Brioche breakfast bake with crispy bacon

Brioche breakfast bake with crispy bacon

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(13 ratings)

Prep: 25 mins Cook: 35 mins plus at least 1 hr chilling


Serves 4 - 6
Indulge at brunch with this make-ahead breakfast dish, inspired by the classic combination of French toast, maple syrup and bacon

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving (6)

  • kcal520
  • fat36g
  • saturates15g
  • carbs34g
  • sugars15g
  • fibre2g
  • protein14g
  • salt1.6g
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  • 3 large eggs



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • 150ml double cream
  • 200ml milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…

  • 2 tbsp maple syrup, plus extra to serve
    Maple syrup

    Maple syrup

    may-pul sir-rup

    The rising spring sap of a number of varieties of maple tree

  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 200g punnet blueberries



    Blueberries are one of the few edibles native to North America and credited with being…

  • 8 brioche rolls, each one split in half (if your dish is shallow, cut in half again the other way to make shorter pieces)
  • 50g pecan halves
    Pecan nuts



    Related to the walnut, pecans are native to America, and grow enclosed in a glossy, browny-red…

  • 6-8 rashers of your favourite bacon



    Bacon is pork that has been cured one of two ways: dry or wet. It can be bought as both rashers…

  • icing sugar, for dusting


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, cream, milk, maple syrup, vanilla and a pinch of salt. Tip about two-thirds of the blueberries into a baking dish (about 20cm x 30cm) that is quite deep. Dip each brioche piece into the egg mixture until well soaked, then arrange on top on the blueberries and pour any remaining egg mixture over the top. Scatter over the remaining blueberries. Cover with cling film and chill for 1 hr, or overnight if serving it for breakfast.

  2. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Uncover the dish and scatter over the pecans. Bake for 25 mins until the egg mixture is set and the blueberries are starting to burst. Meanwhile, line a baking tray with foil and arrange the bacon on top. When the brioche bake is ready, remove from the oven and cover loosely with foil to keep warm. Heat the grill to high and cook the bacon for about 5 mins each side until crispy.

  3. Dust the brioche bake with icing sugar and top with the crispy bacon. Serve with extra maple syrup for drizzling.

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Mark Batt's picture
Mark Batt
3rd Feb, 2019
This dish went down a treat for brunch with friends. Made the night before and served with crispy bacon. Was worried it would be too 'puddingy' but that just wasn't the case.
7th Jul, 2017
This is great tasting & it's so handy being able to make it in advance!
3rd Jul, 2016
Tasty recipe! Sprinkled some cinnamon on top as well. Served with crispy bacon, scrambled eggs and maple syrup on the side.
22nd Mar, 2016
I have made this recipe a few times now, absolutely love it! Great if you're like me and love American style breakfasts and brunches and have a very sweet tooth..5*!!
20th Aug, 2015
Mmmm this was good!
12th May, 2015
All my favourite things in a breakfast! Absolutely delicious and make ahead - perfect for brunch with friends! Thank you good food
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