Treat your family to this Chocolate and Raspberry French Toast Bake aka the most delicious holiday breakfast tradition. Serve warm with a drizzle of maple syrup.
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WHAT IS A FRENCH TOAST BAKE
One of my favorite things about making a French Toast Bake, as opposed to making individual slices of French toast, is how quick it comes together. Think of it like a bread pudding or a casserole, but it doesn’t require overnight chilling. This is a great recipe to make for breakfast or brunch on the weekends and during the holidays. It’s warm and inviting, and will have everyone coming back for seconds or thirds!
INGREDIENTS TO MAKE CHOCOLATE AND RASPBERRY FRENCH TOAST BAKE
This recipe calls for just a handful of ingredients. Starting with whole milk and a splash of heavy cream, store-bought sliced brioche that’s pre-toasted and buttered for better consistency, eggs, a mix of sugar and brown sugar, and vanilla.
Once it’s fully baked, turn off the oven and sprinkle white and dark chocolate on top, as well as fresh raspberries and, if you’d like, a handful of blackberries.
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OUR HOLIDAY BREAKFAST TRADITIONS
Growing up in Venezuela, French Toast wasn’t your typical breakfast, of course. But, it was definitely one that was saved for special occasions like the holidays and birthdays! My mom is an amazing cook, especially when it comes to breakfast and French inspired cuisine. So single French toasts were always my preferred choice, along with homemade pancakes and traditional Venezuelan arepas with cheese and eggs. YUM!
Over the years I’ve tweaked my mom’s recipes and made them my own. Having moved to a different country, I’ve adopted new-to-me American traditions – like casseroles – and making easy & quick, yet equally delicious, recipes. This French Toast Bake has become one that we make in my California home the morning after Thanksgiving and on Christmas Day.
Toppings vary depending on our mood, but the base recipe stays the same. Some days it’s simply cinnamon sugar, others we top them with fresh seasonal fruits, or just butter and maple syrup. But my all-time favorite is for sure chocolate!
HOW TO MAKE CHOCOLATE AND RASPBERRY FRENCH TOAST BAKE
To make this recipe you’re going to need a handful of ingredients. I like to make it the morning of, so that it is fresh and extra delicious. Don’t worry – it only takes a few minutes to put together.
Start with combining in a large bowl, whole milk heavy cream, eggs + egg yolk, a mix of granulated sugar and brown sugar (the molasses gives it a nice touch), a splash of vanilla and a pinch of salt. Whisk it all together and set aside.
Slice your brioche into 1-inch thick slices and toast in the oven at 350ºF for a couple of minutes. This helps give it a little more structure so it can hold the egg mixture better. Spread some butter on top and arrange in a 12” oval baking dish.
Pour the egg mixture over the entire loaf. Tip: use a brush to coat every slice.
Bake the French toast for 20 minutes covered with foil, until egg mixture is set. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes to toast the brioche. Sprinkle the white and dark chocolate on top, followed by fresh raspberries and blackberries. Serve warm with a drizzle of maple syrup, or sprinkle powdered sugar on top!
VARIATIONS ON FRENCH TOAST BAKE
- Bread: look for breads with a nice crust like sourdough, brioche, French baguette, or challah.
- Spices: add a fall touch with warm spices such as clove, ginger, anise, or chai.
- Savory: turn this sweet breakfast into a savory French Toast Bake by adding in crumbled bacon.
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- 1 brioche loaf, sliced
- 1 cup Real California whole milk
- 1/4 cup Real California heavy cream
- 3 eggs + 1 yolk
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 2 tbsp Real California unsalted butter, softener
- 1/4 cup white chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup fresh raspberries
- 1/4 cup fresh blackberries
- Maple syrup, for drizzle
- Preheat the oven to 350ºF and grease a 12-inch oval baking dish with softened butter. Set aside.
- Slice the brioche loaf into 1-inch thick slices and lightly toast in the oven for a couple of minutes. Remove from the oven and spread a little bit of butter on each slice. Arrange the brioche slices in the baking dish and set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine whole milk, heavy cream, eggs + egg yolks and vanilla, and whisk to combine. Add the sugar, brown sugar and salt, whisking until fully incorporated.
- Pour the egg mixture over the entire loaf. Tip: use a brush to coat every slice.
- Bake the French toast for 20 minutes covered with foil, until egg mixture is set. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes until golden.
- Remove from heat and sprinkle the white and dark chocolate on top, followed by fresh raspberries and blackberries just before serving.
- Serve warm with a drizzle of maple syrup, or dust powdered sugar on top!