Instant Pot Blueberry Almond French Toast Casserole

When I found myself in a house full of nieces and nephews, this Instant Pot recipe saved the day. It fed an army of family without me having to spend all morning in the kitchen. And everyone was so impressed, they thought I had been up for hours!

This dish is pretty enough to bring to a brunch but super easy to assemble and cook. The plump blueberries burst in your mouth with every bite, and balance the cinnamon-y goodness of the casserole.

It’s important to make sure your blueberries are dry before they are mixed with the bread. Extra moisture makes it difficult for the custard-like center to fully set.

Since I take this recipe on the road to potlucks and church lunches, I’ve repurposed an old spice jar as a portable powdered sugar dispenser. Bon appetit!

The plump blueberries burst in your mouth with every bite.


Ingredients:

  • 7 cups French bread, cut in 1-inch cubes
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp butter, sliced into 6-8 thin pieces
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup (2 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds, divided
  • Powdered sugar, maple syrup for serving

Instructions:

  1. Coat the inside of a 1.5-quart baking dish with non-stick spray. Layer blueberries, bread, and brown sugar. ensuring blueberries and sugar are evenly distributed throughout.
  2. Sprinkle with half the slivered almonds and dot the butter evenly over the top.
  3. In a large bowl, thoroughly whisk together the eggs, softened cream cheese, milk, sugar, almond extract, cinnamon, and salt. Pour over bread and blueberries, making sure all bread pieces are moistened.
  4. Pour 1 cup of water in the Instant Pot and put in the trivet. Cover the baking dish lightly with foil (do not seal) and carefully set the baking dish on the trivet.
  5. Secure the lid, making sure the vent is closed.
  6. Using the display panel select the MANUAL function*. Use the +/- keys and program the Instant Pot for 25 minutes.
  7. When the time is up quick-release the remaining pressure.
  8. Carefully remove the baking dish from the pot, remove the foil and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes until set (or, optionally, set banking dish under the broiler until golden, 3-5 minutes).
  9. Serve with remaining slivered almonds, powdered sugar, maple syrup, and additional blueberries, if desired.

*The Manual and Pressure Cook buttons are interchangeable.