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Rise and shine to a scrumptious make ahead Baked Strawberry Bagel French Toast Casserole!
This crowd pleasing dish is the perfect way to enjoy my favorite Lender’s® Bagels. Of course, they’re great for on-the-go, but seriously, you NEED this bagel french toast in your life! It is INSANELY delicious – crispy, tender, gooey, satisfying.
Using bagels for baked French toast was such a good idea – it’s so easy with no-flipping or no-stovetop-babysitting! And Lender’s® Bagels are a family favorite, soft and chewy with fresh baked taste!
Lender’s® Bagels make a French toast that is extra hearty and wonderful – the custard soaks into all those nooks and crannies. They couldn’t be more perfect for a French toast casserole – bagels are naturally dense and chewy, and won’t get all soggy when adding an egg custard. The pieces soak up liquid, but stay tender and flavorful while baking, without any mushiness.
Start by roughly chopping or tearing the Lender’s® Bagels into cubes and along with diced strawberries layer the pieces into a baking dish. Feel free to choose a different berry or use a combination of berries.
Next, pour the creamy egg mixture over the top and, if you desire, let the casserole marinate overnight. You don’t have to let it sit overnight, but a few hours in the fridge will only make the casserole creamier.
When you’re ready to bake it up, finished the dish with an easy glaze, that boosts a lovely buttery cinnamon flavor. Smart Balance® Buttery Spread mixed with a little flour, sugar and cinnamon adds a gooey, juicy, lusciousness to the baked French toast that takes this dish to the next level. Smart Balance® Buttery Spread bakes, cooks and spreads just like butter, but has 400mg Omega 3 ALA per serving. It’s also gluten-free and dairy-free.
This baked strawberry bagel French toast casserole is so easy and delicious. A comfort food breakfast that’s guaranteed to be a hit!
Literally the breakfast of my dreams. It’s:
Loaded with cinnamon + berries
Tender in the inside
Crusty on the outside
And it feeds a crowd
I think I died and went to heaven devouring this yumminess!
This casserole is perfect for brunch or on a leisurely weekend, especially when hosting guests. I made it over the weekend and wrapped up the leftovers for breakfast through the week.
If you try this recipe, I want to know! I love hearing your feedback. Leave a comment and tag a photo #kimscravings on Instagram. Enjoy!
- Bagel French Toast Base
- 6 Lender’s® Bagels- Plain or Blueberry varieties, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 cup diced strawberries (or blueberries or a combination)
- 8 large eggs
- 1¾ cups milk (I used almond milk.)
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup coconut palm sugar or other sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Cinnamon Glaze
- ¼ cup flour (all-purpose, whole wheat, spelt or almond)*
- ¼ cup coconut palm sugar (or other sugar)
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon sea salt
- 4 tablespoons Smart Balance® Buttery Spread, melted
- For Serving
- confectioners sugar
- maple syrup
- fresh berries
- Layer cubed bagel pieces and diced strawberries in a greased 9-by-13-inch baking dish.
- In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, maple syrup, sugar, vanilla and cinnamon until completely combined. Pour egg mixture over bagel pieces, cover, and refrigerate for about two hours or overnight.
- Before baking, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- To make the cinnamon glaze, stir flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt and melted Smart Balance® Buttery Spread. Drizzle over the top of bagel pieces just before baking.
- Bake for 50-60 minutes, and until the top is golden brown and the egg mixture is cooked through. Cover with aluminum foil at about the 20-minute mark, so top doesn't get too brown.
- Let casserole cool for 5-10 minutes. Serve warm with a dusting of powdered sugar and/or a drizzle of maple syrup and fresh berries. Enjoy!
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Something to think about….
Have you ever tried a French toast bake? What about French toast made with bagels? So good!