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Blueberry-Stuffed French Toast

A fruity French toast becomes light and lovely company fare when you fill it with blueberries and top it with an orangey sweet sauce. —Myrna Koldenhoven, Sanborn, Iowa
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Bake: 15 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 3 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 8 slices Italian bread (1-1/4 inches thick)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • Dash salt
  • SAUCE:
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups orange sections
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400°. In a small bowl, toss blueberries with 2 tablespoons sugar. Cut a pocket horizontally in each slice of bread. Fill with blueberries.
  • In a shallow bowl, whisk eggs, orange zest, orange juice, salt and remaining sugar. Dip both sides of bread in egg mixture, being careful to not squeeze out berries. Place in a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake 14-17 minutes or until golden brown, carefully turning once.
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, whisk the first five sauce ingredients until smooth. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat; stir in fruit and heat through. Serve with French toast; sprinkle with almonds.
Editor's Note
To toast nuts, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice with 1/4 cup sauce and 2 teaspoons almonds: 167 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 106mg cholesterol, 118mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 3g fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat, 1/2 fruit.

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