Orange Pain Perdu

Orange Pain Perdu

Prep Time: 30 Minutes

Yields: 6 Servings


Pain Perdu, meaning "lost bread," is a French toast recipe. Much like Crème Brûlée Lost Bread, this dish is created with leftover, stale "lost" bread. Had it not been dipped in eggs and milk, then pan fried, the bread would have certainly been lost.


1 (8-ounce) loaf French bread

3 eggs

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup whole milk

1 cup evaporated milk

½ cup fresh-squeezed orange juice

1 tsp cinnamon

½ tsp nutmeg

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

? cup butter

½ cup powdered sugar


Cut bread into 1-inch slices. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs and granulated sugar. Add whole milk, evaporated milk, orange juice, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. Continue to whisk until well blended. In a 12-inch, cast iron skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Dip bread into custard, a few slices at a time, then sauté until golden brown on both sides. Continue until all bread has been cooked. As bread is removed from skillet, top it with powdered sugar.