This French toast recipe, or pain perdu, is an easy preparation of thickly sliced bread soaked in a sweetened, vanilla-scented custard mixture and then fried in butter to golden perfection. The name pain perdu literally means lost bread and is used in reference to using day-old bread that would otherwise be lost. Dress up this French toast recipe with a dusting of confectioners' sugar, whipped cream, or fresh berries.
Cook's note: While softer breads may be used, this French toast recipe produces great results with a drier, more substantial bread, like a country loaf or baguettes.
- 4 Eggs
- 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/3 cups milk
- 8 thick slices of day-old bread (cut on a bias)
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup whipped cream (or 14 cup powder sugar, or 1 cup berries for garnish)
- Beat the eggs, sugar, and vanilla extract together until the mixture is completely blended and smooth.
- Stir the milk into the egg mixture until it is fully incorporated.
- Place the slices of bread into the egg mixture, turn them over to coat all the surfaces, and allow the bread to soak for 10 minutes.
- Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet set over medium heat. Cook 2 slices of soaked bread in the melted butter for 3 minutes.
- Turn the slices of French toast over and cook them for an additional 3 minutes, until they are golden brown and lightly crispy on each side.
- Repeat with the remaining butter and soaked bread.
|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Total Fat||22 g|
|Saturated Fat||12 g|
|Unsaturated Fat||7 g|
|Dietary Fiber||1 g|