Saturday, April 16, 2011

The Best Breakfast Bryant has EVER Had...

This week I had to make breakfast for Bryant's elder meeting.  I ran across a recipe that looked pretty tasty in Mary Jane's Farm Magazine and decided to give it try.  Even though I didn't get to taste it, all of the men who did, said it was great, and my dear husband, who is somewhat of a breakfast connoisseur said it was the best breakfast dish he has ever had!  So, I won't make you wait any longer. Your friends and family might even love you a little more for introducing this to their taste buds! :)  It was really easy to make and you have to put it together the night before, so all you have to do in the morning is pop it into the oven.  I even made the sauce the night before and  Bryant heated it in the microwave before serving it.  Bon Appetite!

Blueberry French Toast Casserole with Blueberry Sauce

Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 1 Hour, 15 Minutes
Serves: 12

12 Slices day-old bread (I used a french loaf)
16oz Cream cheese
1 cup fresh or thawed frozen blueberries
12 eggs
2 cups milk (I used whole because that is what we have on hand for Brooks)
1/3 cup maple syrup

1. Cut bread into 1" cubes.  Place half of the cubes in a buttered 12x9x2" glass baking dish
2. Cut cream cheese into 1" cubes and layer on top of the bread.  Top with blueberries and remaining bread. 
3. In a large bowl, mix together eggs, milk, and syrup.  Pour over the bread mixture.  Use a spatula to press ingredients down into the liquid and make sure all of the bread pieces are coated.
4.  Cover the pan with foil and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.  Remove 30 minutes prior to baking.  Preheat oven to 350
5. Bake, covered, for 45 minutes.  Uncover and bake until the top is golden brown and mixture is set in the center, about 25-30 minutes. 
6.  Serve with Blueberry Sauce

Blueberry Sauce

Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Makes: 1.5 cups

1/2 cup Sugar
1 TBS Cornstarch
1/2 c water
1/2 c fresh or thawed frozen blueberries
1 tsp Nutmeg

1.  In a saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch.  Add water and boil for 3 minutes. 
2.  Add berries and simmer until they burst, about 8-10 minutes.  Stir in nutmeg.

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