From: Chef/owner Elaine Herbert, Yelton Manor Bed and Breakfast, Michigan.
Yield: 9 servings.
- 1 14-oz. loaf egg challah bread
- 4 oz. cream cheese
- 2 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen), divided
- 8 eggs, beaten
- 1 1⁄2 cups milk
- 1⁄4 cup maple syrup
- 1⁄4 cup butter, melted
Preheat oven to 350°F. Remove crust from bread; cut into 1” cubes (makes about 10 cups). Cut cream cheese into small cubes (makes about 1 cup).
Grease a 9”x 9”x2” baking dish. Place half of the bread cubes in the dish. Sprinkle cream cheese cubes and 1 cup of the blueberries over the bread. Top with remaining bread cubes and blueberries.
In a bowl, combine eggs, milk, maple syrup and butter. Carefully pour over bread mixture. Bake until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, about 1 hour, covering with aluminum foil if edges brown too much.
To serve, cut into squares. Accompany with additional maple syrup, if desired.