Saturday, September 6, 2008

Blueberrry Maple Overnight French Toast

Last month, I spotted a tasty recipe on Corner Cooking and I knew, I just knew without trying, that it would be something to hang onto for keeps. I copied it right away in indelible ink into one of my favorite cookbooks. And now you see the way that I organize important recipes. I've never had a knack for hanging onto pieces of paper. They're as slippery as falling leaves to me. I was the grade school child that had to have the permission slipped pinned on the front of her Holly Hobbie iron-on T Shirt. And even then, I usually ripped it off to read it, lost it on the walk home and forgot all about it. Thank goodness my 11 month-older sister Michelle and I were in the same grade. She was the ideal-child type, and usually asked her teacher for an EXTRA permission slip, knowing full well I would lose mine.
I can never lose this recipe for overnight French Toast. I made it one night when we had 12-yep TWELVE, twelve overnight guests spending the night in my house. I know you'll want to blame me and my extraordinarily large Italian family, but this time it was Quiet Man's uncle in law's father's funeral, so it was his big family this time. Dizzy now? They were wonderful guests, willing to sleep on cupboard shelves in Star War's kid-sized sleeping bags. The least I could do was make them a lovely mapley french toast breakfast, bejeweled with sweet blueberries.

Trust me: write this recipe down in permanent ink and pin it to the front of your shirt. You'll want to have it forever. Money Saving Tips: This is perfect for those day old loaves of french bread you can buy for less than a dollar at the market. Use frozen berries like I did, if fresh are too expensive.

Overnight Blueberry French Toast

Adapted from Corner Cooking

Estimated Cost: $3.00

1/2 cup flour
1 and 1/2 cups low fat milk
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
pinch of salt
6 eggs
about 3/4 of 1 loaf french bread sliced about 3/4 inch thick
1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen

In a large bowl, combine flour, milk, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and eggs. Grease a cookie sheet. Place as many slices of bread as will fit on your cookie sheet; reserve the remainder for another use. Pour milk mixture over bread pressing down bread with fork to soak in. Flip bread to other side. Cover with saran wrap and place in the fridge overnight. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Sprinkle tops of french toast with blueberries. Bake for 25 minutes, or until nicely browned. Serve with maple syrup and powdered sugar.
Coming Next: Super Fast Grilled Cajun Chicken and Vegetables


Cynthia's Blog said...

Prudy. Did you just use the Albertson's loaves? What was the yield? I LOVE this recipe. Oh to have been a fly on your wall that morning.

Mary Ann said...

I made a very similar overnight french toast this week too, with bluberries and raspberries. This looks yummy! I try to make better breakfasts during the week before my brother and son go to school. This one is easy because you can do it the night before! If you are going to do the fish, I really like the blackened tilapia the best. It is a favorite of mine. YUM!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Prudy what a great idea to feed a lot of people with few dishes and little time! It looks so delicious that I think I could have it everyday for breakfast!
Now you don't need to be afraid to lose a recipe, as long as you write it here in your blog!

Prudy said...

YES! The Albertson's loaf.

Anonymous said...

I will definitely be pinning this one to my iron on holly hobby t-shirt. This looks delicious and I love to have something blueberry for breakfast on game days so that I can show how true blue I am!

Rachel said...

This looks so yummy! French Toast is probably my most favorite breakfast and I love trying new recipes. Thanks.

gigi said...

Have you noticed I usually show up for the sweet and syrupy recipes? This looks so yummy.

We are getting just what you asked for, a calm and and peaceful day! Thank ya very much :) Things are slowly getting better and back to normal.

Chef Jeena said...

I can see why you think this recipe is a keeper! Looks really tasty and I love the cinnamon. :-)

Marjie said...

His uncle-in-law's father, eh? Weren't YOU dizzy at figuring how this dozen extra people fit somewhere in your lineup? Ah, no matter; if you can feed the hungry men for breakfast, you have the world by the tail. And this does look scrumptious!

Leslie said...

I love Overnight French toast recipes! I make one for Christmas morning breakfast!!! YUM YUM YUM

Jenny said...

Sounds delish Prudy! I love looking forward to french toast after it's soaked all night. Yum! Have a great weekend!

Astra Libris said...

Oh my goodness, your french toast recipe looks like the french toast of all time! We love french toast on the weekends, and your recipe looks like the perfect addition to our breakfast traditions! Thank you!

And thank you so much for your incredibly kind, inspiring comment on my blog... I am honored and humbled by your words...

Leslie said...

I love French toast and this recipe looks great, minus the blueberries for me.
I liked the story, too.

I can't tell if my comment is posting or not, I hope it isn't going to show up five different times, or not at all.

Emily said...

That's very nice that you made them French toast.
My mom always baked out guests muffins from a mix. Not that there's anything wrong with that! She's a very nice mom.

Anonymous said...

daaaaaang. I think I need to run to Albies for some bread.

on a totally unrelated note, do you have a favorite tomato soup from fresh tomatoes recipe? I've got a bunch of squishy tomatoes just begging to be made into soup, but I've yet to find a non-creamy soup that we like.

Christy said...

Oh man...I've gotta try this one! Actually, I don't think I've seen one recipe yet on your blog that I don't have to try. :)

Maggie said...

We will be having this for breakfast tomorrow. I love anything that I can make ahead of time and I love french toast, so this is perfect. Thank you!!!!!!

Eleganza Strings/ The DeLadurantey Family said...

This looks very yummy! My Mom makes something like this about once a year! I love the blueberries on top!

Anonymous said...

Holy cow that looks good! How many batches did you have to make to feed TWELVE people plus your crew? Goodness gracious. That's a lot of peeps.
~The Cat's Pajamas

Esi said...

Hilarious!! I too lose pieces of paper all the time. The major problem is that I actually write stuff on them before I lose them which makes writing stuff down kind of pointless. This french toast with blueberries looks like the perfect end of summer treat!

Liz said...

I loooove overnight french toast. It's the next best thing to having a personal chef--just pop it in the oven and it's ready to go! This recipe looks fantastic.

Sara said...

This looks super yummy! I will be sure and put it with my favorites. I'm sure your family had a great time at your home. You would be the perfect host! Have a good rest of the weekend!

A said...

Wow you are sure getting a lot of hits on your site now! That is awesome!! THis recipe looks amazing! I have a great one for you to try too. Here it it:

Doxy Girls Lime French Toast

1 loaf french bread cut into 1 1/2 inch thick slices

Melt in saucepan:
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup corn syrup
4 TB frozen limeade concentrate
1/2 cup light brown sugar
zest of 1 lime

Pour the above into greased baking dish
Place bread slices on top of the syrup in dish

Mix together:
1 1/2 cup milk
1 TB vanilla
4 eggs
whip up well so it soaks into the bread

Pour egg/milk mixture over bread in baking dish. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Next morning place pan at room temp for 1/2 hour before baking
Bake at 350 F. for about 30 min

Delicious with whipping cream and fresh strawberries!

Anonymous said...

This looks amazing! I love French toast!

Prudy said...

Sorry I didn't see your other question. I'd say the yield is 6 servings-2 slices per person. You could definitely half it for less and use a 9 by 13 inch baking dish.

Prudy said...

Ashlee-I'm writing this one down with indelible ink. I have to try it before the summer is up. It looks fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing. Hope all is well with you and your little Ellie.

Amy said...

I'm making this one for sure!! My boys LOVE frozen blueberries!! They eat them frozen by the bowl-fulls!!

Anne said...

I love that with my blog, I don't have to keep track of recipes, the Internet does it for me! This does look like a keeper (as yours always do Prudy!) Keep up the great work!

Katie and Mark said...

Aunt Erin, that sounds SO delicious! French Toast is MY favorite, and my kids all LOVE it too! I am so clueless about cooking-I did not even know you could soak french toast over night! LOL I will definitley be trying this as soon as I get the ingredients! Thanks!

Marie Rayner said...

Ohh, that looks so delicious Erin! I love french toast and this version is right up my alley. Anything that can be made ahead when you have company overnight is just wonderful! I am sure my future guests will enjoy this!

grace said...

if there's one thing i love more than french toast, it's blueberry french toast. the fact that it can get taken care of the night before is just icing on the cake...or syrup on the french toast. :)

Natalie Que said...

Oh Prudy, this looks HEEEEAAAVENLY {If you were here to see me live, I would say this whilst performing what Sissy Kate and I call 'Stink-eye, which is where you do a wrist flip and then one eye is open and the other is half open / half closed and fluttering. Can you picture it? It is only used in dire cases when you need a very *dramatic* effect}

I love you, your comments, your blog, your food, your recipes... You crack me up too, let's have our own cooking show together some day -k?

Maria said...

cinnamon and vanilla is a must in French toast. I love the overnight idea!

Unknown said...

Oh yum, We don't have french toast around here nearly enough, I'm keeping this one to try for sure :) Now I'm headed over to check out corner cooking :)

La Bella Cooks said...

That is a great idea to feed a lot of people! It looks delicious and I like the idea of baked french toast. I've always had it just griddled in butter. I think I like your idea best. I had a baked french toast covered in corn flakes while on vacation and it was the best I had ever had.

Lore said...

Oh my! 12? As in T-W-E-L-V-E? YOU ARE MY HERO!!! I'm growing a sweet tooth here :D

Prudy said...

I hope it was a hit this morning!

Prudy said...

Thanks for the kind comment! Glad you like it.

Deb in Hawaii said...

I am coming over for breakfast! That looks incredible. I miss Holly Hobbie! (My tee-shirt was light blue.)

Nickki said...

Oh that looks fabulous. I love french toast so much I could live on the stuff. But I haven't tried the overnight version yet, so I must try this at the weekend. :)

Gaengy said...

Hey I made these yesterday for breakfast and boy talk about wonderful. My husband's mom made french toast over night and I never had a recipe to make it for him! Now I have a great one! Thanks!!

Prudy said...

Yeah Gaengy-you are the best to come back and give me some commentary. I'm sooo glad you liked them and that you told me so. You're my friend for life.

Satisfying my Sweet Tooth said...

Breakfast is definitely my favorite meal of the day, well, besides dessert. I can't wait to make this french toast! It looks absolutely amazing!

Nina Timm said...

I have marked this recipe for Saturday morning family will love me forever!!!!

Noor said...

Hey, I missed you and your blog. I have been MIA since we moved out of our house and waiting to move into our new one (stuck in a hotel until oct 22nd).

WOW this looks so yummy :). I make something like this but with apples, its really yummy but I want to try this.

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