The French expression for French toast is «pain perdu» - or lost bread. It is a way to reclaim, or use, bread that is no longer fit for eating at the table.
When I was growing up, I knew I was lucky to have a mom who was, in addition to being a fine cook, a terrific baker. Cakes, cupcakes, pies, cobbles, cookies, squares, bread, biscuits - all seemed to flow effortlessly from her oven. Much later, I learned there is no such thing as effortless baking... or is there?