poor knights pudding

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Poor knights pudding is an economical dessert made by soaking slices of bread in milk and beaten eggs, frying them (making French toast, in other words), spreading them with jam, syrup, fruit, etc., and then sandwiching them together. Its name, indicative of a dish considered suitable to a state of genteel poverty, does not seem to be that old (it is not recorded before the nineteenth century), but the pudding itself is a direct descendant of the enriched, sweetened version of French toast or pain perdu popular from the Middle Ages onwards.

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