Learn how to make my Pain Perdu Recipe the “Original” French Toast. An easy recipe for a delicious breakfast treat that will put any stale bread to good use!
When you spend time in French homes you start to realize there’s always a lot of French bread lying around. Typically a few pieces left over from lunch, dinner and even breakfast. Because the French love their fresh bread, it’s typically bought daily, and goes stale pretty quickly, and when it does it’s hard as a rock!
So what to do with it you might ask? Pain perdu is your move. Because really how many containers of bread crumbs do you really need? 🙂
What are the ingredients of Le Pain Perdu?
The ingredients are simple and chances are you have all of them already on hand. You’ll need eggs, milk, sugar, salt, vanilla extract and I like to add a little orange zest, although it won’t make it or break, just a good add on if you have it!
What is the origin of French toast?
Pain Perdu is really the origins of our American “French Toast” recipes, but I find it’s even better with a thicker, heartier bread like a baguette. So next time you’re entertaining and don’t get through a whole baguette, pop those slices in the freezer until you can make pain perdu, it’s a fantastic little breakfast treat!
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- 1 day old baguette cut into 8 slices (2in thick)
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup (120 ml) milk
- 1 tsp (5 ml) sugar
- ¼ tsp (1.25 ml) salt
- 2 tsp (10 ml) vanilla
- 1 tbsp (15 ml) orange zest
- 2 tbsp (30 ml) syrup
- 2 tbsp (30 ml) butter
- 1 tbsp (15 ml) orange zest
- A sprinkle of orange zest for garnish
- Slice baguette into 2" thick slices set aside.
- In a shallow bowl add the eggs, milk, sugar, salt, whisk that together and then add the vanilla and orange zest, whisk to combine.
- Then place bread in the bowl to soak for at least a total of 6 mins (3 mins on each side)
- While bread in soaking you can heat the syrup. In a sauce pan heat 2 tbsp (30 ml) of syrup, 2 tbsp (30 ml) butter and 1 tbsp (15 ml) orange zest until warm. Keep on a very low flame just to keep warm.
- Then heat 1 tbsp (15 ml) of butter in a large non-stick skillet. Place soaked bread in pan, be careful not to crowd them so they can brown. Once browned on 1 side, flip them on the other side and cook for another 1-2 mins until golden brown. Then turn them on their sides to brown a bit, making sure the raw egg is being cooked on all sides.
- Then remove from a pan and place on a serving platter. Drizzle the orange syrup over the bread and top with some freshly grated orange zest to garnish. Enjoy!
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 275 Total Fat: 6g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 140mg Sodium: 541mg Carbohydrates: 43g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 4g Protein: 13g