Diva Tasting: Blueberry Strata…

Blueberry Strata

Ingredients

Strata:

Cooking Spray

1 Loaf French Bread or Artisan Bread, Cubed

2 Cups Blueberries

2 (8 Ounce) Packages Cream Cheese, Cut Into 1/2-Inch Cubes

12 Eggs

Cup Maple Syrup

2 Cups Half n’ Half

Blueberry Syrup:

1 ½ Cups White Sugar

3 Tablespoons Cornstarch

1 ½ Cups Water

2 Cups Fresh Blueberries (If Using Frozen, Thaw and Drain Well)

1 ½ Tablespoons Butter

Directions

Step 1 Coat a 9×13 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Place 1/2 of the bread cubes in dish; top with 1 1/2 cups blueberries. Scatter cream cheese over berries. Cover with remaining bread cubes. In a mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, maple syrup, and milk. Pour egg mixture over bread in pan. Cover, and chill overnight.

Step 2 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Step 3 Bake strata, covered, for 30 minutes. Remove cover, and bake for an additional 30 minutes.

Step 4 While the strata is baking, prepare the blueberry syrup. Combine sugar, cornstarch, and water in a saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil over high heat; cook for 5 minutes. Pour in remaining 1 1/2 cups blueberries; continue cooking for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in butter. Serve warm over slices of the strata.

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