1 Loaf French Bread or Artisan Bread, Cubed
2 Cups Blueberries
2 (8 Ounce) Packages Cream Cheese, Cut Into 1/2-Inch Cubes
⅓ Cup Maple Syrup
2 Cups Half n’ Half
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
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.