Overnight Blueberries and Cream French Toast Casserole

Overnight Blueberries and Cream French Toast Casserole

This Overnight Blueberries and Cream French Toast Recipe is the perfect answer to hosting a brunch!

So I am obsessed with casseroles.

I know, I know.

But just the idea of everything in one place all baked up together is comforting and cozy…

Which brings me to today’s deliciousness.

It’s Overnight Blueberries and Cream French Toast Casserole, and it’s literally what dreams are made of.

Plus, making breakfast the night before is like a dream come true.

Sorta.

Honestly what IS a dream come true is the fact that I am working with PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese this year as a brand ambassador…hello, what IS this life?

So I get to play with cream cheese over the next 12 months and share my creations you all you!

 

With Easter coming I thought you guys might be interested in a brunch-ish recipe.

Yep, brunch-ish is totally a meal.

And during the holiday time when you have guests coming over it’s nice to not run around like a crazy lunatic before people arrive trying to get your meal together. That’s why this one is so great.. it’s a make-ahead dish!

Overnight Blueberries and Cream French Toast Casserole

Using PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese in this one makes me happy because I can always count on it’s quality. They use Fresh Local Milk and Real Wholesome Cream, it’s Farm to Our Fridge in Just Six Days AND there are no preservatives in the original  PHILADELPHIA cream cheese brick (which is what I used today). Fantastic!

 

So let me walk you through the steps…

First grab some bread…it’s best if it’s not SUPER fresh, day old works great!

Overnight Blueberries and Cream French Toast Casserole

Cut it into cubes and place half of them in a greased 9×13 dish.

Then grab your PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese .

Overnight Blueberries and Cream French Toast Casserole

I mixed mine up in the mixer with a little bit of sugar and spread it all over the cubed bread.

Overnight Blueberries and Cream French Toast Casserole

That can be a little tricky (the spreading), so feel free to just drop on the bread in teaspoon sized amounts without spreading.. it works just as well!

Then spread some blueberries all over that!

Overnight Blueberries and Cream French Toast Casserole

I actually used frozen blueberries (thawed out), but absolutely use fresh if they are available!

Next grab some eggs…you will need 10.

Overnight Blueberries and Cream French Toast Casserole

Mix that with some milk and vanilla.

Spread the remaining bread all over the top of the blueberry layer and pour the egg mixture over all of it!

Overnight Blueberries and Cream French Toast CasseroleNow, cover it with plastic wrap and let it sit in the fridge overnight!

When you’re ready to bake it, bring it out of the fridge about 30 minutes prior, to take the chill off and bake it!

Overnight Blueberries and Cream French Toast Casserole

Serve it warm!

But first you HAVE to make the blueberry syrup to go with it.

It’s absolutely optional, but totally NOT optional!

 

Again, grab some more blueberries…I used frozen again. This time they don’t really need to thaw.

Overnight Blueberries and Cream French Toast Casserole

And make a quick syrup on the stove top with sugar, water and cornstarch.

Overnight Blueberries and Cream French Toast Casserole

Add in the blueberries and allow it to cook a bit more. You will end up with a glorious syrup!

When you’re ready to serve, slice your casserole…

And pour that loveliness all up on there…

Overnight Blueberries and Cream French Toast Casserole

I mean, right?

Overnight Blueberries and Cream French Toast Casserole

Then you should definitely add some whipped cream. It would be wrong not to.

Oh good gracious.

Overnight Blueberries and Cream French Toast Casserole

Enjoy!

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Overnight Blueberries and Cream French Toast Casserole

  • Author: Cookies & Cups

Description:

serves 10


Ingredients:

Casserole

  • 18 slices of white bread, day old works best
  • 2 (8 oz) blocks Philadelphia Cream Cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries or 2 cups frozen blueberries (before thawed)
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 10 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup

Blueberry Syrup

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp corn starch
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries or 2 cups frozen blueberries (before thawed)
  • 1 Tbsp butter

Instructions

  1. Spray a 9×13 pan with baking spray.
  2. Cut all the bread in the cubes. Spread half the bread in the prepared pan, pressing down slightly.
  3. In bowl of stand mixer beat cream cheese and powdered sugar together. Drop by the spoonful the cream cheese mixture evenly on the bread layer, spreading if desired. (Spreading this is a little difficult, but I prefer it). Top with the blueberries and then the remaining bread.
  4. In a large bowl whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla and maple syrup. Pour over the entire casserole. Cover with cling wrap and place in the refrigerator overnight.
  5. When ready to bake, remove from the fridge 30 minutes before baking to take the chill off.
  6. Remove Cling Wrap and cover with foil to bake.
  7. Bake covered at 350° for 30 minutes and then remove cover and bake an additional 25-30 minutes until center is set.
  8. Allow to cool slightly before serving.

Blueberry Syrup

  1. While the casserole is baking prepare the syrup. In a medium saucepan combine sugar, corn starch and water. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Once it’s reached a boil simmer for 3-4 minutes until thickened. Add in blueberries and butter and simmer for 10 more minutes.
  2. Pour syrup over entire casserole or individual portions.

Notes:

Serve immediately, or cover and store for up to 2 days, reheating before serving.

recipe adapted from all recipes

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I have been selected by Kraft Foods to be a spokesperson for PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese. While I have been compensated for my time, my opinions are my own.

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Katie Sechrist
Katie Sechrist
August 24, 2016 10:44 pm

Also, there’s no link to the original recipe so I can’t check that either!

Katie Sechrist
Katie Sechrist
August 24, 2016 10:43 pm

Made the casserole and it’s in the fridge; started making the blueberry syrup but there’s no mention in the directions of the 1 Tbsp of butter. Does that go in the syrup when the sugar is dissolved in the water? Or when I add the blueberries? Or not at all?

Brian
Brian
November 9, 2017 10:59 am
Reply to  Shelly

If I wanted to use French bread instead of regular white sandwich bread, how much would I use? Thank you! This sounds delicious!

Debbie Appenzellar
Debbie Appenzellar
March 29, 2015 12:47 pm

The blueberry syrup is to die for! My husband & I both enjoyed the blueberry cream cheese French toast casserole!! We both love blueberries….I may try this with other fruit as well. Thanks for some great recipes

Roslyn
October 6, 2014 4:56 pm

I am prepping for a Champagne Brunch for about 40 next Sunday, definitely doing this one!

Tammy
Tammy
September 5, 2014 11:19 am

This is cooking in my oven right now looks devine

Janel
Janel
April 29, 2014 10:43 am

Thank you!!!

Janel
Janel
April 27, 2014 7:44 pm

Always LOVE your recipes!
Did you use pure maple syrup or just regular (will homemade work?)
Thx!!!!

Laura @ Laura
April 24, 2014 9:40 pm

Yummy! What a great breakfast for company! The syrup looks particularly delicious!

marla
April 21, 2014 10:40 am

Oh how I LOVE this french toast 🙂

Holly K
Holly K
April 21, 2014 9:57 am

I made this using a loaf of French bread for our Easter breakfast at church and ohemmmgeee SO good. And I don’t normally enjoy french toast anything, stuffed or unstuffed, casserole or regular but I couldn’t stop eating this. It got RAVE reviews. I will definitely be expected to make this every year now. So good!

Bonnie
Bonnie
April 20, 2014 8:30 am

This turned out great! I had to substitute cherries and raspberries for the blueberries but it was delicious! I had to make up part of the cream cheese with strained greek yogurt because I didn’t have enough cream cheese on hand, but it still turned out great, and when I am able to use the full of amount of cream cheese next time it will be fabulous.

Bonnie
Bonnie
April 20, 2014 6:38 am

I used what I had on hand so I had to make some substitutions. I did a combo of frozen cherries and raspberries for the fruit. I halved the recipe and put it in an 8 inch pan because it’s just two of us here. I didn’t have quite enough cream cheese so I added some strained vanilla Greek yogurt. I’m getting ready to bake it now so I’ll have to comment on the end result later.

Dinaz
Dinaz
April 18, 2014 12:20 pm

What temperature should the oven be?

Pillow
April 18, 2014 4:13 am

and, on the top, some Philadelphia Cream Cheese mixed with icing sugar? what do u think bout?
Smiles from Rome!
P.

Ashley
April 16, 2014 10:56 am

I AM SO MAKING THIS EASTER MORNING!! Thank you for sharing!!

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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