Breakfast | May 4, 2021

Blueberry French Toast Casserole

BLUEBERRY FRENCH TOAST CASSEROLE is going to be your new favorite breakfast food. Fluffy cinnamon french toast with decedent cream cheese, juicy blueberries and  sweet butter syrup. It’s easy to make AND you can make it ahead of time.

WHAT INGREDIENTS DO I NEED FOR BAKED FRENCH TOAST

  • EGGS
  • MAPLE SYRUP
  • FRENCH BREAD
  • CINNAMON
  • VANILLA
  • FRESH BLUEBERRIES
  • CREAM CHEESE

WHAT IS THE BEST KIND OF BREAD FOR FRENCH TOAST CASSEROLE?

To keep the french bread casserole fluffy and have the best texture you will want to use french bread. If french bread is not available try  Brioche, French Baguette, or Challah. These breads also hold up well to the egg and milk mixture when cooked without becoming over soggy.

HOW DO I CUT THE FRENCH BREAD?

Cut french bread into 1 inch slices, then slice them again into 1 inch cubes.

HOW TO MAKE THE EGG MIXTURE

  • Add your eggs and whisk them together.
  • stir in your milk
  • add your vanilla and maple syrup
  • and mix your cinnamon in

CAN I BLEND THESE INGREDIENTS?

You can add to a blender instead of whisking them together to ensure those eggs are nice and creamy. On a low or med-low setting blend for about 20-30 seconds

HOW TO LAYER YOU BLUEBERRY BAKE FRENCH TOAST CASSEROLE

  1. Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking oil
  2. Add about 3/4 of your bread into your pan
  3. Evenly distribute your cream cheese over the bread.
  4. Evenly spread the blueberries throughout the pan too.
  5. Add the remaining bread on top

POUR THE CUSTARD OVER THE BREAD

  • Cover the entire pan of bread cream cheese and blueberries with the custard.

SOAK OVERNIGHT METHOD

If you are making this ahead of time take your french bread casserole and cover with a plastic wrap or lid. Place in the fridge and remove the following morning and bake according to the directions.

QUICK SOAK METHOD

If you are not making this dinner the night before you can soak the french  toast casserole for 30 minutes-1 hour. If you will be soaking longer than one hour place it in in the fridge until you are ready to bake.

DO I  NEED TO ADD TOPPINGS TO THE BLUEBERRY FRENCH TOAST CASSEROLE?

This french toast casserole is not overly sweet. So I recommend you topping it with

FAQ’S OF FRENCH TOAST CASSEROLE

SHOULD MY CASSEROLE BE SOGGY?

French toast casserole is browned and crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside. It is not dry and it is not soggy. If you find that your blueberry french toast casserole is soggy in the middle it needs to cook a little longer. If you feel your bread is getting over dry then add the foil covering back on.

CAN I USE FROZEN BLUEBERRIES

Yes, If you have time to defrost the blueberries it would be better than adding immediately. However, if you dont have time make sure the blueberries are not in large chunks and evenly distribute them throughout the bread. They will defrost as the custard soaks into the bread.

WHAT DO I DO WITH LEFTOVERS?

Place any leftovers in an airtight container and place in the fridge. They will be good for 7 days.

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Blueberry French Toast Casserole
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 10 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 

Moist, sweet and delicious Blueberry French Toast Casserole that requires minimal prep and can serve a crowd without any fuss. Delicious!

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Blueberry French Toast, French Toast
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 460 kcal
Author: Desarae
Ingredients
  • 12 slices of French Bread cut in 1- inch cubes
  • 1 8oz. pkg. cream cheese, chilled and cut in 1- inch cubes
  • 1 pt. fresh blueberries rinsed and drained
  • 12 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 c. milk
  • 1 T cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Buttermilk Syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 t vanilla
  • couple of grinds of sea salt
Instructions
  1. Grease a 9X1`3 inch baking pan
  2. Place half of bread cubes evenly in prepared pan.
  3. Scatter cream cheese cubes over bread and sprinkle on blueberries.
  4. Arrange remaining bread cubes over blueberries.
  5. In a large bowel combine eggs, syrup, milk, and cinnamon; whisk to blend. Pour evenly over bread mixture.
  6. Cover and chill overnight.
  7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  8. Bake covered with foil for 40 minutes. remove foil and bake for an additional 30 minutes, or until puffed and golden brown.

    *If baking at room temp (was not refridgerated) After you removethe foil you may only need to bake for 15-20 minutes.

BUTTERMILK SYRUP
  1. In a small saucepan, combine sugar, butter and buttermilk. Bring to a boil and boil for minute. Cool slightly then add baking soda, vanilla, and salt.

  2. Serve warm
Recipe Notes

SOAK OVERNIGHT METHOD

If you are making this ahead of time take your french bread casserole and cover with a plastic wrap or lid. Place in the fridge and remove the following morning and bake according to the directions. 

QUICK SOAK METHOD

If you are not making this dinner the night before you can soak the french  toast casserole for 30 minutes-1 hour. If you will be soaking longer than one hour place it in in the fridge until you are ready to bake. 

SHOULD MY CASSEROLE BE SOGGY? 

French toast casserole is browned and crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside. It is not dry and it is not soggy. If you find that your blueberry french toast casserole is soggy in the middle it needs to cook a little longer. If you feel your bread is getting over dry then add the foil covering back on. 

CAN I USE FROZEN BLUEBERRIES

Yes, If you have time to defrost the blueberries it would be better than adding immediately. However, if you dont have time make sure the blueberries are not in large chunks and evenly distribute them throughout the bread. They will defrost as the custard soaks into the bread. 

Nutrition Facts
Blueberry French Toast Casserole
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 460 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 189mg63%
Sodium 544mg24%
Potassium 265mg8%
Carbohydrates 68g23%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 30g33%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 579IU12%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 130mg13%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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