Pain Perdu by Lucie

This is my Living in Montaigu blog series! Check out my very first blog post to learn more about the series.

It has been a month and three days since I arrived in France. I have to say, time has definitely flown by! Today, Lucie made us Pain Perdu aka French Toast. She is quite the little cook for a 12 year old. I was never a huge French Toast fan before today… but this was amazing.

She started with fresh Brioche bread from a nearby bakery. Per Wikipedia, “Brioche is a pastry of French origin that is akin to a highly enriched bread, and whose high egg and butter content give it a rich and tender crumb. It is light and slightly puffy, more or less fine, according to the proportion of butter and eggs.”

All you need is Brioche (or any other bread), milk, sugar, eggs and some butter.

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Melt butter in a pan. Slice the Brioche and beat the eggs. Dip each slice in the milk, coat with some sugar, and then dip in the beaten eggs. Pan fry (both sides of course) in the hot buttery pan and you’re done.

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It was crispy and buttery on the outside, had the perfect amount of sweetness, and was soft and gooey on the inside.  Simple and delicious.

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It was definitely a nice treat. As you can see, Louise enjoyed it!  And oh yes, no syrup necessary.

Delicious Crepes

This is part of my Living in Montaigu blog series. Please see my very first blog post to learn more about the series.

While the Gallete De Rois is popular in January: February is the month for crepes!

In France, everyone enjoys Gallete De Rois during January to celebrate the holiday Epiphany. The cake has a small porcelain toy inside similar to the Mardi Gras Kings Cake with a baby inside. The Gallete De Rois is a delicious, flaky pastry filled with almond flavored custard (the original). I also tried an apple caramel version which was especially tasty.  Whoever gets the toy in their piece of cake gets to be king for the day and must buy the next cake.

I was lucky to enjoy Gallete De Rois four times during the month of January!

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Gallete De Rois and macarons from the best bakery in town, Maison Robin. ( I will definitely write a future blog post featuring all the amazing treats from this place!)

Now, back to crepes.  Traditionally, the French eat crepes on February 2nd on La Chandeleur, a Catholic holiday in France.  According to tradition: You should hold a coin in one hand and a crepe pan in the other hand. Flip the crepe into the air. If you manage to catch the crepe, superstition dictates that you will be prosperous for the rest of the year. (Haven’t tried it yet!)

Earlier this week, I learned how to make them! Marie-Therese, one of the housekeepers, taught Lucie and I how to make crepes. I watched and made sure to jot down some notes.

Tried to take good notes…

Ready to make crepes

Ready to make crepes

How can you not be excited? The pan is just way too cute!

How can you not be excited? This crepe pan is adorable.

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Whisking away

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The trick is to tilt the pan

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Alright, I think I can handle this…

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Now that the crepes are ready, here comes the fun part… deciding what to put on your crepe! Lucie & Louise squeeze fresh lemon juice on their crepes and pour a ridiculous amount of sugar on them!

Ready to make crepes!

Personally, I’m a little obsessed with Nutella. So, I chose Nutella, bananas, and frozen raspberry bits for my first crepe. For my second crepe, I had Nutella, bananas and kiwi. The next day, I tried the lemon and sugar crepe which was amazingly sweet and tangy!

I had such a fun day making and eating crepes! I also made sure to go for a nice long run that day. I am excited for a month full of crepes and look forward to making them back at home when I return!