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Blueberry and Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast

Blueberry and Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast

by Barbara Kiebel on December 7, 2010

This recipe is from a cookbook called ‘Colorado Collage’ which is one of a series of cookbooks put out by the Junior League of Denver. I bought their first cookbook, ‘Colorado Cache’ which was spiral bound, when I moved to Denver 25 years ago. I had to replace it years ago as that spiral bound edition could not tolerate much use and the one I now have indicates that 985,000 copies were sold as of January, 2000…if that’s any measure of how popular these cookbooks are. All of the series following ‘Colorado Cache’ have been hardbound and are filled with recipes that never disappoint. I know…I have every one of them!

I did a giveaway earlier this year for their most recent edition called ‘Colorado Classique’ which included this wonderful main course steak/salad combo from a local Denver restaurant and I look forward to something new I’m making this weekend too.

I never doubt the success of a dish from one of their books and this Blueberry Stuffed French Toast is no exception. I first made it a couple of years ago when a group of self proclaimed ‘Martha’s’ got together for brunch. We all loved to cook and had self titled our group after you know who and it’s stuck; we still do the occasional Martha brunch.

Those were always fun meals; we started with ‘our’ signature champagne cocktail (I’m sure that added to the ‘fun’) and everyone showed up ‘game on’ – bringing amazing food to our little group. It’s been a couple of years but I’m now recalling a bacon wrapped polenta dish I once made..guess I need to get that done again soon too!

I haven’t made this blueberry and cream cheese stuffed french toast for a couple of years but this past Saturday I was thrilled to host four other Denver area food bloggers for a brunch meet and greet at my home and decided it would be perfect. What I love about it in addition to the fabulous taste? It’s made the night before so it’s a great time saver the morning of an event; just pop it in the oven and it bakes while coffee is made and last minute details are managed. Served with a homemade blueberry sauce? What can I say…do it for your loved ones and YOU this holiday season.

Blueberry and Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Yield: Serves 8

A great make ahead dish the night before for a special breakfast.

Ingredients

    For the French Toast:
  • 1 loaf French bread, sliced and cubed
  • 2 8-oz. packages cream cheese, cubed
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 12 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 cups milk
  • For the Blueberry Syrup!
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries, rinsed and drained
  • 1 Tbsp butter

Preparation

    To Make the French Toast:
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Grease13X9" baking pan.
  3. Place half of the bread cubes evenly in pan.
  4. Scatter cream cheese cubes on top and sprinkle with blueberries.
  5. Arrange remaining half of bread cubes on top.
  6. Combine eggs, syrup and milk and pour over bread mixture.
  7. Cover with foil and chill overnight.
  8. Bake covered 30 minutes, then uncover and bake 30 more minutes until puffed and brown.
  9. Serve with Blueberry Syrup
  10. To Make the Blueberry Syrup:
  11. In small saucepan combine sugar, cornstarch and water and heat over medium high heat.
  12. Cook, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes or until thickened.
  13. Add 1 cup of blueberries and simmer, stirring occasionally until most berries have burst, about 10 minutes.
  14. Add butter and stir until melted.
  15. Transfer to serving bowl.
  16. Place French Toast on individual serving plates and top with Blueberry Syrup.
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1 Andi July 5, 2013 at 6:21 am

My son made this today for my husband and my anniversary. We cut the recipe in half since it was just the 3 of us. The recipe is GREAT and perfect for a first time cook!

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2 Jeannie Swanson August 3, 2012 at 7:38 am

Thank you for sharing this recipe. It looks yummy!

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3 Creative Culinary August 3, 2012 at 8:32 am

It’s truly fabulous Jeannie. I made it the first time I hosted a local food blogger group in my home. Tough critics…all LOVED it! (Whew!)

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4 Aggie November 18, 2011 at 2:37 pm

This looks amazing and something I would love to wake up to on Christmas morning!
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5 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com November 14, 2011 at 9:37 am

Holy yum! That looks decadent – Now I need blueberries and I am set :)
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6 Creative Culinary November 15, 2011 at 6:08 pm

It is fabulous…I honest think the best stuffed type French toast I’ve ever had. Made even better by being done the previous night. Perfect for holidays all year.

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7 Lana @ Never Enough Thyme November 13, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Thanks for sharing this again, Barb, since I missed it the first time around! What an absolutely delicious French toast this must be. I do believe this will be just the perfect thing for Thanksgiving breakfast this year!
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8 leslie September 15, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Oh my word!! This looks amazing. I have bookmarked it for the holidays!
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9 sippitysup September 15, 2011 at 12:55 pm

I am always on the look out for books like that… GREG

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10 Elle September 15, 2011 at 9:19 am

I adore stuffed French toast! I just don’t seem to have it often enough.
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11 Kristina @ spabettie September 14, 2011 at 10:49 pm

those Junior Leaguers and their spiral bound cookbooks! :) I started my collection of the Lake Oswego Junior League books when I was in college – I LOVE them!

this french toast looks heavenly. just perfect.
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12 Natalie June 18, 2011 at 10:53 am

I emailed this to my hubby. let’s see if he gets the hint! ;) Blueberry season here isn’t until later in July.

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13 Creative Culinary June 18, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Will be worth the wait; just one of the best breakfast dishes I’ve ever had. I hope you enjoy it too!

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14 Jenn January 28, 2011 at 6:09 pm

This dish is fabulous! I made it this morning for my boyfriend and Mom. They both LOVED it! The picture is was caught my eye. Yummy!!! Thanks for such a great recipe!

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15 Creative Culinary January 30, 2011 at 7:23 am

Thanks for letting me know…so glad to hear you enjoyed it too!

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16 Lea Ann December 18, 2010 at 1:04 pm

Doesn’t this look beautiful and perfect for Christmas morning. I love our Junior League books and for some reason take pride in them, even though I’ve had nothing to do with their production. :-) I lost my hard drive a few weeks ago and am finally recapturing all the blogs I followed. I’ve got some wonderful catching up here at your place.

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17 Creative Culinary December 18, 2010 at 1:11 pm

Ouch…I know how much that hurts. Which is why I now have an external hard drive and online backup!

I do love our JL books; think they’re some of the best I’ve ever seen. I don’t think I’ve ever made something from any one of them that I didn’t love.

We’re making this dish ourselves for Christmas breakfast because we can make it the night before and also because I had to promise my daughter Lauren. Company ate the piece I ‘thought’ I had squirreled away for her! Happy Holidays Lea Ann; hope you do make our next Rocky Mountain Food Bloggers event!

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18 Jennifer December 9, 2010 at 9:31 pm

Oh my god, this sounds amazing. And I love, love, LOVE the fact that it can be made the night before. Next time I’m having people over for brunch, I’m sooooo making this.

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19 Creative Culinary December 10, 2010 at 10:06 am

Do it! It’s really easy too…no big prep work and a really wonderful dish. Let me know, OK?

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20 Conor @ Hold the Beef December 9, 2010 at 8:27 pm

Oh. God. This plus a champagne cocktail would make the rest of any day seem so lame that you may as well go straight back to bed afterwards.

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21 Creative Culinary December 10, 2010 at 10:06 am

Hehe…so I guess the trick would be to just keep drinking the cocktails all day, huh?

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22 Andra@FrenchPressMemos December 7, 2010 at 11:24 pm

Tasty brunch Barbara! Seems to be a not-to-complicated recipe that will be a hit with all guests. Im trying to make Friday work but with 6 days (from Friday) till crazy Euro trip, it might be pushing it. I always appreciate you including me.

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23 Creative Culinary December 8, 2010 at 12:39 pm

I hope you can make it but understand if you can’t! If not, we’ll get together again after the holidays I’m sure!

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24 Nancy@acommunaltable December 7, 2010 at 10:23 pm

Decadent.. and absolutely perfect for brunch!! I do a breakfast dish for work and so am always looking for new recipes and guess what? This one is going to the top of the list!!!

I think Junior League cookbooks are incredible – the ones I have are full of wonderful recipes and I love the the money goes to a worthy cause!!

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25 Creative Culinary December 8, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Really very easy and so far…has been a big hit! Served for brunch but also served last night to neighbors for ‘brinner’ – tried to save a little piece for my daughter but someone stole into the kitchen and finished it off; guess that means it was a hit!

This makes a big pan; it can be halved and put into an 8X8″ dish too.

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26 Mary December 7, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Was this taken with your point and shoot? It’s pretty phenomenal–and it looks great! Thanks again for having us over on Sunday–it was a treat.

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27 Creative Culinary December 8, 2010 at 12:43 pm

Thank you Mary, mean a lot coming from you. It was taken with my P&S; I won’t deny it’s a good one, but just not capable of using with lenses so it was time for an upgrade. Would love to get together sometime and learn from a more experienced Canon user. I’ll cook!

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28 My Kitchen in the Rockies December 7, 2010 at 10:42 am

Dear Barb, Thanks again for having us and for serving this fabulous French Toast Bake on Saturday! I will make note of it in my Colorado Collage copy. I also have enjoyed our Junior Leagues cookbooks. My favorite is Colore. Their dishes are always a success. Wishing you a great day. Kirsten (say “Hi” to Abby from me).

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29 Dan @ Casual Kitchen December 7, 2010 at 9:38 am

This is an exceptional sounding recipe–and absolutely perfect for a cold winter day. Thank you for sharing!

Dan @ Casual Kitchen

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30 Creative Culinary December 7, 2010 at 12:33 pm

Thanks Dan…leftover will be served tonight for what I call Brinner…also an excuse to have a Mimosa this evening!

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31 Jenn December 7, 2010 at 9:29 am

omg. this looks absolutely incredible – I want one!

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32 Creative Culinary December 7, 2010 at 12:32 pm

Make one..really not hard; and of course, just sub some gluten free bread for the French bread and you’re got a GF version!

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33 Jamie December 7, 2010 at 9:19 am

Seriously? Wow! What an incredible and perfect brunch dish. Made the night before and on the plate looking as fabulous and mouthwatering as this? I love it! Like a fancy version of a blintz! Barbara, I love it! And I’d love to taste it.

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