Pain perdu

Pain perdu
This is a sweet French version of "eggy bread": slices of bread soaked in a mixture of milk, cream, egg yolks and vanilla sugar, then pan-fried until golden. It's really simple and wickedly delicious!
133,1104/5 for 27 ratings
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Last modified on: July 20th 2011

For 6 sliceds bread, you will need:

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Stage 1 - 5 min.
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Cut 6 slices Sandwich bread and trim off the crust.

Stage 2 - 5 min.
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Put into the blender goblet: 60 ml whole milk, 60 ml liquid cream, 10 g Vanilla sugar, and 2 egg yolks.

Blend for a few seconds until smooth and evenly mixed.

Stage 3 - 10 min.
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Pour the mixture into a dish and leave the slices of bread to soak for 10 mintues on one side...

Stage 4 - 10 min.
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... then 10 minutes on the other side.

Stage 5 - 3 min.
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Melt 3 tablespoons Clarified butter in a large frying pan over medium heat.

Sprinkle the slices with sugar and place in the pan sugar side downwards.

Stage 6 - 6 min.
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Fry until golden on the first side, then turn over and fry the other side.

Stage 7
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It's ready. Serve hot or warm. You can drizzle maple syrup over the top if you wish.


This is a good way of using up bread that is going a bit dry, as this works even better than fresh bread.

You can make it with brioche too, and serve it simply with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, for example, or a little really cold whipped cream (chantilly).


Just a few minutes once cooked.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
1,593 Kcal or 6,670 Kj31 gr182 gr85 gr
80 %12 %17 %13 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
309 Kcal or 1,294 Kj6 gr35 gr16 gr
15 %2 %3 %2 %
Per sliced bread
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
266 Kcal or 1,114 Kj5 gr30 gr14 gr
13 %2 %3 %2 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).

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Home made, but based on how my mother used to make it when I was little.

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This recipe uses (among others)
Whole milkWhole milk: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Caramel semolina pudding with raisins, Cannelés, Cheese Soufflé, Parisian-style chocolate custard tart, Celeriac soup with mustard, ... All
Liquid creamLiquid cream: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Sea bass with coriander cream en papillote, Croque-monsieur complet, Cream of cauliflower soup with smoked haddock , Sausage mushroom and cheese crumble, Firied fillet of sea bream with polenta, ... All
Vanilla sugarVanilla sugar: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Toasted almond cake, Household cake (Gâteau de ménage), Chaud-froid of grapefruit, pineapple and lime custard , Rolled chestnut and apple brioche, Lemon and grated apple tart, ... All
Sandwich breadSandwich bread: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Genoese croque-monsieur, Croque-monsieur, Spinach Croque-monsieur , Fried egg in bread, Crab and smoked salmon club sandwiches , ... All

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