I know the title is kind of cheesy, but I could not resist. My husband loves french toast. We have made multiple bolts off the interstate as he sees a Cracker Barrel sign. They have, in his opinion, the best french toast in the world. With Father’s day quickly approaching I made it my mission to invent a french toast recipe that would rival his favorite.

I needed something different. Something that Cracker Barrel would never attempt to tackle. Think Chrishelle, what would take french toast to a whole new level. Fresh fruit, berries in particular, would make my morning pastries untouchable. Take that Cracker Barrel. It took a few tries to come up with the right combination, but I think I have got a keeper. Hope this gives you another option for a berry special Father’s Day breakfast. (okay I will stop, but it’s going to be berry hard hahaha)

Berry French Toast for a Berry Special Dad



1/4 up finely chopped blackberries

1/2 cup finely chopped strawberries

1 cup milk

8 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

Juice of half a lemon

1/2 tsp finely chopped lemon zest

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 tsp salt

12 slices of bread

butter for the griddle


In a mixing bowl, combine milk and eggs, whisk until smooth. Add vanilla, lemon juice, lemon zest, and salt then whisk. Stir in blackberries and strawberries. (The mixture will be purple. Do not panic after the toast slices cook they are golden brown.)

Berry French Toast for our Berry Special Dad

 Pour mixture into a shallow container. (I use a pie pan) Place a slice of bread in pan, and turn it so both side are able to absorb the custard mixture. Some fruit will stick to the bread. Repeat until all slice are coated with the mixture. Heat griddle to 300 degrees. Place a small amount of butter on griddle and allow to melt, then spread on surface of griddle. Place slice of bread on griddle, do not over crowd. (I did 6 slices at a time) Allow bread to Brown on one side, about 4 to 5 minutes. Flip the slices and allow to brown on second side, about 3 to 4 minutes. Serve hot with syrup or whipped cream and fresh fruit.

Berry French Toast for a Berry Special Dad

What was the verdict?  My husband said they were great, but in a different french toast category than Cracker Barrel. I will take that. He ate his plate and went back for seconds. I am glad he enjoyed my recipe in honor of his love for french toast.


  1. My husband loves french toast, too. I’ll have to try your recipe. I love that your french toast has my favorite berry – blackberries. Yum!

  2. What a great idea. This looks SO delicious. My hubby is working on Father’s Day morning but if off the next day would love to do this for him then!

  3. we love French Toast. This is a perfect way to combine a favorite Sunday favorite with fruit something we dont eat enough of.

  4. This looks perfect for a Father’s Day brunch. Or for any day really! I love French toast but I haven’t made it in a long time.

  5. I haven’t tried making french toast yet but it looks really easy. I might try this for a dessert on Father’s Day.

  6. What a yummy and great idea! This is going to be perfect to have my kiddos make for their dad this weekend.

  7. I have never deviated from the ‘norm’ fresh toast recipe so this is exciting for me to try something new and I am sure ‘daddy’ would love it too

  8. We love french toast in our house and this berry treat looks amazing! I will be trying this one out in the next couple mornings.

  9. French Toast is one of my favorites because you can do so much with it, and it’s easy to do as well. It’s nice that you made this for Father’s Day! I’m sure the whole family enjoyed it too!

  10. OMG! I am coming to your place and sharing recipes! This looks amazing! Just looking at the pictures alone is making hungry! Great post!

  11. That sounds amazing! I love a good french toast. Every time I have tried some recipes, they never turn out right. I’ll have to try this one out. I love that it includes berries!

  12. I always wanted to experiment a little bit on my french toast. The strawberry is a nice addition, I love it!

  13. What a great idea. I love French toast and so does my husband. This would be a great thing to make Sunday morning.

  14. this is sweet! hope my husband love strawberries but will try to make this for my whole family instead since I love strawberries

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