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Blackberry French Toast

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The day you serve this breakfast (at least one day after baking), cut into 3 individual slices (1 inch thick each) and heat in microwave on high for 1 minute 30 seconds. Serve with sausage patties, fresh fruit, and warm maple syrup.

servings:Makes 4 to 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound loaf crusty French bread, sliced (not sourdough)
  • 10 lg eggs
  • 1/4 c sugar plus 1 tsp, for sprinkling
  • 1 1/2 c milk
  • 1/2 pt heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 (12 oz) bag frozen blackberries, defrosted, or 3/4 pt fresh blackberries

directions

  • 1

    Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

  • 2

    Spread the bread slices on a baking sheet and turn off the oven. Place the sheet in the oven and leave it overnight until the bread is dried.

  • 3

    In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and 1/4 cup sugar until all yolks are broken, and then add the milk and cream. Put the dried bread pieces on top of the egg mixture. Wait a few minutes, and then push the rest of the bread into the mixture and mix lightly. Place a small or medium casserole dish on a baking sheet that is lined with foil. Brush the dish with some of the melted butter.

  • 4

    Put half of the bread mixture in the dish to make a layer that covers the bottom. With a slotted spoon, arrange the berries evenly over the bread layer. Sprinkle the berries with sugar. Using your hands, pull out the remaining bread and create a second layer, arranging it evenly and patting down any crusts. With a spatula, stir the remaining egg mixture and pour over the top bread layer. Using a flat pastry brush, lightly brush the rest of the melted butter over the top. Bake the French toast until it rises up about 1-inch on the sides, about 1 hour. Remove form oven and let cool overnight.

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