Baked French Toast with Mixed Berries

This Baked French Toast with Mixed Berries is the best easy brunch recipe for entertaining. It’s simple to make with challah, fresh berries and topped with a crunchy streusel topping; this makes a delicious breakfast casserole that is certain to please.

A piece of Baked French Toast on a plate with a fork and the pan of Baked French Toast in the background.

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T is officially 16 months old as of last Friday! She is a busy, busy little lady. Always getting into everything. At a play date this past weekend, we looked away for one moment and she got into the family”s baking drawer and dumped out a whole bag of chocolate chips! I was somewhere a between mortified and amused but the other mom was so gracious and laughed it off.

I do this thing to amuse my girls where I curl my fingers on each hand to meet my thumb and form “binoculars” with them and hold them up to my eyes and peer out at the girls. They both get a major kick out of it. A used to shriek and the tell me through her giggles to bring the monster out again.

An overhead image of a pan of with plates, coffee, berries and a pie server around it.

This only made T love it even more. Unless she’s in an extra horrible mood (which is extremely rare) this can pretty much always guarantee me a big, toothy Tessa smile. Lately, she’s actually started pulling her hands up to try and mimic my “binoculars.” She’s still not able to curve her fingers into the exact form but it’s awesome to see her making so much progress for a kid her age!

At the begining of August, T will be getting tubes in her ears. We’ve been going back and forth about this for a while. On one hand we really didn’t want to just jump into any major medical procedure. While this is fairly common, there are still risks anytime a person is put under.

A photo of a piece of Baked French Toast on a white plate with a fork on the side of it and coffee and berries in the background.

But T continued to get ear infections, even into the summer (she just finished up another round of amoxicillin a couple weeks ago) and it became obvious that she wasn’t growing out of this thing. We have her pre-op appointments later this week.

I’m trying not to think too much about it, because I know I’m already going to be a basket case on the day of. I’m totally avoiding “Dr. Google.” The procedure itself doesn’t really bother me, it’s more the thought of them having to put her under, even if it’s just for fifteen minutes.

I’ll be glad when this is all over and my little girl gets some relief. I have to hand it to her- for all the discomfort those infections cause, she really is a trooper and handles it incredibly well.

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It’s always good to have an easy and delicious, go-to brunch option. My Puff Pastry Breakfast Pizza is my favorite savory go-to but I needed a sweet go to as well. I kicked this around in my head for a while, mostly because the opportunity never presented itself.

This changed a while back when a friend invited us over for brunch. Her sister, mom and Nephew were going to be coming into town from an hour away. He is 2 weeks younger than A and such a cutie- they were so small and now they’e practically teenagers (or at least A certainly acts that way sometimes!).

A piece of Baked French Toast being lifted out of the pan.

Anyway, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to try making some sort of baked french toast casserole. I did a little research and was inspired by this recipe from Ezra Pound Cake and this recipe from White Lights on Wednesday.

After reading through both, I began mixing together items that I had on hand (I had already picked up a loaf of Challah in eager anticipation of making something). I also knew I wanted to add some berries into the mix and a streusel topping is always a good idea.

An overhead image of Baked French Toast with a piece taken out and on a plate next to it and coffee, forks and berries around it.

Everytime I make this, I continue to be so happy with how this turns out. It is definitely sweet, but the berries add a bright and fresh note and the streusel topping adds a delicious crunch. The inside is custard-y and delicious, like and good french toast should be.

This is not a dish that needs syrup, although if you are a syrup lover, by all mean have at it. A sprinkle of confectioner’s sugar might be a pretty addition, although not entirely necessary. I believe this dish is perfect to serve along side other brunch items that have a more savory flavor profile.

a horizontal image of a piece of Baked French Toastwith the rest of it in the background .

Other great brunch options include:

Puff Pastry Breakfast Pizza

Orange Roll Monkey Bread

Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Caprese Quiche

Zucchini Pancakes

Strawberry Goat Cheese Tart

Chicken Salad Stuffed Tomatoes

Asparagus and Leek Tart

Baked French Toast with Mixed Berries

This Baked French Toast with Mixed Berries is the best easy brunch recipe for entertaining. It's simple to make with challah, fresh berries and topped with a crunchy streusel topping; this makes a delicious breakfast casserole that is certain to please.

10 minPrep Time

40 minCook Time

50 minTotal Time

Yields 8-10 servings

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Ingredients

    Baked French Toast:
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups berries of your choice, divided (I used raspberries and blueberries)
  • 1 loaf stale Challah, cut into 1 1/2 inch cubes (I cut mine and left it out overnight with a couple pieces of paper towel placed on top)
  • Alton Brown's Streusel Topping
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • A dash ground nutmeg
  • 2 Tbsp. softened butter

Instructions

    Baked French Toast:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray the 9" x 13" baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a separate bowl mix the first five ingredients and whisk until well combined.
  3. Put half of the Challah pieces into the baking pan and top with half of the berries.
  4. Then put the rest of the Challah into the pan and top with the rest of the berries.
  5. Pour your egg mixture evenly over the Challah and berries.
  6. Top with wax or parchment paper and weigh down with another pan for 10 minutes (I happen to have multiple 9" x 13" pans and I put books in the empty one to weight it, but whatever will fit works).
  7. Remove the pan and the paper and top the Challah with Streusel topping (recipe below).
  8. Bake uncovered for around 40 minutes or until nicely browned. Allow at least 20 minutes to cool and then slice and serve.
  9. Enjoy!
  10. Streusel topping:
  11. Mix all ingredients together until well combined and "crumbly."
Cuisine: Breakfast, Holiday, Christmas, Sweet | Recipe Type: Breakfast, main
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    Debi @ Surroundings by Debi
    April 2, 2015 at 11:48 pm This looks absolutely delicious! I think this will be on my list next time i have overnight guests! It was great to see you at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop! Debi Debi @ Surroundings by Debi recently posted...Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop!My Profile
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      Jessy
      April 3, 2015 at 8:44 am Thank you- I was really happy with how they it turned out. J said he would have liked more berries.
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    Alyssa @ Piece of Home
    April 3, 2015 at 12:01 pm What a great idea to add a streusel to the top! With berries, this sounds like the perfect breakfast meal to me! Alyssa @ Piece of Home recently posted...Easy Homemade Pizza CrustMy Profile
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      Jessy
      April 3, 2015 at 12:23 pm Thank you- I really think the streusel took this over the top. Enjoy!
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    Laci
    April 3, 2015 at 9:51 pm These look amazing glad i found you i love finding new blogs i like. Thanks for linking up @ The Home Matter Party - Laci from Sequins in the South.
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      Jessy
      April 4, 2015 at 10:36 am Thank you for stopping by and for the kind words!
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    Sharon Rowe
    April 5, 2015 at 4:16 pm This looks really good I can't wait to try it! Thanks for sharing on Monday Madness link party :) Sharon Rowe recently posted...Starting Your Spring CleaningMy Profile
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      Jessy
      April 5, 2015 at 7:52 pm Thank you- I hope you enjoy!
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    Jann Olson
    April 7, 2015 at 11:57 pm This sounds super yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe with SYC. hugs, Jann
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    Tara Siudy
    April 16, 2015 at 12:33 pm This recipe looks so delicious! I HAVE to try this on Saturday! Pinned and shared!!!!! Thanks! Tara Siudy recently posted...Suncloud STAR Sunglasses- for small/petite facesMy Profile
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      Jessy
      April 16, 2015 at 1:57 pm Thank you so much- I hope you enjoy!
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    MIra
    January 19, 2017 at 10:15 am Yummy! :)
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      Jessy
      January 19, 2017 at 10:23 pm Thank you :)

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