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French Toast | Pain Perdu

Two slices of French toast, fried until golden and drizzled with maple syrup.
Natacha Arnoult

Prep 20 mins
Cook 10 mins
Total 30 mins
4 servings
387 kcal


  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 8 slices sturdy white bread sliced 3/4 inch (18 mm) thick
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter cut into 4 chunks
  • Honey or maple syrup for serving (optional)


  • In a medium bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, and vanilla and then stir in the milk.
  • Soak the slices of bread in the mix 1 at a time, waiting until it’s evenly soaked, about 2 minutes per side.
  • In a large-ish skillet over medium heat, melt 1 chunk of butter.
  • Add 2 slices of bread to the skillet at a time, first allowing any excess milk mixture to drip off. Cook until golden brown and crisp at the edges, 2 to 3 minutes per side. You may need to lower the heat a little to keep the bread from overbrowning.
  • Move to a plate. Repeat with the remaining butter and bread.
  • Drizzle with honey or maple syrup, if desired. Devour immediately.