Pain Perdu


Yes, pain perdu is French toast, but a superior one. Unlike regular 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. A fresh squeeze of lemon juice and a good dusting of powdered sugar on each serving is traditional.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 4 slices egg bread

  • 1 egg

  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 3 tablespoons white sugar

  • 1 pinch salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg

  • cup all-purpose flour

  • ¾ cup milk

  • ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Place bread slices on a wire rack to dry while preparing batter.

  2. Melt 3 tablespoons butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat and allow to cool slightly.

  3. Whisk egg in a shallow bowl. Whisk sugar, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg into egg. When butter has cooled slightly, slowly drizzle it into egg mixture while whisking. Add flour to egg mixture, a little at a time, until a smooth thick paste forms. Slowly blend in milk and vanilla; whisk until just smooth and set aside.

  4. Heat remaining butter in a large skillet over medium heat.

  5. Dip a bread slice in batter and allow to soak for no more than 30 seconds. Remove from batter and allow excess to drip back into the bowl. Place battered slice in the hot skillet. Repeat with remaining bread slices.

  6. Cook bread slices until golden, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

360 Calories
19g Fat
39g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 360
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 11g 54%
Cholesterol 109mg 36%
Sodium 274mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 107mg 8%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 150mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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