​Pain perdu with strawberry jam

There's no need to throw out stale bread when it can be transformed into this light dessert instead.
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This is a gourmand’s delight – a tasty dessert and, at the same time, a bargain. 

Serves 8
Prep time: 30 min
Resting time: 24 hrs
Cooking time: 15 min

For the strawberry jam:
* 300g strawberries
* 200g caster sugar

For the pain perdu:
* 4 eggs
* 20g caster sugar
* 100ml milk
* 1 vanilla pod (bean)
* 8 thick slices stale bread
* butter for frying

1. To make the strawberry jam: in a large, non-metallic bowl, mix the strawberries with the sugar and leave to rest somewhere cool for 24 hours.

2. The next day, put the fruit and sugar in a saucepan (preferably a copper one), bring to the boil and cook over quite a high heat for about 10 minutes, stirring often so the mixture doesn’t catch or burn. Do this gently, to avoid crushing the strawberries – you want to keep them whole, if possible. Pour the jam into a small dish and set aside to cool.

3. For the pain perdu: whisk the eggs and sugar by hand, then add the milk and vanilla pod and mix together. Soak the slices of bread in this mixture for a few minutes.

4. Meanwhile, heat some butter in a frying pan. Drain the slices of bread, then cook in the hot butter until golden, turning them once or twice. Serve hot with the jam.

Tip: fresh bread is not what you want in this recipe; stale is best here, and this is an easy way to use it up. You could use other fruits, such as strawberries, blackcurrants or figs, for the jam.
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