Blueberry French Toast Bake

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Blueberry French Toast Bake – the perfect make-ahead breakfast or brunch you can prepare the night before. Flavorful baked french toast holds pockets of fresh blueberries and a crispy cinnamon and brown sugar topping.

When you have a gang of houseguests visiting over a holiday weekend, this Blueberry French Toast Bake will be your new best friend. It’s perfect when you want a satisfying breakfast without having to chop stuff and stand over the stove for an hour.

Blueberry French Toast Bake - the perfect make ahead breakfast

 

Best of all, you can assemble your blueberry french toast bake the night before and pop it in the oven first thing in the morning. Since this recipe makes a lot, you may end up with leftovers. Luckily, they are certifiably delicious and can be enjoyed for a few days after. 

You can’t beat an easy breakfast for weekend mornings. Sheet Pan Pancakes are another sleepy morning breakfast recipe that can do no wrong. Or if you’d love a savory, filling breakfast you can start cooking the night before, don’t miss my Crockpot Breakfast Casserole.

Why This Recipe Works

  • Have it ready in under an hour, with only 10 minutes of prep time. 
  • Easy to make ahead, so you can pop it in the oven first thing in the morning. 
  • So delicious, it’s like a lighter version of bread pudding for breakfast. 
  • Perfect for feeding a crowd with minimal fuss.
  • The leftovers are delicious, so nothing has to go to waste if you don’t eat it all the day it’s baked.
Blueberry French Toast Bake - fresh or frozen berries are perfect for this make ahead breakfast

What You’ll Need

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  • Blueberry Swirl Bread – I used Pepperidge Farm’s Blueberry Swirl Bread for this recipe. But really any bread will do, even plain wheat bread.
  • Blueberries – Fresh blueberries are the tastiest, but feel free to use frozen blueberries if they’re out of season.  
  • Sugar – You’ll need both white and brown sugar for this recipe, which makes a crunchy and irresistible topping. 
  • Cinnamon – Ceylon cinnamon is a sweeter, tastier type of cinnamon that’s great in this recipe.
  • Vanilla Extract – Pure vanilla extract offers the best flavor. 
  • Eggs 
  • Milk

How To Make Blueberry French Toast Bake

  1. Make the batter in a large bowl. Whisk the eggs, milk, vanilla, sugar, and cinnamon together. 
  2. Cut the bread into cubes. Layer half of the bread cubes into the bottom of the baking dish, then sprinkle with half of the blueberries. 
  3. Pour the egg batter evenly over the bread. Top with the remaining bread and blueberries. 
  4. Wrap the dish in plastic wrap, then press the bread down gently to coat it in the batter. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight.
  5. Make the cinnamon sugar topping by mixing the brown sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle it evenly over the french toast.
  6. Bake in a 350°F oven for 35-45 minutes. The bread will puff up and be cooked all the way through. 
  7. Top with fresh berries and powdered sugar or maple syrup!
Blueberry French Toast Bake

Recipe Tips

  • If you can’t find Blueberry Swirl bread, use Pepperidge Farm’s Strawberry Swirl bread instead. Then substitute sliced strawberries for the blueberries. You really can use any bread you have on hand as well. If you have whole wheat sandwich bread, it will still be delicious!
  • Make sure you’re using a bread that’s firm enough to soak up the egg batter and hold its shape. If you use bread that’s too soft and airy, your french toast bake will turn out soggy. So try to avoid just plain white bread.
  • You can make this recipe dairy and lactose-free by using unsweetened soymilk or almond milk instead of dairy milk.

Can You Freeze French Toast Bake?

Yes, you can freeze the pre-assembled french toast bake for up to 3 months. Double-wrap it and thaw it in the fridge the night before you’re ready to bake it.

What Other Breads Can I Use

If you can’t find the type of bread indicated in this recipe or want something with lower sugar, you have options. Brioche and challah are two great kinds of bread to use that are soft, rich, and delicious. In a pinch your traditional sandwich bread works too. You just want something with a little texture, not plain white bread.

How To Serve Blueberry French Toast Bake

Serve your Blueberry French Toast Bake with any of the following items for a breakfast to remember.

  • Strawberry Syrup – Make this dish even more berry-licious by drizzling it with homemade strawberry syrup. 
  • Air Fryer Hash Browns – crispy potatoes are always a great addition to breakfast.
  • Air Fryer Bacon – Because brunch and breakfast are always a little better with bacon.
  • Mixed Berry Smoothie – get in a filling and healthy smoothie loaded with spinach, Greek yogurt and your favorite fruit.
close up blueberry french toast bake close up for pinterest

How To Store

  • Refrigerate – Leftovers of your blueberry french toast bake can be wrapped and stored in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat it in the oven covered with aluminum foil. 
  • Freeze – Once you’ve assembled the french toast bake in the pan, double-wrap it, and freeze. Bake within 3 months, and pull it out to thaw it in the refrigerator the night before you’re going to bake it.

More Delicious Breakfast Recipes

5 from 1 vote

Blueberry French Toast Bake

By Erin
Blueberry French Toast Bake – the perfect make ahead breakfast for a weekend brunch. Lots of fresh blueberries and a crispy brown sugar topping make this over the top!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Total: 55 minutes
Servings: 8

Ingredients 

French Toast Bake

  • 1 loaf Blueberry Swirl Bread, (any bread will work)
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 4 whole large eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Topping

  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions 

  • Lightly spray a 9×13 inch baking dish with non-stick spray.
  • In a large bowl whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla, sugar, and cinnamon. Slice the bread into cubes.
  • Layer about 1/2 of the bread cubes into the bottom of the baking dish. Sprinkle 1/2 cup blueberries over the top.
  • Pour egg mixture evenly over the bread. Top with remaining bread and blueberries.
  • Wrap in plastic wrap, and gently press down so the bread gets in the egg mixture. Place in the fridge for at least 3 hours, or over night.
  • Preheat oven to 350º F.
  • In a small bowl mix together brown sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle evenly over the french toast mixture.
  • Place in the oven and cook for 35-45 minutes until the bread puffs up and it is cooked all the way through.
  • Top with more berries, powdered sugar or maple syrup

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 124kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 88mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Course: Breakfast Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 124
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8 Comments

  1. My kids love all the Pepperidge Farms swirl breads! They would LOVE this. I’ve got to make it for them!

  2. I haven’t made a french toast bake in a long time. Love the blueberries! It’ll be blueberry picking season here soon too!

  3. never made a french toast bake before, looks incredible. thanks for the inspiration!