CEimB: Blueberry Orange French Toast Bake

by Joanne on September 30, 2010

Since my day began with a 6 1/2 mile treadmill run followed by a very wet walk with Shane for 2 1/2 miles, I felt fully justified in indulging in this delicious recipe.  Good carbs to fuel my race on Sunday.

The recipe title for this week’s CEimB is actually “Blueberry-Almond French Toast Bake” but you know I can’t leave well enough alone so I changed it.


First things first:  Heide of Chez Zero, thank you for a wonderful recipe choice. Really, really good.

This is the Apple Crumbles version of Ellie’s recipe.  The oranges?  Since I had to zest so many over the weekend, all dishes baked and cooked in my kitchen this week included oranges.


  • 11 slices of Nature’s Price Oatmeal Bread (Ellie used a baguette, cut in 1” cubes)
  • 1 cup Reduced fat milk
  • 8 large whole eggs (Ellie uses 1/2 whole eggs and 1/2 whites)
  • 1/3 cup 100% maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon (Ellie uses 1/2 tsp cinnamon)
  • 3/4 cup fresh blueberries (Ellie uses more blueberries)
  • 3 oranges, peeled, sectioned. (Not included in Ellie’s)
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • 2 TBS 100% maple syrup (Ellie uses dark brown sugar)

Spray a 9 x 13 pan with non-stick spray.  Put 5 1/2 slices of bread on the bottom.

Mix the milk, eggs, syrup, vanilla, cinnamon together.  Pour 1/2 of it over the bread.

Top with half the blueberries and half the orange slices.


Add another layer of 5 1/2 slices of bread.  Pour on the rest of the egg mixture. Top with the rest of the blueberries and oranges.  Sprinkle on the almonds and drizzle the syrup.  Refrigerate over night. 


Preheat oven to 350 F in the morning. Bake for 55 min. to 1 hour.


Gotta tell ya.. Ted is LOVIN this dish!


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  • At 2010.09.30 08:16, Heather said:

    I love blueberries in any kind of breakfast (pancakes, waffles, french toast, you name it!). This looks great to me!

    • At 2010.09.30 08:53, Bri said:

      Wow, blueberry orange, yum! Mine did not turn out so well. I thought there was too much liquid, but I’m learning now that others used less and it worked out. Congrats on all that exercise! I’m working my way up to it, but I have yet to do 7 miles in one day!

      • At 2010.09.30 10:39, Monet said:

        I just adore french toast…and mine never looks nearly as beautiful or delicious as yours! My goodness, you did such a good job! Those blueberries and oranges add such vibrant colors to the dish. And after walking/running 8 miles, you certainly deserved a treat like this!

        • At 2010.09.30 11:33, Peggy said:

          Love your addition of oranges, but I’ll stick with my whipped cream! We loved this – it tastes like blueberry bread pudding to us!! Yours always looks great.

          • At 2010.09.30 12:46, Tina said:

            Oh my that looks insanely delicious. I love the orange + blueberry flavor combo too.

            • At 2010.09.30 13:53, Jean@RoastedRootsandPumpkinSpice said:

              I’ve been loving french toast in the morning lately. I never tried it baked though. Looks fabulous!

              • At 2010.09.30 15:47, Katie said:

                That looks incredible! Holy cow! Nice job!!!

                • At 2010.09.30 17:11, Marthe said:

                  This looks really good Joanne!! Unfortunately I don’t like bread pudding, so I decided to skip this week…. On to the tomato-tortilla soup!

                  • At 2010.10.01 06:18, heide said:

                    Well well well, look at you, getting all fancy with your oranges! 🙂 Glad you made this along with me and came up with such a great variation!

                    • At 2010.10.02 11:40, Liz said:

                      Oranges sound like a great variation! I also like that you used “regular” wheat bread instead of a baguette – I’m happy any time I don’t have to buy a special ingredient for a recipe 🙂 I haven’t been a fan of any of the similar dishes we’ve made in the past so I sat this week out, but I am glad to see that so many people made adjustments and had great results. Good luck on your race!

                      • At 2010.10.02 23:04, Kayte said:

                        So pretty! We liked this, too…I was afraid it would be soggy, but it was not, very enjoyable. Yours looks just beautiful and delicious!

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