Pain Perdu with Roasted Peaches

Stirrin' It Up: Pain Perdu with Roasted Peaches (June 21)
Updated: Jun. 21, 2016 at 4:06 PM CDT
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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.


12 (½-inch thick) slices day-old French bread, cut on a bias

4 peaches, pitted and sliced

3 eggs

¼ cup sugar

2 tbsps pure vanilla extract

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp ground nutmeg

1½ cups milk

¾ cup butter, divided

1¼ cups water

½ cup sugar

2 tbsps cornstarch

½ cup peach wine

whipped cream for garnish

powdered sugar for garnish


In a large mixing bowl, combine eggs, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg, whisking until well blended. Slowly blend in milk. Soak bread croutons in egg mixture 1–2 minutes. In a cast iron skillet, melt ¼ cup butter over medium-high heat. Working in batches, sauté bread in butter 1–2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Remove and keep warm. Continue until all bread slices are sautéed, adding more butter as needed during cooking process. In a separate sauté pan, combine water, sugar and peach slices, stirring gently to mix well. Bring mixture to a rolling boil, reduce to simmer and cook until peaches are fork-tender, 5–8 minutes. In a small bowl, dissolve cornstarch in wine. Add cornstarch mixture to pan and cook until syrup is reduced to half volume, whisking constantly. To serve, place 2 pieces of lost bread in the center of each 10-inch plate. Top with an equal portion of sliced peaches and drizzle with fresh fruit syrup. Garnish with whipped cream and powdered sugar if desired.