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Blueberry Crunch Breakfast Bake

Blueberries in season make this a very special breakfast, but I find that frozen berries can work just as well. My grandmother used to make this with strawberries and I always loved to eat it at her house.—Marsha Ketaner, Henderson, Nevada
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf (16 ounces) day-old French bread, cut into 1-inch slices
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Directions

  • Arrange half of the bread slices in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, cream and vanilla. Slowly pour half of the cream mixture over the bread. Top with remaining bread and egg mixture. Let stand until liquid is absorbed, about 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the oats, brown sugar and flour; cut in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over top. Top with blueberries and walnuts.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 375° until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, 30-35 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 427 calories, 21g fat (8g saturated fat), 154mg cholesterol, 351mg sodium, 50g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 3g fiber), 12g protein.

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  • Claire
    May 20, 2020

    I prepped this the night before in a ceramic dish. I somehow ended up not having enough slices of bread to top off every “sandwich”. I baked it as directed, but found it needed a little extra time. I ended up with a bake that was a little done around the edges and bottom. Serving it was an issue as it stuck to the bottom of the dish. Flavor wise, my husband and I liked it. The bread was still a little mushy for my preference, but otherwise good. I wonder if I would have had these issues had I made this the morning of, instead of the night before.

  • chimp64
    Feb 16, 2020

    Made this for the first time and it was delicious. I left off the walnuts because I am not a fan of them. It was easy to make and I froze some, can’t wait to see how it tastes coming out of the freezer.

  • buckey15
    Dec 13, 2019

    This is now our traditional Christmas breakfast. Can be prepared the day before.

  • mjlouk
    May 12, 2019

    This was really good and didn't take forever like some breakfast casseroles. My daughter didn't think it was sweet enough. Everyone else liked it though. Great Mother's Day breakfast.

  • rena 55
    Apr 15, 2019

    Delicious! I also added some cinnamon and nutmeg to the egg mixture! I will also change out the fruit sometimes, since not everyone in my family likes blueberries!

  • amy
    Feb 23, 2019

    SOOOO good! made following the suggestions of AZGrndMom the first time..only change was sliced almonds bc thats what i had on hand. Next time, I intended on making the exact same way...HOWEVER....i accidentally used almond extract instead of vanilla.....and you know what???? Equally as great with a slightly different flavor. My husband prefers this as dessert with ice cream but is super happy with it as a breakfast treat as well!

  • AZGrndMom
    Apr 5, 2018

    Really good recipe, family approved. They say I can make it any time, lol. I did make a few changes. I never make french toast without spices so I added 1/2 tsp each of cinnamon and nutmeg. Also in step 2 when it has you pour half of the mixture over the first layer I dipped them in the mixture and let them stay long enough to soak it in. Then I put some Blueberries on top of them when I put them in the pan. I did the same on the next layer, dipping them, then putting them on top of the ones in the pan, then I poured the remaining mixture over top. I followed the rest of the recipe but I think next time I'll put some cinnamon in the topping to and make it 3 cups of blueberries. We Love blueberries. I'll be making this again for sure.

  • pattiejean
    Jul 1, 2017

    My husband loves anything with blueberries, and he loved this! It looked beautiful and tasted amazing. I sprinkled cinnamon sugar on top before baking. Next time I might try putting blueberries on top of bread layers before topping with streusel and nuts, so that the berries are incorporated into the dish more. Easy, delicious-definitely will make again!

  • bonito15
    Jun 29, 2017

    I love this recipe - it was so easy and I did use fresh blueberries, they are in season but I did use pecans cause that is what I had on hand. It is the best when it is warm out of the oven, but still delicious when used the next day.

  • tkuehl
    Jun 26, 2017

    What a great recipe, not only easy, but tasty too. My family agreed that this is a keeper and we should make it again. I used Texas toast and a combination of raspberries and blueberries, as that was what I had on hand. When I make it again, I will trim the crusts off the bread, as it was a little chewy to cut and the crusts did not reheat well. We original thought this recipe would have been better as a bread pudding/fruit cobbler served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, as it is plenty sweet with the cobbler like opping. But, it was actually better as submitted and best with blueberries only.