Looking to improve your standard French toast recipe? Tired of making batches of French toast, 1-2 pieces at a time and by the time you’re done it’s cold? One-dish Blackberry French Toast is your new weekend go-to breakfast staple. Loaded with tasty, sweet ingredients this recipe is put together the night before, then baked the day of. Make breakfast a more manageable meal for a crowd with this one-dish recipe. Not only that, you know what I always say… It’s always important to have time left over to curl your hair!
Over night, cubes of crusty French bread soak up the blackberry jam, cream cheese, eggs, cream, vanilla and cinnamon mixture. After waking up, all you have to do is heat the oven and bake this casserole for about twenty minutes. It doesn’t get much easier and more delicious than that! Oh yeah, don’t forget to serve some bacon on the side to leave your guests even more satisfied.
1 cup blackberry jam
1 (12-oz.) French bread loaf, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
1 (8-oz.) package 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, cut into 1-inch cubes
4 large eggs
2 cups half-and-half
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
Topping suggestions: maple syrup, whipped cream
- Cook jam in a small saucepan over medium heat 1 to 2 minutes or until melted and smooth, stirring once.
- Place half of bread cubes in bottom of a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Top with cream cheese cubes, and drizzle with melted jam. Top with remaining bread cubes.
- Whisk together eggs and next 3 ingredients. Pour over bread mixture. Sprinkle with brown sugar. Cover tightly, and chill 8 to 24 hours.
- Preheat oven to 325°. Bake, covered, 20 minutes. Uncover and bake 10 to 15 minutes or until bread is golden brown and mixture is set. Serve with desired toppings.
Jessica McKinney – Crystal City, Missouri
Southern Living Magazine, November 2009