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.
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 of 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.
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 every day, and I'm sure it's probably yours too.
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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
Blueberry French Toast Casserole
- 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
- ½ cup flour
- ½ cup brown sugar firmly packed
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ tsp salt
- Pinch of nutmeg
- ½ cup cold butter cut into pieces
- 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
- ½ cup maple syrup
- Spread the torn bread chunks evenly in a 9"x13” buttered pan
- In a large bowl, combine the eggs, cream, sugar and vanilla
- Pour the egg mixture over the bread
- Cover the pan with plastic wrap and put in the fridge overnight
- In another bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg
- Cut in the cold butter with a pastry cutter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs
- Put the topping mixture in a zip lock bag in the fridge overnight.
- In the morning, preheat oven to 350°
- Sprinkle blueberries over the soaked bread in the pan
- Sprinkle topping evenly over the pan
- Bake for one hour
- Remove from oven and drizzle maple syrup all over