Poor knights in savory and sweet varieties

Britt Marlene Kåsin from MatPrat bakes different types of French toast. At the bottom of the article you will find the recipe for French toast in muffin tins.

The poor knights are excellent for breakfast during the winter holidays or as a good and simple dessert, and are perfect for using up bread from the day before. If you want a version with that little something extra: serve them with blood orange syrup, yogurt and crunchy nuts. If you can’t find red oranges in the store, you can also use regular oranges.

French toast with blood orange syrup – 6 servings


ARME RIDDER: With yoghurt and blood orange syrup.  Photo: Hello Norway

ARME RIDDER: With yoghurt and blood orange syrup. Photo: Hello Norway

  • 6 slices of bread
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 dl of milk
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon malt
  • 0.5 teaspoon malt cardamom
  • 2 tablespoons of butter for frying

Blood orange syrup:

  • 1 dl of sugar
  • 1 dl blood orange juice
  • Trim:
  • 1 blood orange
  • 6 tablespoons of Greek yogurt
  • 1 dl chopped nuts, such as almonds or pistachios

This is what you do:

1. Start by making the syrup: Squeeze the orange and strain the juice. Put in a saucepan with the sugar and stir until the sugar has melted. Let it boil a little, so that it becomes a little thicker and has a syrup-like consistency. Cool.

2. Cut the bread into thick slices. Lightly whisk the eggs with the sugar, milk and spices and pour the mixture into a rimmed dish.

Tips: Fancy a savory variant? Replace the sugar, cinnamon and cardamom with a little salt and preferably a little Dijon mustard and grated parmesan for more flavor. Perfect to serve with some crispy ham or bacon and a small tomato salad.

3. Place the bread slices in the dough and let them soak.

4. Take the slices of bread and brown them in a little butter in a skillet over medium heat. Fry the French toast on both sides until nicely yellow-brown.

5. Cut the zest from the orange and divide it into thin slices.

Serve the poor knights with yogurt, orange slices, syrup and a pinch of walnuts.


Poor Knights is a breakfast favorite – but it can also be your new favorite! Start at home by dipping the bread slices in the egg mixture and letting them soak. Scoop up the bread slices and place them in a lunch box with divider paper or plastic wrap between the slices. Pack the box in your backpack, with butter for frying and preferably jam for topping. Cook on a primus or over the fire until golden brown.

Knights of arms in the form of muffins

Armed Knights can be crafted in many varieties. Here is a variant made in muffin pans! Extra fun for youngsters to participate in making and a fun alternative in the lunch box or in the backpack.

KNIGHTS OF ARMS: In muffin tins.  Photo: Hello Norway

KNIGHTS OF ARMS: In muffin tins. Photo: Hello Norway

Ingredients – yields approx. 6 muffin cups:

  • 3 slices of bread
  • 3 pieces. Egg
  • 1 dl of milk
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 0.5 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 0.5 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 2 tablespoons of raspberries

This is what you do:

1. Cut the bread into cubes.

2. Put the eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon and cardamom in a bowl. Row together.

3. Pour the bread into the mixture and let sit for a few minutes until the egg mixture is well absorbed into the bread. Stir the raspberries into the mixture.

4. Place muffin tins in a muffin tin and divide the bread mixture into the tins.

5. Bake at 180 degrees for approx. 15-20 minutes, until golden brown. Cool.

6. Sprinkle a little icing sugar before serving.

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