One of our guests this summer mentioned a delicious recipe for blueberry French toast which they had at a bed and breakfast back in 2005. I contacted the B & B owner Mary-Martha who gladly shared her original recipe with me. So credit for this recipe should go to Howlers Inn in Bozeman, Montana. Not only does this bed and breakfast serve amazing French Toast but it is also a wolf sanctuary. Imagine staying in a romantic log home bed and breakfast and listening to the songs of a resident wolf pack!
A recipe isn’t really mine unless I change it, so I took Mary-Martha’s amazing recipe and made it by own by adding a few things. One of our guests was lactose intolerant so I prepared this breakfast recipe with orange juice instead of cream and decided to add a little Grand Marnier and some fresh orange rind. With a simple change I was able to create a delicious lactose free recipe for our guests. As an added benefit it can be made with Gluten-free bread. Blueberry French Toast
1/2 cup orange juice (or half and half)
Rind from 1 orange
1 teaspoon Mexican vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking powder
6 slices French bread (3/4 inch thick)
4 cups frozen blueberries (or combination of fresh and frozen)
2 tablespoons Cointreau or Grand Marnier (optional)
1/2 cup sugar ( a 1/4 cup sugar if you are adding the Grand Marnier)
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoons butter melted
1.) Mix the eggs, orange juice (or cream), orange rind, vanilla, baking powder together. Butter a 9 x 13 inch pan or individual baking dishes. Place bread in the prepared pan and cover with orange juice/egg mixture and turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate overnight or let soak for ½ hour in the morning.
2.) In the morning combine in a small bowl the sugar, Cointreau, melted butter, cornstarch and cinnamon together until mix well. Pour over blueberries and toss to coat.
3.) Remove the bread from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking and gently remove the bread and then spread the blueberry mixture on the bottom of the baking dish and then place the prepared bread on top of the blueberries. Spread 1 T of melted butter over the bread.
4.) Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or until golden & bubbling.
To serve invert the French Toast and add more blueberry sauce on top. Serve with a slice of orange for garnish.
Feel free to make this recipe with either milk or orange juice and let us know how you like it. Or you can come visit our bed and breakfast in Toronto and request this recipe.