french toast

gary robert

gary robert

why is french toast called pain perdu?  lost toast?
Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor

Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor

Salut gary robert !

Thank you for your question! Pain perdu translates to "lost bread," and it has this name because it was originally made out of stale bread - bread that was (or would otherwise have been) lost. 

À la prochaine !

Liss
OwenM8

OwenM8

Moi, je prefere l'appeler "pain grille"---est-ce possible?  
 
MCK

MCK

Le ain perdu is not the same as le pain grillé - the latter is plain old 'toast' in English, the former, usually referred to as French toast in English, is a more elaborate recipe, with stale bread soaked in a thin 'custard-like mixture and then (usually) pan-fried. 
MCK

MCK

Typo - le pain perdu (not «le ain perdu»). 
Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor

Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor

Salut OwenM8 et MCK ! 

Indeed, MCK, you have that exactly right. If you are interested, OwenM8, another option for "French toast" is the Canadian French pain doré (literally "golden bread").

À la prochaine,

Liss

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