How to Make Easy French Toast Wild Blueberry Casserole

by Joseph Feiertag

Easy. Prepare the day before. Stuffed with Pennsylvania wild blueberries and cream cheese. Great for Sunday breakfasts or camping. I like to make it for our family's "Black Friday" brunch.

Supplies

  • 1 Stick of Butter
  • ½ Cups Brown sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 8 Ounces Crean cheese
  • ½ Cups Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 Cup Frozen wild blueberries (fruit is optional)
  • 2 1 pound loaves cinnamon swirl Bread
  • 3 ½ Cups Half and half
  • 8 Eggs
  • ½ Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • Baking pan
  • Mixing bowl
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    The gathered ingredients; cinnamon bread, eggs, half and half, sugar, brown sugar, cream cheese, butter and wild blueberries.

    Step 2

    Spay baking pan with baking release spray. This pan is an extra large lasagna pan from Salmon Falls Pottery, New Hampshire. A 9x13 baking pan will be fine.

    Step 3

    In the mixing bowl, 1 stick butter, 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1 tsp vanilla extract.

    Step 4

    Blend until creamy and no butter lumps are visible.

    Step 5

    Place the butter & brown sugar mixture in your casserole dish.

    Step 6

    Spread the sugar mixture evenly across the bottom of the casserole dish.

    Step 7

    For the cream cheese filling, in the mixing bowl; 1- 8 ounce block of cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar and 1 tsp vanilla extract.

    Step 8

    Cream until smooth and creamy and set aside.

    Step 9

    Prepare the bread; remove the crust ( it's not necessary, but my son likes the crust removed.) Here in the cold northeast, the trimmed crusts turn into bird food.

    Step 10

    Fill the casserole dish with the trimmed cinnamon bread.

    Step 11

    Spread half the amount of the cream cheese on the first layer of the cinnamon swirl bread.

    Step 12

    Sprinkle 1/2 cup of the frozen wild blueberries on top of the cram cheese mixture. Repeat the whole layer again.

    Step 13

    I used frozen blueberries that I picked over the summer and had in the freezer. You can add your favorite fruit here or nothing at all.

    Step 14

    Cover the first layer of bread with the second layer of cinnamon swirl bread.

    Step 15

    Top with the other half of the cream cheese mixture and then top with the remaining blueberries.

    Step 16

    Top with the the remaining cinnamon bread. In this large pan, I was able to make three layers of bread and two layers of filling.

    Step 17

    Prepare the egg custard. In a large mixing bowl; 8 eggs, 1/2 cup sugar, 3 1/2 cups half and half and 1 tsp vanilla extract.

    Step 18

    Whisk all together.

    Step 19

    Pan is ready for the egg custard.

    Step 20

    Pour egg custard over the bread ...

    Step 21

    Soak it down ...

    Step 22

    Completely cover everything in the casserole dish.

    Step 23

    You can use the remaining bread, cut and trimmed to fill empty spaces along the sides. Reserve any remaining custard and refrigerate until tomorrow.

    Step 24

    Wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. This time, allows the bread to soak up all the custard.

    Step 25

    Bring out of the refrigerator an hour prior to baking.

    Step 26

    Pour some of the remaining custard over the top to saturate the bread. If there is some custard leftover; you can refrigerate for a later date or bake off in custard cups for a tasty treat.

    Step 27

    Bake @ 350f for 45min to an hour.

    Step 28

    This casserole puffs up when baked. Give about 15 minutes to rest and settle. Check for doneness by inserting a knife in the center of casserole, if it come out clean, it is finished.

    Step 29

    Serve with maple syrup, pancake syrup, blueberry jam, powdered sugar or eat right out of the pan! No matter how you serve it to your family, it's delicious!

    Step 30

    Yummy! Delicious! The gooey brown sugar on the bottom give's this breakfast casserole an awesome flavor! 😄

    Step 31

    In our house, this is always served with pure maple syrup! Enjoy!

    Step 32

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