Fattiga riddare is a classic Swedish dish (and probably a classic dish in many other countries since it is called french toast in the USA, pain perdu in France, torrija in Spain, arme ritter in Germany, grenki in Russia, köyhät ritarit in Finland, bundás kenyér in Hungary, ekmek balığı in Turkey, wentelteefje in the Netherlands, etc). The special thing with Swedish fattiga riddare is that it is a standard Swedish pancake batter that the toasts are soaked in before frying, whereas french toast usually don’t have flour in the batter. Even though the classic requires the white bread ideal for toasting, you can of course try with any bread you have at hand. So do you have some stale bread at home, make some fattiga riddare!
If you are craving some other type of pancake then check out:
- Swedish ugnspannkaka / oven pancake with pork
- Swedish potato pancakes with fried pork (raggmunk med fläsk)
- 50 different pancakes around the world
Or for the upcoming Pancake day / Shrove Tuesday /Fat Tuesday you could try out another typical Swedish speciality; semla!