Scrumptious Blueberry French Toast Recipe PLUS Panera Bread Gift Card Giveaway

Are you looking for some fun holiday recipes?  How about holiday breakfast or brunch recipes?  I was recently introduced to a blueberry french toast recipe using Panera Bread’s cinnamon raisin bread.

This is our variation using Panera Bread’s Cinnamon Raisin Bread, but you get the idea below.

Here are the ingredients and directions posted by Panera Bread


  • 1 loaf Panera Bread Cinnamon Raisin Bread
  • 8 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese spread, at room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange zest
  • ¾ cup fresh blueberries
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 ½ cups whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • Directions

    1. “Cut bread into 1 1/4-inch-thick slices (you should have about 8 slices). Cut a slit through the top crust of each slice to form a deep pocket.

    2. In a medium bowl, mix together the cream cheese, 3 tablespoons of sugar, and orange zest. Stir in blueberries and spoon filling equally into bread pockets. Lay stuffed slices of bread in a shallow 4-quart baking dish, such as a 15-inch-by-10-inch dish.

    3. In medium bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla, salt, and remaining the 1 tablespoon of sugar. Pour mixture evenly over bread, tilting the dish to completely coat the bread. Let sit until the liquid is absorbed, at least 30 minutes at room temperature or covered in the refrigerator overnight.

    4. Coat a large skillet or griddle with cooking spray, oil, or butter, and heat over medium-high heat. Add the Panera Bread Cinnamon Raisin Bread and cook until nicely browned and crisp outside, about 5 minutes per side.”

    TIP: “If you don’t have whole milk, use 1 cup 2 percent milk and 1/2 cup heavy cream.”
    Nutritional Info: 489 calories, 19 g protein, 61 g carbohydrate, 20 g fat, 259 mg cholesterol, 443 mg sodium, 3 g dietary fiber

    Interested in this scrumptious recipe?  To get you started, I have two $10 Panera Bread gift cards up for grabs.  Just enter the giveaway through Rafflecopter below. There can only be two winners. This giveaway is for Michigan residents only.  Enjoy!

    Michigan Home Mommy Works received Panera Bread Gift Cards worth $10 each in exchange for this post and giveaway. Any opinions expressed here are honest and my own.

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    8 replies

    1. My favorite breakfast treat is Panera Bread's Bear Claws – yum!

    2. Mmm…I love all breakfast foods! I especially love breakfast casseroles with eggs or French toast!

    3. I love eggs, hashbrowns, and sausage! But one of my favorite comfort foods is oatmeal.

    4. We have a brunch bake with bread crumbs, sausage and cheese – yum!

    5. I love when i get treated to breakfast – eggs over medium, and hasbrowns…and toast…. and yummy

    6. I love love love making ham, broccoli, onion and cheese quiche!!!

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