Pain Perdu, French toast

French Toast yes, but not your ordinary type!

• 1   stick butter 
• 3   eggs 
• 3/4 cups milk 
• 1   tablespoon grated orange zest 
• 1/4 cup fresh orange juice 
• 2   tablespoons sugar 
• 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 
• 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract 
• 8 slices of French Bread, about 1 inch thick 
• powdered sugar for dusting 
• bananas foster (below) 

• In a mixing bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, orange zest, orange juice, sugar,
  cinnamon, and vanilla, to dissolve the sugar.
• In a nonstick sauté pan, heat 2 tablespoons of butter. Dip 2 slices of the 
  bread into the egg-milk mixture, coating evenly. Fry in the butter until 
  golden brown, 2 or 3 minutes on each side. 

• Repeat until all the butter and bread is used.

• Lay the pain perdu on a platter. Add the bananas to the pecan mixture and warm 
  slightly. Spoon the warm sauce over the pain perdu. Dust the entire plate with 
	powdered sugar.

Yields: 6 servings.

Ingredients for Bananas Foster:
• 2   tablespoons butter 
• 2   bananas, peeled and sliced, 1/4 inch thick 
• 1   cup pecan pieces 
• 2   cups maple syrup 
• 1/4 cup rum 

Method for Bananas Foster:
• In a sauté pan, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter. 

• Add the pecans and sauté for 4-5 minutes, stirring constantly.

• Stir in the maple syrup and bring the liquid up to a simmer. 

• Remove the pan from the stove and add the rum. Carefully place the pan back on 
  the stove and flame the sauce. Remove the sauce from the heat, set aside.

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