Overnight Blueberry Stuffed French Toast with Blueberry-Lemon Sauce & The OXO Giveaway!

Before I begin with the recipe, I am THRILLED to announce that today marks the very first giveaway in Chew Nibble Nosh’s (short, but pretty fun so far) history!  The wonderful people at OXO offered me the chance to try out one of their latest and greatest products, which I jumped on, of course!   They also included an extra one in the box for me to give away to one lucky reader!  I’ll feature the product, the retro-cool OXO Egg Beater, in today’s post.  Before the recipe at the bottom, you’ll find out how you can enter the drawing and win one for yourself!  Who doesn’t want an egg beater for Christmas, right? (Sorry!  This Giveaway has ended!)

Christmas is one of the few mornings of the year that I make a big deal about breakfast.  I’ll occasionally make pancakes for the kids on the weekends, but we’re an instant oatmeal/frozen waffle/box cereal family most of the time.  I do like to have a nice breakfast waiting for the family after we’ve rushed through our presents on Christmas morning, though, and this make-ahead french toast is the perfect thing.

I started by cubing up some bread.  You’ll need 12 cups of bread, all together.  I used sourdough baguettes and needed about 1 1/2 baguettes to do the job.

Half of the bread went into a greased 9×13 inch pan.  I topped it with a cup of fresh blueberries (you can use frozen, too) and an 8 oz. block of reduced fat cream cheese that I had cut into cubes.

Then, I covered the berries and cheese with the remaining bread cubes.

(Here’s where the egg beater comes in…)

I used the egg beater to whisk together nine eggs, some milk and maple syrup.  This egg beater really is fantastic.  In no time flat, and with virtually no work on my part, I had a perfectly whipped egg mixture to pour over the bread and berries in the pan.

Once I was done with the beater, I just pushed a button and the bottom half popped right off.  Into the dishwasher it went!

Then, I just covered the pan and placed it in the fridge, for a good night’s rest.

In the morning, the french toast needed to bake for close to an hour.  While it did, I whipped together a quick blueberry lemon sauce to top the french toast with.  You could use just regular syrup if you don’t want to mess with this, but everyone agreed that this sauce was great!  My only suggestion might be that if you’re serving breakfast for more than four people, you may want to double the sauce recipe.  My family of four finished breakfast and there were only about two tablespoons of the sauce left.

In a small saucepan, I combined some sugar and water.  It came to a boil and I let it simmer for about ten minutes.

Then, I added about a cup of fresh blueberries to the sugar-water.  This cooked down for about 15 minutes more.

At this point, I stirred about a half a teaspoon of lemon zest into the blueberry mixture.  Once it was fragrant, I added a little cornstarch-water mixture to thicken up the sauce just a tad.

The french toast came out of the oven just in time.  I had two little girls drooling next to the oven!  We sliced it up and topped it with that wonderful sauce and sat down to a breakfast fit for Christmas morning!

The following giveaway has ended.  Thank you for entering!

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–  The giveaway is only open to US residents who are 18 years of age or older.

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–   The winner will be chosen at random and contacted via the contact email left with the winning comment.  The winner will be asked for their name, age and mailing address.  If the winner does not respond by  12:00 PM, January 2, 2012, with the requested information, a new winner will be chosen.

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– The giveaway prize has been provided at no cost to Chew Nibble Nosh by OXO.

GOOD LUCK!

OVERNIGHT BLUEBERRY STUFFED FRENCH TOAST WITH BLUEBERRY SAUCE

Adapted from the Virginia Bed & Breakfasts Cookbook

Overnight Blueberry Stuffed French Toast with Blueberry-Lemon Sauce & The OXO Giveaway!
Recipe type: Breakfast
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Serves: 10
 
Ingredients
  • 12 cups cubed sourdough or French bread, divided
  • 1 8 oz. package reduced fat cream cheese, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 cup fresh (or frozen) blueberries
  • 9 large eggs
  • 2½ cups whole milk or half & half
  • ⅓ cup maple syrup
Blueberry Sauce:
  • (If you're serving more than four guests, you may want to double the recipe!)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup fresh, or frozen, blueberries
  • ½ tsp. lemon zest
  • ½ Tbsp. cornstarch
Instructions
  1. Spread ½ of the bread cubes in a greased 9x13 inch baking pan. Sprinkle the blueberries and cream cheese cubes over the bread. Spread the remaining bread cubes over the berries. Whisk together the eggs, milk and syrup. Pour the egg mixture over the top layer of bread. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. The next day, preheat oven to 375*. Bake, covered with foil, for 45 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for 15 minutes more, until lightly browned on top and the center feels dry. Serve with blueberry sauce.
  3. For the sauce: In a small saucepan, combine sugar and water. Bring to a slow boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Add berries and return the mixture to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for about 15 minutes more. Add lemon zest. Combine cornstarch with just a little bit of water. Add to the sauce a little at a time and heat to desired consistency. **The sauce can be made ahead and reheated, slowly, in the morning.
  4. ENJOY!

54 thoughts on “Overnight Blueberry Stuffed French Toast with Blueberry-Lemon Sauce & The OXO Giveaway!

  1. My favorite breakfast is any type of casserole I can have made the night before & pop into the oven in the morning!

  2. This looks awesome! I may have to try it out….My favorite breakfast treat is a Monkey Bread recipe that my mom passed on to me that she and I used to make over 30 years ago. It was always my favorite, and we’d usually make it on my birthday. Now, my kids love it too!

    Loving the blog Christine. My husband is appreciating it as well!

    Merry Christmas!

  3. My favorite breakfast treat is “Whompum Biscuits.” They’re yummy & so easy to make. Just use 1 can of “Grands” and “Whompum” on the counter to open them. Separate the biscuits in 1/2 placing the bottom 1/2 in a muffin tin. Scramble 2-3 eggs and pour over each of the bottom 1/2 of the biscuits. Add shredded cheese, cooked sausage, ham, veggies ~ pretty much anything you like. Cover with the other 1/2 of the biscuit and bake according to the directions. ENJOY!!!

  4. I love panettone (the fresh panettone that relatives bring over from Italy) or cranberry orange bread

  5. I know this isn’t the healthiest breakfast….but chocolate chip pancakes are an old favorite. Easy to make and so yummy with “real” made from scratch pancakes. Dessert for breakfast? Yes, indeed! “Dad is great…brings me the chocolate cake.” 🙂

  6. Our favorite breakfast treat is biscuits and gravy. It’s so rich and greasy, but oh so yummy. We only have it twice a year (Christmas morning and my birthday) . Hubs makes it the best!

  7. Our favorite Breakfast treat is Christmas Bread. It’s a pretty basic Cinnamon Monkey Bread, but we make it dairy, egg, and nut free for my little allergy babies. We have it every Christmas, so we started just calling it Christmas Bread. 🙂 It’s perfect with some bacon or sausage and a fruit salad.

  8. I make a cinamon French toast casserole overnight, it’s become a family favorite on Christmas morning!

  9. Can’t wait to try this recipe–my family loved baked french toast, and this offers a fresh twist. When making french toast on the stovetop, a little flour in the egg batter creates a more substantial coating, and my son tells me it’s the best! Worth a try.

    Also, I just want you to know that I LOVE when a new recipe arrives from chewnibblenosh! Every one I’ve tried has been a big hit. Can’t wait to make the cream puff recipe for our family Christmas dinner. Thanks for creating a site that offers delicious recipes in such a delightful format. Keep up the good work!

  10. Since we are away on Christmas Eve and I don’t return until late the following day, I am always racking my brain for Christmas breakfast options I can make ahead and store in my grandma’s fridge. Just came across a blueberry french toast casserole last night! I will add your sauce to the mix, along with some cinnamon. Think I might use challah bread, since I like how that cooks up. Then, for a variation, maybe see how raspberries would work. Hmmm…mmmm…

  11. My favorite breakfast treat is donuts!!!! I’ve tried several different recipes. A Christmas gift I have received this year (and yes, I opened it early) is the Mini Donut Maker by Bella. It works great and the recipe in their little book is really good. Had them this morning!

  12. My favorite breakfast treat is Stolen. My mother and grandmother made it for my sisters and I every holiday. The best way I can describe it is a combination of a sweet bread and coffee cake.

  13. My favorite breakfast food is from Thanksgiving morning, when my mom make homemade cinnabuns. They have a cream cheese frosting are so good that just thinking of them makes my mouth water.

  14. Our favorite breakfast treat is having quiche which I usually make Christmas and Easter morning (using up the leftover Honey Baked Ham). This dish looks so yummy! I will have to try it soon. 🙂

  15. Looks amazing! My husband actually make Poppy cake (Norweigian pancakes) about once a month and uses a dozen eggs so a egg beater would come in handy. Will have to check it out if I don’t win one 😉

  16. My favorite right now are quiches! I just plop down a pie crust and fill it with whatever veggies I have on hand (spinach, potatoes, parsnips, onion, whatever!) and then add some cooked bacon and a little laughing cow cheese for some creamy healthy texture and 1/2 egg beaters and 1/2 real eggs and poof! It is so good and so super easy to make. Plus a great way to get rid of lots of random veggie bits! 🙂

  17. This recipe sounds amazing!! My entire, extended family MUST have the “Sausage & Rice Casserole” at every major holiday. It always has to be doubled or tripled if everyone is there. It’s basically ground sausage, cooked up in the skillet, and you add diced onions, cream of mushroom soup, and a can of mushrooms. Mix it all up and put in the oven and it’s soooooo good. Can’t wait to try this new recipe out!!!

  18. A favorite at our house is French toast made from brown sugar bread with vanilla and cinnamon added into the dip….. This looks great and just may make an appearance in our house soon!

  19. My favorite breakfast treat is hard to get up here in chilly Michigan….warm beignets from Cafe du Monde in New Orleans. I have tried to make them at home but they just aren’t the same. Maybe chewnibblenosh could hook me up with a recipe that will bring back those French Quarter memories and taste closer to the real thing!

  20. My favorite breakfast is Almond French Toast. You can make it the night before and bake it in the morning!!

  21. my favourite breakfast is an omelette with chopped ham, mushrooms, spinach and tomatoes …… and a cup of whisked yoghurt mixed with a spoon of maple syrup and banana ….

  22. my daughter and I are headed to the grocery store to get all the ingredients for this wonderful Christmas Morning casserole! Love your blog! 🙂 LIZ

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  24. My mom always makes an egg nog french toast for christmas morning. Kids get toys we get delicious breakfast.

  25. I love breakfast in general. It’s my favorite meal. My husband makes the best scrambled eggs, it’s just eggs and cheese, nothing special, but they are so good. I have this recipe in my fridge right now in preparation of the festivities tomorrow morning. So excited!!!

  26. Our favorite breakfast treat is homemade cinnamon rolls. They are so decadent that we only eat them once or twice a year.

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