Persimmon hill farm
November 17, 2023

Baked French Toast with Blueberry Syrup

Martha Hoy Bohner

When you need to make breakfast for a crowd, you want something warm, visually tantalizing and full-on delicious, because there's no better way to wake up their senses and yum-start the day! Baked French toast hits all the right notes: it's super easy - takes only minutes to prepare; you can make it the night before so it's ready to pop in the oven while coffee is brewing in the morning; and it delivers warm, egg-custardy notes along with the berry flavor pop of Blueberry, Blackberry or Raspberry Syrup. And conveniently, your family and guests can dine together rather than one-by-one when you pan-cook French toast one or two pieces at a time. This recipe serves six, but for a bigger crowd, you can double the ingredients and bake it in a 9 by 13-inch pan. (Note that you may need to increase the baking time some if you double the recipe.) You want the top to brown slightly so you get a little crunch along with the firm custard of the filling, so you may need to take the foil off for the final 5 or 10 minutes of baking.

If you like cinnamon accents in your French toast, you can sprinkle the dish with cinnamon sugar (one part cinnamon to six parts granulated sugar) before baking, but I prefer the pure sweet-eggy French toast flavor, enhanced by whatever berries are in season and one of our berry syrups. You can add fresh blueberries and/or raspberries to the top of the dish after baking, or if you have frozen berries, you can put a handful on top before the last 5 minutes of baking time. Then you top it off with your berry syrup choice - or offer your guests a selection. Classic Blueberry, Blueberry Maple and Blueberry Amaretto are great options. We also have Raspberry, Blackberry and Elderberry Syrups - all different flavor experiences.

Get the recipe here.

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