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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 flavor with the right amount of decadence. MORE + LESS -

Cindy Rahe Cindy Rahe
September 20, 2016

Ingredients

1
package (8 oz) 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

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  • 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.

Expert Tips

  • 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 Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
310
Calories from Fat
180
% Daily Value
Total Fat
20g
30%
Saturated Fat
10g
52%
Trans Fat
1/2g
Cholesterol
185mg
61%
Sodium
170mg
7%
Potassium
180mg
5%
Total Carbohydrate
23g
8%
Dietary Fiber
1g
4%
Sugars
13g
Protein
9g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
15%
15%
Vitamin C
4%
4%
Calcium
10%
10%
Iron
6%
6%
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 3 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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