Blueberry Goodness…

Photo by veeterzy on Unsplash

I love comfort food. Always have. This baked blueberry french toast casserole makes your insides all warm and fuzzy! I made it the first time a few years ago for Easter breakfast and it has been a favorite in our home since then. It’s easy to make and even better that it sits overnight so you just need to throw it in the oven in the morning!

Ingredients

  • 1 large loaf of french bread (homemade is best, but store bought tastes just as good)
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups half and half
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries (I have also used frozen, but make sure to toss them in a little bit of flour so they don’t bleed)
  • 1 8 oz. package cream cheese, cubed (you can freeze it for a bit beforehand for easier cutting)
  • Sprinkle a little bit of sugar on top

Blueberry Sauce

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 cups blueberries

Instructions

Butter a 9 x 13 casserole dish

Cut french bread into 2 inch cubes and place in a bowl

In a large bowl combine eggs, half and half, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and salt  

Whisk until completely mixed

Put one half of bread cubes in dish

Top with half of the cream cheese cubes and half a cup of blueberries

Add remaining bread cubes and top with remaining cream cheese and additional half cup of blueberries

Pour egg mixture over the bread cubes, be sure to press the bread down so it is completely soaked by the egg mixture

Cover and store in refrigerator for at least 2 hours (overnight is best)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Remove cover and sprinkle casserole with sugar

Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes

Remove foil and bake an additional 20-30 minutes or until center is firm and bread is slightly brown on top

Cool slightly and serve with the blueberry sauce

Blueberry Sauce

In small saucepan, combine sugar, water and cornstarch until simmering

Add blueberries and simmer for 10 minutes  

Using a fork or whisk, slightly break up the blueberries

*The casserole can store up to 3 days in the refrigerator

Photo by Sneha Cecil on Unsplash

The casserole is not only good for breakfast, but is also a great meal for dinner! I haven’t tried it with anything other than blueberries, but I bet it would taste just as good with peaches, raspberries, or strawberries!

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