Matt Gillan gives this pain perdu recipe a delicious wintry twist, thanks to the flavours of star anise and cinnamon. Serve with a scoop of your favourite ice cream - Matt Gillan recommends brandy ice cream

Preheat the oven to 150°C/gas mark 2. In a bowl, whisk together the eggs (both the 2 whole eggs and the 2 yolks) and sugar
In a pan, bring the milk, cream, cinnamon and star anise to the boil. Leave to infuse for 5 minutes. Strain and set aside
Whisk the infused cream into the sugar/egg mixture and mix well. Mix the dried fruit together in a separate bowl
Line the loaf tin with greaseproof paper. Arrange a layer of sliced croissants on the base of the tray, then sprinkle in the dried fruits, followed by another layer of the croissant pastry. Pour the cream mixture over the top and repeat to form another layer
Place the tin inside a baking tray and fill the tray with warm water - until as much of the tin is submerged as possible. Place into the oven and cook for 30–40 minutes, or until the custard is just set
Remove the tin from the oven. Allow to cool to room temperature and then refrigerate until ready to serve
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  1. 23cm loaf tin

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Matt Gillan gives the classic dessert of pain perdu a distinct festive touch with star anise and cinnamon flavouring the dish