Simple Cinnamon Vanilla Pain Perdu or French Toast.
If you’re English you probably know it as ‘gypsy toast’ or ‘eggy bread’ and my American friends call it ‘French toast’ and have it for breakfast. However, this dish originated in France and is traditionally served as a dessert. It is still a popular dessert locally in Deux Sevres, where I live and one of my husband’s favourites. Pain perdu is translated as ‘lost bread’ and it was normally made to use up stale bread, in much the same way as bread and butter pudding. There’s always something comforting about bread in a custard which always takes me back to food from childhood.
Here in France it is easy to buy enriched breads, such as Brioche in all sorts of shapes and sizes. I like to make pain perdu with thick slices but you could also used sliced croissants too or Panetone. I have also seen it made with plain crusty bread.
This dessert is really easy to prepare so, if you are having a dinner party you could easily make Simple Cinnamon Vanilla Pain Perdu or French Toast after the main course in less than 15 minutes. Just whisk eggs together with milk, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla extract. Heat butter in a frying pan then dip the bread in the egg mixture, making sure that both sides are moistened. Fry in the pan for 2-3 minutes until golden then carefully flip over for another few minutes. I find it’s easier to cook 2 at a time.
I served this Simple Cinnamon Vanilla Pain Perdu or French Toast with vanilla ice-cream and fruit with some cinnamon sprinkled over but the variations are endless. Try salted caramel sauce, maple syrup or chocolate sauce.
What do you call pain perdu where you are from and how do you serve it? I would love to know.
If you like French desserts how about trying Lavender Creme Brulee?
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Simple Cinnamon Vanilla Pain Perdu
- 4 Slices of Brioche
- 2 Eggs Beaten
- 2 Tbsp Milk
- 2 Tbsp Sugar
- 1 Tsp Vanilla extract
- 1 Tsp Cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp Butter
- Combine the eggs, milk, sugar,vanilla and cinnamon in a shallow container.
- Heat the butter in a large frying pan over a medium heat.
- Dip each slice of bread in the egg mixture on both sides.
- Fry in batches of 2 for a few minutes each side until golden.
- Serve with fruit and ice cream.