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Blueberry French Toast Casserole

This Blueberry French Toast Casserole is easily prepared the night before and baked the morning of. It’s bursting with big flavors of fresh berries and refreshing lemons. The blueberry sauce is incredible.

Blueberry Lemon French Toast Bake Slice on plate
This blueberry french toast casserole is simply stunning for breakfast and brunch.

Blueberry French Toast Casserole

Whether you’re an early bird or or a sleeper-inner, this Blueberry Toast Casserole is worthy of your morning attention. Night Owls, have no fear: this standout French toast casserole is easy to assemble the night before.

Cooking smarter is all about savvy use of your time, and this blueberry lemon French toast bake recipe is here to help you skillfully serve up a family favorite breakfast without losing all the shuteye.

What You’ll Love About This Blueberry French Toast Casserole

This Blueberry French Toast Casserole hits the mark, with its refreshing lemon + juicy blueberry combination:

  • You’ll love the five whole tablespoons of lemon curd in this French toast bake. You can use your favorite brand of lemon curd, though we highly recommend saving this lemon curd recipe so you can make your own way-better lemon curd that promises to elevate every toast, cracker, or baked good you use it on.
  • The zest of 2 whole lemons goes into this blueberry lemon French toast bake. We can’t think of anything more refreshing than fresh lemon zest.
  • Plenty of fresh blueberries provide all the juicy, sweet berry abundance in this breakfast casserole.
  • Because this French toast casserole rests in the fridge overnight, it’s best to use fresh blueberries. Try to nab in-season pump, sweet berries for best results.
Blueberry Lemon French Toast Bake in white casserole dish
Refreshing, juicy blueberry lemon sauce is what sets this Blueberry French Toast apart from the rest.

Blueberry Lemon Sauce (4 Ingredients)

You’re about to meet the most luscious blueberry sauce ever known to woman. It’s so delectable, you’ll probably want to eat some of the sauce with a spoon and we’re not here to stop you.

Aside from water, all you need are:

  • Fresh or frozen blueberries. You read right about fresh blueberries being a must for the French toast itself, but feel free to use up any frozen blueberries you have for the sauce.
  • After zesting your lemons for the French toast casserole, juice those lemons for the sauce.
  • Plain, regular sugar is all you need for balanced sweetness.
  • Cornstarch is an ideal thickener for this fruity syrup.

Tip: blueberry lemon sauce can be made in advance. Extra sauce keeps well in fridge.

After baking your blueberry French toast casserole, generously pour on the sauce. If you have a crowd who likes their French toast extra saucy, feel free to double the sauce. It keeps well for future use on Fluffy Belgian Waffles and Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes, too.

Blueberry Lemon French Toast Bake slice on plate
Amazing lemon cream cheese custard and blueberry sauce

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Blueberry Lemon French Toast Bake slice on plate
This one is absolutely worth waking up for

Blueberry French Toast Casserole
Commonly Asked Questions

Can I use frozen blueberries for this French toast casserole?

For this recipe, we highly recommending using fresh blueberries, as frozen blueberries contain excess water that would alter the casserole portion. However, you can use frozen blueberries for the sauce!

Can I make the blueberry sauce ahead of time?

Yes, this blueberry sauce can be made several days ahead of time. Keep it covered airtight and chilled until ready to use. If needed, warm it up slightly prior to using.

What kind of bread is best for French toast casserole?

The more hearty the bread you use, the better it will stand up to the overnight soaking. We recommend a large loaf of hearty French bread.

What is the best way to soften cream cheese?

Place cream cheese in a glass bowl, cover, and microwave in 20-second increments until it is nice and soft. This always helps to ensure cream cheese mixes in smoothly without clumps.

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Blueberry French Toast Casserole

4.82 from 32 ratings
This Blueberry French Toast Casserole is bursting with fresh berries, zesty lemons, and an incredible blueberry drizzle. This casserole is not overly sweet, so the sweet blueberry drizzle is perfect as a topping. 
Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr
Servings: 12

Ingredients  

For the French Toast:

  • 1 large loaf, 14-16 oz hearty French bread, cubed, about 12 cups worth
  • 12 oz 1 1/2 blocks whole cream cheese, softened*
  • 5 TB homemade or store bought lemon curd
  • 1 ½ cups fresh blueberries
  • 12 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • cup pure maple syrup
  • zest of 2 lemons

For the Sauce:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 TB cornstarch
  • ¾ cup water
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 ½ cups fresh or frozen blueberries

Instructions

  • Prepare: Grease a 9x13 baking dish. Place half of the bread cubes evenly in the dish.
  • Blend and Assemble: In a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, blend softened cream cheese together with lemon curd on medium high until fully mixed and soft. Spread mixture evenly over the bread cubes. Sprinkle fresh blueberries evenly over the cream cheese mixture. Top with remaining bread cubes evenly.
    Blueberry Lemon French Toast Bake before baking
  • Mix and Soak: In a large bowl, blend together the eggs, milk, vanilla extract, and maple syrup. Slowly and evenly pour egg mixture over entire casserole, ensuring that all bread cubes are soaked. Cover tightly and chill overnight.
  • Bake: Remove dish from fridge and let sit at room temp while you preheat the oven. Preheat oven to 350F with rack on lower middle position. Loosely cover with foil and bake 30 minutes. Uncover and bake another 30 minutes or until center is firm and top is quite puffy and golden brown. Sprinkle top with lemon zest. Let rest at room temp 15-20 minutes to allow custard to set before serving. Meanwhile, make the sauce.
    Blueberry Lemon French Toast Bake after baking
  • Make the Sauce: In a saucepan, whisk together the sugar, cornstarch, water, and lemon juice. Be sure cornstarch is completely dissolved. Bring to a low boil. Add the blueberries. Continue to stir on low boil until syrup turns thick and a rich purple. Some berries will burst. Drizzle warm sauce over entire French Toast Bake, reserving about half of the sauce for serving at the table. 
    blueberry lemon sauce

Notes

Blueberry sauce can be made in advance. Gently reheat when ready to drizzle.
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Nutrition

Calories: 342kcal | Carbohydrates: 43.7g | Protein: 10.4g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 7.4g | Cholesterol: 215.4mg | Sodium: 199.3mg | Fiber: 1.6g | Sugar: 15.2g
Course: Breakfast, brunch
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegetarian
Method: baking

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51 comments

    • Jeannie
    • 5 stars

    We love every bite of this blueberry french toast casserole, its a level up of our french toast, perfect after a morning workout too.

    • Jerika
    • 5 stars

    Yum! This Blueberry French Toast Casserole looks so good!:) What I love about it is it’s bursting with big flavors of fresh berries and refreshing lemons, so love it! Thanks!:)

    • Erica
    • 5 stars

    Wow, this blueberry french toast was amazing. Perfect for a weekend morning breakfast.

    • Adriana
    • 5 stars

    What a decadent way to start the day! Having dessert for breakfast is my thing. There is no doubt that simple recipes are always the best. The blueberry sauce looks incredible too.

    • Nancy
    • 5 stars

    Now that’s my kind of French toast! The blueberries added was so lovely and yummy

    • Nora
    • 5 stars

    Love your recipe! It’s easy to make and tasted so wonderful! Thanks for the easy-to-follow instructions!

    • Deb
    • 5 stars

    This was so good next time I’m gonna make two batches!!

    • Kayla DiMaggio
    • 5 stars

    This blueberry french toast casserole was amazing! It turned out to be a huge hit for our weekly breakfast!

      • Amy Dong

      So glad to hear that!

    • Rupali
    • 5 stars

    Wow! This is next-level french toast! I am making this again for Sunday brunch. Looks stunning too.

      • Amy Dong

      It’s perfect for brunch!

    • Mary
    • 5 stars

    This is amazing. So easy too. My hubby loves a sweet breakfast and this got a thumbs up from him.

      • Amy Dong

      Aww, glad you both liked it!

    • Tyanne
    • 5 stars

    Lemon curd, cream cheese, and blueberries in a breakfast is an absolute dream come true!

      • Amy Dong

      Our eaters agree! 🙂

    • Linda
    • 5 stars

    Blueberry and lemon is the perfect flavor combo and French Toast has to be on the top of my breakfast favorites. So this recipe was a no-brainer to make as soon as I saw it. I love the fact that the blueberry sauce is drizzled on after the casserole is cooked then all that lemon flavor comes through so much better on the French toast itself. This is going to be my go-to for special brunches from now on.

    • Colleen
    • 5 stars

    This French toast casserole is always sure to please. I always make it for holiday breakfast or brunch. Great recipe!

    • Amy
    • 5 stars

    I love this casserole! I like making it for Christmas morning. I just use frozen blueberries since I can’t get fresh ones and it turned out fine!

    • Pam Lane
    • 5 stars

    This is my family’s favorite french toast. I am asked to make it for holiday brunches all the time. Everyone is always impressed. The sauce is delicious!

      • Amy Dong

      That is awesome, Pam 🙂

    • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    • 5 stars

    Wow! This blueberry lemon french toast bake is absolutely amazing! The drizzle of the blueberry sauce is just mouthwatering. This a great dessert because of the great combination of flavors of blueberries and lemons.

      • chewoutloud

      Yes, it’s like dessert for breakfast OR breakfast for dessert…win win either way 😉 Thanks so much, Maureen!

    • matchamochimoo

    Really nice and yummy! Will make it when the boys come back.

      • chewoutloud

      Yes, you’ll want the boys to be there for this 🙂 It helps tremendously for me to have hungry boys to help me eat all the yummies 🙂 Thanks for stopping over today!

    • Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert

    These photos are gorgeous, I kind of need this plate of food right now. Yum!

      • chewoutloud

      Thanks and have a great weekend, Sabrina 🙂

    • Rachel

    Looks delicious! I can wait for blueberry season to start!

      • chewoutloud

      I love blueberry picking!

    • Liz
    • 5 stars

    Love all these French Toast recipes. Thanks so much and have a great weekend.

      • chewoutloud

      Thanks, Liz!

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