I promised you the recipe for one of my New Years Eve brunch dishes. Introducing…Overnight Blueberry Cream Cheese French Toast Casserole! Its delicious, you make it the night before, it makes great leftovers – and will leave your guests raving!
Overnight Blueberry Cream Cheese French Toast Casserole
12 slices french bread, cut up into 1 inch cubes (you can also use Texas Toast or sourdough – a thick bread so it doesn’t get mushy)
1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
1 C fresh blueberries
3 T powdered sugar
10 – 12 eggs, beaten (use 12 for a less dense casserole, more like bread pudding)
2 cups milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/3 C maple syrup
Blueberry Syrup Topping (this makes the dish, don’t skip it!)
1 C sugar
2 T cornstarch
1 C water
1 1/2 C fresh blueberries
1. Prepare a 9×13 baking dish. Arrange half the bread squares evenly on the bottom of the pan. Top with the blueberries. Beat the cream cheese and the powdered sugar and drop on top of the bread and blueberries with a spoon. Cover with the rest of the bread cubes.
2. In a large bowl, mix the eggs, milk, vanilla and syrup. Pour evenly over the casserole. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
3. Remove the casserole from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Bake covered for the first 30 minutes at 350. Uncover and bake another 25 minutes, or until lightly golden brown on the top.
4. While baking, make the syrup. Mix the sugar, corn syrup and water and bring to a boil. Stir constantly 3 minutes. Add the remaining blueberries and reduce heat until your mixture is simmering and simmer for 10 minutes. Serve on the side of your casserole while still warm.
(Recipe adapted from All Recipes)
**Now if you really want to enjoy this dish, you can also add a dollop of fresh whipped cream, or serve with heavy cream – seriously delicious this way!
If you are the type of person who is resistant to entertain, a brunch is a great way to entertain with less stress. You can prepare this the night before, and serve with some heat and serve breakfast meat, orange juice and fresh fruit. I also found the cutest way to serve eggs via Pinterest – slice up some red, yellow or orange bell pepper thickly. Place those in a heated, buttered frying pan and crack an egg inside the pepper – such a beautiful presentation!