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Blueberries and summer go so well together, don’t they? As soon as the long hot days hit, I start craving blueberries in everything. That’s why I had to make a blueberry French toast casserole this week. It just feels right to have blueberries for breakfast right now.
The flavors in this casserole are probably my all time favorite combination when it comes to sweets. I put this together last year for my first (and only) recipe competition. It came as a huge surprise when I won! Winning finally gave me the confidence to develop recipes and call myself a food blogger.
The original recipe called for croissants. This time, I changed things up and use a French baguette instead. It’s crazy how changing the bread makes such a difference. This version is sturdier and holds up to the sauce much better. I cut the bread into bite size pieces and placed them in a buttered dish. Check out the full recipe at the end of this post.Need a new summer breakfast? Make this blueberry French toast casserole! Click To Tweet
While I don’t mind changing the bread to make a slightly different spin on my blueberry French toast casserole, there are 2 ingredients that I’ll never change. The first is the addition of almond extract. While it tastes perfectly fine with only vanilla, the almond adds a wow factor. The second ingredient that I can’t imagine changing is wild blueberries. It’s imperative that you use wild blueberries. Usually I say that fresh is best, but in this case I have to use frozen ones. Wild blueberries are only found up north, nowhere near my Florida home. You can find them at most grocery stores, but I found my latest bag of them at Target.
While I was at Target I also picked up the new Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth. You can save money on them by using a Cartwheel deal from 6/19-6/25. Don’t have Cartwheel? Get it here. They are available in packs of 2 in gray, mint, coral, and navy for $4.99 at Target.
Y’all know how much I like sturdy products that are reusable! This dish cloth not only cleans up a baked-on mess, it also hold up well to multiple washes. I knew it would be perfect to clean the baking dish from my blueberry French toast casserole.
And it was! I can’t get over how easy it was to clean my baking dish. This photo was taken before I even used soap. Are you as amazed as I am?
While we are on the topic of cleaning dishes, I’ve got to tell you one of my favorite kitchen hacks. I use a clear shower soap holder to keep my dish cloth out of sight, but off the bottom of my sink.
I hate having clutter near my sink. This allows me to keep my counter clean, without leaving my dish cloth to stay wet in the sink basin.
Now it’s time for that recipe! Here it is. I hope you enjoy this as much as my family does.
- 1 tbsp. butter
- 1 large baguette
- 5 eggs
- 1/2 C. milk
- 1/4 C. granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. almond extract
- 1 C. frozen wild blueberries
- Sauce Ingredients:
- 2 C. frozen wild blueberries
- 1/2 C. Sugar
- 1 C. water
- 2 tsp. cornstarch
- powdered sugar-optional
- Butter a baking dish.
- Cut baguette into bite size pieces and place in baking dish.
- Beat eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla and almond extract in a medium mixing bowl. Pour evenly over bread, spooning mixture over the bread if needed.
- Cover and refrigerate overnight, for at least 5 hours.
- Add frozen wild blueberries on top before baking. Push them down into the bread.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.
- Prepare the sauce while the casserole is baking.
- Bring blueberries, sugar and water to a boil. Stir often to break up the blueberries. Boil for 2 minutes and bring down to a simmer. Simmer for 10 minutes and add cornstarch to thicken. Stir well to evenly distribute cornstarch. Sauce will continue to thicken as it simmers.
- Sprinkle powdered sugar on for an extra treat!
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