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Overnight Blueberry-Lemon-Cream Cheese French Toast

Overnight Blueberry-Lemon-Cream Cheese French Toast
  • Prep 10 min
  • Total 3 hr 0 min
  • Servings 12
Cream cheese, lemon and juicy blueberries give this easy make-ahead French toast bake fresh spring flavour with the right amount of decadence.
June 8, 2018

Ingredients

  • 1 package (250 g) cream cheese, softened
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons grated lemon peel
  • 10 slices (1/2 inch thick) challah
  • 2 cups blueberries
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

Steps

  • 1
    Lightly butter 13 x 9-inch (3-quart) baking dish.
  • 2
    In medium bowl, beat cream cheese, 3 tablespoons of the sugar, and 1 tablespoon of the lemon peel with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth and creamy. Generously spread mixture over 5 slices of the challah. Press a few blueberries onto cream cheese; place another slice challah on top of each to make cream cheese and blueberry sandwiches. Place 4 of the sandwiches in baking dish. Cut remaining sandwich into pieces to fill in any gaps between the ones already in the dish.
  • 3
    In large bowl, beat eggs, remaining 3 tablespoons sugar, remaining 1 tablespoon lemon peel, the milk and cream with whisk. Pour mixture over challah in casserole; top with remaining blueberries. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate at least 1 hour but no longer than 12 hours.
  • 4
    Take dish out of refrigerator about 30 minutes before baking to take the chill off. Heat oven to 350° F. Bake about 40 minutes or until puffed and golden. Cool on rack 15 minutes before serving.

  • You can bake this French toast after an hour or so of soaking, but overnight is best and makes for an easier morning.
  • This French toast would be delicious with raspberries or blackberries in place of blueberries. Frozen would work great, too.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 12
Calories
310
Total Fat
20g
Saturated Fat
10g
Trans Fat
0.5g
Cholesterol
185mg
Sodium
170mg
Total Carbs
23g
Dietary Fiber
1g
Sugars
13g
Protein
9g
% Daily Value*:
Exchanges:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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