Happy Valentine’s Day! Somehow, someway, today snuck up on me.
At my “EB Mine” Brunch, I served the savory Goat Cheese, Spinach, and Tomato Quiche with this sweet Overnight Blueberry French Toast. It’s hard to believe, but this french toast bake used a dozen eggs giving it more staying power and balance than your traditional carbohydrate-rich breakfast options.
But really, the cream cheese helped pique my interest in trying this particular recipe.
The cream cheese…and the fact that this can be made ahead of time and baked in the morning, making it perfect for guests…or leftovers for the week!
I think the next time I make this, I will try an apple-cinnamon rendition…yum!
With the plentiful amounts of eggs and milk, the bread soaked up all the liquids and baked to a soft, french toast consistency without the hassle of soaking individual slices of bread and cooking the slices one by one. And yes, the cream cheese added a little something special.
To make this an extra special meal, I served champagne and fresh blood orange slices.
12 slices bread, cut into cubes (I used a 1 lb 2 oz whole grain bakery loaf)
5 oz reduced fat cream cheese, cut in cubes
1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
12 large eggs
1/3 cup maple syrup
2 cups fat-free milk
Arrange 1/2 of the bread cubes in a greased 9 x 13 pan. Sprinkle cream cheese cubes and blueberries evenly over the bread cubes. Top with remaining bread cubes.
Mix together eggs, milk, and syrup. Pour over bread cubes and cover pan with foil. Let chill in refrigerator overnight.
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Bake covered with foil for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 30 minutes or until fluffy and golden. Serve with syrup and fresh fruit, if desired.
Yield: 8 servings (about 1 1/3 cup each)
Nutrition Information (per serving): 392 calories; 12.3 g. fat; 336 mg. cholesterol; 519 mg. sodium; 52.5 g. carbohydrate; 3.9 g. fiber; 18 g. protein
Result: This french toast was super simple to make and turned out great. I opted for a hearty whole grain bread to increase the nutrition and fiber. I decreased the amount of cream cheese and opted for a reduced fat version, as well as fat-free milk. If french toast is a favorite, this dish is one to try! Enjoy!
I am actually off today (wee!) which will be spent grading research papers and assignments, as well as working out. Luckily, I had this amazing brunch to celebrate Valentine’s Day with Mr. Prevention because tonight…I’m teaching. For the past 2 years I’ve had to teach Valentine’s Day evening and play hockey games during the Super Bowl…what’s up with that!? Oh well...
Happy Valentine’s Day!