Starting the day with a hearty breakfast is essential to a good day. This Blueberry French Toast Casserole is the perfect breakfast casserole to feed the family before the long day starts.
I love breakfast casseroles. I make them quite often for the family, and for brunch parties.
This Blueberry French Toast Casserole is a great breakfast casserole. Loaded with blueberries and chunks of French Toast this will be a casserole everyone will love (except my husband who doesn't like blueberries)!
Top this casserole when it is done baking with powdered sugar. Drizzle with syrup and enjoy. Throw some more blueberries on the side if you want!
How to make Blueberry French Toast Casserole:
Mix together the ingredients for the egg wash. Slice up your bread into chunks.
Mix your bread into the egg wash and then add in the blueberries.
Spread it all around the casserole dish evenly. Make the crust topping and then spread it on top of the casserole.
Bake and enjoy! Serve with a tall glass of orange juice!
- Sourdough Loaf - you can also use brioche or even a French baguette.
- Blueberries - I used fresh blueberries for this, but you can use frozen if you want.
- Half and Half - this is just half cream and half milk
- Granulated Sugar - this is your typical table sugar
- Brown Sugar
- Vanilla Extract
- Ground Cinnamon
Here are the ingredients for the Crumb Topping:
- Unsalted Butter - cold and cut into cubes
- All-Purpose Flour
- Brown Sugar
- Ground Cinnamon
Step One - Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a baking dish (9X13) with cooking spray and set aside.
Step Two - Whisk together eggs, milk, half and half, sugar, (first ½ cup) brown sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl.
Step Three - Cut bread into bite size pieces and add to bowl with egg mix. Gently mix together until all bread is coated (careful not to crumble bread). Then add in 1 cup of blueberries.
Step Four - Once all bread has absorbed the egg then place it into your prepared baking dish. and top with remaining blueberries.
Step Five - For topping place all butter, flour, salt, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a small mixing bowl. Use a fork (or your hands) to mix together well until you form a crumble.
Step Five continued - Crumble the topping on top of your casserole.
Step Six - Bake for 45-50 minutes until cooked through and a toothpick could come out clean. Slice into squares and serve.
Optional - Serve topped with powdered sugar and syrup.
Tips for a great French Toast Casserole:
- Soak the bread separately. If you soak the bread in the casserole dish, the excess egg mixture left in the bottom of the casserole dish will make the bread soggy.
- If using frozen blueberries do not allow them to thaw. Thawed blueberries will get very juicy and color the bread in the casserole. They also could make it soggy as well.
- Serve topped with powdered sugar and a drizzle of syrup. Add a little sweetness to the casserole with these toppings.
Make Ahead and Freezing Instructions:
Make your casserole as directed. Mix your topping as well, but do not put on top of the casserole.
Cover the casserole and keep the topping in a separate container. You can keep this stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days before baking. Add the topping to the casserole before baking.
If you want to freeze the casserole. Make it in a freezer safe casserole dish with lid. Do not make the topping until you are ready to bake it.
Thaw the casserole overnight before you are ready to bake it. Make the topping and sprinkle on before baking. Follow baking instructions.
Try some other fruits too!
Whatever season or time of year you can use a variety of other fruits in this recipe. Try strawberries or blackberries.
Dice up some apples and make an Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole. There are a lot of different varieties and variations you can make with this recipe.
Try some of my other favorite French Toast recipes:
French Toast Casserole - Your favorite breakfast dish is baked all together in this easy French Toast Casserole. Don't worry this isn't an overnight recipe, it's ready in an hour. You can make it ahead the night before if you want!
Baked French Toast Sticks - Homemade french toast sticks baked right in your oven. These Baked French Toast Sticks and simple to make a breakfast that your entire family will love.
Strawberry French Toast Roll Up - These Strawberry French Toast Roll-Up and full of cream cheese and strawberries then rolled and baked like French toast. It's an easy breakfast recipe the entire family will love.
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Blueberry French Toast Casserole
- 1 loaf sourdough (14-16oz)
- 1 ½ cup fresh or frozen blueberries (divided)
- 8 large eggs
- 2 cup milk
- ½ cup half and half
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 stick unsalted butter cold
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a baking dish (9X13) with cooking spray and set aside.
- Whisk together eggs, milk, half and half, sugar, (first ½ cup) brown sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl.
- Cut bread into bite size pieces and add to bowl with egg mix. Gently mix together until all bread is coated (careful not to crumble bread). Then add in 1 cup of blueberries.
- Once all bread has absorbed the egg then place it into your prepared baking dish. and top with remaining blueberries.
- For topping place all butter, flour, salt, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a small mixing bowl. Use a fork (or your hands) to mix together well until you form a crumble. Crumble this on top of your casserole.
- Bake for 45-50 minutes until cooked through and a toothpick could come out clean. Slice into squares and serve.
- Optional: serve topped with powdered sugar and syrup