Recipe of the Week- Pain Perdu

May 13, 2005 by

Okay, so these are not going to be a particular weekday. I tried to get it out Wednesday and it just did not happen.
Anyway, here is a favorite of mine from growing up. My Creole grandmother used to make this, as did my mother, and it was my favorite breakfast while growing up. Enjoy!

Recipe: Pain Perdu (“Lost Bread”)
Category: Entree, Breakfast
Author: Traditional Creole

1 Cup Half and Half
1/4 Cup Sugar
2 Teaspoon vanilla extract
4 tablespoon Butter
4 tablespoon Vegetable Oil
4 large eggs, well-beaten
8 Slices stale French bread (cut on bias
To Taste Fresh Nutmeg
To Taste Powdered Sugar

In a large bowl combine the half-and-half or milk, eggs, sugar, vanilla
and nutmeg and mix thoroughly. Soak the slices of stale French bread
in the custard mixture until they’re thoroughly soaked.

Meanwhile, melt the butter in a heavy skillet and add the oil. When the
butter and oil mixture is very hot, fry the soaked bread slices one or
two at a time on each side, until golden brown. Drain on paper towels
and hold in a warm oven until all the slices are cooked.

To serve, Sprinkle with powdered sugar just before serving. Serve
with Louisiana cane syrup, a strongly-flavored honey or any good syrup
of your choice

Serves 4.

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