Love this one! I prep this overnight and wake up to pure yummyness!

– 1 loaf French bread, sliced into 1-inch pieces
– 6 large eggs
– 2 cups whole milk
– 1/2 cup heavy cream
– 3/4 cup granulated sugar
– 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
– 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
– Zest of 1 lemon
– 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
– Icing sugar, for dusting (optional)
1. Generously butter a 9×13-inch baking dish. Arrange the bread slices in the dish in two rows, overlapping if necessary.
2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, heavy cream, sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and lemon zest until fully combined.
3. Pour the egg mixture evenly over the bread slices, ensuring all pieces are coated. Scatter the blueberries across the top, tucking some in between the slices as well.
4. Cover the baking dish tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight, allowing the bread to soak in the egg mixture.
5. The next morning, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
6. Remove the plastic wrap and bake the French toast for 45-50 minutes, until golden brown and set.
7. Let it cool slightly, then dust with icing sugar if desired, and serve warm.
Variations & Tips

– If blueberries aren’t your favorite or they’re not in season, feel free to substitute with raspberries or sliced strawberries for a different berry experience.
– For a richer flavor, try using half brioche in place of the French bread. It’s buttery and makes for an even more indulgent dish.
– For those with a sweet tooth, mix in a handful of white or dark chocolate chips along with the blueberries before baking.
– If you need a dairy-free version, substitute the milk and cream with almond or coconut milk.
– Remember, the beauty of this dish is in its simplicity and the love poured into it. Make sure to mingle around the breakfast table, sharing stories and creating memories that last a lifetime. Enjoy!

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