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A Step by Step Recipe for New Orleans-Style French Toast - "Pain Perdu"

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What You'll Need to Make This Amazing French Toast
Pain Perdu
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This is not your typical French toast recipe. This is New Orleans-style French toast, made using thick slices of bread soaked in a custard batter, and after being browned lightly in a pan, they're baked golden brown.

"Pain Perdu" means "lost bread," and this recipe was a scrumptious solution for what to do with those stale loaves of bread that were about to be "lost." This recipe is just one of the countless French-influenced dishes of New Orleans, and one of the most delicious. Here's what you need:
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 6 thick slices of day old French bread (staler bread is fine as long as you can slice it)
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • powdered sugar (optional)
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