Another French toast casserole? ANOTHER one?
Frankly? Yes. They’re good. And they’re easy. Did I mention they were good? And easy?
I thought this one from Chef in Training would appeal to the bread loving members of the Pie’s family for their special housewarming brunch last weekend. I adapted it a little, of course, as I am wont to do. The easiness of the recipe was especially important, given that our bedroom at the time looked like this:
So while our housewarming party didn’t show our house at its best, at least the food was good.
So start with some bread. The recipe maker likes to use 12 slices of Texas Toast, but I used a small loaf of crusty French bread that I had left out to get a bit stale.
Cut the bread into cubes.
Take a 8oz / 250g package of plain cream cheese and cut that into cubes as well. I found it was easiest to slice it into chunks and then pull the chunks apart with my fingers.
Grab yourself as well 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries (the original recipe called for 1 cup but you know me).
Now, crack 12 eggs into a bowl. Give them a good whisking.
Add 1/3 cup maple syrup, 1 tablespoon vanilla, and 2 cups cream to the eggs.
Ready for assembly? Generously butter a 9″ x 13″ baking dish and line the bottom with half your bread cubes.
Evenly distribute the blueberries and cream cheese chunks on top of that.
Then finish off with the rest of the bread.
Carefully pour the egg mixture over the entire top of the casserole. Or don’t do it carefully and spill it everywhere — it’s your choice, really.
Gently squish the bread bits down so they absorb the eggy stuff.
Cover the baking dish with foil and shove it in the fridge overnight.
Why not start on the blueberry syrup? You can make this syrup ahead of time and reheat it, or right before serving.
In a medium-sized pot, dump 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, and 2 tablespoons cornstarch. Heat on medium, stirring frequently, until smooth and thick.
Add in 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries and continue to cook, stirring, for another 10 minutes, until the blueberries have all burst and the sauce is thick and purple.
Tip in 1 tablespoon butter and stir that until it’s all melted. You are now ready to serve the syrup. If you’re going to make this the day before, let it cool completely before just putting the whole pot in the fridge. That way it’s easier to reheat it the next day.
To bake the French toast, preheat your oven to 350°F. Leave the foil on the dish and bake for 30 minutes, then uncover and bake for a further 30 minutes. Serve with syrup and enjoy!