New Orleans Style Pain Perdu (French Toast) – The Spiced Life

11 Aug


  • 4 large eggs
  • ¾ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup 1-2% milk
  • 1-2 T good Irish whiskey (I used 1 because of kids)
  • 1 T vanilla
  • 2 T sugar
  • ½ t fine sea salt
  • 6-7 slices of French bread, sliced 1½ inches thick
  • 1-2 T unsalted butter
  • 1-2 T vegetable oil
  • powdered sugar, for dusting
  • maple syrup, for serving


  1. The more stale your bread, the better, but I just left my bread out overnight and this worked fine.
  2. Whisk together the eggs, cream, milk, Irish whiskey, vanilla, sugar and salt. Pour into a shallow, wide bowl.
  3. Soak each slice of bread for about 10 minutes–flip it halfway through if need be to saturate both sides. However, you do not want the bread to be falling apart.
  4. Heat a large, heavy pan or griddle over medium heat (I used enameled cast iron, so as the toast cooked, I gradually turned the heat down to medium low).
  5. Add 1 tablespoon of oil and 1 tablespoon of butter to the pan.
  6. When it is hot, cook the French toast in batches, cooking to lightly crisp and browned on each side. If you need to add more oil or butter, do so.
  7. If you are serving the French toast all at once, place the cooked slices in an oven on low heat. I of course always end up playing the short order cook and serving them to my family as they cook.
  8. Sprinkle powdered sugar over the pain perdu before serving with maple syrup.

Last weekend I decided I was making French toast, and so I picked up some French bread, thinking it might be fun to go fancier than our standard whole grain sandwich loaf. Lo and behold, when I went searching for something a little more interesting than my standard French toast, I came across a recipe for a New Orleans style pain perdu, calling specifically for French bread. And Mardi Gras was coming. And I am a food blogger. So clearly that was the recipe I had to make.

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Posted by on FriAmerica/Los_Angeles2017-08-11T10:00:04+00:00America/Los_Angeles08bAmerica/Los_AngelesFri, 11 Aug 2017 10:00:04 +0000 31, in breakfast, brunch, FRENCH FRIDAYS



4 responses to “New Orleans Style Pain Perdu (French Toast) – The Spiced Life

  1. valdotain

    FriAmerica/Los_Angeles2017-07-28T14:42:58+00:00America/Los_Angeles07bAmerica/Los_AngelesFri, 28 Jul 2017 14:42:58 +0000 31, at 2:42 pm

    Je me régale par avance !

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  2. koolkosherkitchen

    FriAmerica/Los_Angeles2017-08-11T15:58:58+00:00America/Los_Angeles08bAmerica/Los_AngelesFri, 11 Aug 2017 15:58:58 +0000 31, at 3:58 pm

    French Toast with good Irish Whisky is definitely New Orleans – just throw some jazz in, please!

    Liked by 1 person

    • America On Coffee

      FriAmerica/Los_Angeles2017-08-11T16:34:45+00:00America/Los_Angeles08bAmerica/Los_AngelesFri, 11 Aug 2017 16:34:45 +0000 31, at 4:34 pm

      You really know how to enjoy!!!! LOL!!!!

      Liked by 1 person

      • koolkosherkitchen

        SatAmerica/Los_Angeles2017-08-12T19:00:53+00:00America/Los_Angeles08bAmerica/Los_AngelesSat, 12 Aug 2017 19:00:53 +0000 31, at 7:00 pm

        Life is there to be enjoyed, darling!

        Liked by 1 person


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