Blueberry Strata


12 slices firm white bread, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 8 cups)

2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries, divided

1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, cut into small cubes

8 eggs

2-1/2 cups milk

2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 cup maple syrup, divided

1/4 cup packed brown sugar


Spread half the bread cubes onto bottom of 13x9-inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray; cover with 1 cup blueberries, cream cheese and remaining bread.

Whisk eggs, milk and cinnamon in medium bowl until well blended. Add 1/3 cup syrup and sugar; mix well. Pour over bread. Refrigerate 12 hours or overnight.

Heat oven to 350ºF. Bake strata, covered, 1 hour to 1 hour 5 min. or until center is set and top is lightly browned, uncovering after 30 min.

Bring remaining syrup and blueberries to boil in saucepan, stirring constantly; simmer on medium-low heat 1 min., stirring constantly. Serve over individual servings of strata.
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