Overnight Blueberry Baked French Toast #SundaySupper

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Overnight Blueberry Baked French Toast is made with custard soaked French bread cubes and studded with juicy fresh blueberries and cream cheese throughout.  This dish is perfect for brunch, but I love it for breakfast for dinner because it is so easy.  It takes minutes to prepare, can be made ahead, and then just bake in the oven until golden and delicious.  The result is decadent, yet made on the lighter side using a ‘secret’ ingredient.

Overnight Blueberry Baked French Toast | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #SundaySupper #brunch

The secret ingredient in this Overnight Blueberry Baked French Toast is fat free evaporated milk!  It is used in place of half & half (or heavy cream) and adds a rich creaminess without the added fat and calories.  I have used evaporated milk to lighten up several other dishes, including Cajun Chicken Pasta, Lighter Mac & Cheese, and Apricot White Chocolate Scones, to name a few.  It’s just one of those little kitchen tricks that I have found works really well to lighten up dishes without sacrificing taste.

Speaking of taste, after preparing this beautiful Overnight Blueberry Baked French Toast for dinner, we needed to find the perfect wine pairing to go with it.  After receiving the latest wine package from Gallo Family Vineyards, I was excited to see the Merlot (a favorite) and the Sweet White Wine Blend (a new to me wine!)  When I read the Sweet White Wine Blend pairs well with fresh fruit, salad and most brunch fare, it was as though the wine was created specifically for our baked French toast breakfast for dinner!  The Sweet White Wine Blend is bright and cheery, with flavors of tropical fruit, peach and honeydew throughout.  While I normally gravitate to red wine, this Sweet White Wine Blend has instantly become a new household favorite!

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Overnight Blueberry Baked French Toast
 
Yields: 8 to 10 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 pound loaf of French bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages light cream cheese, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 10 eggs, beaten
  • 2 (12 ounce) cans fat free evaporated milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup maple syrup
  • 2 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • Cooking spray
Instructions
  1. Spray a 13x9-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Add ½ bread cubes to dish. Sprinkle with half of the cream cheese cubes and blueberries. Top with remaining bread cubes, cream cheese and blueberries.
  3. In a large bowl, mix eggs, milk, vanilla and syrup. Pour over bread cubes, making sure everything gets well coated. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  4. BAKE: Remove baking dish from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  5. Cover dish with nonstick foil (or spray foil with cooking spray) and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and continue to bake for 25 minutes, or until cooked through and starts to brown. Serve warm.

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Compensation was provided by Gallo Family Vineyards via Sunday Supper, LLC. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gallo Family Vineyards.

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Comments

  1. I am adding blueberries to my shopping list so I can make this fabulous french toast soon.

  2. Marvelous pairing! Your French toast looks amazing…I adore the overnight versions 🙂

  3. This looks so incredible! I’m doing breakfast for dinner this week but I’m thinking I want this instead of pancakes! Great idea pairing it with the sweet white blend.

  4. I love this overnight baked french toast. . seems like the perfect “special” brunch food to make for a special family gathering! love this!

  5. Ok, so I just woke up recently and seeing this recipe and photos is making me RAVENOUS! It sounds like such an amazing dish, and I too love the idea of breakfast for dinner…paired with wine! 😉

  6. What a great pairing! Perfect for brunch. I love your tip about the FF Evaporated Milk. I have to try that in place of cream in some of my sauces.

  7. I never did an overnight breakfast, you make it look so easy! I will do this as a breakfast for dinner though. What a great idea to pop this in the oven after a hard day’s work! Thanks, Alida!

  8. I was thinking I want this for breakfast, but really, truly, I want it for dinner! Thanks for giving me permission!

  9. This looks absolutely amazing. Now to find a friend with a kitchen (seriously, I don’t have a kitchen…) and get them to make this for me while I try out that sweet dessert wine…

  10. I never thought of adding wine to my bread pudding/french toast!!! Genius!!! Happy #SundaySupper

  11. I confess that I’ve never made a breakfast in my slow cooker! I know people do oatmeal and all sorts of stuff, but I’ve never tried. Printing this recipe so I can make it soon!

  12. Oh my goodness Alida! Your pictures are honestly making me drool!!

  13. Oh my goodness! This looks fabulous and I wish I had blueberries because I Would be making this for brunch right now!!

  14. I have an intense craving for French toast now! This looks decadent & delicious!

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