Before we had even started dating, Mr M came over to my, which is now our, apartment to cook me breakfast. He made me his self-proclaimed 'famous' French Toast and as I ate slice after scrumptious slice I realised that while the "coming over and cooking breakfast" stunt hadn't wooed me as it should have - I was wise enough to know it was just a dating ploy - the French Toast he prepared most definitely helped win me over.
Like French Fries, French Toast is not referred to as French Toast in France. It's called Pain Perdu - perdu being the French term for 'lost', therefore called 'lost bread', as you'd normally use day-old stale bread that would be 'lost' otherwise. Normally pain perdu is eaten as dessert and is made with lots of milk (instead of the orange juice in Mr M's) so it's quite soggy once cooked, slightly resembling bread and butter pudding more so than toast. It's served in a pool of sweet syrup with generous amounts of icing sugar and is, of course, absolutely delicious all the same!
The other week we celebrated Mr M's birthday. As I 'd seen him cook his
delightful French Toast a hundred times since his first trip to The
Beehive (what our apartment's called) I now know how to make it off by heart
and surprised him with a huge home-prepared brunch, featuring his yummy
Toast, for when he woke up.
Makes about 10 thick slices, or enough for one large loaf of brioche (the loaf pictured I'd consider to be on the small side).
+ A loaf of brioche
+ 1 orange, juiced
+ 4 eggs
+ 1 tbsp of cinnamon
+ A small heap of icing sugar and some strawberries to serve
+ A little bit of butter (not pictured) to grease the pan
Heat up a fry pan to a mid-to-high setting and melt the butter. Take a slice of brioche and lay flat in the mixture for about 20 seconds and then, using a fork, turn over for another 20 seconds.
Then gingerly fry each side of the toast until the egg is properly cooked, adding a little more butter after each lot if need be.
Serve with icing sugar and strawberries, or some maple syrup.
Have a lovely weekend!