Twice a year us mormons, you know, of the LDS church watch General Conference on television. There are two 2-hour conferences on Saturday and two on Sunday. Which basically means we listen to the leaders of the church give thoughts while we hang out in our jammies. To keep us nourished during the morning session I like to make this blueberry breakfast strata. My friend Sally used to make this for us in college (things get WILD at BYU) and I’ve kept the tradition alive!
So whether you have a bunch of church on television to watch, or whether you’re having a glamorous brunch, or mid-morning bridal or baby shower, this recipe is absolutely perfect! You make it the night before, it’s relatively inexpensive, and then it bakes up nicely in the morning. I serve it with syrup and sometimes powdered sugar or fresh whipped cream.
Also, I like to bring this casserole (unbaked) to people who are in need of a meal (new mamas). I buy a disposable lasagna pan at the grocery store, and then they don’t even have to return a dish!
Hop through for the recipe!
Blueberry Breakfast Strata Recipe
1 large French Bread loaf (sometimes I use 1 and 1/3 depending on the size)
1.5 cups of milk
1/2 cup of flour
2 tsp. vanilla
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries (or more)
3-5 oz of cream cheese
Cut the French bread into 1″ chunks. In a LARGE bowl, whisk eggs. Add milk, flour, vanilla, sugar and salt. Whisk whisk whisk! With a large wooden spoon mix in the chunks of heavenly bread. Try not to eat all of the bread before you put in in the bowl. Coat all of the cubes. Add more bread cubes if you feel like there is excess mixture at the bottom of the bowl. Grease a 9×13″ or something close to that…pyrex. Pour the gooey bread mixture in the pan and flatten it out a bit, evenly distributing the bread.
Next pour the blueberries over the top. If you want, you can even tuck some under the top layer of bread. The more THE BETTER. You will always want more blueberries. Same goes with the cream cheese, I slice off 1/4″ chunks, and then pinch little bits off with my fingers and place them all over the casserole. Again, MORE CREAM CHEESE!
Then you can cover the strata and put it in the fridge. If you want to bake it the same day I’d let it sit in there for 2-4 hours. But I think overnight is best.
Bake the strata at 375 for 30-40 minutes, or until the top is crispy brown and the middle isn’t too gooey! (see top pictures) Some people like things gooey or eggy, but I like it a litte more well done.
Top with syrup, fresh whipped cream, lemon, or powdered sugar and YUM YUM YUM! I can’t imagine a person not liking this! Even Gigi ate it.
I really hope you enjoy it! Let me know how it works out!