The best thing about this heart-smart brunch recipe for eight is that you make it the night before. Ten minutes of easy prep time, about eight hours of overnight sitting time in the fridge, and 50 minutes of baking time next morning, filling your kitchen with that irresistible vanilla-cinnamon aroma while you’re off showering or making coffee.
- And did I mention that it also looks and tastes fabulously delicious? Perfect for feeding a crowd of hungry (or slightly hungover) houseguests!
Carolyn’s Heart-Smart Blueberry Almond French Toast for Eight
The night before, grease a 9 by 13-inch baking pan. Slice one whole grain baguette (about 18″ long) and cut it into 1-inch cubes. Arrange the bread cubes in a single layer in the baking pan.
- 8 large eggs
- 8 large egg whites
- 2 cups milk
- 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/3 c. real Canadian maple syrup
Pour the egg mixture over the bread in the pan, spreading it around so the liquid saturates the bread.
Scatter 2 c. fresh blueberries evenly on top. (NOTE: frozen berries will work, too but don’t add them or the almonds below until the NEXT MORNING just before baking, as frozen berries tend to ‘bleed’ all over the place if you add them the night before).
Sprinkle top with:
- 1/2 c. sliced natural almonds
Cover tightly and refrigerate pan overnight.
Next morning, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Uncover the baking pan, and bake for 40 to 50 minutes. Serve warm from the oven (best!) or at room temperature with a generous dollop of yogurt (or sour cream, our preferred family favourite!) and drizzle lightly with more Canadian maple syrup.
And no, I don’t know the nutritional values of this dish! Use your imagination and enjoy!
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