Pain Perdu aka French Toast

‘Pain Perdu’ literally means ‘Lost Bread’ in French. It was an innovative way of using up leftover bread that was invented by French cooks. But, I did not use up leftover bread here….I bought a beautiful loaf of Challah bread from the local bakery, with the sole objective of making ‘Pain Perdu’. I had never tasted Challah bread before..I didn’t realize that it would be so rich and buttery. Now that I have relished this, I am aiming to make my own Challah loaf one day.

1/2 loaf of Challah bread
3 eggs
3/4 cups milk
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp butter
1/2 tsp sugar
1 small clementine
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup strawberries
powdered sugar, for garnish

Slice the strawberries into a bowl. Slice the challah into 1/2 inch thick slices. Whisk the eggs to break the yolks. Add the milk and honey and whisk to combine. Zest the clementine and add the zest to the egg and milk mixture. Juice the clementine and toss it with the strawberries and sugar. Set aside to macerate.

Soak the challah in the custard mixture(both sides) while heating a griddle over medium high heat. Brush with butter. Place the soaked bread on the griddle. Cook on one side. When golden brown, flip the other side and cook. Soak another slice, while cooking the first one. Remove, serve hot, topped with the macerated strawberries and powdered sugar.

Verdict: We actually enjoyed this for dinner last night. It was very filling, not too sweet, but very rich and delicious. This would make an excellent breakfast/brunch dish or even a dessert.

Sending this to ‘AWED – France’ hosted at Priya’s blog, event by DK.

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