This is a great summer recipe for the family. It has all the deliciousness of french toast with fresh summer berries, plus a little extra because why not!?
I made up this recipe after coming home from the beach with a loaf of stale french bread. I had every intention of making some croutons for caesar salad with it, but when I noticed that there were also some fresh strawberries on the verge of going bad, I got a different idea. I also had some fresh blueberries to throw into the mix too!
When I was cutting the bread into cubes, I got to thinking, why not make it patriotic with “red, white, and blue,” since Memorial Day was right around the corner too! For the white, I decided to throw in some cubes of cream cheese and coconut into the mix as well. Chances are though, that if I’m making something sweet, I’ll add coconut, because it’s my favorite.
- 1 Baguette of Stale French Bread, Cubed
- 2 Cups Chopped Strawberries
- 1 Cup Blueberries
- 1/2 Cup Shredded Sweetened Coconut
- 1 Block Cream Cheese, Cubed
- 4 Eggs
- 2 1/2 Cups Milk
- 1 TBSP Vanilla
- 4 TBSP Coconut Sugar
- 2 tsp Cinnamon
- Coconut Oil or Butter (to grease your baking dish)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Grease your baking dish(es), cut your bread into cubes, and place in dish.
- Beat the four eggs in a large bowl or liquid measuring cup, and add the milk, vanilla, coconut sugar, and cinnamon to the eggs, mixing well.
- Add cubes of cream cheese to the top of the bread, spacing evenly throughout, and repeat with the coconut, strawberries, and blueberries.
- Pour the milk and egg mixture on top of the bread.
- Bake for approximately 45 minutes until the french toast is golden brown.
Now if you want to make this dish even sweeter, you could take an extra step and mix in some powdered sugar with the cream cheese before you add it to the casserole, but I try to cut sugar where I can so I decided to just use the cream cheese as is. Also, if you add syrup to the mix it will be extra sweet!
Ship’s Tip: Put this dish together the night before you want to bake it, so there’s enough time for the bread to soak up all of the milk. That is, unless you prefer croutons with your french toast ;).
You can also throw this together and freeze it to have on hand for a rainy day; just take it out of the freezer the day before so it will defrost (or it will just take a really long time to bake!).
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Be sure to remember this recipe for the Fourth of July!
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