When you have guests staying over, this is a super easy breakfast casserole that you can quickly prepare the night before and pop into the oven the next morning. Add some fresh fruit and breakfast meats if desired and you will have the BEST BREAKFAST for your guests! It is perfect for holiday mornings with your family too…so you don’t spend all morning in the kitchen!!!
BLUEBERRY FRENCH TOAST
1 cup Stonewall Kitchen “Wild Maine Blueberry Jam” (I sell this in my on-line BOUTIQUE…you can use any kind you like, but this is my very favorite!)
1 (12-oz) loaf fresh French bread, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 (8-oz) package cream cheese, cut into slices
6 extra large eggs, beaten
1 cup milk
1 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 teaspoons Mexican Vanilla (I sell this in my on-line BOUTIQUE…this is the BEST vanilla but you can substitute regular vanilla)
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
In a medium-sized saucepan, add the jam and cream cheese and stir together over medium-low heat until they are combined together…set aside. Spray a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray and add HALF of your cut french bread cubes to the bottom of the dish. Pour the jam mixture evenly over the top and add the remaining half of the french bread cubes.
In a large mixing bowl, add the beaten eggs, milk, cream, spices and vanilla…mix together well and pour this mixture evenly over the entire french bread mixture. Sprinkle the brown sugar evenly over the top of the casserole. Cover the dish with foil and refrigerate overnight.
Bake COVERED in a preheated 325 degree oven for 20 minutes….UNCOVER and bake for 10-15 minutes or until the top is golden brown in color and the egg mixture has set up nicely. Serve with your choice of syrups, whipped cream, fresh fruit…or just by itself!!!! It is delicious!!!!