Blueberry French Toast Casserole

IMG_1419 2Ingredients

Casserole:

  • 1 (12-14 ounce) loaf french bread (stale is better)
  • 2 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 8 large eggs
  • 2 and 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup (150g) packed light brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon (15ml) vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup

Streusel:

1 cup all purpose flour

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup unsalted butter

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 Tablespoon granulated sugar

 

Directions:

  1. Grease a 9×13 inch pan with butter or spray with nonstick spray. Slice then cut the bread into cubes, about 1 inch in size. Stale bread will have a crunchier texture. Spread cubes into the prepared baking pan. Set aside.
  2. Whisk the eggs. Add remaining ingredients together until no brown sugar lumps remain. Pour over the bread. Cover the pan tightly with plastic wrap and stick in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours – overnight. Overnight is best.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Remove pan from the refrigerator.
  4. Layer (drained) blueberries onto of bread casserole.
  5. Prepare the topping: Whisk the brown sugars, flour, and cinnamon together in a medium bowl. Cut in the cubed butter with a pastry blender or two forks. Sprinkle the topping over the soaked bread.
  6. Bake for 45-55 minutes or until golden brown on top. Bake less for a softer “french toast”.

Make ahead tip: Prepare the topping in advance, cover tightly, and store in the refrigerator. Sprinkle over the soaked bread before baking. For freezing, prepare the recipe through step 4 (without preheating the oven) and freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator then bake as directed. Baked casserole can be frozen up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and warm up in a 350°F (177°C) for 35 minutes or until warm in the center.

ENJOY!!         Ephesians 2:8

Eat healthy and grow “America Strong!”

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Our commitment to the communities we serve is to give back to each. We are honored to work with and have many Georgia schools and PTA Partnerships. We work closely with several food ministries, and churches to help them meet the needs in their communities with fresh food every week. James 2:14-26  tells us that our faith is dead without works. Our business model is based upon that. The first fruits of our harvest is always given to God. While it is not necessarily the “temple” as it was thousands of years ago, it is always to worthy community based organizations that are brought before us, and sometimes families in need that others know. They have structures in place to our harvest to many people, that otherwise would not have access to fresh healthy fruits and vegetables.

An 1840’s General Store situated on our property, is used as our on site Farmer’s Market. The old General Store was once the central hub for a railroad community, and served many important roles in the community of Goggans, even a United States Post Office until the 1960’s. It later served a new and bigger community purpose, inspiring our Farmers Market To You program to be born. This building is registered as a Historical site, and is adjacent to the old “Doctor’s Building”, which is rumored to have served as a Courthouse, among other things. The history on our property, rich with farming and community purpose, inspired us to serve our community in a new and exciting way.

We, both David and I, have always had a passion for growing flowers and plants, rooted from wonderful Grandmothers’ teachings. We, like everyone, began to make a more conscience effort to eat healthy and naturally grown fresh food. Since we have 80 acres, we began by adding a “small” acre and a half vegetable garden. When people began driving an hour or two, just to buy our tomatoes and cucumbers, we realized there was a real need in many communities for families like ours….and Farmers Market To You was born. We have been blessed to expand in to several of our neighboring communities, with our Farmers Market To You Market Basket program…and touch and reach families along the way. We  donate food and cash to needy families, food ministries, PTA’s, churches and other vital community service organizations in each of the communities we serve.

This recipe blog post by Tisha Johnson Matthews, of Sweet Basil Farm & Gardens. Special thanks to J. David Matthews, of Barnesville, Georgia for support and patience with all that I try and test.

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