Monday, April 15, 2013

Overnight Blueberry Stuffed French Toast

My assignment this month for the Secret Recipe Club was Cooking On The Range.  Lea Ann from the Denver, Colorado area has amazing recipes and it was hard to pick just one. Plus her photographs make everything look delicious. Besides the Overnight Blueberry Stuffed French Toast that I picked, I plan on trying a few of her other recipes like the Rosemary Potato Strudel, and the Pineapple Cake.  This recipe was perfect for a leisurely weekend breakfast and would be a wonderful addition to any Mother's Day Brunch.

12 thick slices french bread, cut into 1" cubes
1 package cream cheese
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries, rinsed and drained
8 large eggs
1/3 cup maple syrup (I omitted it)
1-1/4 cups milk (I used 1%)
zest of 1/2 lemon (my addition)

1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup water
1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen, rinsed and drained
1 tablespoon butter (I omitted it)
zest of 1/2 lemon

Grease a 13 x 9 baking pan.  Place half the bread cubes evenly in prepared pan.  Scatter 3/4 of the cream cheese cubes over 1/2 the bread.  Sprinkle 1-1/2 cups blueberries and lemon zest.  Arrange remaining bread cubes over blueberries and then add more bread, more cream cheese and remaining blueberries.

In a large bowl, combine eggs, and milk and whisk to blend.  Pour evenly over reserved bread mixture.  Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Bake, covered with foil in middle of the oven for 30 minutes.  Remove foil and continue to bake for another 25 minutes or until puffed and golden brown.

Remove from oven and let set about 10 minutes before eating.

While cooling, in a small saucepan combine sugar, cornstarch and water over medium high heat.  Cook stirring occasionally for 5 minutes or until thick.  Stir in one cup blueberries and simmer stirring occasionally or until most of the berries pop.  Add butter and lemon zest and stir until butter is melted.  Transfer to serving bowl.

Plate french toast casserole on individual serving plates and top with blueberry syrup.


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  1. Wow, does that look great! My family loves french toast casseroles - but I've never tried a blueberry cream cheese version. I know it would be a huge hit. Thanks for a wonderful recipe!

  2. I have never made an overnight anything. You have inspired me with this delicious looking French toast. It must absorb those flavors sitting overnight.

  3. I have tried this once and it did not look anything like this, too dried out. will have to try your recipe

  4. I haven't tried any overnight French toast, but I have a husband who would love to wake up to this blueberry version. Nicely done!

  5. That looks delicious and perfect for a Mother's Day breakfast. I should leave the recipe out for a hint to my husband. Great SRC choice!

  6. This reminds me of bread pudding and I have never met a bread pudding that I didn't love...the blueberries and sauce sends this over the top!

  7. Hi Susan,
    I would sure love getting up to this fabulous dish for breakfast or brunch. Great cooking with you in Group B!
    Miz Helen

  8. I am a huge fan of prepare-the-night-before breakfasts, and this one looks so decadent and heavenly. I will definitely be trying this!

  9. What an amazing recipe for brunch. Who wouldn't love all those blueberries..

  10. Ahh! Looks absolutely amazing! It would be hard not to eat the whole thing!

  11. I could eat this for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I have such a weekness for bread pudding / french toast!!! Stopping by from Group A!

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  12. Looks delicious! Pinned ;) Thanks for sharing!

  13. wow, that looks seriously amazing!! Thanks for linking up to tasteful Tuesdays at Nap-Time Creations! I really appreciate the link back too :o) Look forward to seeing you again at the party next week.

  14. What fun to see what you chose from my blog. And this is a good recipe. More like dessert isn't it? Fun cooking with you for SRC.

  15. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Hope to see you soon!
    Miz Helen

  16. I bet that got eaten up in no time.

  17. I love Blueberry and Cream Cheese French Toast! I need to try this version!

    Found you at Taste and Tell!

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