Beach House Berry French Toast Casserole

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I have decided to create a Beach House category of recipes.  When we are up at our little place on weekends or in the summer, our meals and recipes focus on aspects different from the city:

  1. When it is hot we either try to cook in the morning or use the barbeque or crock pot.  Our oven isn’t brand new (almost everything is a hand-me-down out here) and throws off a lot of heat. 
  2. There is access to just caught fish, freshly picked blueberries and produce from farmers in the vicinity. There is a Farmer’s Market set up on the highway every Friday in the summer so we stop on our way out and then utilize whatever we have picked up. 
  3. We often cook for large groups as my extended family has three other cottages on the road. 
  4. We typically skip breakfast or simply grab a banana, granola bar or yoghurt in the morning with our many cups of coffee and then have a brunch or lunch item at noon when the guys get home from playing tennis at Grand Beach. 
  5. Although there are a couple of well-stocked stores for groceries and supplies, they are all a twenty minute car ride away and once we get here, we try to drive as little as possible.  As a result many of my recipes use what we already have in the fridge or larder.  For example, in this one, I use 10% cream instead of milk because it was what I had on hand.
  6. We try to cook with as few dishes as possible because although the water is plentiful (the water table is so high that we pump it up through an apparatus called a sand point), disposing of water is not as easy.  Lake Winnipeg is in some trouble and we do our part by having our house water drain into a tank which then has to be pumped out and trucked away.  I do recycle water as much as possible by using a “friendly” detergent and then letting my plants drink up the dishwater.

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Beach House Berry French Toast Casserole
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Recipe type: Breakfast/Brunch
Cuisine: Local
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Serves: 6
 
I would have preferred to have used a multi-grain bread but again French bread is what I had on hand.
Ingredients
  • 1 loaf French bread, cubed
  • 1-2 lbs. mixed berries (divided in half) I used fresh Driscoll brand blackberries, blueberries and raspberries. Frozen berries could easily be substituted.
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 ¾ c cream (milk can be substituted)
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1 t maple syrup
  • 1 t raspberry liqueur (or vanilla which I was out of)
  • ½ c sliced almonds
Instructions
  1. Spray your favourite casserole dish with canola spray.
  2. *A word of caution: the dish I used was too deep and took a long time for the eggs to set. Use a shallower dish like an 8½ x 11 pan for quicker baking times.
  3. Place half of the cubed bread in bottom.
  4. Place half berry mixture over bread.
  5. Place remaining half of bread over berries.
  6. Mix together the eggs, cream or milk, liqueur or vanilla, cinnamon and maple syrup in a pitcher (easier to pour without spills).
  7. Pour evenly over all of the casserole.
  8. Top with remaining berries.
  9. Sprinkle almonds overall.
  10. Refrigerate for 2 ½ hours or overnight if you wish.
  11. Bake in a pre=heated 375 degree oven for 30+ minutes. Ours took longer because of the depth of the baking dish. Use a shallower dish and you could test for doneness after 30 mins.

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I let it sit for 2 ½ hours because that is the length of time I have between D and J1’s departure for tennis and their subsequent arrival back home.  Many mornings I take the wee One for a walk on the beach in her “Chariot” stroller but this morning, I am getting caught up on some writing in the solarium.

Kath’s quote: “O, blackberry tart, with berries as big as your thumb, purple and black, and thick with juice, and a crust to endear them that will go to cream in your mouth, and both passing down with such a taste that will make you close your eyes and wish you might live forever in the wideness of that rich moment.”-Richard Llewellyn

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Love-that is all.

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