French toast, S’il vous plait…

Bonjour!  I landed in Australia 9 years ago and have since learnt a lot in way of culture from this side of the world.  I could have started with a story about Pavlova but thought I would keep this one for another time – I would like to make friends first.

So let’s start with a breakfast made of left overs! Very classy…

I am sure most of you would have heard of French Toast and probably thought ‘Ah! Another stylish French recipe’. Think again! Pain Perdu as I call it, or ‘lost bread’, originated in poor families who couldn’t afford to waste any little scrap of food. The Pain Perdu soon became the solution for Stale bread. C’est la vie!

When on holidays, we often end up with a few ingredients left in the pantry or in the fridge that are just not enough to make a full meal and might just end up in the bin– or so you would think… Here is a great solution for your holiday grocery left overs. The idea of the French Toast is to mix basic ingredients together with stale bread and make it a scrumptious breakfast. Some French Chefs say “Pain Perdu” it is almost like transforming a frog into a Prince – you be the judge.

The recipe (you can easily adapt depending on what is there to use in your fridge/pantry)

Main ingredient:

  • stale bread = bread a few days old that is too tough to eat as is, but will redeem itself once cooked .

Ingredients for the mix

  • 250ml milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 50 g sugar (2-3 tbsp)
  • 2 tbsp of vanilla (only if you have any – this isn’t the essence of Pain Perdu
  • 100 g butter (for healthy minded, you can use apple sauce – about 3 tbsp))
  • cinnamon (if you have any)
  • pinch of salt
  • My twist – want a little protein? add ground almond meal (about 3-4 tbsp)
  • zest of orange or mandarin if you have any

For toppings, it is up to your taste – I recommend simplicity (sugar or honey) but the idea is to finish your groceries so try Maple syrup, Bacon, fruits, cream, ice cream, ham, even baked beans!

For cooking, you only need a frying pan on the stove (full kitchen available in most WorldMark resorts) or try any of the resorts barbecues!

The five steps:

  1. Slice your bread and leave it to rest
  2. Make your batter: mix all your ingredients in a bowl and whisk until smooth
  3. Take 2 slices of bread and soak them in the batter for 20-30 seconds on each side.
  4. Heat your butter or oil in a pan over medium heat until warm, then place the battered bread in.
  5. Fry each side of bread until golden, and then place the pain perdu in a dish to rest. Keep warm while repeating the process with the remaining bread slices

Voila! Your Pain Perdu is ready – Serve warm with your improvised toppings

The secret is to serve warm. You could preheat your oven (very low about 100 degrees Celsius – no fan) and place each toast in after frying to keep it warm. I personally never have the patience with the oven, due to the irresistible smell coming from my pan.

Need more ideas to use left overs?  Try Love Food-Hate Waste – even better why not share with us what your very own leftover meal would be?


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