Blackberry French Toast Bake

Breakfast is sweet when you layer up this fragrant and flavorful dish that’s both rustic and elegant. Using cinnamon bread is a bit of a cheat, as you get the flavor of cinnamon without having to add another ingredient to the mix. The warm maple-sage syrup brings it all to a whole new level.

Hands-on Time: 15 min.
Total Time: 1 hr. 10 min.
Serves: 12 | Difficulty: Easy

  • 1 loaf (1 lb.) cinnamon bread, sliced
  • 3 cups Kroger 2% or Whole Milk
  • 6 large eggs
  • 4 cups blackberries, divided
  • ¼ cup sugar, divided
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds, divided
  • ¾ cup pure maple syrup
  • 4 fresh sage leaves
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Spray a 13”x9” baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. Lay bread slices out on large baking sheets on the counter to dry 10 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together milk and eggs.
  4. In prepared pan, arrange 1 layer bread slices to cover bottom. Sprinkle with 2 cups blackberries, 2 tablespoons sugar and 2 tablespoons almonds. Cover with another layer bread, then top with 1 cup blackberries and remaining 2 tablespoons each sugar and almonds. Pour egg mixture over all, pressing bread down to submerge slices. Refrigerate up to overnight or immediately proceed to step 5.
  5. Bake 40-45 minutes until knife inserted in center of French toast bake comes out clean.
  6. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine remaining 1 cup blackberries, the maple syrup and sage; cook, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes until blackberries have softened and broken down. Stir in vanilla. Cook 1-2 minutes longer until heated through. Remove sage leaves and serve syrup alongside French toast bake.
  7. Refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 230, Calories from Fat 50, Total Fat 6g (9% DV), Saturated Fat 2g (10% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 100mg (33% DV), Sodium 200mg (8% DV), Carbohydrates 36g (12% DV), Dietary Fiber 3g (12% DV), Sugars 24g, Protein 8g, Vitamin A 6%, Vitamin C 15%, Calcium 15%, Iron 10%.

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