Baked French Toast with Berries & Vanilla Syrup

by Marla on June 13, 2014 · 52 comments

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Sometimes packages land at my doorstep & I get all giddy, footloose & fanciful….I could not contain my excitement when I tore into my copy of Sweet Paul’s new book Eat & Make: Charming Recipes + Kitchen Crafts You Will Love.

Do you know Sweet Paul yet? I bet most of you do. If you do not please dash over (when you are done over here) to check out his stunningly delicious & creative blog Sweet Paul….

Baked French Toast with Berries & Vanilla Syrup from Sweet Paul's Eat & Make | FamilyFreshCooking.com

If there is an online creative personality who I want to me in my next life it might just be Paul Lowe. His keen eye for design, style, food & creative projects are beyond inspiring! I think if we hung out for realz we would hit it off phenomenally. Actually I have no doubt of that!

He chases the good things in life & that’s pretty much my motto too.

Baked French Toast with Berries & Vanilla Syrup from Sweet Paul's Eat & Make | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Paul Lowe publishes an online magazine 4X per year.

The amount of work, time & energy that goes into these publications must be astounding. There is a true artful eye & great amount of love on every page. I have a hard copy subscription & I gotta say these mags are keepers for the creative library.  The paper quality & photography (not to mention stunning projects & mouthwatering recipes) will blow your mind.

Baked French Toast with Berries & Vanilla Syrup from Sweet Paul's Eat & Make | FamilyFreshCooking.com

OK. Back to the Eat & Make book….

Baked French Toast with Berries & Vanilla Syrup from Sweet Paul's Eat & Make | FamilyFreshCooking.com

The recipe I’m sharing today is on page 20 (how fabulous would this be for July 4th breakfast & brunch?!)

From the moment I thumbed the pages I wanted to prepare & taste everything. The crafts are beautiful, simple, inexpensive & super accessible. The Coffee Filter Flowers are gorgeous & I must make a Dip Dyed Tablecloth asap!

Baked French Toast with Berries & Vanilla Syrup from Sweet Paul's Eat & Make | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Chapters in Eat & Make are divided up into times of the day…Morning, Brunch, Noon & Night. A few recipes that I’m gonna cook up asap are:

  • Maple Roasted Granola
  • Breakfast Polenta with Hazelnuts, Honey & Pears
  • Benedict Goes to Norway
  • Merry Mary
  • Pasta with Chunky Pesto
  • Roasted Plum Bellinis
  • Roasted Vegetable Shepherds Pie
  • World’s Best Cake

Thanks for letting me share your book Paul! Please also follow Sweet Paul on Pinterest, Twitter & Facebook.

This recipe is excerpted from SWEET PAUL EAT & MAKE, © 2014 by Paul Lowe Einlyng. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.

Baked French Toast with Berries & Vanilla Syrup

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Baked French Toast with Berries & Vanilla Syrup

Ingredients

  • Butter for the pan
  • 1 Brioche Loaf (about 1 pund)
  • 1 1/2 cups Whole Milk
  • 4 large Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • pinch of Salt
  • 1 tablespoon Granulated Sugar
  • Syrup
  • 1 Vanilla Bean
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • Mixed Berries for topping

Method

  • Butter a 9 inch baking dish. Cut 6 slices of the brioche about 1/2 inch thick. Cut the rest into 1 inch cubes. Place the cubes in the baking dish.
  • Using a star shaped cookie cutter, cut out stars (or any shape) from the 6 slices of bread. Place them on top of the cubes in the dish.
  • In a medium bowl, thoroughly mix together the milk, eggs, vanilla & salt.
  • Pour the custard mixture over the brioche, pressing down gently so all the bread absorbs the liquid. Cover & refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight.
  • Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees F, with a rack in the middle position.
  • Sprinkle the top of the french toast casserole with the granulated sugar. Bake until golden, about 35 minutes.
  • Vanilla Syrup
  • Halve the vanilla bean lengthwise & scrape out the seeds using a small knife. Discard the pod.
  • In a small saucepan, bring the water, sugar & vanilla seeds to a boil. Simmer for 5 minutes, until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is syrupy. Cool slightly.
  • Serve the French Toast warm, topped with fresh berries & vanilla syrup.
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{ 52 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jenny Flake June 13, 2014 at 6:35 am

What a perfect french toast! Great looking cookbook too!

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2 Jen June 13, 2014 at 6:40 am

I love grilling in summer!

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3 Maria June 13, 2014 at 6:49 am

Such a pretty breakfast treat!

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4 Heather June 13, 2014 at 7:16 am

Home made ice cream is definitely on the top of my list along with fresh berry cobbler!

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5 Rosa June 13, 2014 at 7:36 am

So pretty and surely delicious!

A promising book. I really like Sweet Paul.

Cheers,

Rosa

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6 Marla June 14, 2014 at 7:02 am

Isn’t he the best Rosa?! Such a huge fan here :)

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7 Julie @ Table for Two June 13, 2014 at 8:55 am

So pretty and festive!

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8 Lauren June 13, 2014 at 9:14 am

I love making homemade sweet tea, and sometimes sun tea!

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9 sara June 13, 2014 at 9:38 am

It’s got to be strawberry shortcake for me!

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10 Rena June 13, 2014 at 10:06 am

strawberry shortcake! This looks great, love sweet paul, thanks for the chance :)

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11 Heather O June 13, 2014 at 11:01 am

I will be making this soon, yummy!

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12 deneen June 13, 2014 at 11:09 am

watermelon & feta salad – can’t get enough!

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13 Jessica w June 13, 2014 at 11:18 am

I love moscato strawberry lime punch!

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14 Jessica Z June 13, 2014 at 11:21 am

I love a light lemon cake with strawberries, blueberries and homemade coconut whipped cream!

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15 Julianne June 13, 2014 at 11:47 am

Making s’mores by the fire pit!

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16 Kay June 13, 2014 at 12:12 pm

Sounds silly, but I love grilled beef hot dogs in the summer. Reminds me of my childhood when we use to have weenie roasts!

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17 Marla June 14, 2014 at 7:01 am

Gotta admit Kay…I LOVE me a great hotdog too!

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18 Rust June 13, 2014 at 12:47 pm

Pasta primavera is my favorite, with lots of summer veggies and pasta, with my special garlic basil sauce.

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19 Averie @ Averie Cooks June 13, 2014 at 1:00 pm

I just ordered this book about a month ago after seeing Naomi review it. I have been loving thumbing through it. Havent made anything yet but so many great ideas! Your toast looks delish & pinned!

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20 Marla June 14, 2014 at 6:55 am

Thanks for the pin Averie! Glad to hear you got your hands on SP’s book. I want to cook up everything & get all crafty ;)

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21 Marty Musser June 13, 2014 at 1:11 pm

I want this summer to be all about the Low-Country Boil… crab, shrimp, you name it!

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22 bianca @ sweet dreaming June 13, 2014 at 1:14 pm

pasta salad!!

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23 Denise Fedor June 13, 2014 at 1:31 pm

My favorite summer recipe is ANYTHING my sweet daughter makes on the grill for us!

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24 Ashley B June 13, 2014 at 2:40 pm

A perfect chocolate pie for summer! Yum, and don’t forget the chocolate filling and whipped cream!

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25 barbara n June 13, 2014 at 3:48 pm

I love to grill fish in the summertime!

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26 Meredith June 13, 2014 at 5:02 pm

Looks like a great cookbook and the French toast is over the top amazing!

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27 Marla June 14, 2014 at 6:54 am

Thanks Meredith!! It’s crazy good!!

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28 Joan June 13, 2014 at 6:31 pm

What a yummy way to start the day!

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29 Susana I. June 13, 2014 at 7:22 pm

I don’t have a summer favorite but definitely something sweet. :)

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30 Karen L June 13, 2014 at 8:08 pm

Anything with fresh berries, espcially sorbets and yogurt parfaits.

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31 Kasey June 13, 2014 at 9:10 pm

Blueberry oat bran muffins

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32 Melissa June 13, 2014 at 10:46 pm

I love to grill strawberry shortcake shish kabobs in my backyard in the summer!

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33 Joan June 14, 2014 at 5:24 am

What a wonderful way to start the day!

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34 cori June 14, 2014 at 6:32 am

We love grilled salads!

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35 Jessica June 14, 2014 at 11:21 am

Omg I am in love with French Toast! I seriously collect recipes for it, I’ll have to try this one next weekend!

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36 Marla June 15, 2014 at 5:10 am

Awesome! Sounds like a great plan Jessica :)

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37 zerrin June 14, 2014 at 12:37 pm

No one can resist such a fantastic breakfast! I can even have it as a sweet snack! Thanks Marla for introducing Sweet Paul’s book. Wish I could enter the giveaway! You know I’m in Turkey, that’s why I can’t. Pinning this beauty for sure!

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38 Marla June 15, 2014 at 5:11 am

I agree! Hopefully you can pick up this book somewhere online ~ you would love it!

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39 Brandy June 14, 2014 at 12:47 pm

Strawberry salads! Sooo yummy and refreshing.

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40 Dawn Gardner June 14, 2014 at 10:04 pm

This looks amazing- I will be making this very soon.

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41 TaraO June 14, 2014 at 10:17 pm

We love to grill flank steak in the summer and serve it with corn on the cob!

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42 Olivia - Primavera Kitchen June 15, 2014 at 7:24 am

What a wonderful breakfast! Love it ;-)

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43 Teri K June 16, 2014 at 1:32 am

Eating lots of watermelon!

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44 Michelle June 16, 2014 at 1:45 am

So summery and festive. That would be an amazing breakfast on July 4th. My “craft” is really cooking- or photography, which is amazing in the summer when there are so many sunny days. Recipe- anything frozen! Smoothies, fro yo, frozen chocolate covered bananas :) Yum.

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45 Traci June 16, 2014 at 8:53 am

Grilled food in the summertime is my favorite. My family loves making “foil packets” filled with veggies. Traditionally they have regular potatoes, onions, carrots, and broccoli in them, but when I make them on my own I use sweet potatoes and include everything from sweet corn to edamame to artichokes and green beans. Yum!

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46 Luanna R June 16, 2014 at 3:06 pm

Hmmm….so many things I love about summer. Probably making homemade ice cream for all of the family birthday parties. :)

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47 Elisabeth S June 17, 2014 at 9:48 am

I love making anything with corn in the summertime! It is my favorite summer food!

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48 Nikki June 17, 2014 at 1:48 pm

potato pancakes…once all the picnics start you just have to have them

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49 barb June 18, 2014 at 12:17 pm

blueberry muffins

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50 Kevin @ Closet Cooking June 20, 2014 at 5:16 am

What a great way to start the day this summer!

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51 Annette June 20, 2014 at 9:19 am

In the summer I love to make blackberry pies.

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52 Kelly D October 2, 2014 at 9:00 am

This would be a great weekend morning recipe for my kids. I think my daughter would love the vanilla syrup.. she prefers a vanilla flavor.

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