While walking along St. Clair Avenue West one day, my husband and I came across a French bakery called Pain Perdu. There are a few tables at this bakery, which also offers a sit-in service. Since our daughter loves croissants, we wanted to pick one up for her as an after-school snack. She was happily surprised when we gave her the butter croissant. It was very much to her liking.
Before leaving Pain Perdu that day, we were told that their pain perdu was a very popular dish for their sit-in customers. We learned pain perdu is French toast. Since we never had pain perdu at a French bakery before, we decided to return another day for breakfast. We didn’t need to convince our daughter about having breakfast there, as she was eagerly awaiting to have another one of their butter croissants.
Since she liked the croissant so much, I also had to try one. I tried their chocolate almond croissant. I agree with my daughter that the croissants at Pain Perdu are delicious. After I had my first bite, I just kept eating and forgot to take a picture of the inside until the end. Be forewarned, their croissants are very flaky.
When the pain perdu arrived, we were surprised at how large a portion it was. It looked like a slice of a shallow cake rather than a dipped piece of bread. It was dressed in crème anglaise and topped with fresh fruits.
Also, there were raisins in it. I kept thinking warm, tasty goodness while eating it. This pain perdu was definitely a welcome change to the french toast we normally make at home covered with maple syrup.
We certainly will be visiting Pain Perdu again to enjoy these delights and some new ones too. Have you been to Pain Perdu? What baked good or dish did you enjoy the most there?