Blueberries and Cream French Toast Casserole
Updated: Apr 27
This casserole soaks overnight for an amazing breakfast the next morning. Bursting with sweet, juicy berries and rich, tangy cream cheese, this casserole is perfect for a special holiday brunch.
Though the recipe calls for a 9x13-inch baking dish, I used an 8x8-inch since this was served with a coffee cake, bacon, eggs, and hash browns.
1 large loaf Challah bread, about 8 cups (or French bread)
8 large eggs
2 cups whole milk
½ cup heavy cream or half-and-half
⅓ cup granulated sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
½ tsp salt
1 cup fresh blueberries
8 oz cream cheese, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 cup granulated sugar
2 cups water
4 Tbsp cornstarch
2 cups fresh blueberries
2 Tbsp butter
Butter or grease a 9x13-inch baking dish.
Cut the bread into 2-inch cubes. Place half of the bread cubes into the prepared baking dish.
In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, whole milk, heavy cream, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and salt until well combined.
Evenly scatter half of the cream cheese cubes and half of the blueberries on top of the bread cubes. Add the remaining bread cubes to the dish and top with the remaining cream cheese and blueberries.
Pour the egg mixture over the entire casserole, pressing the bread down so it gets completely soaked by the eggs.
Cover the dish with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator overnight.
Preheat oven to 375°F.
Remove the plastic wrap from the baking dish, then cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 20-30 minutes, or until the center is set and the bread is lightly brown on top.
Allow to cool slightly and serve with the warm blueberry sauce.
In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, water, and cornstarch, and heat until simmering, stirring constantly. Add the blueberries and simmer for 10 minutes, or until the blueberries begin to pop. Use a fork to lightly crush the blueberries, but not puree. Stir in the butter until melted.
Allow to cool slightly before serving warm with the French toast casserole.