I sometimes get asked what to do with stale bread. The obvious use (apart from breadcrumbs) is to turn it into a delicious sweet bite. In France, we do pain perdu, which is bread soaked in an egg and sugar mixture and then pan fried in butter until caramelised and set. This version is closer to the bread and butter pudding because we bake the bread soaked in milk, egg and sugar. You can add anything you want to the mixture: spices, raisins, red fruits or chocolate chips like I did. No matter what you have on hand, this is a very quick and tasty dish.
Source: Amuse bouche
A pinch of salt
1tsp vanilla extract
About 10 slices of stale bread (or brioche)
80g soft brown sugar
Topping of your choice (choc chips, raisins, berries, cinnamon, nutmeg…)
A few knobs of butter
- Cut the bread into thin slices and place in a baking dish
- Mix the milk, eggs, vanilla, salt and sugar and pour over the bread.
- Leave to soak for 30 minutes, turning halfway.
- Add the topping, dot with the knobs of butter and bake at 180C for 30 minutes or until golden.
- Serve with Maple syrup or on its own. It’s great for breakfast too!