Chocolate pain perdu recipe

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Chocolate pain perdu
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  • healthy
Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories307 Kcal15%
Fat12 g17%
Saturated Fat6.5 g33%
Carbohydrates38 g15%

This chocolate pain perdu can be served as a dessert or an indulgent brunch. Made with melted chocolate, chocolate chip brioche rolls, and apricot jam.

Our chocolate pain perdu is easy to prepare ahead and is ready in just three simple steps. We recommend using an ovenproof dish that's nice enough to bring to the table as it's ideal to share with up to eight people. You can make this dessert in advance and store it in the fridge until ready to cook.


  • 75g chopped dried apricots
  • 1tbsp rum
  • 8 chocolate chip brioche rolls
  • 100g apricot jam
  • 15g cocoa powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 250ml full-fat milk
  • 30g (1oz) chocolate, melted

You will need:

  • ovenproof dish 25x20cm(10x8in)




  1. Heat the oven to 180C/Gas 4. Pour the rum over the apricot pieces and set them aside to infuse.
  2. Grease the tray with butter or oil. Tear each brioche bun into about 5 pieces and cover the base with the torn pieces. Dollop over splodges of the apricot jam.
  3. Use a whisk to beat the egg and cocoa powder together. Once smooth add the milk and 1/4tsp sea salt, mix to combine. Add in the apricot pieces with any excess rum and pour over the brioche. Bake for 30 mins. Before serving drizzle over the melted chocolate, serve warm.

Top tips for making chocolate pain perdu:

  • This is a great recipe for using up brioche that is a little stale. If you haven't got the chocolate chip brioche, just use some roughly chopped chocolate instead.

  • You could also make this recipe using stale croissants and serve it as an indulgent boozy brunch

What does pain perdu mean?

From French to English it translates as 'lost bread'. In France, pain perdu is a dish that most people in the UK would recognize as French toast. The main difference between French toast and pain perdu is the style of bread used. However, this recipe is Deputy Food Editor Rose Fooks' interpretation of the classic.

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Rose Fooks
Deputy Food Editor

Rose Fooks is Deputy Food Editor at Future Publishing, creating recipes, reviewing products and writing food features for a range of lifestyle and home titles including GoodTo and Woman&Home. Before joining the team, Rose obtained a Diplome de Patisserie and Culinary Management at London’s Le Cordon Bleu. Going on to work in professional kitchens at The Delaunay and Zedel.