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Overnight Blueberries and Cream French Toast Casserole

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

Overnight Blueberries and Cream French Toast Casserole

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 Casserole

Now, 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

Scale

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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40 comments on “Overnight Blueberries and Cream French Toast Casserole”

  1. Rob Etheridge

    Such a delicious recipe! It will be a regular dish for my family and I. Thanks so much!

  2. Katie Sechrist

    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?

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

  3. Debbie Appenzellar

    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

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