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Baked Blueberry Cream French Toast

Blueberry French Toast upclose

I have been MIA from my blog for almost a month!  Yikes!  I am so sorry.  But the good part for me is that this summer we have spent time with almost all of our children, grandchildren, and one great-grandson!  We have only missed seeing one granddaughter (miss you Abbey) and one darling little great-granddaughter, who we will see this fall.  This has been quite exciting for us because our kids and grandchildren live in Alabama, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada, and California.  Can you see how hard it is to see all of them each year?

This summer has been full of family and fun!  My blog has taken a backseat to all that excitement, but on the flip side – I have a stack of awesome new recipes to share! 🙂

I am starting with this one because hands down it is one of the best overnight french toast recipes I have ever made.  I adapted it from a recipe I found on Taste of Home.  I changed the bread, adjusted the cream cheese added some vanilla and voilà – here you have it!

Bread for french toast

One loaf of soft Italian or French bread works perfectly.

blueberry french toast panful

Fresh berries are in season in the USA and plentiful from our berry bushes, so I used fresh, but frozen will work also.
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Breakfast In Bed For Mom? Praline French Toast! Yes Ma’am!

Front HouseIn 2004 the Chief and I bought this lovely home to run as a bed and breakfast. In the 3 years that followed we hosted over 1,000 men, women (and a few children!) at our breakfast table.

Friends Catherine and Russ in 2005.
Friends Catherine and Russ in 2005.

In this 174-year-old home antebellum home, Mother’s Day was an extra-special day because we treated the mothers  staying with us to breakfast in bed!

Black Walnut
Black Walnut Suite

This room was our Black Walnut Suite and a favorite among guests.  When we set up each room we bought new box springs and mattresses for each room.

Tulip Poplar
Tulip Popular Suite

I especially liked the shopping for mattresses because the Chief Innkeeper and I bought a new mattress for our room too!  Guests always raved about the good night’s sleep and great mattresses.

Pralines Cream French ToastAnd special days like Mother’s Day warranted an extra-special treat like Pralines and Cream French Toast!  I found the recipe in  a Colorado Bed and Breakfast Cookbook and it immediately became one of our own family favorites!

My Beautiful Mom
My Beautiful Mom

We no longer own the bed and breakfast and my sous chef dish-washing mom doesn’t have to wait until Mother’s Day for Praline French Toast.  She can ask for it anytime she wants and sometimes it is her birthday treat.

The cool thing about this french toast is that it is a super easy recipe for dads and kids to put together for moms everywhere!

And if mom says what she really needs this year is a new mattress, then Lindsay at Casper Mattress tells me this is the place to do your shopping!

I haven’t slept on a Casper Mattress but I am impressed with the reviews from those who have.  I also really, really like this part of their label:

Proudly designed and made in America!

Not only do they like making a quality mattress but I like the way they tell us about it …  having some real fun with “breakfast in bed!”

SONY DSC

When I was a little girl my sous chef dish-washing mom was always the first one up and we never had the chance to do breakfast in bed. But if we had, I can imagine my brothers and I in the kitchen making quite a big mess breakfast for mom!

This year my sous chef dish-washing mom is getting this little box.  It isn’t breakfast in bed but I think she is going to like it!

Happy Mother’s Day!
~Blessings, Catherine

P.S.  Dads – mom’s love breakfast in bed.  Just sayin….

Pralines and Cream French Toast for Mother's Day
 
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Mom is going to love you for spending time in the kitchen on Mother's Day!
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
Ingredients
  • 6 Eggs
  • ½ cup Milk
  • ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 12 thick slices French Bread
  • 1 tablespoon Butter
Praline Mixture
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • ½ cup Chopped Pecans
  • ¼ cup Butter
  • 2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Instructions
  1. Combine eggs, milk and cinnamon with a whisk until well mixed.
  2. Slice french bread in to nice thick slices.
  3. Dip each piece of bread into egg mixture, coating both sides evenly.
  4. Heat griddle to 350 to 400 degrees, brush well with butter. Fry the bread on a hot griddle in butter. Use plenty of butter to make these nice and brown.
  5. When cooked on both sides, place each slice in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Spread on praline mixture and place French toast under the broiler until mixture is bubbling.

 

 

Company’s Coming Cinnamon Roll French Toast!

tabled cinnamon roll fr toast

On the heals of my recent debacle with my Kitchen Aid mixer, my long-time friend and often-times adviser Sue, wrote to me saying, “Any luck getting your Kitchen Aid fixed?  You make waaay too hard recipes.  Your equipment is telling you something.  Well, trying anyway.”  I will pretend I didn’t see that “well, trying anyway” remark and take heed of her suggestion for some easier recipes.  🙂 After all, it’s summer.  Time to play, read, take afternoon naps….

Alesa's french toastOne of the blessings in my life is to see our little kids, our own children, nieces, nephews, neighbor children, — all of them grow up into beautifully interesting and fun adults.  Recently I was treated to breakfast at the home of my niece Alesa and her recently graduated from medical school husband, Ty.  Alesa is a fan of Pinterest and excitedly asked me if I had made “Cinnamon Roll French Toast” to which I answered, “no, but I am all-in!”
cinnamon roll french toast
Even though the weekend had been morning-to-midnight busy, she got up a little earlier than the rest of us and had this french toast in the oven by the time I showed my sleepy self in the kitchen.  As Alesa says, “it’s so simple, just pop open the can of Pillsbury cinnamon rolls, cut them into quarters, mix some milk and eggs and pour over them”.  After baking she topped the hot-out-of-the-oven french toast with the frosting that came with it, and then sprinkled some powdered sugar for that extra pizzaz!  Because her own sweetness went into the casserole she really didn’t need the powdered sugar. 🙂

cinnamon roll french toast ingred

When I went shopping for the ingredients I found these “new” Flaky Caramel Rolls and my mouth started watering right there in the isle at Krogers!

cut cinnamon rolls
For an 8″ x 8″ panful I only used one can of cinnamon rolls.  I cut them into quarters, laying them flat in my lightly greased baking dish.

french toast egg mix

I mixed eggs and milk together, poured over the dough and popped it into the oven.  I could have added a sprinkling of cinnamon, pecans, or raisins but decided to keep it simple.

icing french toast

The french toast bakes up quickly.  Caramel frosting came with these rolls and I poured it over them while they were hot.

iceing the french toast

The frosting is easy to spread.  I also dribbled just a bit of maple syrup over the whole thing before serving.

tabled cinnamon roll fr toast

We like to eat a big breakfast on Saturdays and then skip lunch.  Such was the case with this fast, easy, and incredibly delicious Cinnamon Roll French Toast.  I added a side of scrambled eggs and Apple Sage Sausage Balls.

plated cinnamon roll fr toast
I found several variations of this recipe from Pillsbury that you might be interested in.  I plan to make the recipe where the cinnamon rolls are baked first and then cut up and used in the overnight french toast casserole.  Oh yum  – can’t wait!

Overnight Cinnamon Roll French Toast Bake

Cinnamon Roll French Toast

Blessings for a delicious holiday weekend,
~Catherine

Cinnamon Roll French Toast!
 
Delight in such an easy french toast casserole that will have everyone asking for more!
Ingredients
  • 1 can (12.4 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated cinnamon rolls with icing
  • 3 eggs
  • ¾ cup milk or half-and-half
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Spray 8-inch square (2-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Cut each cinnamon roll into quarters. Arrange roll pieces in baking dish in a single layer.
  3. In medium bowl, beat eggs and half-and-half (or milk)
  4. Pour egg mixture over rolls.
  5. Heat oven to 400°F., bake 20 to 25 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown.
  6. Top with frosting, drizzle with maple syrup.
  7. Serve and enjoy!
Notes
Warm maple syrup goes well over this baked French toast, too.
One-half cup of chopped nuts, chocolate chips or raisins make a great add in.

 

Overnight Baked French Toast

french toast breakfastMy Christmas dishes certainly give away the fact this overnight french toast was our treat on Christmas morning!  But I sure hope you won’t wait until next Christmas to put this baked french toast on your breakfast table.  I know we are going to have it again … and maybe even soon!  I found the recipe on Our Best Bites website.  I only made a of couple changes to their recipe and the taste is mouth-watering delicious.

cubed breadEven though I have several french toast recipes that I really like I haven’t ever made one that starts out with a loaf of french bread cubed.  I used a multi-grain loaf of french bread and the result was a very tasty and slightly more nutty flavor than I would have gotten from a regular loaf of white french bread.  The multi-grain version also was a little heavier than its white counterpart, but in a very good way.

baked french toast ingredI added walnuts and sugar in the raw.  The original recipe calls for brown sugar mixed into the eggs and milk mixture.  I used half  brown sugar and half turbinado sugar.  The turbinado adds a slightly caramel flavor that I just love.

eggs over bread
Eggs, half and half, milk, sugars, cinnamon, salt, and vanilla extract are blended and poured over the cubed bread sprinkled with chopped walnuts.  A topping of brown sugar, turbinado sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and butter creates a sweet and crunchy topping on the baked casserole.

baked french toast panfulWe ate this fabulous french toast with my new favorite brunch side dish,  fruit compote.

Whether you drizzle with syrup, top with berries and whipped cream, or sprinkle on some powdered sugar you will love it and your friends and family will go crazy over this Overnight Baked French Toast!

baked french toast single

Many Blessings and Happy Cooking!~Blessings, Catherine

Overnight Baked French Toast
 
Hearty and full of flavor this easy, make-ahead french toast is a delicious start to any day!
Ingredients
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 cups half and half (one pint)
  • 1 cup milk (whatever kind you have on hand)
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Turbinado sugar
  • 1½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt (a little less if using table salt)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1 lb loaf of multi-grain french bread
Topping
  • 4 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Turbinado sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter
For Serving
  • melted butter
  • maple syrup
  • powdered sugar
  • berries
  • whipped cream
Instructions
  1. Crack eggs into large mixing bowl and whisk to combine. Whisk in half and half and milk. Add brown sugar, turbinado sugar, cinnamon, salt and vanilla. Set aside.
  2. Use canola spray to grease a 9×13 baking dish. Cut bread into 1 inch chunks and place in dish. Sprinkle with chopped nuts.
  3. Whisk egg mixture one more time and then pour evenly over bread. Use a rubber spatula to very gently toss bread, moving bread on bottom to top, and making sure all of the pieces on top get dipped in egg mixture. Spread out evenly, cover dish, and place in fridge overnight.
  4. To make topping, place brown sugar, turbinado sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a bowl and stir to combine. Cut cold butter into very small pieces and add to bowl. Use clean hands to break up butter and combine mixture until crumbly. Cover and place in fridge until morning.
  5. When ready to bake preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove plastic from dish and sprinkle topping evenly over top. Bake for 45-55 minutes or until top is golden brown and the egg mixture is set. You can stick a knife or skewer in the casserole to make sure the egg mixture is set on the bottom.
  6. Let cool for 5-10 minutes before cutting into squares. Drizzle with syrup, top with berries, whipped cream and a sprinkle of powdered sugar if desired.
Notes
Adapted from www.ourbestbites.com
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