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Monday, June 12, 2017

Berry Bagel Breakfast Bake With Homemade Mixed Berry Syrup

This is a great weekend breakfast or weeknight brinner. Bagels, cream cheese and berries are a match made in heaven. Whipping up a little berry syrup takes it to the next level!

piece of berry and bagel french toast casserole with lots of berry syrup

    I think I am still in a breakfast frame of mind after all of the fun brunch posts last month.  Did you find a new favorite?  I know we certainly did.  We will be making the Parmesan Polenta Brunch Bowls and Croque Madame Waffles for brinner plenty this year and I've already done another twist on the Pineapple Sweet Rolls that was delicious. So I hope you are ready for more breakfast items, because this week is full of them!  Of course we almost always eat our breakfast food for dinner, so don't feel like this has to be served in the morning.

    In fact, if you make this just a tad bit sweeter and perhaps serve it with some maple whipped cream, you would have a delicious bread pudding style dessert.  As it was, I tried to keep the sugar down a bit so the berries could shine and then I made a simple berry syrup that tied it all together and took it to the next level.

    All you need to make this is some bagels.  I used plain bagels, but blueberry bagels or any of your sweeter bagels would do.

   Can you imagine this with a cinnamon crunch bagel? I can too! There are so many ways you could switch it up based on what you have on hand.

bagels, berries and custard in casserole dish ready to bake

    The berries are customizable too. We have been busy harvesting the last of our strawberries from our patch out back, so I used those and some blueberries I had.

   You could mix up whatever berries you have or use some frozen ones if you are making this out of season.  It will all be good!

    Of course both bagels and berries call for cream cheese.  It's like they were all meant to go together.

   I was tempted to make it a cheesecake type mixture, but in the end decided straight cream cheese would be more breakfasty and again would help keep it from getting overly sweet.  Just look at me using self restraint all over the place!

    Will somebody please notify my mom?  I don't want all of this restraint to go unnoticed! ;-)

    I kid! (But really, can somebody make sure she knows?!)

breakfast plate filled with sweet casserole and berry syrup

     This is a great weekend breakfast because you mix it of the night before and then bake it off in the morning while you drink your coffee and get ready for the day.  It is also a great weeknight dinner served with some scrambled eggs and sausage.

   You can throw it together in the morning (or the night before) and throw it in the oven when you come in the door.  Then kick your feet up for a few minutes and prepare to be delighted!

french toast casserole, bagel bake, berry french toast
Yield: 16 servings

Berry Bagel Breakfast Bake With Homemade Mixed Berry Syrup

Berry Bagel Breakfast Bake With Homemade Mixed Berry Syrup

This is a great weekend breakfast or weeknight brinner. Bagels, cream cheese and berries are a match made in heaven. Whipping up a little berry syrup takes it to the next level!
prep time: 20 Mcook time: 1 hourtotal time: 1 H & 20 M


  • 6 bagels, plain or sweet
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 cup strawberries, sliced or roughly chopped
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 10 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1-1 1/2 cups maple syrup
  • 1 cup strawberries, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup blueberries


How to cook Berry Bagel Breakfast Bake With Homemade Mixed Berry Syrup

  1. Spray a 9x13" pan with cooking spray.
  2. Chop bagels into bite sized pieces and place enough in the pan to cover the bottom.
  3. Cut cream cheese into small pieces, about the size of a pea or two and sprinkle over bagel pieces.
  4. Top with remaining bagels and berries.
  5. Whisk together eggs, milk, sugar and vanilla. Pour over bagel pieces. If necessary, toss to coat all of the bagels and then cover tightly and refrigerate for at least a few hours or overnight.
  6. When ready to bake, remove from the refrigerator and set out while the oven preheats to 350 F. Bake covered with foil for 45 minutes then remove foil and continue to bake until completely set, about 10 more minutes.
  7. To make the syrup, place maple syrup and berries in a small saucepan. Cook over low heat for about 10 minutes. The berries should realease some of their juices and then the mixture should thicken back to the consistency of maple syrup. Serve over warm bagel bake.
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This is a great weekend breakfast or weeknight brinner. Bagels, cream cheese and berries are a match made in heaven. Whipping up a little berry syrup takes it to the next level!


  1. This is so fun and I certainly love my berries and I love bagels so huge win win and another win..breakfast food....YES!!! Happy Monday beautiful friend!!

  2. Hi Carlee, well done on the restraint, I don't have much when it comes too sweet stuff, sweet things make me happy! I wonder if I could find a substitute for the bagels as they aren't something I can get here? I have been known to make them, but it's quite time consuming and they wouldn't last long enough to make it into this tempting dish. I'm going to have a think as I would love to give this a go!


    1. You could use stale bread too or french bread or something like that too. I've never made homemade bagels, but that would be a fun project! But you could definitely get close enough with bread instead for this!

  3. OMG Carlee! This looks totally killer, and so perfect for brinner! Or breakfast, or just Monday at 10:07 :). Have a great week, my friend!

    1. Ha! Monday at 10:07 is the best time for sure! Thanks, Kelsie!

  4. I never thought about using bagels! Excellent idea.😋And berries are so go anyway you have them for breakfast.

    1. It adds a little bit of texture if you use chewy bagels! We really like it this way. We certainly agree, anything berries has to be good!

  5. Come over to the Blended Blog today and link this up! I'm hosting Tasty Tuesday!

    1. Get the coffee ready, I'm headed your way!

  6. Yum, that would feed an army...or just me ;)

    1. He! I did my fair share of damage on this one!

  7. When I first saw the title of this, I was calling you the most brilliant ever. Breakfast bake using bagels??? I love it... I sooo need to try this!

    1. Oh my goodness, I hope my mom sees that and writes it in my baby book!!!! Thank you!!

  8. Looks wonderful... love all of the fruit. :)

  9. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Thanks so much for sharing with us and enjoy your new Red Plate!
    Miz Helen

  10. Oh, I would love to have this for breakfast/brunch soon! Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle, Carlee. Pinning.

    1. It's a fun one and perfect for a crowd! Thanks, Beverly!


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