French toast has so many names.
French toast. Eggy Bread. Torrijas. Pain perdu. I like calling it pain perdu which when translated means something like “lost bread”. Doesn’t that just sound so sad and wistful? Clearly the phrase “lost bread” appeals to my inner angst and dramatic sensibilities but in reality pain perdu is anything but sad. It is delicious. Thick slabs of stale brioche or challah dunked in an eggy, milky vanillary mixture and fried in butter, served with lashings of maple syrup and berries and ice cream if you are feeling particularly deserving.
I love baking my own bread, but if you don’t eat it within two days its not much good for anything really except pain perdu. Last post I had baked a Nutella swirl brioche which made for a really decadent and delicious version of French Toast but really you can use any old bread. Sourdough, challah, wonder-white whatever! I topped it with maple syrup, crushed pecans, fresh blueberries and a dollop of vanilla ice cream. Again top it with whatever you like, whatever is in season or whatever you have on hand. One of the blueberries landed smack bang in the middle of the ice cream, while i was eating I couldn't help thinking it looked like a little boob staring up at me.
PAIN PERDU/FRENCH TOAST/EGGY BREAD
- 2 Eggs
- 1 Tbsp Vanilla Sugar
- 1 Tbsp Grand Marnier
- Pinch of Salt
- 3/4 Cup Milk
- Four thick slices of stale (lost) brioche or challah (or whatever bread you have on hand - it really doesn't matter what kind)
- 2 Tbsp Butter
- 1 Tbsp Oil
- 2 Tbsp caster sugar mixed with 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- Handful of nuts
- Fresh berries
- Maple Syrup
1. Whisk together the eggs with the sugar, Grand Marnier, salt and milk until well combined.
2. Soak the bread, one slice at a time (roughly 30 seconds each side).
3. Heat the butter and oil in a fry pan or griddle pan and cook until golden and crispy. Turn during cooking to ensure it doesn't burn on each side.
4. Transfer to serving plate, sprinkle with a little cinnamon sugar and top with blueberries, nuts and ice cream or whatever the fuck your heart desires.
How do you like to eat your Lost Bread?