Baked French Toast with Mixed Berries

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 Baked French Toast with Mixed Berries is the perfect brunch recipe for entertaining. It's super easy to make and the brightness of the berries and crunch of the streusel topping make a delicious breakfast casserole that is certain to please. Click on the photo to read more.

This changed when my friend and neighbor Erica 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. 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 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.

This Baked French Toast with Mixed Berries is the perfect brunch recipe for entertaining. It's super easy to make and the brightness of the berries and crunch of the streusel topping make a delicious breakfast casserole that is certain to please. Click on the photo to read more.This Baked French Toast with Mixed Berries is the perfect brunch recipe for entertaining. It's super easy to make and the brightness of the berries and crunch of the streusel topping make a delicious breakfast casserole that is certain to please. Click on the photo to read more.

I am so happy with how this turned out. It is definitely sweet, but the berries add a bright and fresh note and the streusel topping adds a delicious crunch. This is not a dish that needs syrup, though a sprinkle of confectioner’s sugar might be pretty. I believe this dish is perfect to serve along size other brunch items that have a more savory flavor profile.

This Baked French Toast with Mixed Berries is the perfect brunch recipe for entertaining. It's super easy to make and the brightness of the berries and crunch of the streusel topping make a delicious breakfast casserole that is certain to please. Click on the photo to read more.

Baked French Toast with Mixed Berries

Source: The Life Jolie, the french toast casserole is inspired by this recipe from Ezra Pound Cake and this recipe from White Lights on Wednesday

Ingredients:

  • 6 eggs
  • 2.5 cups of milk
  • 2 Tbsp. of sugar
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • 2 cups of the berries of your choice, divided (I used raspberries and blueberries)
  • 1 loaf of stale Challah, cut into 1.5 inch cubes (I left mine out over night)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray your 9″ x 13″ baking pan with cooking spray. In a separate bowl mix the first five ingredients and whisk until well combined.

Put your half of Challah into the baking pan and top with half of the berries. Then put the rest of the Challah into the pan and top with the rest of the berries.

Pour your egg mixture evenly over the Challah. Top with wax or parchment paper and weigh down with another pan for 10 minutes (I happen to have 9″ x 13″ pans and I put books in the empty one to weight it, but whatever will fit works).

Remove the pan and the paper and top the Challah with Streusel (recipe below). Bake uncovered for around 40 minutes or until nicely browned. Allow at least 20 minutes to cool and serve.

Alton Brown’s Streusel Topping

Source: Based on Alton Brown’s recipe

Ingredients:

 

  • 1/2 of a cup of flour
  • 3/4 of a cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. of  salt
  • 1 tsp. of ground cinnamon
  • A dash of ground nutmeg
  • 2 Tbsp. of softened butted

Mix all ingredients together until well combined and “crumbly.”

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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
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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!
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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 🙂
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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!
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      Jessy
      April 16, 2015 at 1:57 pm

      Thank you so much- I hope you enjoy!

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