Pain Perdu

Photo: Pain Perdu

TOTAL TIME: 20 min
Prep: 5 min
Inactive Prep: 5 min
Cook: 10 min
 
YIELD: 4 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 1 cup/250 ml milk, plus more if needed
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 4 slices baguette
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, plus more for caramelizing
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, plus more if needed
  • Vanilla ice cream, for serving
  • Cherries and blackberries, for serving
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Directions

Stir together the milk and vanilla in a shallow dish. Soak the bread slices in the milk mixture for about 5 minutes, turning once so that they absorb the milk evenly.

Beat the egg with the sugar and pour onto a plate.

Heat the butter in a skillet until sizzling. Take the bread from the milk, holding it above the bowl to drain slightly. Dip into the egg mixture to coat both sides, then drop into the sizzling butter and fry until golden brown, about 5 minutes per side.

At the last minute, sprinkle the tops with a little extra sugar and "broil" with a blowtorch (or place them on a baking sheet under the broiler until the sugar, melts, bubbles and turns golden).

Divide the bread among serving plates. Serve hot with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a dribbling of fresh, ripe cherries and blackberries that have been sauteed in butter and sugar and possibly flamed.

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  • on July 11, 2013

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    Wicked simple.

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  • on December 27, 2011

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    This is fabulous! I don't have much of a sweet tooth but this was PERFECT! The flavors and textures of sweet, savory, crunchy, creamy, hot, and cold come together magically. I have a big family to feed and I often don't have the time to make gourmet desserts, but this one is fast and so worth the 15 minutes to make. Yum! Yum! Thank you Laura!

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