5 from 9 votes
New Orleans Style Pain Perdu
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins

Pain Perdu is French for "lost bread", referring stale bread that would otherwise be disposed of. Pain Perdu, the New Orleans version of French toast, is generally made with stale French bread. The French bread is sliced thick, dipped in an egg custard, and fried in butter. It's perfect for a Mardi Gras breakfast or brunch!

Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: French, Mardi Gras, New Orleans, Southern
Servings: 4
Calories: 614 kcal
Author: Chula King
  • 1 loaf day old French bread
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • Fruit for garnish (optional)
  • Syrup or confectioners' sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 200° F.

  2. Slice French bread diagonally into 1-inch slices; allow to sit to dry out.

  3. Whisk eggs in a medium bowl. Add milk and cream; whisk to combine. Add vanilla extract and cinnamon; continue whisking.

  4. Heat 2 tablespoons butter in large non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Dip a piece of French bread in custard; allow excess to drip off. Place in skillet. Repeat with three additional pieces of French bread.

  5. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Drain on wire rack set in baking sheet. Place in oven to keep warm.

  6. Repeat with remaining slices of French bread, making sure that you don't crowd the pan.

  7. Serve warm with syrup, confectioners' sugar, fresh fruit, etc.

Chula's Expert Tips

Instead of the milk and cream, one could use 1 cup of half and half.

Nutrition Facts
New Orleans Style Pain Perdu
Amount Per Serving
Calories 614 Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 34g 52%
Saturated Fat 19g 95%
Cholesterol 211mg 70%
Sodium 734mg 31%
Potassium 236mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 59g 20%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 4g
Protein 17g 34%
Vitamin A 23.8%
Calcium 12.1%
Iron 23.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.