Nutty Berry French Toast
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
35-40 minutes, 6-12 hours refrigeration
8 servings


6 thick slices (3/4 inch / 2 cm) whole wheat bread
4 eggs
3/4 cup (175 ml) packed brown sugar
1/4 tsp (1 ml) ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp (1 ml) ground cinnamon
2 cups (500 ml) milk
1 tsp (5 ml) vanilla extract
1 cup (250 ml) chopped pecans
1/4 cup (60 ml) butter
4 cups (1 L) fresh or frozen mixed berries, thawed and drained


  1. Butter a 13 x 9-inch (33 x 23 cm) glass baking dish. Arrange bread in single layer in dish
  2. In large bowl, whisk together eggs, 1/2 cup (125 mL) of the brown sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon until blended; whisk in milk and vanilla extract. Pour evenly over bread. Cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 °F (200 °C).
  4. In a small bowl, combine remaining 1/4 cup (60 mL) brown sugar, pecans and melted butter. Spread berries evenly over bread mixture; sprinkle with pecan mixture.
  5. Bake for 35 to 40 min or until bread is puffed in the centre and fruit is bubbling.


  1. Buy a loaf of dense, bakery-style bread and cut thick slices. If the loaf is fresh-baked, let them dry at room temperature for a couple of hours before assembling the dish. Better yet, use bread that is a day or two old (but not stale or spoiled).
  2. Tip for Kids: This is a recipe that even kids can prepare (with supervision for younger ones) and make a special treat for the family. Cracking eggs, measuring, whisking, pouring and sprinkling are easy techniques for even the youngest budding chefs.
  3. In the topping, replace the brown sugar with 1/4 cup (60 mL) granulated maple sugar. Use different soft fruit as it comes into season; try cherries, peaches, apricots and nectarines along with berries or instead of them.