A heaping pile of rabanada. Photo credit: florian meyer/Flickr
But for whom should we cheer? Well, in America, we like to “root, root, root for the home team,” so we shall—with a heaping plate of sweet rabanada, or Brazilian-style French toast.
Rabanada differs from standard French toast in that it’s deep-fried in oil like a churro (rather than sautéed, in a pan). If you’re looking to chow down in time for today’s semi-final, try this quick Food52 recipe, which calls for soaking the bread briefly in a cinnamon-scented mixture of milk, sugar, and honey.
But if you don’t mind eating post-match, we like the looks of this recipe from Chow, which produces a custard-like toast thanks to a several-hour soak in a rich egg-and-condensed-milk mixture.
The only caveat? In Brazil, rabanada is a special treat traditionally served at Christmas time. But Christmas comes every single year, while the World Cup only once every four. You do the math.