New Orleans Style French Toast (Pain Perdu)

Pain Perdu–Cajun Style French Toast

Diana Rattray

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 40 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
216 Calories
11g Fat
17g Carbs
11g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 216
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 15%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 243mg 81%
Sodium 230mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Protein 11g
Calcium 126mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This flavorful pain perdu–or lost bread–is a delicious New Orleans French toast. This version is baked in a hot oven, which means it's cooked all at once instead of in batches.

Use day-old bread in this tasty French toast recipe; rich brioche or challah, baguettes, French bread, Italian bread, or sourdough are all great choices.


  • 1 tablespoon butter for the baking sheet
  • 8 slices bread (day-old)
  • 4 large eggs (lightly beaten)
  • Dash salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 tablespoons butter (melted, ​for topping) 
  • Garnish: honey or syrup for topping

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat oven to 400 F. Generously butter a large baking sheet.

  2. If desired, remove the crusts from bread slices and discard them or reserve them for another use. Set the bread aside.

  3. In a small bowl, beat the eggs with salt, sugar, milk, and vanilla. Pour into a flat-bottomed dish large enough to accommodate a few slices of the bread. Put bread slices into the dish to soak up some of the egg mixture, a few at a time. Turn with a spatula and let them soak on the other side, but not too long, or they will be too saturated and difficult to turn. Gently remove the soaked bread slices to the buttered baking sheet and continue with the remaining bread slices. Spoon any remaining egg mixture over the slices.

  4. Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven; bake the pain perdu for 15 to 20 minutes, turning after the first 10 minutes to brown on both sides.

  5. Serve immediately with melted butter and your favorite honey or syrup.