This baked French toast is made with dried blueberries and thick slices of Italian bread. It's similar to a bread pudding and could be served as a dessert with a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream.
Prepare this delicious breakfast dish the night before, then pop it in the oven in the morning. Serve this yummy French toast casserole with orange wedges or warm spiced mixed fruit. It's perfect for a weekend or holiday morning!
- 8 to 9 slices Italian bread (thick, 1 to 1 1/2 inches)
- 6 large eggs
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup blueberries (dried)
- 3 cups milk (1% or 2% milk is fine)
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 4 tablespoons butter (melted)
- maple syrup
Gather the ingredients.
Arrange bread slices in a lightly greased or sprayed 9x13-inch baking dish. Sprinkle dried blueberries over the slices.
In a large bowl, combine eggs, sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, vanilla, and milk; whisk to blend well.. Pour the egg mixture evenly over bread. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Heat oven to 325 F.
Uncover the baking dish. Sprinkle each slice of bread with a few teaspoons of brown sugar and remaining 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Drizzle with the melted butter.
Bake, uncovered, for 50 to 55 minutes, or until browned and set. Use a sharp knife to cut around each slice of bread then lift out with a spatula.
Serve with maple syrup and orange wedges or fresh berries, or serve with warm spiced mixed fruit.
Glass Bakeware Warning
For premade casseroles or leftovers that are in a glass baking dish and have been refrigerated, do not place directly into a hot oven as the glass can shatter. Instead, place any cold glass bakeware into a cold oven to warm up while it preheats. Or, allow the bakeware to rest outside of the fridge for 30 minutes to reach room temperature while the oven preheats.