I made this for Christmas morning brunch, perfect to put in the oven and go open presents while it bakes. You can top with syrup or whipped cream or nothing at all. I found several different recipes similar to this one, but none had everything I wanted to do with it, so I thought I'd try to make my own. I think it is a very good start, but please, let me know what you think!

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
1 hr 15 mins
additional:
8 hrs
total:
9 hrs 45 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
10 servings
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Mix cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, 2 tablespoon milk, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract in a bowl until smooth and creamy; fold in 1 cup blueberries.

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  • Cover the bottom of a 10x14-inch baking dish with 1 layer bread cubes. Spread cream cheese mixture over bread layer; top with remaining bread cubes.

  • Whisk 2 cups milk, eggs, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, cinnamon, and nutmeg together in a large bowl; pour over bread mixture. Sprinkle 1 cup blueberries over bread-egg mixture. Cover dish tightly with aluminum foil and refrigerate, 8 hours to overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 to 60 minutes before baking.

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes. Remove foil and continue baking until center is set, about 30 minutes.

Cook's Note:

If cream cheese mixture is too thick, add more milk.

Nutrition Facts

494 calories; protein 19.3g 39% DV; carbohydrates 71.7g 23% DV; fat 14.6g 23% DV; cholesterol 177.6mg 59% DV; sodium 734.3mg 29% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
07/02/2016
i found this recipe in a taste of home 1996 magazine. i have been making it ever since. it is awesome.i even made it as a special for my bed -n- breakfast every day for 4 years. my guests raved over it.so it has been taste tested many times.the only diff is the preparation.so if u have not tried it yet, do so it will become your best go to recipe.thanks for sharing again so others can try it. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/25/2015
This recipe looked so good and I was excited about trying it for my guests. It seemed as if the custard wasn't quite enough for the amount of bread in the casserole and I wish I would have gone with my instinct because it was a little dry in the morning and top of the casserole was more like a dry crunchy toast. It is possible that the size of my french loaves were larger than what the author of the recipe used but since it just said (2) french loaves that is what I used. I did top with a homemade blueberry sauce so that definitely helped with the dryness. I would make this again but just use less bread or more custard next time. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 18
  • 3 star values: 11
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 3 stars
05/25/2015
This recipe looked so good and I was excited about trying it for my guests. It seemed as if the custard wasn't quite enough for the amount of bread in the casserole and I wish I would have gone with my instinct because it was a little dry in the morning and top of the casserole was more like a dry crunchy toast. It is possible that the size of my french loaves were larger than what the author of the recipe used but since it just said (2) french loaves that is what I used. I did top with a homemade blueberry sauce so that definitely helped with the dryness. I would make this again but just use less bread or more custard next time. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/02/2016
First- This is NOT French Toast; its a bread pudding. I liked the cream cheese addition, and would encourage readers to use 1/2 and 1/2 instead of milk. If too dry, just add more milk. Its important to make sure the bread is completely covered by the liquid before you place it in the refrigerator. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/02/2016
i found this recipe in a taste of home 1996 magazine. i have been making it ever since. it is awesome.i even made it as a special for my bed -n- breakfast every day for 4 years. my guests raved over it.so it has been taste tested many times.the only diff is the preparation.so if u have not tried it yet, do so it will become your best go to recipe.thanks for sharing again so others can try it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/05/2016
For those of you who want the original recipe (mentioned by betty), please go to www.tasteofhome.com and ask for the Blueberry French toast recipe from a 1996 magazine . It calls for 12 slices of day old bread (crusts removed) and cut into 1 inch cubes! I have not made the recipe yet but I will certainly give it a try. It looks delicious! Hope this helps solve the bread situation. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/04/2016
Halved the recipe and made it in a bread pan. Did not use vanilla or nutmeg (ran out) and subbed real sugar for powdered sugar (half the amount total). Also used 2/3 cup blueberries total (could probably use more if you want). Turned out delicious. Baked covered for 45 minutes and uncovered about 5. I think I'll butter the pan next time the exterior turned out crispy in my nonstick pan. Oh and I only used enough French bread to fill the bread pan so I had about half a loaf left over. I could see this turning out dry if I used the whole loaf. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/30/2016
I made this for breakfast for a long holiday weekend. After reading some of the reviews I increased the number of eggs and I used half and half instead of milk more than what was called for. I used only 1 very large loaf of bread. I scattered extra blueberries over the top of the casserole and I put weights on top of the plastic wrap to ensure that the bread was covered by the liquid. Also I bought some blueberry syrup and poured that over it when serving it. Next time I make it I will remember to spray the dish with non-stick cooking spray. This was over the top delicious and I'm planning to make it again for our Sunday brunch at church on July 31st. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/27/2016
My family loved this! We make a french toast soufflé for for most major holidays and this was a fun variation. We have someone allergic to blueberries so I subbed it for a combination of strawberries and raspberries. I also listened to a few other reviews that said the recipe was dry so I cut down the bread. I used like 1.3 loaves. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
12/05/2015
Why are you calling it"Overnight". I thought it was a slow cooker recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/05/2016
Excellent and everyone loved it! I doubled up on the cream cheese mixture so that it would cover the French bread. I added extra blueberries because we had just picked 7 pounds of them from our 4 blueberry bushes! This dish did not need a topping of any kind when served. I will definitely make this again and again and most certainly on Christmas morning! Thank you for this awesome recipe! Read More
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