“I believe in chocolate for breakfast.”
This is another great recipe for a crowd. It’s also great because you can prepare most of it the night before. It is not, however, gluten and sugar free, unless you hunt down some gluten free bread. Do whatever you gotta do.
12 slices day old bread, crusts off and cubed
16 ounces cream cheese, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
2 cups skim milk
1/3 cup maple syrup
Place half the bread into a 9×13 oiled baking dish. Top with the cream cheese. Next, top with blueberries. And, of course, top with the remaining bread.
Mix together the eggs, milk, and syrup. Pour over the ingredients in the baking dish. Cover and chill overnight.
In the morning you’re going to want to take the baking pan out of the fridge about 30 minutes before you’re ready to bake it. Baking is going to take another hour. Therefore, if you do the math you know you’re going to have to allow 1 1/2 hours from getting yourself into the kitchen until you’ll be ready to serve your guests. If things get off track, serve Mimosas until sanity is restored and you have something ready to feed your guests.
Bake, covered, at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. Uncover and bake another 25 to 30 minutes.
While the dish is in the oven you might want to make up some sauce to serve with the Breakfast Bake.
1/2 cup sugar
2 T cornstarch
1 cup water
1 cup blueberries
Mix the sugar, cornstarch, and water in a saucepan and cook, stirring, over medium heat until the mixture thickens and boils for three minutes.
Stir in the blueberries, reduce heat, and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes or until the berries burst. Stir occasionally.
When everything is ready and your guests are eager for breakfast, plate up the Breakfast Bake with, perhaps, some grilled ham on the side.
Will share the secret sauce that’s on the grilled ham another day. You’re going to love it!
Loveya – The Grandma
Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.