French Toasts

I am always surprised by the fact that French toasts became fancy breakfast. Don't get me wrong it's delicious, but knowing the origin spoils the fanciness a bit.

In France, French toasts are called "pain perdu", which literally translates to "lost bread", and you bake them with leftovers of old bread (1 to 2 days old generally) that you don't want to let spoil and throw in the trash.  It's a dish you have for breakfast, snacks, or even dinner ... having breakfast for dinner is always a hoot.

You can savor them with jam, maple syrup, sugar, Nutella®, or even plain it is as delicious. You can even go a bit further and add bacon and eggs on them ... as you wish.

To make about 6 slices, you will need:
  • One baguette or other old loaf of bread
  • 1/2 liter of milk
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • Some butter to grease the pan (about 1 tablespoon)

Preparation time: 5-10 minutes
Cooking time: few minutes

Start by cutting your bread in slices, as many as you want.

In a saucepan, heat up your milk and sugar. Don't boil it, just warm it up.

While your milk-sugar mixture is warming up, slightly beat your eggs in a bowl.

Once the milk is warm, remove it from the heat.

Melt some butter in a pan.

Everything is now ready to make your toasts.

Dip a piece of bread in the saucepan containing the sugar flavoured milk.

Then dip it in the beaten eggs.

And finally place it on the pan.

After few minutes, turn over the pieces of bread.

Repeat the same process with all your bread pieces.


As with all the other recipes we put on this site, this is meant to be easy to follow. We are hobby chefs who love to cook, and we are always up for learning new techniques. If you know of anything in this recipe which can be done a different way, whether for increased ease of preparation or better taste, please add a comment below!

Whipped up by Charline Leblond

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