Blueberry French Toast Casserole

Blueberry French Toast Casserole
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This Overnight Blueberry French Toast Casserole is a favourite dish for special holiday breakfasts. I think everyone loves french toast, and this french toast casserole is almost like a bread pudding. Except, that it isn’t.

Overnight Blueberry French Toast Casserole
Overnight Blueberry French Toast Casserole

What I would call this overnight blueberry french toast breakfast casserole, is a sweet strata. A strata is a brunch dish consisting of layers of bread, egg, and cheese. This breakfast dish is skipping the cheese, and instead using blueberries, cream and maple syrup.

Make Ahead Makes For an Easy Celebration Morning

French toast baked into a casserole is almost pudding like, though. You still get the browned, slightly crisp topping, and the delicious spongy, eggy baked bread filling. Soaking sourdough bread  in eggs, cream and sugar is super easy to do the night before, all in one casserole dish. Put it in the fridge, and then you just pop into the oven in the morning. Which is nice for everyone, most especially, the cook. If that happens to be you, (and I’m thinking it is, since you’re here, looking at this recipe for a make ahead breakfast), you deserve a break on that special morning, too.

Overnight Blueberry French Toast Casserole
Overnight Blueberry French Toast Casserole

A Celebration Treat Breakfast

Right off the bat, I’ll be clear. This recipe is unapologetic about being not: gluten free, dairy free; sugar free, vegan, low fat, low carb, low calorie, or low anything. This delicious french toast recipe is basically dessert for breakfast.  It isn’t a healthy, nutrient packed breakfast. My normal is all about making healthy, nutrient packed food choices. That’s my everyday, and I’m sure it’s probably yours too.

Overnight Blueberry French Toast Casserole
Overnight Blueberry French Toast Casserole

With All The Good Stuff That We Hate To Love

This make ahead breakfast casserole is bread soaked in eggs, cream and sugar. But, this baked french toast is a festive and yummy treat for a special occasion morning. It’s a perfect Christmas or Easter morning treat.

I’m using local blueberries in this recipe, because thanks to this summer’s bounty, that’s what I have in my freezer. But you can change up the berries according to the season, use strawberries in the spring, raspberries or blackberries in mid summer, or tropical fruit, (try mango and/or pineapple, and sprinkle shredded coconut over top), in the winter. If, however, you have blueberries on the mind, like me, you may want to check out Banana Blueberry Spelt Muffins Finnish Blueberry Pie, or Rhubarb Blueberry Oatmeal Bars.

And, here’s another delicious make ahead recipe to try: Baked Breakfast Egg Cups

Overnight Blueberry French Toast Casserole
Overnight Blueberry French Toast Casserole
Overnight Blueberry French Toast Casserole
Overnight Blueberry French Toast Casserole

How to Make Overnight Blueberry French Toast Casserole

5 from 1 vote
Blueberry French Toast Casserole
Blueberry French Toast Casserole
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins
 
An easy, make ahead, overnight french toast casserole breakfast treat. Mix it up and put it in the fridge, then pop in the oven in the morning. Any berries will work.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American, Canadian
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 390 kcal
Author: Colleen
Ingredients
  • 1 loaf sourdough bread torn into chunks of about 2 inches
  • 8 large eggs beaten
  • 2 ½ cups cream half & half
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Topping
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar firmly packed
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • ½ cup cold butter cut into pieces
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Spread the torn bread chunks evenly in a 9"x13” buttered pan
  2. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, cream, sugar and vanilla
  3. Pour the egg mixture over the bread
  4. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and put in the fridge overnight
  5. In another bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg
  6. Cut in the cold butter with a pastry cutter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs
  7. Put the topping mixture in a zip lock bag in the fridge overnight.
  8. In the morning, preheat oven to 350°

  9. Sprinkle blueberries over the soaked bread in the pan
  10. Sprinkle topping evenly over the pan
  11. Bake for one hour
  12. Remove from oven and drizzle maple syrup all over
Recipe Notes

This casserole is perfect with bacon or sausage and a fresh citrus salad on the side, or served on a larger brunch buffet.

Nutrition Facts
Blueberry French Toast Casserole
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 390 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 13g65%
Cholesterol 148mg49%
Sodium 280mg12%
Potassium 137mg4%
Carbohydrates 41g14%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 850IU17%
Vitamin C 1.2mg1%
Calcium 69mg7%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Overnight Blueberry French Toast Casserole
Overnight Blueberry French Toast Casserole
Overnight Blueberry French Toast Casserole
Overnight Blueberry French Toast Casserole

28 thoughts on “Blueberry French Toast Casserole

  1. Coleen, I have company this weekend and I think I am going to try this recipe. It looks delicious and I have local blueberries. I always find something good on your blog. Thanks for posting.

  2. This is on the menu for Christmas Eve brunch! I’ll be using a mix of blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. Happy holidays, Colleen!

  3. We’re hosting a Christmas brunch at our place with the kids and their partners. This would be perfect! Make it the night before, just pop it in the oven in the morning and serve it hot to our family. We have so many local berries in our freezer: sour cherries, haskaps, saskatoons, and BC blueberries. I’m thinking also a combination of berries would work well. Thanks for the idea!

  4. Goodness! This Blueberry French Toast Casserole looks amazing, Colleen. I love the indulgence of making a recipe like this for Christmas morning and looking forward to it all year long, don’t you? Thank you for sharing! Merry Christmas to you as well!

    1. Thanks Denise. Yes, it’s so fun to look forward to an indulgent treat over the holidays. Mother nature has certainly given us a white Christmas this year, hasn’t she? Enjoy!

  5. I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect Christmas morning baked french toast – thanks for posting! Can’t wait to make it.

  6. Yum! This is such a perfect holiday breakfast idea. Pointing my Mom in this direction later today — this is right up her alley. Happy holidays to you and your family, Colleen!

  7. I love the sounds of this. Love that you can make it ahead, love that it’s unabashedly rich, and love that it spares the cook a bit of hassle on a busy morning! It’s a spectacular looking recipe, and one that I’m sure would disappear off of plates in no time flat. Cheers.

  8. Love that you have added nutmeg too in your French toast blueberry casserole! It’s such an underrated spice and doesn’t make a common appearance in sweet desserts. Getting hungry now! 😀

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