Friday, August 03, 2007
Favorite Ingredients Friday for August 3
Today I decided to share a favorite breakfast/brunch recipe. It may be here on my blog somewhere, but it's definitely worth sharing again. I thought it was especially timely right now while the blueberries are ripe for the picking. I have also made this with raspberries (and frozen raspberries, much cheaper than fresh, work just fine) -- I think the raspberry version is even better than the blueberry!
BLUEBERRY FRENCH TOAST
12 slices day-old white bread, crusts removed, cut in 1” cubes
1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, cut in 1/2” cubes
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
2 cups milk
1/3 cup maple syrup or honey
1 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup water
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
1 Tablespoon butter
Place half of the bread cubes in a greased 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking dish. Top
with all of the cream cheese cubes. Top with blueberries and remaining
bread cubes. In a large bowl, beat eggs. Add milk and syrup; mix
well. Pour over bread mixture. Cover and refrigerate 8 hours or
Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Cover with foil and bake at 350° for 30 minutes; then uncover and bake 25 - 30 minutes more or until golden brown and the center is set.
In a saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch; add water. Bring to a boil
over medium heat; boil for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in
blueberries; reduce heat. Simmer for 8 to 10 minutes, or until berries
have burst. Stir in butter until melted.
To serve, cut the French toast into squares; serve with blueberry sauce ladled over each portion.
Yield: 6 to 8 servings
This is a wonderful breakfast or brunch dish for company! If you want to make a smaller amount, you can cut the recipe in half and bake it in a 9-inch square dish.