Pain perdu, aka French toast

Pain perdu, aka French toast

Snack or dessert

Difficulty Easy
Prep time 10 min
Cook time 15 min
Servings 4

Pain perdu means "lost bread" in French and is a great way to repurpose any stale white bread. It won't work too well with rustic or whole wheat bread, since this is a sweet recipe, perfect for breakfast or kids' snack.


- 4 to 6 slices of any white bread or 1 baguette in thin slices (about 3/4 in.)  

- 2 eggs

- 14 oz / 40cl milk 

- 1.75 oz / 50 g granulated sugar

- Butter for the pan

- Optional: cinnamon, vanilla, orange blossom, or nutmeg


1 large mixing bowl, whisk, pan (if using stove in step 3) or baking dish (if using oven).



Mix eggs, milk and sugar in bowl.

To add flavor, you could add orange blossom, or cinnamon powder or ground nutmeg.


Dip each slice of bread for a few seconds until moist (not soaked).


Either brown in a hot and buttered pan for about 3-4 minutes on each side.

Or, in a 360 F oven, place slices in a baking dish with in any left-over mixture until toasted, or about 5 minutes. Flip the slices and leave for another 5 minutes.


Serve hot or lukewarm and top with anything you desire: berries, powdered sugar, cinnamon, honey, maple syrup, nuts...

Bon appétit!

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