In our breakfast routine, I rarely make anything that takes longer than 20 minutes. Our week day regiment is oatmeal (Megan’s oatmeal to be exact from her book Whole Grain Mornings) with a few meals of eggs tucked in for just a bit of variety. On weekends, I whip up waffles and pancakes which still don’t take any time at all.
On occasion, however, I want something that I can whip up the night before, forget about it, and have a hot breakfast I don’t need to think about in the morning. If I’m feeling really ambitious, I make cinnamon rolls but this raspberry french toast is up there as a new favorite. I keep it simple and use whatever bread I have on hand. It may be because I eat wheat bread for every occasion that I find french toast with whole wheat delightful (especially if it’s a cinnamon swirl bread– so good!)
Baked Raspberry French Toast for Two
- 4 pieces of whole wheat bread
- 3/4 cup raspberries
- 2 large eggs
- 3/4 cup whole milk
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup
- Maple syrup, for topping
- Overnight or at least one hour before wanting to bake, cut bread slices in half on the diagonal and place in a baking pan that is roughly 9 x 6 (see note). Mash raspberries and spread raspberries in between each slice of bread.
- In a bowl, whisk together eggs, whole milk, maple syrup, vanilla, and lemon zest. Pour over the bread and push bread into the mixture so that all the bread is covered with the mixture. Cover and let sit until ready to bake.
- Preheat oven to 375˚ and after french toast has sat and absorbed the majority of liquid, place in over to bake. Bake long enough so french toast is browning and has puffed up quite a bit.
- While the french toast bakes, whip together (either using a hand mixer or whisk/hand) the heavy cream and maple syrup until whipped cream forms.
- Serve french toast with a dollop of whipped cream, extra maple syrup, and extra fresh raspberries if desired.
by Erin Alderson