Fraffles? Wench Toast?


After reading it cover to cover, I was inspired by Ina Garten‘s book, Barefoot in Paris. Perhaps it was the beautiful pictures, but suddenly I was CRAVING what she refers to as an old-fashioned French nursery dessert: French toast! Not wanting to drag out the big ‘ole griddle or a massive frying pan, I took the next best option – the waffle iron. After I mixed up the eggs and milk (too lazy to drag out a recipe book), I added a little vanilla and cinnamon for some haute cuisine flavor.  Then, I simply dipped several pieces of day old bread from a local bakery into the mixture, placed the slices on my waffle iron and squeezed the lid shut. When the “done” light turned popped on, we plated and devoured our tasty, French-inspired breakfast complete with real maple syrup and butter! Bon appetit!


Graeme loves fraffles!

Graeme loves fraffles!

Forrest wants more?

Forrest wants more?

6 Responses to “Fraffles? Wench Toast?”

  1. OK, your title had me picturing a completely different breakfast! Wench toast…

  2. Fraffles and Wench Toast? You may not know the actual history of those most curious names. And I would hasten to add, Ina had nothing to do with them…though I must confess I only have limited exposure to “Barefoot in Paris.”

    Fraffles. A Fraffle was actually the name given to the classic, though controversial, French Raffle played at the annual Bordeaux Countryside Fair every August. The object of the game was to toss a waffle onto a plate of whipped cream without the waffle sliding off. Sadly, a group of local dairy farmers insisted this was a subtle attempt to lash out at cows and the entire dairy industry. The statement read, in part, “The savagery with which the waffles struck the whipped cream was a clear indication the game’s originators had no feelings for cows or dairy.” There have long been rumors the French Raffle is played “underground” in Belgium but it’s never been confirmed.

    Wench Toast. In “Taming of the Shrew” from Shakespeare’s First Quarto (1631), it was believed he desired Katherina to be eating a meal the first time Petruchio laid eyes on her. Though she was the “shrew,” she was widely viewed as a wench. Her father, Baptista Minola, was joking with Petruchio that both his daughters Katherina and Bianca enjoyed mornings of juice and Wench Toast.

    The line didn’t stick, though Wench Toast is still served to this day in Padua (Padova), Italy and Stout, Wisconsin.

  3. Regarding Fraffle (or, French Raffle) history, I neglected to mention it was the statement from the dairy farmers that led to the French Raffle being terminated. Hence, the game reportedly going underground…in Belgium.


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