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Pain Perdu [New Orleans French Toast]

French Toast made with a French baguette. Who would have thought? Pain Perdu done right.

French Toast - Pain Perdu

 Pain Perdu

A crusty, quickly hardening French baguette is the only bread that’s just right for a proper Pain Perdu. You’ve had French Toast before where the bread has literally turned to pudding, yes? That’s actually not supposed to happen.

Our Pain Perdu honors the classic French recipe resulting in a tender and slightly firm bread that soaks up pure maple syrup and melty butter perfectly.

New Orleans Pain Perdu

Our New Orleans Pain Perdu uses nutmeg and cinnamon along with just a touch of light brown sugar in the French Toast egg batter. Both spices add a lovely warmth to compliment the depth of the brown sugar.

The boys obviously go nuts for the maple syrup, but Eddie’s sweetened batter makes the Pain Perdu delectable without it.


New Orleans Pain Perdu with Butter

See all those nooks and crannies above? You know what’s tucked away in there? Tiny little butter love bits. Use salted butter for an even bigger thrill.

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French Toast - Pain Perdu
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Pain Perdu

Pain Perdu a classic New Orleans French Toast

Course Breakfast
Cuisine New Orleans
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 406 kcal


Ingredients for Pain Perdu

  • 1 baguette day old
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tbs. cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons. nutmeg
  • 3 tbs. light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tbs. butter
  • 1 teaspoons. vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch Kosher salt


Instructions for Pain Perdu

  1. Using a bread knife slice your baguette about two inches thick.

  2. In a large bowl add two whole eggs, two cups of whole milk then add the sliced baguette to the wet mixture.

  3. Add ground cinnamon, nutmeg, light brown sugar, vanilla extract and Kosher salt. Be sure to coat all baguette slices and let it sit for five minutes.

  4. Using a large bottom heavy saute pan add butter and bring heat to medium high.

  5. Add your baguette and let it cook for five minutes on each side.

  6. Plate and pour maple syrup as desired.


  1. WOWZA everything in this is calling to me! I LOVE french baguettes and the crispy texture and soft insides! and the sugar and spices! Wow this is absolutely gorgeous!

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