Blueberry French Toast Casserole is what your family wants for breakfast! This easy-to-make oven french toast recipe can be prepared the night before and bakes in about an hour. Serve it for brunch this weekend.
The blueberries in NJ are at their peak right now. They are sweet, plump and juicy. My family eats them as quickly as I buy them therefore I had to hide a container in the back of my fridge. If I didn't I would not be able to make this French toast casserole. I will be restocking the fruit drawer with more blueberries on Saturday from the Collingswood Farmers Market. I purchased these blueberries from Springdale Farms. The nice things is that I do not have to wait for Saturday to get produce at Springdale Farms as their farm market is only a few miles away from my house. And speaking of the farmers market, let me tell you about my local south Jersey farmers market.
Collingswood Farmers Market is a great place to buy NJ local produce
I love using locally sourced products and NJ has so many great food producers. Many of them are all in one place on Saturday morning and I am so lucky that this market is so close to my house. The Collingswood Farmers Market has been around since 2000. It has vendors that sell fresh NJ produce, flowers, local meat, poultry, eggs, cheeses, baked goods and other gourmet foods. They also have vendors that sell prepared food and there is live music for entertainment. It's a place for the community to get together on Saturday mornings.
Ingredients/ Variations for Blueberry French Toast Casserole
- Bread - I often use cubed white or potato bread because we usually have these on hand. Brioche, challah, ciabatta, or whatever you have on hand will be tasty.
- Blueberries - Fresh fruit is a must for this recipe but you can substitute what's in season. Try pitted cherries, blackberries, or strawberries.
- Milk - We use whole milk but you can use 2%, half and half or even a combination of milk and cream. I wouldn't recommend 1% or skim milk for this oven french toast recipe.
- Bourbon - Optional but it adds a nice flavor and the alcohol is cooked out.
- Sugar - White sugar is added to the custard and brown sugar makes a lovely crumb topping.
- Flour - This helps to form the crumbly crust on the French toast casserole.
- Salt - A pinch of salt can really elevate the flavor of the blueberries.
How To Make This Berry French Toast Casserole
I love making this Blueberry French Toast Casserole for brunch because it can be put together the night before. The bread soaks up the milk and egg liquid, giving it a firm custard texture after it is baked. I mix the crumb topping up right before the casserole goes in the oven but besides that there is very little work in the morning. I add a secret ingredient that gives the casserole an extra burst of flavor. It's 2 tablespoons of Bourbon. It can be left out if you prefer not to use alcohol.
- Mix together milk, eggs, vanilla, bourbon and white sugar in a bowl.
- Grease a baking dish and fill it with cubed bread and fresh blueberries.
- Gently mix to combine and pour the egg mixture over the bread then cover and refrigerate overnight.
- Mix together butter, flour, brown sugar and salt and sprinkle the mixture over the top of the casserole.
- Bake and serve.
This French toast casserole can be made with other berries if you'd like. I try to use whatever berries are in season. But my husbands favorite is blueberries. They are very abundant during the summer in NJ and I often make muffins and buckle with them.
An Overnight French Toast Casserole is perfect for a crowd!
There is nothing better than warm Blueberry stuffed French toast but I think it's even better in casserole form. It's the perfect dish if you are having a crowd over.
If you do not have a crowd, the leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator and reheated in the microwave. My family loves pure maple syrup and a little goes a long way in this dish. If you make this for brunch, I guarantee everyone will be happy!
More Brunch Recipes
- Spinach Mushroom Frittata with Goat Cheese
- Philadelphia Cheesesteak Breakfast Sandwiches
- Double Strawberry Muffins (Made Healthier)
- Strawberry French Toast Sliders with Cannoli Cream
- Hash Brown Quiche via Saporito Kitchen
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Blueberry French Toast Casserole
- 12 to 14 slices white or potato bread cut into cubes
- 1 pint fresh blueberries
- 2 ½ cups whole milk
- 6 large eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 Tbs Bourbon
- ¼ cup white sugar
- ½ cup light brown sugar
- ½ cup flour
- ½ tsp salt
- 4 Tbs butter, softened and cut in small pieces.
- Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking dish or large casserole dish. Place the bread cubes in baking dish, and lightly mix in the blueberries. In a medium size bowl, mix together milk, eggs, vanilla, bourbon and white sugar. Pour the mixture over the bread. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a medium size bowl mix together the brown sugar, flour and salt. Mix in the butter using a fork, your hands or a pastry blender until mixed but small crumbs form.
- Sprinkle the mixture over the soaked bread. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes or until top is golden brown and center of the casserole is set the way you like it.
- Cool for 10 to 15 minutes before cutting and serving.
First Published July 2018 ; Last Updated March 2021