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Do you butter your French toast?

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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    1. 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.

      1. 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. 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.

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

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

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                1. re: gordeaux

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

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

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

                    1. 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.

                        1. 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.

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

                              1. 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. 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.

                                  1. 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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                                    1. re: chowyadoin99

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

                                      1. re: chowyadoin99

                                        What do you cook pancakes and waffle in?

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

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

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

                                              1. 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.

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

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

                                                        1. 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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                                                          1. re: Jpan99

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

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

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                                                                1. re: jhoni123

                                                                  Then I would avoid the french toast altogether.

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

                                                                  1. 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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                                                                    1. re: AngelaID

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

                                                                    2. 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.

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

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

                                                                              1. 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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                                                                                1. re: RealMenJulienne

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

                                                                                  1. re: mcsheridan

                                                                                    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.

                                                                                    1. re: Karl S

                                                                                      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.

                                                                                      1. re: mcsheridan

                                                                                        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.

                                                                                        1. re: mcsheridan

                                                                                          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.

                                                                                        2. re: Karl S

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

                                                                                          Or a little bourbon...


                                                                                          1. re: kaleokahu

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

                                                                                            1. re: mcsheridan

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

                                                                                              1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                1. re: EM23

                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                  1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                    And make coffee, mimosas and bloodies, as well.

                                                                                                    1. re: EM23

                                                                                                      that's what programmable coffeemakers are for! :)

                                                                                                      1. re: sunshine842

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

                                                                                                        1. re: EM23

                                                                                                          no, no.... :)

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

                                                                                              2. re: mcsheridan

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

                                                                                                1. re: Karl S

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

                                                                                                  1. re: Karl S

                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                            2. re: mcsheridan

                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                  1. re: FriedClamFanatic

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

                                                                                              1. re: Motosport

                                                                                                Just shows that the classics always come back. :)

                                                                                              2. 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. 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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                                                                                                  1. re: chartreauxx

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

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

                                                                                                    1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                      1. re: mcsheridan

                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                      2. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                      3. re: chartreauxx

                                                                                                        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

                                                                                                        1. re: johnnysd

                                                                                                          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 ;)

                                                                                                          1. re: itsmejessica

                                                                                                            I am definitely in the real bacon camp though :)

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

                                                                                                        1. Hi, Jpan:

                                                                                                          Were you raised by space aliens? ;)

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


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                                                                                                          1. re: kaleokahu

                                                                                                            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!

                                                                                                            1. re: Jpan99

                                                                                                              <...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.

                                                                                                              1. re: mcsheridan

                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                1. re: Jpan99

                                                                                                                  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!

                                                                                                                  1. re: Jpan99

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

                                                                                                              1. 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 .