Makes 8 to 12 servings

In French, French toast is pain perdu, or "lost bread," because it's made from stale bread.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cut bread into 24 (3/4-inch-thick) diagonal slices.

Step 2

Whisk together eggs and next 5 ingredients until well blended.

Step 3

Place bread slices in a 13- x 9-inch baking dish; pour egg mixture evenly over slices. Let stand 30 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.

Step 4

Remove bread slices from egg mixture, letting excess drip off. Cook bread slices, in batches, in a lightly greased nonstick skillet or griddle over medium-high heat 2 minutes on each side or until golden.

Step 5

Place bread slices on baking sheets; keep warm in a 200° oven.

Step 6

Cook Champagne in a large saucepan over high heat until reduced by half. Gradually stir in syrup; cook over low heat until blended and warm.

Step 7

Arrange bread slices on serving plates; top with raspberries, blueberries and, if desired, cream cheese. Drizzle evenly with syrup mixture. Garnish, if desired.

Commander's Palace, New Orleans, Louisiana

Ratings & Reviews

kelinva's Review

May 18, 2011
Wow this is good. Rich, warm and perfect for breakfast or dinner. Easy to lighten up if you were so inclined (exchange cream for fat free half & half, use 4 egg whites and 4 whole eggs; stick with the sugar as substitute can have a strange after taste). Don't exchange the bread as this is truly what makes this recipe special. I like to use Panera Sour Dough bread cut thick (3/4"). This will become a regular in my household. Yummy!

Bellallymommy's Review

December 04, 2010
Very Tasty