx May 30, 2014 04:18 PM

                                                                                                    I made the mistake of serving real maple syrup when my pups were small...

                                                                                                    ...now they won't touch the fake stuff.

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                                                                                                      mcsheridan RE: sunshine842 May 30, 2014 05:33 PM

                                                                                                      Well thank goodness they know the real thing, but that must have set you back some serious bucks.

                                                                                                      I didn't come to know and love maple syrup until *I* was paying the freight.

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                                                                                                        sunshine842 RE: mcsheridan May 30, 2014 07:12 PM

                                                                                                        not really -- bought from the farm while visiting family in Wisconsin. pretty reasonable if you have friends or family in a syrup-producing region.

                                                                                                        Has the added bonus of teaching them from first taste that you don't need to drown your food in the stuff, either.

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                                                                                                        itsmejessica RE: sunshine842 May 31, 2014 07:34 AM

                                                                                                        As a kid I thought I hated maple syrup. When I had kids I never made pancacks/waffles/ French toast,they had to go to grandmas for those. The Smell of the syrup was nauseating. A few years ago I bought real maple syrup, I'm in love with it. I put in my Greek yogurt. I'm glad I learned the difference.

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                                                                                                        johnnysd RE: chartreauxx May 31, 2014 06:42 PM

                                                                                                        I actually am not that huge of a fan of maple syrup and it is so expensive. I realize it is cr&p but I prefer Mrs. Butterworh;s

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                                                                                                          itsmejessica RE: johnnysd May 31, 2014 06:56 PM

                                                                                                          My oldest son is the same, he can't stand real maple syrup and prefers pancake syrup. He also likes turkey bacon over real bacon . He is my son and I still love him ;)

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                                                                                                            johnnysd RE: itsmejessica May 31, 2014 07:06 PM

                                                                                                            I am definitely in the real bacon camp though :)

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                                                                                                        klyeoh RE: Jpan99 May 30, 2014 05:39 PM

                                                                                                        No. It's already rich enough as it is.

                                                                                                        1. kaleokahu RE: Jpan99 May 30, 2014 08:13 PM

                                                                                                          Hi, Jpan:

                                                                                                          Were you raised by space aliens? ;)

                                                                                                          I even butter the *butter* on my French toast.

                                                                                                          Aloha,
                                                                                                          Kaleo

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                                                                                                            Jpan99 RE: kaleokahu May 31, 2014 11:11 AM

                                                                                                            Ha! No, we just didn't butter French toast! I'm guessing because it was already cooked in so much butter unlike waffles and pancakes which just had a light oiled griddle. It is odd that I never thought about it until seeing someone else butter the French toast. But then again, the few times I've had French toast in a restaurant I don't recall it being served with butter!

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                                                                                                              mcsheridan RE: Jpan99 May 31, 2014 04:29 PM

                                                                                                              <...the few times I've had French toast in a restaurant I don't recall it being served with butter.>

                                                                                                              While I can't recall ever being served French Toast in any restaurant that didn't include a little ball of whipped butter right in the middle surrounded by a sprinkling of powdered sugar.

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                                                                                                                Jpan99 RE: mcsheridan Jun 2, 2014 08:19 AM

                                                                                                                Maybe it's a regional thing? If you Google French toast and look at the images, less than half have butter. Lots have fruit toppings.

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                                                                                                                  mcsheridan RE: Jpan99 Jun 2, 2014 08:38 AM

                                                                                                                  I think that like eggs, it's just a personal thing, and there's no right or wrong way to have your breakfast. What's amazing is we've been having this discussion for a week, and no one, including me, has said they've run off to the kitchen and *made* any French Toast!

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                                                                                                                    melpy RE: Jpan99 Jun 2, 2014 08:41 AM

                                                                                                                    I have never eaten fruit topping on French toast. (or pancakes). I have had cooked pears or strawberries on the dessert Belgian waffle at our local Belgian restaurant.

                                                                                                            2. melpy RE: Jpan99 Jun 2, 2014 08:31 AM

                                                                                                              Yes I do. I am more apt to butter my breakfast carb entrees than I am to syrup them. I use syrup sparingly.

                                                                                                              1. TimsMom1 RE: Jpan99 Jun 6, 2014 08:51 PM

                                                                                                                What is life without butter. My mother made it when I was a kid. I eat butter on steak! BUT I don't eat sugar and I think that is worse than real butter .

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