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Cardamom French Toast Bake

Cardamom French Toast Bake
Recipe Date:
October 28, 2021
Cook Time:
Imperial (US)
Paired with McBride Sisters Collection Hawke’s Bay New Zealand Sparkling Brut Rose

Your new favorite brunch dish, with soft, delicate sweetness that complements the Sparkling Brut Rosé. Floral notes and refreshing bubbles in the wine enhance the cardamom and cinnamon spices in the french toast bake.


  • 1 challah bread, cut into ¼ inch thick pieces (day old so just leave it on your counter uncovered overnight)
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream 
  • 5 eggs 
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg 
  • ¼  teaspoon cardamom 
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar 
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • a good pinch of kosher salt 

Brown Sugar Crumble 

  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar 
  • ½ cup of all purpose flour 
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon 
  • 4 tablespoons melted unsalted butter 

Macerated Berries 

  • ½ cup raspberries 
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • ½ cup blackberries 
  • ½ lemon, freshly juiced
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar 
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • maple syrup & whipped cream for serving 


  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl except the challah bread. 
  • Once the heavy cream, spices and eggs are combined, pour over the challah and make sure all the bread is soaked. 
  • Cover and put in the refrigerator for at least 3-6 hours in an oven safe casserole dish or cast iron 
  • Prepare the brown sugar crumble and spoon over the french toast bake before it g
  • Preheat the oven to 350 and let cook for 45 minutes to an hour. 
  • While the bake is cooking, prepare the macerated berries. Let sit for at least an hour before serving so the juices for the berries release!
  • Serve hot with berries on top, whipped cream & maple syrup!