Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Amish Overnight Blueberry French Toast

You've probably never seen an overnight French toast recipe quite like this one. In addition to the expected eggs and milk and bread cubes, it contains the added surprise of luscious blueberries, maple syrup, and cream cheese chunks.

Sound like a special holiday breakfast you might want to try?

I thought so.

The recipe comes from Suzanne Woods Fisher, author of a number of books, both fiction and non-fiction, many of which have an Amish theme.
If you're in Barnes & Noble these days, for example, you might see
Amish Peace: Simple Wisdom for a Complicated World. Suzanne's first book in her Amish fiction series, The Choice, will be released in January.

This recipe, says Suzanne, comes from an Old Order Amish family. "We stayed at their farm in July and had this for breakfast . . . and my husband couldn't stop talking about it. I wrote and asked the Amish mom if I could have the recipe and she gave it to me. My husband has made it a number of times . . . and he's a guy who doesn't know how to cook. Not at all. It's that good a recipe!"

Here, then, is Anna's Overnight Blueberry French Toast. Brought to you via Suzanne; via me; via blogger. Aaaah, the wonders of the internet.


12 slices bread, cut in one-inch cubes
8 oz. cream cheese, cut in one-inch cubes
1 c. fresh or frozen blueberries
12 eggs
1/3 c. maple syrup
2 c. milk

The night before, place half of bread cubes in a greased 9 x 13-inch baking dish.

Top with cream cheese,


and remaining bread.

Beat eggs, syrup, and milk together

and pour evenly over bread. Put in the refrigerator.
The next morning, bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until well done. Serves six.



Blogger Laura in Paris said...

Oh, I loe this version of French Toasts. Have to try it indeed!

November 17, 2009 at 10:48 PM  
Blogger Karine said...

I love the addition of cream cheese in your recipe. Thanks for sharing! :)

November 18, 2009 at 4:12 AM  
Blogger Lara said...

I've been making this recipe for years and had absolutely no idea it had Amish origins. My kids beg for this special treat every blueberry season!

November 18, 2009 at 4:22 AM  
Blogger DarcyLee said...

Blueberries AND cream cheese? Can't do better than that!

November 18, 2009 at 5:40 AM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Very cool, Lara. I wonder where Suzanne's friend Anna got the recipe originally? :)

November 18, 2009 at 10:56 AM  
Blogger teresa said...

i am loving the look of that french toast, especially with that cream cheese!

November 18, 2009 at 11:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This sounds wonderful, except Hubby isn't crazy about blueberries. Do you suppose I could do it with maybe peaches?

November 18, 2009 at 12:10 PM  
Anonymous Faith said...

This really does sound like such a special, festive breakfast! I love how the cream cheese is chunked instead of whisked into the egg mixture...I bet it creates lovely, creamy "pockets"!

November 18, 2009 at 12:16 PM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Addhumorandfaith, I'll bet it would be good with just about any fruit, including peaches. Yum.

November 18, 2009 at 3:22 PM  
Anonymous Mark said...

Interesting French toast version to be sure, I have a niece and nephew coming over next week so maybe I'll give it a try.

Plus being able to explain the Amish origins of it to them will be pretty cool as well!

November 18, 2009 at 4:53 PM  
Blogger Ingrid_3Bs said...

I think it looks great but am not sure if the kiddos will like it. The last time I tried an overnight (stuffed) french toast recipe the kids were disappointed. They ate it but it wasn't a favorite. How did you serve it?

November 19, 2009 at 8:15 AM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Ingrid, I served it buffet style and let everyone take what they wanted. We had two kinds of syrup out that people could choose from, if they wanted. I also cooked up some small sausage links, and had orange juice and grape juice, too. Is that what you were asking?

November 19, 2009 at 12:44 PM  
Blogger Carissa Anne said...

This recipe looks wonderful... I think I will try it for Christmas morning!! Thanks for stopping by Stella's yesterday, the flowers were mums...believe it or not I bought them at the grocery store. I fell in love with their color~especially for Fall.

November 19, 2009 at 12:49 PM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Carissa, thanks for stopping by :) Your flowers were beautiful! I thought they were mums, but then in one picture they looked kind of like daisies. Beautiful.

November 19, 2009 at 12:55 PM  
Anonymous Juliana said...

Oh! Cream cheese in a French toast, sounds and sure looks yummie!

November 19, 2009 at 1:49 PM  
Blogger Carpool Queen said...

I had this for the first time a few months ago.

Beyond delicious, and so pretty for a girly brunch.

November 20, 2009 at 7:58 AM  
Blogger Sadie said...

Oh, I have to make this!! Perhaps I should eat BEFORE I start reading food blogs, because now I am starving.

November 20, 2009 at 9:28 AM  
Blogger Rita said...

My son & family are coming up beginning of December; they leave after school and are usually here around 8:00PM. I was looking for something to serve and this sound perfect.Last time I did the monkey bead. Do you think this would work?
Thank you for your great comments on my blog.

November 21, 2009 at 10:57 AM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Sage, I think this would work fine for a late evening snack. It should comfortably serve about 6 people (unless any of the grandkids are teenaged boys, who, of course, count as three people each ;)). I'd also cook up a couple small packages of link sausages and keep them on "warm" in the oven, too.

November 21, 2009 at 12:04 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

That looks great! I've had one that I think was similar, I loved it and have been planning to try and recreate it, so glad to have your recipe. I'm going to enjoy browsing your blog!

November 23, 2009 at 11:17 AM  
Blogger Berji's domain said...

I just found out (after mentioning this recipe) that hubby prefers French Toast to pancakes. After knowing him for more than 1/2 my life. Go figure. :) I'll be making this on Thursday since we'll be having a late lunch/early dinner.

And BTW, I posted the Apple Sticky Buns recipe for you on my blog.

November 24, 2009 at 11:13 AM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Thanks for the apple sticky bun recipe, Berji's Domain. Must go check them out! :)

November 24, 2009 at 11:36 AM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Berji's Domain, I made the sticky buns from your blog. Two words. Yum. Mmee. Thank you for sharing :)

November 25, 2009 at 5:43 PM  

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