|Ah, the breakfast sandwich, the ultimate “on the go” food, easy to carry, to drive with and to wolf down when one has had perhaps a bit too much bubbly the night before. And even though the one that is most popular in the United States comes from the golden arches, it was actually on a Jack in the Box menu first!
The history of the biscuit itself dates back as far as the 1700’s when the earliest surviving example of a biscuit was found in 1784 called a “ship’s biscuit”. Yet they were so inedible and indestructible that some sailors used them as postcards!
As you can imagine, over time and the invention of technology and the addition of sugar and other ingredients, the biscuit has become the ultimate comfort food used on a breakfast sandwich, as a side with gravy or served with jam and clotted cream or butter or Nutella or any other delightful deliciousness.
So how did the ever-popular breakfast biscuit sandwich begin? Some believe it started in the 19th century in London, factory workers would buy them from the local street vendor, they were called “bap sandwiches” which translates into “bread rolls”. These were usually very inexpensive and filled with leftover meat and for some who like to live dangerously, dipped in ketchup.
This convenient, pocket-sized sandwich eventually made its way to the United States and the first recipe without cheese appeared in Maud C. Cooke’s 1897 cookbook entitled, “Breakfast, Dinner and Supper, or What to Eat and How to Prepare It”. The first sentence in the recipe reads, “Use stale bread”.
Nowadays the bread we use ranges from bagels, croissants, scones, biscuits, sourdough, and anything in between. So, the next time you bite into that warm and comforting breakfast sandwich, remember its origins and be thankful that it’s not on stale bread!