Gourmet French Toast (Pain Perdu)

I’ve been trying out recipes for years trying to come up with the best French toast recipe. It all depends on the type of bread you use. If you use regular sliced white bread, prepare yourself for soggy french toast, but if you love Gourmet French Toast from a restaurant, use a French baguette, brioche, or Challah bread, which is egg bread. I prefer using a baguette or brioche. Also, using orange extract and butter are the key ingredients in this french toast recipe. The taste or orange just adds a kick to the recipe and most gourmet french toast recipes include it. Grand Marnier or Contreau, both orange liqueurs, can also be used in place of the extract. In this recipe, I used only 1/4 tsp of the extract, but if you like the taste of orange, you can add more. Sprinkle the french toast with sifted powdered sugar and serve with real maple syrup and voilà, Pain Perdu Gourmet Style.

Bon Appétit!


1 French baguette, Brioche, or Challah loaf (egg bread), sliced 1 inch thick
1 cup whole milk, half-and-half or heavy cream
4 large eggs
2 Tbsp fine pure cane sugar
1 Tbsp vanilla
1/4 tsp orange extract or Grand Marnier, optional
1/2 tsp grated orange peel
1/4 tsp salt (optional)
Powdered sugar for dusting (also known as Confectioners sugar)
Pure Maple Syrup
Serve with Strawberries and Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice


Heat a skillet over medium heat. Melt butter in the skillet. Keep adding butter to keep pan greased. Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl. Dip each slice of bread in the batter with your hands, turning the bread to saturate both sides. Place in skillet and repeat process until all the batter is used. Add just enough slices of french toast in the skillet so that you can still flip them. Let each side cook for about a minute or until a golden brown and flip. Remove toast when finished and leave on hot plate in warm oven until ready to serve. Dust with powder sugar and serve with strawberries and Maple syrup.


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