15th Century: Pain Pur-Dew

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Appears in
Pride and Pudding: The History of British Puddings, Savoury and Sweet

By Regula Ysewijn

Published 2016

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Pain pur-dew (pain perdu), or ‘lost bread’, is also known as ‘eggy bread’ in Britain. Its French name has led many to assume it is a French dish; it is, in fact, a dish that appears simultaneously in many European cookery books in medieval times.

In the fourteenth century a recipe ‘pour faire tostees dorees’ (to make golden toast) appears in the French book Le Viandier de Taillevent. Around 1