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Pain Perdu


  • 5 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons of Orange Flower Water (this is the key to the recipe and can be found in some specialty food shops)
  • 1/2 cupful of sugar
  • Slices of Stale Bread
  • Finely grated Zest of a Lemon
  • 3 Tablespoons of Brandy
  • Powdered White Sugar


  • Break the eggs into a bowl, beat them lightly, add the Orange Flower Water and the Brandy and then add the sugar and beat thoroughly. Add the grated zest of a lemon, mix well and then cut the bread into slices or diamonds, taking off the crust and soak them well for 1/2 an hour in the mixture. Have ready a frying pan of boiling lard, lay in the Bread and fry to a golden brown. Lift the slices out with a skimmer and drain on brown paper in the mouth of the oven (paper towels work fine). Then place on a hot dish, sprinkle with powdered white sugar as you would fritters add a little nutmeg if desired and serve hot.