Blueberry Maple Pecan French Toast Casserole

Blueberry Maple Pecan French Toast Casserole
Well, those who have been following our relocation to St. Louis know we only have 6 days left in our house. I’m not sure how I feel about it. On one hand I’m excited to move into our new home and start the next chapter in our lives. On the other hand, I’m sad to leave the house and town we’ve lived in for the past 8 years. This is the home we bought as newlyweds, the home we brought our newborn son to, and the home we’ve built memories in. It will definitely be a bittersweet day for me.

Since this next week I’ll be too busy for updating posts, I wanted to get this really tasty recipe up today. It’s been overcast and dreary here today (kind of like my mood), so I decided some comfort food was in order. What’s more comforting than Blueberry Maple Pecan French Toast Casserole? Let me tell ya, NOT MUCH!

This french toast casserole is filled with juicy blueberries, topped with crunchy, toasted pecans, and drizzled with  cinnamon-brown-sugar-buttery goodness. Oh yeah, can’t forget the Blueberry Honey Maple Syrup…and if you’re feeling reeeeally bad…a good drizzle of fresh cream. Mmmmm. I normally make this in a 9x13 casserole dish, but I decided mini french toast casserole’s would be fun for me and my son today. I loved how these turned out!

Blueberry Maple Pecan French Toast Casserole
Serves 8   Printable Recipe
Blueberry Maple Pecan French Toast Casserole
2 large loaves of french bread (day old an stale is good!)
6 large eggs
3 cups milk
1 cup brown sugar (divided)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 stick butter plus 1 tbsp
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
3 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1 cup pecans
salt, to taste
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 tbsp lemon juice

Directions:
For the syrup: in a small saucepan combine 1/4 cup of honey, 1/4 cup of maple syrup and 1 cup blueberries. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until berries have burst. You can strain the syrup if you want to, but I like to leave the blueberries in. Add lemon juice.

For the nuts: Preheat oven to 350°F. Spread pecans on a baking sheet sheet and toast about 6-7 minutes until fragrant. Toss with 1 Tbsp butter and some salt (to taste) and set aside.
Blueberry Maple Pecan French Toast Casserole
Cut French bread into 1" pieces. Butter a 9 x 13 baking dish and spread the bread cubes in the pan (You may not need to use all of them). Whisk together milk, eggs, 3/4 cup brown sugar, vanilla and nutmeg. Pour over the top of the bread, cover and let stand 1 hour or overnight in fridge. If you want to make these individual sized like I did, just spread the bread crumbs and milk mixture evenly between your ramekins. You will probably have more filling than you need, just gauge it by your eye. I halve the recipe when I make individual servings. Increase oven temperature to 400°F. Layer the 2 cups of blueberries over the bread, then sprinkle the toasted pecans over the blueberries.
Blueberry Maple Pecan French Toast Casserole
Heat 1/2 stick butter, 1/4 cup brown sugar and 1/2 tsp cinnamon in a small sauce pan. When butter has melted drizzle over the bread. Bake for 1 hour or until puffed up and browned, and liquid from blueberries is bubbling. Casserole may need to cook longer if its taken directly from the refrigerator than if at room temp. When done, allow the casserole to sit for at least 10 minutes to set up.
Now drizzle some of that warm Honey Blueberry Maple Syrup over the top….and a little cream…if you’re bad – like me. Smile
Enjoy!
Amber
Blueberry Maple Pecan French Toast Casserole



16 comments:

Darla said...

I love french toast casserole and this one looks amazing! Good luck with your move. :)

Melanie @ Nutritious Eats said...

This looks delicious! I love St. Louis. We've been stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood for the last year and I've really enjoyed the weekend trips we've taken there. We are moving as well in a couple of weeks so good-bye to Missouri. It's always sad to leave (for me at least) anywhere because of the memories created. Good luck with everything!

kim - Liv Life said...

This is one of those recipes that just makes one sort of weak at the knees... absolute perfection!! My husband is a blueberry-aholic and this would be a delightful Sunday brunch for the family.

Good luck to you on the move! It is difficult to move, I certainly won't deny that. But soon you will be feeling at "home" again. i hope it all goes smoothly for you!

Smitten Foodie said...

Looks so yummy.......I'm so mmaking this! Have a big crowd coming in a a couple of weeks, think a large casserole will work better for that, but how cute having inv ones for me and the hubs.

Take care
Connie

Julia @The Roasted Root said...

It's like French toast and bread pudding had a beautiful baby! Your French toast casserole looks moist, sweet and I'd love something like this for breakfast (or every meal) every day. Very clever idea. Good luck on your move!

Half Baked said...

Wow That looks delicious! Good Luck with the move!!

Helene said...

I could not resist those. Good luck!

Valerie said...

I love french toast, it's a lovely breakfast, and a delicious dessert!

Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious said...

I've definitely made baked french toast before (I actually just made one right now for tomorrow's brunch) but it's a simple recipe with no added fruits. But man oh man, your version is 100x better! It's been bookmarked/pinned so I will definitely make it at my next brunch get-together.

Lisa @ Snappy Gourmet said...

I wish I saw this last night! I was in the mood for some french toast this morning! Yum!

Di-licious said...

Yum. We'd call it 'Bread and Butter Pudding' at our place but French Toast Casserole sounds so much more exotic. A decadent, luxe Sunday brunch dish if I ever saw one!

Laurie {Simply Scratch} said...

Looks amazing! Good luck with the move!

Lauren at Keep It Sweet said...

Good luck with your move, I can imagine all the mixed emotions you must be feeling! This really does look like the perfect comfort food for that.

Monet said...

Good luck with the move. There are so many different emotions. This looks so delicious. I'm glad I finally had a chance to visit. I've been just swamped with work and school. But as always, your post brought a smile to my face. Thank you for sharing!

Jennie @themessybakerblog said...

Wow, what a decadent french toast recipe. It looks so good. My mouth is watering. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

This Looks Delicious! When you say french bread, do you just mean a 'baguette'?




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