Overnight Blueberry French Toast Casserole

During my senior year of college, I cooked Ryan breakfast almost every Sunday morning. Since he worked at one of the local college bars, it always was nice for him to wake up to a fresh meal, and it gave us time to catch up and discuss the previous night’s musings.

Now, unfortunately, due to our varying schedules, it is a rare occasion that I get out of bed on the weekends to whip something up. Ryan either has to work, or we would rather drink coffee and share breakfast cookies in bed while we check emails and get geared up for the day.

Since we had dinner plans every night of Ryan’s birthday weekend, I decided to make him breakfast on his actual birthday to take a break from all the eating out (and for me to feel like a good wife for cooking my hubs a birthday meal!). My mom’s french toast is one of Ryan’s favorite breakfast meals, and he also recently has acquired a taste for blueberries. So when I found Deliciously Yum‘s recipe for overnight blueberry french toast casserole, I knew I had a winner!

Although a bit messy (mostly because I can not NOT make a mess in the kitchen), this recipe is a cinch to make; prepping everything the night before makes it easy to just pop it in the oven the next morning and wait for the house to smell like cinnamon and blueberries. The recipe says to take the casserole out of the fridge 30 minutes prior to putting it in the oven, but I originally skimmed over that part; however, rest assured that even though it only was out of the fridge for 10-15 minutes, it still turned out great! Ryan and his stomach, most importantly, were pleased.

Ingredients
1 1/2 loaves French bread, cut into cubes
4 oz. cream cheese
1 tbsp milk
1/2 C powdered sugar
1 C blueberries (approximately one container; use more or less to your taste preference)
1 C milk
5 eggs
2 tbsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 C maple syrup

Instructions
1. Spray an 8-x-8 inch casserole dish with nonstick spray.
2. Spread half of the French bread cubes in an even layer over the bottom of the casserole dish.
3.
In a mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, milk and powdered sugar until well
combined. Mixture should be somewhat thick and not watery. Add more
powdered sugar if mixture seems too thin. Pour over bread cubes, and
sprinkle with blueberries.
4. Add remaining bread cubes over the top.
5. In another bowl, mix together 1 cup milk, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and syrup. Pour
mixture over bread cubes, and sprinkle with additional blueberries. Cover
with foil, and refrigerate overnight.
6.
Remove casserole from fridge 30 minutes (or at least 10-15 minutes) before baking. Preheat oven to
375 F, and bake covered for 45 minutes. Remove foil, and bake for
another 30 minutes or until the center is set.

It should look something like this before you cover the dish with foil and put it in the fridge overnight.

Your house should now smell like heaven. Seriously. Couldn’t you just devour that right out of the dish?

I told you that Ryan was a happy birthday boy.

What is your favorite breakfast food?

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  1. It's so simple – let me know if you give it a try and how you like it!

    Posted 4.22.14 Reply
  2. Ha, what are the odds! Guess it was a french toast kind of week. 🙂

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  3. This was the first one I had pinned, and it was a winner! What did we ever do before Pinterest?! 🙂

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  4. I can't even put into words how good it makes the house smell. So yummy!

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  5. It smells amazing, too!

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  6. Thanks girl, let me know if you try it!

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  7. It would be a perfect recipe for brunch! And, don't get me wrong – Ryan only got this special treatment because it was his birthday. 🙂

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  8. Ummmmmm that looks so good! What a spoiled boy you use to make him breakfast like that! Mark is lucky if I make him a Nespresso in the morning 😉 Seriously though that looks amazing and would be so yummy to bring to a brunch!

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  9. Abby wrote:

    This looks pretty amazing, will have to give it a try next time I host a brunch!

    Abby
    http://www.chamapagneplans.com

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  10. emi wrote:

    yum, sounds and looks amazing! Xo

    welltraveledwife.com

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  11. Mia- MakeMeUpMia wrote:

    Definitely going to be making this!! I love French Toast and Blueberry, this looks so easy! Thanks for sharing.

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  12. carly wrote:

    This looks sooo good! I love that you can prep it the night before and then just pop it in the oven! I'm a huge french toast fan & am sharing a recipe later this week– guess we were on the same french toast wave length this week, haha 🙂

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  13. Aimee Rose wrote:

    mmm. . .looks great! I've been wanting to try one of those french toast casserole recipes, I've pinned many!

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  14. Debra Stachelski wrote:

    Looks very yummy! Glad Ryan was a happy Birthday Boy!

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  15. Biana Perez wrote:

    You can almost smell how good it tastes lol!!

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