Baked French Toast with Berries & Vanilla Syrup

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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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