Pain Perdu is French for the most scrumptious French toast. This is the perfect breakfast or brunch recipe for a special occasion, rich custardy vanilla scented French toast made with French bread, sautéed in butter and topped with homemade berry sauce, fresh berries and slivered basil.
The literal translation of Pain Perdu is "lost bread." It refers to the idea that there's still hope for a day old baguette. It may have lost its great fresh baguette qualities, but it can be revived and reclaimed to make delicious French toast.
In fact a day old French baguette is ideal for French toast. Dipped in milk and egg and then sautéed in butter or oil, it will be crisp and brown on the outside, soft and custardy in the center.
Whether it's Mother's Day or some other occasion where you want to make someone happy with food, I recommend making Pain Perdu.
PAIN PERDU IS GOURMET FRENCH TOAST
Day old French bread is sliced and drenched in vanilla custard, sautéed in butter, and then topped with a lemony-sweet berry sauce, a gorgeous assortment of berries, honeyed yogurt and a generous sprinkling of slivered basil.
This dish is visually beautiful, colorful and fresh fresh, totally scrumptious, and the perfect brunch recipe to cook for a special someone or a special brunch.
HOW TO MAKE FRESH BERRY SAUCE
Making fresh berry sauce is a cinch! Take fresh berries and add a little water and something sweet, like honey, sugar, or fruit preserves. Bring it all to a simmer and cook for a few minutes until soft and saucy.
For a fine berry sauce, puree the berry mixture and strain it through sieve to remove seeds. For a more rustic berry sauce or compote, just simmer and enjoy.
My preference for this occasion was to puree and strain the fruit for a smooth velvety sauce to pour over the pain perdu.
Greek yogurt mixed with honey is the perfect complement to the rich french toast and fruity berries. I experimented with sour cream and creme fraiche too. Both are nice but the yogurt is my top choice.
You can whisk the honey into the yogurt or simply add a dollop of yogurt and a drizzle of honey. Please don't omit the fresh basil. It's wonderful! I tested the recipe with mint too, but the basil won me over by far.
By the way, this is a great dish to serve to mom on mother's day or Dad on Father's Day. Fun fact: Did you know that Mother's Day is the biggest brunch day of the year? According to Open Table Mother's Day brunch reservations beat Father's Day by 62%. And Mother's Day is the 3rd biggest day of the year for restaurant dining after Valentine's Day and New Year's Eve.
Here's the recipe for Pain Perdu with Fresh Berry Sauce. If you try this recipe I hope you'll come back to leave a star rating and a comment. I'd love to know what you think.Print