Pain Perdu I

Pain Perdu I

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Kevin Ryan
Recipe by  Kevin Ryan

“Yes, this is French toast, but a superior one. Unlike normal French toast this batter cooks into a custardy, crispy coating that leaves the bread creamy and oh so good. The use of good egg bread is a must here. Homemade is best, however store bought (such as Hawaiian bread) will work in a pinch.”

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Original recipe yields 4 servings



  1. Cut the bread and place on a wire rack to dry out a little as you prepare the batter.
  2. Whisk the egg to blend. Melt 3 tablespoons of the butter in a saucepan or on the stovetop and allow to cool slightly. Whisk the sugar, salt and spices into the egg. When the butter has cooled slightly, slowly drizzle it in to the egg, whisking all the time. A little at a time, add the flour to the egg mixture to make a smooth thick paste. After it is all added, slowly blend in the milk and finally the vanilla. Whisk until just smooth and set aside.
  3. Heat the remaining butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Dip a slice of the bread in the batter and allow to soak for 30 seconds, no more. Remove from the batter and allow the excess to drip off, back into the bowl. Place the battered slice in the skillet. Repeat with the remaining slices. Cook until golden on one side and then flip to brown the other. Serve immediately--a fresh squeeze of lemon juice and a good dusting of powdered sugar is traditional.

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In my opinion, for all the effort that it takes to make this - it's not difficult, just tedious - the results are no better than your average slam and dunk French Toast. It also contains an exhorbitant amount of butter. I'd pass for something a little quicker and healthier.



totally fab 4 breakfast and great on the go (on the highway in the moring on the way back home)

betty rocker

betty rocker

This is an excellent recipe to use as a basic pain perdu recipe, to which you can add warm gnutella and make sandwiches of before french-toasting, or cream cheese and orange marmalade a la Mimi's Restaurant. A super use for leftover egg bread and a rich treat!

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Amount Per Serving (4 total)

  • Calories
  • 360 cal
  • 18%
  • Fat
  • 19.1 g
  • 29%
  • Carbs
  • 39.1 g
  • 13%
  • Protein
  • 8.1 g
  • 16%
  • Cholesterol
  • 115 mg
  • 38%
  • Sodium
  • 332 mg
  • 13%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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