Quick and Easy Brunch Recipe: Strawberry-Almond French Toast Bake

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Strawberry-Almond French Toast Bake is perfect for your weekend brunch! It can be made ahead, comes together quickly and is super easy for Dad and the kids to assemble to celebrate ‘mom’ for Mother’s Day!

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This recipe is a timely sweet-repeat, ideal for strawberry season! Long time readers might remember it when I first shared it 5 years ago (if you’ve been around that long, thank you. :) This is a very forgiving recipe that you adjust to your taste, ideal for weekend brunch and serving a crowd. I used a French baguette but you can use the bread of your choice like a Brioche or Challah. For best results, use a slightly stale bread to soak up the egg mixture. As written this recipe is dairy-free, made with almond milk, but feel free to substitute heavy cream or half and half to make it more indulgent. Add an additional two eggs to the custard mixture to boost the protein in this recipe if desired. Serve with a sprinkling of toasted almonds, dusting of powdered sugar and your favorite maple syrup! Strawberry-flavored syrup would be delicious too.

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Strawberry-Almond French Toast Casserole, recipe adapted from Taste of the South

Serves 6 – 8

Ingredients

1 pint strawberries, sliced

1 day-old baguette, thinly sliced (my baguette was 11 oz.)

4 large eggs

4 tablespoons sugar

1 cup unsweetened almond milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1⁄2 teaspoon almond extract

Pinch of kosher salt

Sliced almonds, confectioners’ sugar, maple syrup for serving

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Directions

Preheat oven to 350°.

In a greased 12 x 8 baking dish, arrange strawberries and bread slices as desired. Alternatively cube the bread rather than slicing if you prefer and layer it in your dish. Set aside.

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In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs and sugar until smooth. Whisk in almond milk, extracts, and salt until well combined. Pour mixture over strawberries and bread in prepared pan. Let stand 20 minutes for bread to absorb liquid.

Bake until lightly browned and set, about 35 minutes. Sprinkle with sliced almonds, confectioners’ sugar and maple syrup to serve.

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To toast sliced almonds:

Spread almonds in a single layer on cookie sheet in 350°F oven.

Bake  4-5 minutes, watching carefully to prevent burning. Remove almonds from oven when golden brown and transfer from cookie sheet to plate to cool.

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You can put this French toast casserole together and cover in the fridge up to 8 hours in advance and pull out when ready to bake, or bake ahead and reheat when ready to serve.

Strawberry-Almond French Toast Bake Casserole

Strawberry-Almond French Toast Casserole is a quick, make-ahead recipe, ideal for Sunday or Mother’s Day Brunch and easy enough for Dad or the kids to assemble!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
stand time: 20 minutes20 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Breakfast, brunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: almonds, baguette, baked French toast, dairy free, easy recipe, French Toast casserole, Mother's Day, strawberries
Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • 1 pint strawberries, sliced
  • 1 day-old baguette, thinly slice (my baguette was 11 oz.)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ⁄2 teaspoon almond extract
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • Sliced almonds, confectioners’ sugar, maple syrup for serving

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • In a greased 12 x 8 baking dish or 10-inch oven-proof skillet, arrange strawberries and bread slices as desired. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs and sugar until smooth. Whisk in almond milk, extracts, and salt until well combined. Pour mixture over strawberries and bread. Let stand 20 minutes.
  • Bake until lightly browned and set, about 35 minutes. Sprinkle with sliced almonds and confectioners’ sugar, if desired.

To toast sliced almonds:

  • Spread almonds in a single layer on cookie sheet in 350°F oven.
  • Bake 4-5 minutes, watching carefully to prevent from burning. Remove almonds from oven when golden brown and transfer from cookie sheet to plate to cool and prevent from continuing to brown.

Notes

  • This is a very forgiving recipe that you adjust to your taste, ideal for weekend brunch and serving a crowd. I used a French baguette but you can use the bread of your choice like a Brioche or Challah. For best results, use a slightly stale bread to soak up the egg mixture.
  • As written this recipe is dairy-free, made with almond milk, but feel free to substitute heavy cream or half and half to make it more indulgent. Add an additional two eggs to the custard mixture to boost the protein in this recipe if desired. Serve with a sprinkling of toasted almonds, dusting of powdered sugar and your favorite maple syrup! Strawberry-flavored syrup would be delicious too.
  • You can put this French toast casserole together and cover in the fridge and pull out when ready to bake, or bake ahead and reheat when ready to serve.

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Mom might also enjoy a fresh Strawberry Bellini!  Pureed and strained strawberries mixed with Prosecco, garnished with violas and mint.

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♥ Happy Mother’s Day to All ♥

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  17 comments for “Quick and Easy Brunch Recipe: Strawberry-Almond French Toast Bake

  1. Susan
    May 5, 2021 at 8:36 am

    Looks scrumptious Mary! I don’t remember seeing this recipe before, thanks for sharing!

  2. May 5, 2021 at 8:55 am

    Just as sweet second time round!

  3. Lisa Caldwell
    May 5, 2021 at 8:59 am

    Yum! Looking forward to making this this weekend! Thanks!

  4. KathyP
    May 5, 2021 at 9:09 am

    We’re having brunch with all the family for Mothers Day on Sunday and you just solved my dilemma of what else to serve in add to our favorite sausage and egg casserole. I might have to blend up some Strawberry Bellinis in celebration too of our family gathering and everyone being vaccinated. Thank you Mary ❤️

  5. May 5, 2021 at 10:46 am

    Mary, this looks really delicious and I love strawberries…perfect for Mother’s Day!

  6. Jerrie Stanton
    May 5, 2021 at 11:22 am

    Thanks for another delicious recipe Mary! Happy Mother’s Day to all!

  7. May 5, 2021 at 5:26 pm

    I do remember this, Mary, and need to make it. I’m thinking that raspberries might be good, too. I love that tea towel of yours with the pretty strawberry print.

  8. Allison
    May 5, 2021 at 6:51 pm

    Looks like a keeper recipe Mary! I love how you have styled too with your pretty cloth! 🍓

    • Cyndi Raines
      May 6, 2021 at 12:44 am

      Oh yum! I just bought 2 quarts of strawberries, now just need the bread. You always have the tastiest treats /dishes for special occasions Mary! Thank you for supplying us with all of these wonderful recipes! May you have a great Mother’s Day and hug those fur babies for me! ♥️🐾♥️🐾

  9. Rita C.
    May 5, 2021 at 7:26 pm

    Oh, that looks so good! Almond extract makes anything taste good. And that strawberry bellini so refreshing! I wish someone would make that for me, lol!

  10. Bonnie Morgan
    May 6, 2021 at 6:25 am

    So pretty and looks delicious. I will be making this for Sunday. Our family is going to the beach. It will be perfect for a Mother’s Day brunch.

  11. May 6, 2021 at 10:26 am

    Oh yum Mary, this looks soooo good! Could you please send some over? I love love almond extract!
    Jenna

  12. Ellen
    May 6, 2021 at 10:49 am

    Delish! Can’t wait to try it, thanks!

  13. Clara
    May 6, 2021 at 10:10 pm

    Mary, Thanks for sharing this recipe. It looks and sounds delicious! Enjoy your Friday! Clara ❤️

  14. May 7, 2021 at 9:12 am

    Not only easy to prepare ahead of time but pretty as well as delicious. Perfect for a special occasion like Mother’s Day.

  15. May 7, 2021 at 12:19 pm

    Mary… this recipe is looking quite delicious. And that Strawberry Bellini is perfect with it.
    Thank you for sharing it and also these gorgeous pictures.
    Enjoy your weekend!

  16. Sarah Anderson
    May 7, 2021 at 7:31 pm

    Mary, I’m a French Toast fan, and this one looks delicious. Great to make ahead for a group of house guests. Love the idea of a strawberry Bellini! Cheers!

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