We have been enjoying the last few days in Point Reyes, CA — soaking up the serene, rural atmosphere away from the bustle of San Francisco. Thankfully, the house where we are staying has a well-stocked kitchen, and I had the opportunity to make this leisurely breakfast to enjoy before heading out and exploring the nature and local flavor of the Bay.
There is something very satisfying about cooking at home on vacation. This is probably due to the fact that we have been eating out for almost every meal — and I can savor every gooey, buttery bite of this french toast casserole while thinking to myself “this would’ve cost me $12.95 at a restaurant.”
This is a very simple recipe that takes less than 10 minutes to prepare and can be made the night before. After soaking in the fridge overnight, you simply pop the dish in the oven, sit back, relax with a magazine and a cup of coffee, and watch the magic happen as it bakes into this glorious, custard-y, gourmet casserole! Forty minutes later, the custardy mixture that you prepared the night before has gently puffed into this custardy, light, toasted casserole — complete with golden, sweet caramalized edges.
The plump little blueberries add a tart, sweet pop to every bite (and how could I pass up buying a big, juicy pint of California blueberries?!) What a great way to get some antioxidants in your diet, am I right?! 😉 This would be the perfect recipe for an impressive, low-maintenance holiday breakfast or brunch party (because who wants to stay up light making time consuming pastries and cinnamon rolls the night before a party?). Or even just to treat your family to a lazy weekend brunch.
What’s your favorite lazy morning breakfast?
- Butter, for greasing
- 3 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups milk (use whole milk for a richer taste)
- 1/2 cup maple syrup, plus extra for serving
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, plus 1 tablespoon (I used pumpkin pie spice)
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/2 loaf day-old challah or sourdough bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen, thawed, and drained blueberries
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
Butter a square baking dish (mine was 9×9). Set aside.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
In a small bowl, mix together the remaining cinnamon and sugar. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over the egg mixture in an even layer. Bake for 30-40 minutes until the top is golden and the filling is set. Let sit for 5 minutes after removing from the oven.
Spoon onto serving plates and drizzle with maple syrup.