Frenchie Basics: True French Toast !

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The story

Let me tell you the story of what everyone calls “French Toast”.

In french, we say “Pain Perdu”. It means “Lost bread”.

We eat a TON of bread and well, sometimes we bite a little more than we can chew. The problem with fresh baked bread is it becomes hard like a stone 2 to 3 days after.

Nobody likes food waste so, especially during the war, housewives had to find a way to eat this “lost bread”and that’s how you create a delicious and easy recipe.

Lost bread + eggs + milk + sugar.


You can use any kind of bread, brioche or cake.

You can obviously use fresh bread but guess what, it is oddly more delicious when it’s old and dry.

Let’s get started my frenchies !

French Toast



Yield : 3 serving – Prep time : 3min – Cooking : 10min

What you’ll need



  • 6 slices of dry bread OR dry brioche
  • 2 eggs (preferably organic and free range)
  • 1/2 cup of whole milk OR plant based)
  • 1/4 tsp of vanilla extract OR 1 vanilla bean
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp of brown sugar
  • 1 tsp of butter OR coconut oil


Beat eggs in a shallow bowl. Add milk, vanilla, cinnamon and sugar, and beat until frothy.

If you choose to try the vanilla bean, using a small knife with a tip, cut the vanilla bean in half lengthwise. Scrape the seeds out of the bean using the knife blade.

Soak each slice of bread in the egg mixture, first on one side, then the other. Do not wait too long when you soak them, you do not want to the slices to crumble in the pan.

Cook both sides in a greased non-stick skillet until golden.

You can of course drizzle a little bit of honey and add a few berries when serving.

Et voilà !

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Author: Emilie Durand

Emilie is a French food lover, proud Parisian and founder of On her website, she shares delicious recipes, health tips and tricks. Her goal is to gather and share the habits and rules that have been used and approved by French people for decades. That means cooking your own meals efficiently, enjoying whole foods, eating mindfully and never ever using the word diet again while losing weight.

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