This is in NO WAY healthy or good for your body, but I might argue it's very good for your soul. Great for make ahead occasions, potlucks and brunches.
- 12 slices day-old white bread, crusts removed
- 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
- 1 cup blueberries (I use more)
- 12 eggs
- 2 cups milk
- 1⁄2 cup maple syrup or 1⁄2 cup honey
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 tablespoon butter or 1 tablespoon margarine
- Cut bread into 1-inch cubes; place half in greased (I use pam) 9x13 inch baking dish.
- Cut cream cheese into 1-inch cubes; place over bread.
- Top with blueberries and remaining bread.
- In a large bowl, beat eggs, milk, and syrup- mix well.
- Pour over bread mixture, sprinkle with cinnamon.
- Cover and chill 8 hours (I've done it for 24 before) or overnight.
- Remove from fridge 30 minutes before baking.
- Cover and bake at 350°F for 30 minutes.
- In a saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch, add water.
- Bring to boil over medium neat; boil for 3 minutes stirring constantly.
- Stir in blueberries; reduce heat.
- Simmer for 8-10 minutes or until berries have burst.
- Stir in butter until melted.
- Uncover and bake for 30 more minutes or until golden brown and the center is set.
We had this on Christmas morning and liked it because it was something new for us. I did not use as much cream cheese as it called for. 10 oz. rather than the 16oz. called for was more than enough to cover the bread layer. I added sliced almonds for garnish, which went nicely with the casserole. The only thing I thought it needed was a bit of tart flavor, but this could be my personal preference of liking my fruit tart. I'll try adding some lemon zest or juice to the sauce next time. It is a beautiful dish!
This is a very tasty recipe that would be wonderful for a special brunch or breakfast! I made 1/2 of the casserole using King's Hawaiian bread. I made the whole recipe of the sauce and it worked out great. While the recipe does take some planning to make, it is well worth it. Thanks for posting!