Lost Bread with California Golden Raisins (Pain Perdu)

Exciting California flavor gives a new twist to a New Orleans classic French toast.


  • Serving Size: 10.5 ounces


  • 1/2 pound French bread, cut in 1-inch cubes
  • 4 ounce cream cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1-1/2 cup sliced banans (about 2 bananas)
  • 6 ounce bacon, cut into 1/4-inch dice and cooked crisp
  • 1 cup California golden raisins
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pure maple syrup, as needed for service


In very large mixing bowl combine bread cubes, cream cheese cubes, banana slices, cooked bacon pieces, and golden raisins; mix together well. Spread evenly in 9×13-inch nonreactive baking pan. In same mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, half-and-half, sugar, butter and 1/4 cup maple syrup to combine well. Pour over bread mixture in pan, pressing bread mxiture into egg mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerator for 8 hours or overnight.

Preheat oven to 350°F (300°F for convection oven). Remove plastic wrap and srpinkle top of bread mixture with cinnamon. Cover with foil and bake 30 minutes; then, uncover and bake 45 minutes more, until lightly browned and set. Remvoe from oven and let stand 10 minutes. Cut 3X4 into 12 squares and serve warm with warm syrup to pour on top.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories 680 (45% from fat); Total Fat 34g (sat 19g, mono 11g, poly 2g, trans 0g ); Cholesterol 265mg; Protein 17g; Carbohydrate 76g; (Dietary Fiber 3g; Sugars 49g; ); Iron 3mg; Sodium 530mg; Calcium 190mg; Potassium 698mg

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