After being away for a while I have decided to come back with a recipe. It has been a very long time since I have posted something yummy to bake. French toast or as we called it in french “Pain Perdu” are the easiest and tastiest thing to do in the morning or as a quick snack in the afternoon. Perfect to go along with the miserable weather in London right now.
Before getting into the recipe, in terms of bread you can use whatever you fancy. The original recipe is made with “old” bread to not waste food. It is the origin of that recipe, back in the day instead of tossing the bread away people were baking it instead as a yummy breakfast for Saturday or Sunday. It is a tradition that is long lost in France but my Mom use to make the best ever. French toast are a bit different in UK and US, but trust me this is the real recipe.
Ingredients (for 4 person)
- Bread(I personally get thick white bread but you can use wholegrain or anything you have), usually I give 2 slices per person cute in 2 . For 4, 8 slices.
- 4 table spoons of Vanilla Sugar
- Few drops of Vanilla Extract
- 3 eggs
- 50cl of Milk
- Butter for cooking
Now In bowl mix all the ingredients expect bread and butter (duh!) and make sure you get a nice and silky texture. (Some french recipe will ask you to put eggs in another bowl but mixing it all together create a unique texture that will stick to the bread better than ever).
Get a saucepan to cook slices at least by 4. Wet each slices on both sides for around 10 seconds (to make sure it is all moist and juicy inside).
Cooking time ! Get you butter, cut a nice chunk and make sure it doesn’t burn, when your butter is almost melted you can put your 4 slices. Usually 1 or 2 mn per side is enough, when each side is golden the french toasts are ready to be eaten.
Repeat that a second times and you will get your whole batch ready. My advice is to not cook too many slices at the same time to make sure there is plenty of space for each batch to breath, it will assure you fluffy slices at the end.
For an even more yummy touch you can add icing sugar, maple syrup, golden syrup, jam or honey.
I do realize it is not the healthiest meal but it is by far the most enjoyable breakfast and it only takes few minutes. You prepare it, cook it and eat it in less than 15mn so on on the go or for a lazy week end breakfast, Le Pain Perdu is ideal and easy to teach kids!