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Fruit Pie French Toast Bake

Adding fresh (or frozen) fruit and a crumble topping really takes this French Toast Bake to another level. Makes for a wonderful brunch, or even a dessert! It’s also a great way to use up some leftover bread. The fruit variations are endless, but my favorites are Apple, Blueberry, or Roasted Strawberry Rhubarb. 

Ingredients

Scale

8 large eggs

2 1/2 cups of Half & Half

1/2 cup granulated sugar

3 tablespoons brown sugar

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

pinch of sea salt

68 cups of cubed bread

23 cups of desired fruit, such as cubed apples, blueberries, or strawberries + rhubarb** 

For the Crumble Topping-

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

3/4 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 cup (1 stick) softened butter

pinch of sea salt

Instructions

In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, half-and-half, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt until combined. Add fruit and bread, gently stirring until bread is coated. Cover and refrigerate 4-8 hours.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9×13-inch baking pan with cooking spray. 

Transfer chilled bread mixture to the baking dish and arrange in an even layer, pressing down gently with a spatula to avoid large gaps between the bread pieces.

Bake uncovered, 35-40 minutes until top is lightly golden. Meanwhile, prepare the crumble topping. 

In a medium bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and butter until a moist, crumbly mixture forms. 

Remove baking pan from oven and arrange the crumble topping evenly over the French Toast Bake. Return to oven for an additional 8-10 minutes until topping has melted and browned slightly. 

Let sit a few minutes before slicing. Serve warm. 

Notes

** To roast strawberries and rhubarb: Hull and quarter the strawberries, and slice the rhubarb. Arrange them on a lined baking sheet and give them just a little drizzle of balsamic vinegar, if desired. (I love the combination of strawberries and balsamic.) Roast at 375 degrees F for about 30 minutes until juices are thickened, but not scorched. Let cool and set aside while preparing the French Toast Bake.

 

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