A favorite breakfast of baked French Toast with Blackberries
What is a French Toast Casserole?
Think of all the goodness in a traditional French Toast. Throw it all together in a baking dish and bake and you’ve got French Toast Casserole. This is an easy way to serve a crowd for breakfast.
I’ve added blackberries to this delicious breakfast to add even more delicious taste.
Weekend breakfasts are a big deal in our house. We often have pancakes or waffles, banana muffins, or English muffin sandwiches. We love to eat breakfast! This baked French toast with blackberries was a huge hit with my kids!
Ingredients for French Toast Casserole
- French bread
What fruit can I add to French Toast Casserole?
I used frozen blackberries. You can also use fresh blackberries. Other fruit you could use include fresh or frozen blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, huckleberries, and peaches. Use the same amount of fruit called for in the recipe.
If using frozen fruit, do not thaw fruit before using.
To make this breakfast casserole you’ll start with a loaf of French bread. The best is to use a day old loaf of bread, not a super fresh one. If your loaf is extra fresh, cut up the bread and let it sit out for a bit.
You want these bread cubes just slightly stale or dry. This helps absorb the custard mixture a bit more without losing the texture of the bread.
Can I make this the night before?
Yes, you can make this an overnight French toast. I made this in the morning. You do want everything to rest for at least 30 minutes before baking so all the custard gets absorbed into the bread.
To make this the night before, follow directions in recipe. Add the mixture to a baking dish, cover and refrigerate overnight.
Pull out casserole dish and let sit at room temperature while your oven is preheating. Increase baking time by 15 minutes.
How long do you bake French Toast Casserole?
Baking time can vary depending on the size of your casserole dish. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 55-60 minutes. Increase baking time by 15 minutes if casserole was refrigerated.
To check if you casserole is done, look for browned tops and a set middle. Give the baking dish a little jiggle. If the center is wiggly, the custard hasn’t cooked through yet. Just pop in for another 5-10 minutes.
Baked French Toast with blackberries
- 1 loaf French Bread
- 8 eggs
- 2 cups milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 2 cups blackberries
- 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar optional
- 1 Tablespoon powdered sugar optional
Cut bread into large pieces.
In a large bowl combine eggs, milk vanilla, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Add bread and very lightly fold in so all pieces are covered with the mixture.
Let mixture rest for 30 minutes.
Fold in blackberries.
Pour mixture into a greased baking dish (9 x 12)
Sprinkle top with granulated sugar (optional)
Bake uncovered in a preheated 350 degree oven for 55-60 minutes.
Allow casserole to cool 5 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.
This recipe works best with an older loaf of bread. If yours is soft and fresh, just let the cut pieces dry slightly before adding to the custard mixture.
Fresh or frozen berries can be used. If using frozen, do not thaw before adding.
To check if casserole is cooked through, give the pan a little jiggle. If the center is wiggly, the custard isn't cooked. Pop back into the oven for an additional 5-10 minutes.