Our mornings are so rushed with getting up, getting ready, getting Autumn packed up for daycare, Kemper out, and getting our stuff packed up that we often get our breakfasts on the way into work or if there are vendor presentations in the morning I’ll be able to get something like a muffin or some fruit. Those hectic mornings mean that I try to take the time to make a nicer breakfast on the weekends. I still don’t have a lot of time but it’s still great to make a nice scramble, bagel sandwiches, Kodiak Pancakes, or some waffles.
A new edition to our weekend breakfast options is this breakfast casserole. We immediately fell in love with this Cranberry French Toast Casserole. So did our neighbors! Our neighbors’ son and his family were visiting for the weekend so I knocked on their door and offered them this casserole to make their morning a bit easier. They gave it rave reviews when they returned the casserole dish.
I saw the Blueberry French Toast on Wendy’s blog called A Day in The Life on The Farm and just knew I had to make it. Wendy shares all about the comings and goings on the 12 acre farm she shares with her husband. She and her husband are both retired police officers and from the city where they worked so that they could have a slower pace of life. Since then they have learned all about tending to a farm, while taking in foreign exchange students. It’s great that Wendy is so active and enjoying her retirment from the police force. She is active with blogging as well as she posts daily about cooking, baking, writing, and about wrestling pigs to give them their shots. Ha!!
I selected this recipe out of the hundreds of recipes she has posted for this month’s Secret Recipe Club post because it sounded so great and because it was versatile. Wendy made it with blueberries but since they aren’t in season now I went with cranberries. They could easily be made with strawberries, diced pieces of apple, or even bananas.
The best part of this french toast casserole is the struesel topping. It’s so yummy and adds a great flavor boost and textural contrast to the bread pudding portion. It would be great with some nuts mixed in as well. Maybe next time!
This Cranberry French Toast Casserole is the perfect answer your need to slow down mornings. No, it doesn’t take long to prepare. No, it isn’t complicated. But it is exactly what you need to help you take a moment to savor breakfast and your mornings. It’s what the weekend needs.
Cranberry French Toast Casserole
Makes 6-8 servings
For the Casserole
- 1 large Baguette (mine weighed 1lb, 1 oz)
- 2 Cups of fresh cranberries
- 6 eggs
- 2 Cups milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 pinch of ground ginger
- 1 pinch of ground cloves
For the struesel topping
- 1 Cup flour
- 1/2 Cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 6 Tablespoons butter
- Cut the bread into 1″ cubes. Place into a very large mixing bowl.
- Whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla extract, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves.
- Pour the mixture of the bread. Gently mix to coat all the bread. Add the cranberries and mix gently again.
- Pour into a greased casserole dish. Cover and refrigerate the casserole overnight.
- In the morning, preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until puffy and browned on top. Enjoy with some pure maple syrup.
Adapted from A Day in the Life on the Farm
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