Pain perdu (French toast)

french toast

I don’t often have a large breakfast, but when I have a little more time I prefer to make French toast. I don’t know why I don’t make them more often because they are perfect for using up old bread. What do you like to eat for breakfast?

Wentelteefjes, Pain Perdu, French toast, all names for a dish that is eaten all over the world. Nobody knows exactly where French toast came from, but it is interesting that it has a similar name all over the world. In the Netherlands, they are mainly known as wentelteefjes or verloren brood. Just like in Switzerland where they are also known as verlorenes brot. While searching for the history of this recipe, I learned that in the 5th century they also had a similar recipe. The recipe for Aliter Dulcia is described in one of the oldest known cookbooks. This recipe is made by soaking slices of white bread in milk and egg which are then baked in oil. After baking, they poured some honey on top. Almost exactly as we make them today.

french toast

Usually, French toast is made with (old) white bread, but I like it better when I make them with wholemeal bread. You can also use baguette or brioche to make French toast. In this recipe I use cinnamon, but many old cookbooks also have recipes with nutmeg, rose water, wine or brandy.


Pain perdu (French toast)

  • Difficulty:Easy
  • Serves:2

Nutrition per portion

  • 4 slices of bread
  • 1 egg
  • 150 ml (2/3 cup) milk
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  1. In a shallow bowl, whisk the milk, sugar, cinnamon and egg together.
  2. Dip the bread slices into the mixture and let them soak them for a minute.
  3. Melt some butter in a pan.
  4. Add the bread slices to the butter and cook them for a few minutes on both sides until they are golden.
  5. Remove to a plate and sprinke some extra sugar and cinnamon over them if you like.

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