Baked Blueberry-Pecan French Toast

Baked Blueberry-Pecan French Toast
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
30 mins
Chill Time:
8 hrs
Bake Time:
35 mins
Stand Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
9 hrs 15 mins


  • Butter

  • 12 ounce Italian bread, cut into 6 to 8 slices (each about 1 inch thick)

  • 5 eggs, beaten

  • 2 ½ cup milk, half-and-half, or light cream

  • cup packed brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 2 cup fresh blueberries

  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans

  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar

  • ¼ cup butter, melted

  • Powdered sugar

  • 1 cup fresh blueberries

  • ½ cup pure maple syrup

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  1. Butter a 3-quart rectangular baking dish. Arrange bread slices in dish, overlapping if necessary.

  2. In a large bowl combine eggs, milk, the 2/3 cup brown sugar, the vanilla, and nutmeg. Slowly pour egg mixture evenly over bread. Press lightly with a rubber spatula or the back of a large spoon to moisten bread. Cover; chill for 8 to 24 hours.

  3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Evenly sprinkle the 2 cups blueberries and the pecans over bread mixture. In a small bowl stir together the 1/4 cup brown sugar and the 1/4 cup melted butter. Drizzle butter mixture over pecans.

  4. Bake, uncovered, for 35 to 40 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

  5. Meanwhile, for blueberry syrup, in a small saucepan combine the 1 cup blueberries and the maple syrup; cook and stir over medium heat about 3 minutes or until blueberries have burst. Pour syrup through a sieve into a heatproof pitcher, pressing juice out of blueberries. Stir in lemon juice.

Make-Ahead Tip

The blueberry syrup may be made up to 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate; reheat before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

716 Calories
31g Fat
97g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 716
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 31g 40%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 210mg 70%
Sodium 516mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 97g 35%
Protein 15g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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