Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Baked French Toast with Berries

This is another one of my favorite Breakfast recipes. This is often served at our MOPS (Mothers of Pre-Schooler's) Brunch. It is seriously delicious! It's French bread, soaked overnight in a mixture of eggs, milk and vanilla. Then topped with a streusel like crumb topping, fresh berries and baked. Then again topped with Fresh sliced Strawberries and finished with a dusting of Powdered Sugar. Come on! Yum!
This recipe serves about 6-8, Double if making for a large crowd.

1 French Bread Loaf (Cut into 1 inch squares)
3 Eggs
3 Tbsp. Sugar
1 Ts. Vanilla
2 1/4 cups milk (Sometimes If I'm feeling naughty, I will do 1 1/4 cup milk, and 1 cup half & half)
1/2 cup Flour
6 Tbsp. Brown Sugar
1/2 Tsp. Cinnamon (If you have "Pumpkin Pie Spice, try using it instead, it's delicious!)
1/4 cup Butter (cut in small slices for topping)
1 1/2 cups Fresh Berries (I use Blueberries, Raspberries and Blackberries)
1 cup Fresh Sliced Strawberries
Powdered Sugar for dusting
Grease a 9x13 baking dish.  Place bread squares in the dish.  It's ok if they overlap.
In Medium bowl, lightly beat eggs, sugar, vanilla and milk (and/or half and half if using)
Pour mixture over bread squares, toss lightly.  Make sure if the slices are overlapping that you spoon the liquid in between and all around the pieces.  You want every piece soaked!
Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Preheat oven 375.
In small bowl, combine flour, butter, brown sugar and spices.  Cut in butter slices until mixture resembles course crumbs.  Scatter mixed berries (EXCEPT STRAWBERRIES) over bread and sprinkle  evenly with crumb mixture. 
Bake 30 minutes, covered with foil, and 10-15 minutes un-covered until golden brown.
Top with fresh sliced Strawberries and a dusting of Powdered Sugar.

The photo was from Taste of Home website, although the recipe slightly different.
I don't know who to give credit for the recipe because it's in our MOPS group. I found many similar recipes on the web.

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