Monday, May 6, 2013

Blueberry Cheesecake-Stuffed French Toast Casserole

Source: Clean Eating
Makes 12 servings 
You can also prepare this recipe ahead through step 2, then cover & refrigerate overnight.  Simple continue with step 3 when you're ready to bake!

10-14 slices whole wheat sandwich bread, crusts removed
1 cup ricotta
1/2 cup whipped cream cheese
4 large eggs, divided
5 TB brown sugar (or evaporated cane juice)
2 cups fresh blueberries
1 cup milk
2 egg whites
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup sliced almonds, slightly crushed

2.5 cups frozen blueberries
1/3 cup maple syrup

1. Preheat oven to 350.  Place half of the bread slices in an oiled 13 x 9 baking dish, trimming as necessary to fit in a single snug layer.
2. In food processor, combine ricotta, cream cheese, 1 whole egg, & 1 TB brown sugar.  Process until smooth.  Spread mixture over bread layer; top with fresh blueberries.  Cover with remaining bread, trimming to fit a single layer.
3. In a large bowl, whisk remaining 3 whole eggs, 1 TB brown sugar, milk, egg whites, vanilla, & cinnamon.  Pour evenly over bread.  Combine almonds with 2 TB brown sugar and sprinkle evenly over the top.  Cover with foil & bake 40 minutes.  Uncover and bake an additional 10 minutes, or until center is slightly puffed & set.  Broil for 2-3 minutes until top is lightly browned.  Removed from oven & let cool 10 minutes.
4.  Meanwhile, make sauce: in medium saucepan, combine frozen blueberries & maple syrup.  Bring to boil, reduce heat, cover & simmer until blueberries become mushy (at least 10 minutes).
To serve, divide casserole into 12 portions and top each with blueberry sauce.

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