Blueberry French Toast Casserole

 

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Blueberry French Toast Casserole

I’ve used frozen blueberries and it works fine.

Servings 12 people

Ingredients

  • 12 slices day-old bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (I like to use Italian)
  • 12 ounces cream cheese, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 12 eggs beaten
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup

Syrup

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 pinch nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking dish. Arrange half the bread cubes in the dish, and top with half of cream cheese cubes. Scatter half of the blueberries over the cream cheese, sprinkle with cinnamon and top with remaining bread cubes.

  2. In a large bowl, mix the eggs, milk, vanilla extract, and syrup. Pour over the bread cubes and sprinkle with cinnamon. Cover, and refrigerate overnight.

  3. Remove the bread cube mixture from the refrigerator about 30 minutes before baking. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  4. Cover, and bake 30 minutes. Uncover, and continue baking 25 to 30 minutes, until center is firm and surface is lightly browned.

  5. In a medium saucepan, mix the sugar, cornstarch, and water. Bring to a boil. Stirring constantly, cook 3 to 4 minutes. Mix in the remaining 1 cup blueberries. Reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes, until the blueberries burst. Remove from heat. Stir in the butter, lemon juice and nutmeg. Pour over the baked French toast.

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