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Pain Perdu

  • Yield: 4 servings


  • 1 large orange
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 stick (1/4 pound) butter
  • 8 slices Brioche or
  • any kind of sliced bread
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting


  • Grate the orange rind until you have about 1 tablespoon zest. Cut the orange in half and squeeze it. Mix 1/4 cup of the juice with the zest in a mixing bowl. Use the rest for another purpose.
  • Add the eggs, milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar, and vanilla. Whisk together to dissolve the sugar.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of the butter in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Dip 2 slices of the bread into the egg-milk mixture, coating evenly. Fry in the butter until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Repeat until all the butter and bread is used.
  • Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve hot.