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Pain Perdu Aux Deux Tomate & Parmesan(Two Tomatoes and Parmesan French Toast)



  • 10 ounce day-old peasant-style bread, cut in 1/2-inch-thick slices — if the bread is still fresh, dry the slices for 5 minutes on each side in a 200¡f oven
  • 4 ounce large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 5 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 5 1/2 teaspoon herbes de provence (or a
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 6 teaspoon medium roma tomatoes, about 11/2 pounds
  • 12 teaspoon semi-dried tomato halves, homemade, vacuum-packed, or packed in oil and drained (see page 100; substitute 12 sun-dried tomato halves packed in oil and drained)
  • 2 teaspoon garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan, about


Baking Directions:


Cut the bread in 2-inch-wide pieces.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, herbs, 1/4 teaspoon of the salt, and the pepper.

Add the bread, toss to coat, and let stand for 10 minutes, stirring gently every now and then to ensure even coating.


In the meantime, core the tomatoes and slice them horizontally in 1/3-inch slices.

Let stand in a colander to drain for 5 minutes.

Cut the semi-dried tomato halves in bite-size pieces.


Preheat the oven to 400¡F and grease a large baking dish with 1 teaspoon olive oil.

Arrange the tomato slices over the bottom of the dish, reserving nine of the most attractive for the top.

Sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, drizzle with a little olive oil, and top with the garlic and semi-dried tomatoes.


Arrange the bread over the tomatoes, pour the remaining egg mixture over the dish, top with the reserved tomato slices, and sprinkle with cheese.

(This can be prepared up to 8 hours ahead, covered tightly and refrigerated.)


  Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until heated through.

Switch to broiler setting and broil for 5 minutes, keep- ing an eye on the dish, until the cheese is golden and the bread is crisp at the edges.

Serve with a salad of mixed greens.

Varation: Substitute strips of dry-cured ham for the semi-dried tomatoes.