Baked Blueberry French Toast

I’m normally not a breakfast person.  It’s not that I don’t like breakfast foods, because I actually love them and could eat them any time of the day, it’s that I’m just not a morning person.  On the weekends, I’m perfectly content with a bowl of cereal, which I eat while sitting in front of the TV usually watching a Food Network show.  I like to have time to “wake up” before I do much of anything, including getting into the kitchen.  When I do want to have a special breakfast, or need to make something for company, this lazy man’s breakfast is just for me.  It comes together in less than 10 minutes the night before.  All you have to do is pop it in the oven in the morning and then make the syrup.  It takes no time at all.

I fell in love with these french toast cups at first bite!  They resemble a stuffed french toast, because right in the middle is a layer of blueberries and gooey cream cheese.  Deliciousness!  I was smiling with every bite.

Not only is this recipe quick and easy, I also love that it is easily adjustable.  You can change the quantity depending on the number of people, or even individualize it according to people’s taste.  Just figure 1 piece of bread, 1 egg, 1/4 cup cream, and 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar per person for the basic custard.  You could easily substitute the berries for whatever fruit you have on hand, or leave it out altogether for someone who might not care for it.  And if you don’t have individual ramekins you could bake it in a casserole dish.

Baked Blueberry French Toast {print recipe}
French Toast
4 pieces thick Italian or Sourdough bread
1 cup light whipping cream
4 eggs
Juice of 1 lemon
1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
powdered sugar, for garnish

Syrup
1 1/2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen
2 teaspoons corn starch
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon maple syrup
Juice and zest of 1 lemon

Grease 4 9-ounce ramekins lightly with butter.  Cut the bread into 1-inch cubes {about 16 pieces per slice}.  Set aside.  In a bowl, whisk together the cream, eggs, lemon juice, vanilla bean seeds, vanilla, brown sugar and cinnamon.  Take the bread piece and dip into the liquid mixture, thoroughly coating all sides.  Let the bread sit for about a minute to soak up some of the liquid {some of the liquid will be leftover}.

Figuring about 1 piece of bread {cubed} per ramekin, divide 1/2 of the bread among the 4 ramekins {about 8 cubes each}.  Next, layer 1/4 cup blueberries, per ramekin, over the cubed bread.  Cut the cream cheese into small cubes and layer 1-ounce of the cheese over the blueberries in each ramekin.  Top each with remaining pieces of bread.  Cover and chill for at least 1 hour or overnight.  At this point, depending on the consistency you desire for your french toast, you could pour some of the remaining liquid into each ramekin.

Before baking, remove the ramekins from the refrigerator and let sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.  Then bake, uncovered, for about 25 to 30 minutes, or until bread is toasted.

While the mixture bakes, prepare the syrup by mixing the cornstarch and water on medium high heat until smooth.  Add the blueberries, lemon juice, zest, and maple syrup and cook until the sauce thickens, about 3 to 5 minutes.  Remove from the heat.

When the french toast has finished baking, top with the blueberry syrup and dust with powdered sugar!

Recipe is adapted from Taste of Home via The Realistic Nutritionist.

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Comments

  1. Just found your blog via Pinterest. Great looking recipes and photos! I am, however, having trouble looking at your main page. All the photos and writing are underneath the elements on your right side bar. Weird! And it’s just for the main page as the others load up normal. Is it just my computer or has something gone awry with the blog? Just thought I’d ask.

    • Erin Stomber says:

      Thanks Laura for bringing it to my attention! I had to fix it before, but I guess it is still having issues. I will look into it again… I think it was some kind of browser issue.

  2. found you from foodgawker, you have a gorgeous blog.  I was so intrigued after reading your first para.. so hilarious.  i’m not a morning person either, as soon as i wake up on the weekend, i brush, make my tea and sit in front of the TV watching the food network.  at least i’m not alone.  :-)

  3. french toast + blueberries = ♥ i will DEFINITELY try this out!

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