Pain Perdu

frenchtoast

Sundays should always be about three things: sleeping in, staying in your comfiest pyjamas and a pretty brunch.

These french toast sticks, or as the french would say “pain perdu” are delightful. I stumbled upon this recipe from Kelly Senyei of Just a Taste and I am glad I did. This was a first time I used cream in my french toast and it added a rich flavour to it. If you are ever hosting a brunch, I would definitely recommend this recipe. It’s quick, easy and looks amazing. Pair it with a mimosa and this will be talked about by all your guests! Enjoy!

FRENCH TOAST STICKS

  • Servings: 4-6
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INGREDIENTS:

8 SLICES OF THICK TOAST
4 LARGE EGGS
1 CUP HEAVY CREAM
2 ½ TEASPOONS OF CINNAMON
1 TABLESPOON OF SUGAR
1 TABLESPOON OF VANILLA EXTRACT
UNSALTED BUTTER, FOR COOKING
MAPLE SYRUP, FOR COOKING
FRESH FRUIT

TO MAKE THE FRENCH TOAST:

  • CUT EACH SLICE OF TOAST INTO FOUR STRIPS, SET ASIDE
  • IN A LARGE BOWL, WHISK TOGETHER EGGS, HEAVY CREAM, CINNAMON, SUGAR AND VANILLA. DIP EACH PIECE OF BREAD IN THE EGG MIXTURE, TURNING TO COAT IT ON ALL SIDES SO THAT IT’S WELL-SATURATED WITH THE CUSTARD
  • SHAKE OFF ANY EXCESS AND PLACE THE COATED BREAD ON A LARGE PLATE OR BAKING DISH. REPEAT THE DIPPING PROCESS WITH THE REMAINING PIECES OF BREAD
  • HEAT A LARGE SAUTÉ PAN OVER MEDIUM HEAT AND ADD 2 TO 3 TABLESPOONS OF BUTTER, ONCE BUTTER HAS MELTED, PLACE SEVERAL OF THE COATED STICKS IN A SINGLE LAYER IN THE PAN. (DO NOT OVERCROWD THE PAN) COOK ONE SIDE & FLIP, CONTINUE COOKING UNTIL BOTH SIDES OF STICKS ARE GOLDEN BROWN AND SLIGHTLY CRISP ON ALL EDGES
  • ADD FRESH FRUIT (OPTIONAL) DRIZZLE WITH MAPLE SYRUP AND SERVE IMMEDIATELY

EXPERT TIPS:

  • HEAVY CREAM MUST CONTAIN 36% OR MORE MILK FAT CONTENT.
  • DAY-OLD BREAD THAT SLIGHTLY DRIED OUT WORKS BEST FOR FRENCH T SINCE IT WILL SUCK UP MOST OF THE CUSTARD
  • THICK-CUT BREAD WITH STURDY CRUSTS IS ESSENTIAL FOR THIS RECIPE, AS THE CRUSTS HELP THE STICKS OLD THEIR SHAPE. IF YOU PREFER REGULAR FRENCH TOAST, SKIP SLICING THE TOAST INTO STICKS OR USE A CRUSTY FRENCH BAGUETTE SLICED INTO 1-INCH-THICK ROUNDS
  • STRAWBERRIES & BLUEBERRIES ARE AN IDEAL CHOICE OF FRUIT

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The “E” {everyday} List

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All of us girls have a few favorite items {clothes, shoes, jewelery, accessories etc} that are our “go to” when we don’t have the time to outfit plan.  I wanted to share my absolute all time favorite things.

The Denim Jacket: My boyfriend refers to my denim jacket as my security blanket. It’s probably because I rarely leave home without it. Most of the time I will throw it on over a t-shirt, leggings and flats for a casual weekend look or for the 9 to 5 I will wear it to and from the office with a stylish dress or skirt. Shorter fitted ones look really cute with maxi dresses and a slim sandal.

Monogram Necklace: I love wearing a simple, delicate initial necklace. I usually wear it to the office or with a v-neck tee.

Leopard Flats: My leopard flats gives any plain outfit a little bit of meow!  I love pairing them with a pair of jeans and a basic tee.

Nail Polish: I am a nail polish addict. I barely ever go anywhere without my nails painted. My favorite colour is OPI “I eat mainly lobster”. This colour is so great. It is the perfect coral that isn’t too orange or too pink. It also has a very subtle shimmer throughout it. I love this colour because it looks great on any skin tone. I find a lot of the coral/pink colours look better on darker complexions, but this colour compliments my pale (sun thirsty) complexion well!!

Pavè Link Bracelet: BEAU-TI-FUL. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! I wear this almost daily. Alone or stacked with watches and bracelets. This makes any outfit effortlessly glamorous.

Lips: This year I have really started to get into lip colour. Instead of wearing eyeshadows, foundation,bronzers etc.  I {and my skin} have been enjoying keeping things a bit ..au naturel. I usually just fill in my brows a bit, mascara on the lashes and a bold lip. I tend to wear more of the pink shades but recently I just bought Mac “Vegas Volt” and it is my everyday shade now. It’s subtle but still gives a nice pop of colour. I would say more  on the orangey coral side but again it compliments my skin tone.

 

Denim Jacket: A&F , Pavè Link Bracelet: Jcrew similar/affordable here, Polish: OPI, Lipstick: MAC Vegas Volt,  Necklace: Indigo on sale! Leopard Flats: Sam Eldelman love {need} these affordable here.