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Christmas is one of the few mornings of the year that I make a big deal about breakfast. I’ll occasionally make pancakes for the kids on the weekends, but we’re an instant oatmeal/frozen waffle/box cereal family most of the time. I do like to have a nice breakfast waiting for the family after we’ve rushed through our presents on Christmas morning, though, and this make-ahead french toast is the perfect thing.
I started by cubing up some bread. You’ll need 12 cups of bread, all together. I used sourdough baguettes and needed about 1 1/2 baguettes to do the job.
Half of the bread went into a greased 9×13 inch pan. I topped it with a cup of fresh blueberries (you can use frozen, too) and an 8 oz. block of reduced fat cream cheese that I had cut into cubes.
Then, I covered the berries and cheese with the remaining bread cubes.
(Here’s where the egg beater comes in…)
I used the egg beater to whisk together nine eggs, some milk and maple syrup. This egg beater really is fantastic. In no time flat, and with virtually no work on my part, I had a perfectly whipped egg mixture to pour over the bread and berries in the pan.
Once I was done with the beater, I just pushed a button and the bottom half popped right off. Into the dishwasher it went!
Then, I just covered the pan and placed it in the fridge, for a good night’s rest.
In the morning, the french toast needed to bake for close to an hour. While it did, I whipped together a quick blueberry lemon sauce to top the french toast with. You could use just regular syrup if you don’t want to mess with this, but everyone agreed that this sauce was great! My only suggestion might be that if you’re serving breakfast for more than four people, you may want to double the sauce recipe. My family of four finished breakfast and there were only about two tablespoons of the sauce left.
In a small saucepan, I combined some sugar and water. It came to a boil and I let it simmer for about ten minutes.
Then, I added about a cup of fresh blueberries to the sugar-water. This cooked down for about 15 minutes more.
At this point, I stirred about a half a teaspoon of lemon zest into the blueberry mixture. Once it was fragrant, I added a little cornstarch-water mixture to thicken up the sauce just a tad.
The french toast came out of the oven just in time. I had two little girls drooling next to the oven! We sliced it up and topped it with that wonderful sauce and sat down to a breakfast fit for Christmas morning!
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OVERNIGHT BLUEBERRY STUFFED FRENCH TOAST WITH BLUEBERRY SAUCE
Adapted from the Virginia Bed & Breakfasts Cookbook
- 12 cups cubed sourdough or French bread, divided
- 1 8 oz. package reduced fat cream cheese, cut into 1 inch cubes
- 1 cup fresh (or frozen) blueberries
- 9 large eggs
- 2 1/2 cups whole milk or half & half
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- Blueberry Sauce:
- (If you’re serving more than four guests, you may want to double the recipe!)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 cup fresh, or frozen, blueberries
- 1/2 tsp. lemon zest
- 1/2 Tbsp. cornstarch
- Spread 1/2 of the bread cubes in a greased 9×13 inch baking pan. Sprinkle the blueberries and cream cheese cubes over the bread. Spread the remaining bread cubes over the berries. Whisk together the eggs, milk and syrup. Pour the egg mixture over the top layer of bread. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- The next day, preheat oven to 375*. Bake, covered with foil, for 45 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for 15 minutes more, until lightly browned on top and the center feels dry. Serve with blueberry sauce.
- For the sauce: In a small saucepan, combine sugar and water. Bring to a slow boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Add berries and return the mixture to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for about 15 minutes more. Add lemon zest. Combine cornstarch with just a little bit of water. Add to the sauce a little at a time and heat to desired consistency. **The sauce can be made ahead and reheated, slowly, in the morning.