This recipe is taken from the 2014 Milk Calendar. "This recipe is special because my mother made it as an Easter treat the year she passed away. I treasure all her recipes — they bring back great memories of my family in the kitchen and of sharing meals around the table."
- Catherine Agar, dairy farmers from Salford, Ontario.
- Prep: 10 min
- Cooking: 35 min - 40 min
- Refrigeration: 6 h - 12 h
- 6 thick slices (about 3/4-inch/2 cm) whole wheat bread
- 4 eggs
- 3/4 cup (180 mL) packed brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp (1 mL) ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp (1 mL) ground cinnamon
- 2 cups (500 mL) Milk
- 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla extract
- 1 cup (250 mL) chopped pecans
- 1/4 cup (60 mL) butter
- 4 cups (1 L) fresh or frozen mixed berries (thawed and drained if frozen)
Butter a 13 x 9-inch (33 x 23 cm) glass baking dish. Arrange bread in single layer in dish
In large bowl, whisk together eggs, 1/2 cup (125 mL) of the brown sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon until blended; whisk in milk and vanilla extract. Pour evenly over bread. Cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight.
Preheat oven to 400 °F (200 °C).
In a small bowl, combine remaining 1/4 cup (60 mL) brown sugar, pecans and melted butter. Spread berries evenly over bread mixture; sprinkle with pecan mixture.
Bake for 35 to 40 min or until bread is puffed in the centre and fruit is bubbling.
Buy a loaf of dense, bakery-style bread and cut thick slices. If the loaf is fresh-baked, let them dry at room temperature for a couple of hours before assembling the dish. Better yet, use bread that is a day or two old (but not stale or spoiled).
Tip for Kids: This is a recipe that even kids can prepare (with supervision for younger ones) and make a special treat for the family. Cracking eggs, measuring, whisking, pouring and sprinkling are easy techniques for even the youngest budding chefs.
In the topping, replace the brown sugar with 1/4 cup (60 mL) granulated maple sugar. Use different soft fruit as it comes into season; try cherries, peaches, apricots and nectarines along with berries or instead of them.
Nutritional informationPer serving
Top 5 Nutrients
|Calcium:||15 % / 160 mg|
|Vitamin B12:||33 %|
|Vitamin C:||42 %|