Pain Perdu with Fresh Berries and Whipped Cream

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Pain Perdu…seems like a fancy term, huh? Pain Perdu in french means “Lost Bread”. It is basically french toast but made with older bread. If you have some staling bread no matter the kind, you have Pain Perdu on your hands! It is pronounced “pan per-do” , there is no pain involved. There are variations that call for adding flour and butter (roux) to the eggs to make a more custard like dip for the bread but I am pretty sure this easy version will taste just as good, less fattening too (unless you count the homemade whipped cream, which for sure is not low fat, lol)

You Need:

  • 6 pieces of bread, old bread, french bread is my fave
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 C. Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 pint heavy whipping cream
  • Fresh Berries
  • 2 T Vanilla extract, divided.



  • Soak your bread in the eggs with 1T of the vanilla.
  • Fry your bread until it is nice and light brown.
  • For the whipped cream, in a stand mixer or hand mixer, combine the heavy cream and vanilla until it starts to thicken and turn light. Then add the sugar and whip.
  • Add your berries and cream to the french toast and voila!

Serves 2 if you are hungry, or 3 if you share :)

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About Candace Reid

Candace Reid is the owner and author of Serendipity Mommy. She is the mother of 3 and a recent college graduate having earned her Associates Degree in Business for Hospitality/Food Service Management. Candace is a member of the American Culinary Federation and is pursuing a Food Photography business. She also loves to blog about family, food, fun and photography. Email Candace


  1. I’m clearing missing out since I don’t have breakfast. I’ve never tried french toast or ‘eggy bread’ as it’s sometimes known here. I’m not too keen on cooked eggs (unless they’re in cake, lol) so not sure if I’d like the bread. Probably why I’ve never tried.

    Looks oh so good though!
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    • Trust me Lisa with the right toppings you won’t be able to detect the egg barely at all. I lurve french toast, I would eat it all day.

  2. Oh my gosh, that’s what I’d call delicious! I could picture myself that my day would have started with this yummy gastronomical installation:)
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  3. Love the recipe! It gives me more things to be creative with when having my French toast in the morning!

    Thanks Candace

  4. Ashleen Moreen says:

    What a delicious recipe. I love the simplicity of the food and It looks delicious and tasty! Love it!
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  5. Kat McClintock says:

    Looks delish! I was about to make it but my recipe seems to be missing an ingredient, the sugar for step 2, to add to cream and vanilla. Thank you for your posts!

    • Yes, bear with me I just changed themes and this new one has different recipe stuff so I have to manually add them all. 1/4 cup powdered sugar for the whipped cream!

  6. Who said anything about sharing. The portion was just enough for a very hungry person, and my young grandson, whom I did not have the heart to refuse. Great recipe. And thanks for taking the pain out, i could have made a fool of myself pronouncing it the wrong way.

  7. I love this! I find it such a pain to see staling bread! Thank you for this Pain free solution to staling bread =D

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