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Blueberry Mascarpone French Toast Bake

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We love an easy and indulgent recipe. Especially one like our blueberry french toast bake! If you love french toast, but hate how hands on it is to make, then this simple recipe is for you.

Our favorite part about this recipe, aside from how good it tastes, is that you can prepare this in advance. By the time Sunday brunch rolls around, all you have to do is pop this in the oven and you are on your way to a delicious breakfast.

overhead blueberry mascarpone french toast baking dish with powdered sugar

What is a french toast bake?

We have been making french toast bakes for years. It is our hack to making at-home brunch taste as good as going out to a restaurant. Typically, making french toast is pretty time consuming. You have to dip each slice of toast in egg wash, then pan-fry the slices individually.

With our french toast bake, you can egg wash all your slices and assemble them in advance. In fact, we find that this process makes our french toast more flavorful since it gets to soak in the egg wash overnight. All you need is a baking dish and about 20 minutes to prep.

Then when you are getting ready to serve up breakfast, turn on your oven and pop your baking dish in for about 45 minutes! It is the perfect way to be present in the morning, while still delivering a yummy brekkie!

cream cheese filling with fresh blueberries in a bowl

How to make blueberry french toast bake

  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk eggs, milk, vanilla and sugar. Mix everything until it is thoroughly combined.
  2. Separately, combine mascarpone, ricotta cheese and powdered sugar using a whisk.
  3. Gently fold the blueberries into the mascarpone mixture.
  4. Take the sliced challah bread and spread the blueberry mascarpone mixture in between slices. Line the slices into an oven safe baking dish, making sure there is a layer of blueberry mascarpone between each slice.
  5. Spread any leftover mascarpone within the gaps.
  6. Pour the egg wash evenly over the slices of challah bread.
  7. Refrigerate the assembled french toast bake to soak in the egg wash overnight. If you are in a time crunch, refrigerate and soak for at least 30 minutes.
  8. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  9. Bake the french toast casserole for 40-45 minutes.
  10. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving!
side view blueberry mascarpone french toast baking dish

Can I make this french toast bake gluten free?

Yes! You can totally turn this into a gluten free french toast recipe. All you have to do is grab your favorite loaf of gluten free bread and follow our recipe as written. If you can find gluten free challah or gluten free brioche, those types of bread will be the best for this recipe.

The only thing you will want to check is to make sure that the granulated sugar and powdered you use is gluten free. While sugar doesn’t naturally contain gluten, some brands package and process sugar in the same space that they process wheat flour. This kind of cross contamination is something you want to avoid if cooking for someone with a gluten allergy or gluten intolerance. Read the label to find out if it is truly gluten free!

side view blueberry mascarpone french toast with custard

Other french toast bakes you are going to love

To say we are obsessed with french toast is an understatement. If you love this recipe as much as we do, then these french toast bakes are right up your alley!

  • The combination of sweetened cream cheese and buttery croissants make our berry stuffed croissant french toast a crowd favorite in our home. Our kids absolutely love it! We love to serve this french toast with fresh berries and a dollop of whipped cream.
  • Our berry brioche cream cheese french toast is the crossover breakfast recipe of our dreams!! The title of this dish speaks for itself. If you love cinnamon rolls this recipe is perfect for you.
  • Similar to our stuffed berry french toast linked above, this apple crisp croissant french toast is another indulgent breakfast recipe we love to make. Take the flavors of a fall favorite dessert and stuff them into croissants, and you have a masterpiece!
  • Lastly, we are confident our baklava french toast bake is going to blow you away. This tasty brunch recipe is inspired by the popular mediterranean phyllo dough pastry. It is sweet and fluffy, and we love the texture from our pistachio mixture!  
side view blueberry mascarpone french toast baking dish with powdered sugar

How to store leftover french toast

You can store any leftovers super easily. If you have leftovers, store the french toast slices in an airtight container for 3-5 days. If you are planning to eat leftovers the next day, you can cover the baking dish as is and leave it in the fridge. That will make for simple reheating!

overhead blueberry mascarpone french toast baking dish and plated with powdered sugar

Blueberry Mascarpone French Toast Bake

Alia and Radwa
This blueberry french toast is going to be your new favorite weekend brunch! The mascarpone-ricotta filling is everything in this recipe!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Breakfast, brunch
Cuisine French
Servings 8
Calories 366 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 loaf challah bread
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Filling

  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 oz ricotta cheese
  • 8 oz mascarpone cheese

Instructions
 

  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk eggs, milk, vanilla and sugar. Mix everything until it is thoroughly combined.
  • Separately, combine mascarpone, ricotta cheese and powdered sugar using a whisk.
  • Gently fold the blueberries into the mascarpone mixture.
  • Take the sliced challah bread and spread the blueberry mascarpone mixture in between slices. Line the slices into a 12×8 oven safe baking dish, making sure there is a layer of blueberry mascarpone between each slice.
  • Spread any leftover mascarpone within the gaps.
  • Pour the egg wash evenly over the slices of challah bread.
  • Refrigerate the assembled french toast bake to soak in the egg wash overnight. If you are in a time crunch, refrigerate and soak for at least 30 minutes.
  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • Bake the french toast casserole for 40-45 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving!

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Nutrition

Serving: 8g | Calories: 366kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 121mg | Sodium: 72mg | Potassium: 108mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 42g | Vitamin A: 638IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 121mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. I made this and the flavor was fantastic; however, the bread was pretty soggy. I did everything as instructed. Cooked it for an extra 15 minutes hoping that would fix the issue but it did not. Any suggestions on how to prevent this next time? Is it best to dry the bread out and use room temperature ingredients for this recipe?

  2. Made this the night before as recommended and the 45min bake time was not long enough. The center came out super soggy! Popped it back in the over for about 15 more minutes and it came out perfect!! Absolutely delicious! All 3 kids (3.5y, 3.5y and 13m) LOVED it and asked for more! That alone is a win in my books!