Berry Delicious Brunch Casserole

Provided by: Virginia Egg Council

Prepare a Berry Delicious Brunch Casserole the night before, then refrigerate and pop in the oven for a sweet and simple brunch.

  • Serves 8-10
  • Total Time: 5 hours and 10 minutes
  • Preparation Time: 30-40 minutes
  • Cook/Bake Time: 30 minutes
  • Cool/Chill Time: 4 hours

Ingredients

Casserole

  • ½ loaf fresh old-fashioned white or wheat bread, or 3 large croissants
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, cut into ½-inch cubes
  • ½ cup cranberries
  • ½ cup raspberries
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup

Cranberry Syrup

  • 1 ½ cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1½ cups water
  • ¾ cup cranberries
  • ½ tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Directions

Casserole

  • Remove crusts and cube bread (or simply tear croissants). Place half of the bread cubes on bottom of sprayed ½ quart or 9”x9” casserole dish.
  • Scatter cream cheese, cranberries, raspberries and orange zest over bread. Place remaining bread over berries.
  • In a separate bowl, combine eggs, milk and maple syrup, pour evenly over entire pan. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours, or overnight.
  • Cover with foil and bake at 350° for 30 minutes, uncover and bake 10-20 minutes, or until puffed, browned, firm and thoroughly cooked (test with knife).
  • When baked, remove from oven and dust with powdered sugar. Serve with cranberry syrup or your choice of syrup.

Cranberry Syrup

  • Blend sugar and cornstarch in saucepan, stir in water. Cook over medium-high heat 7-8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until mixture boils, thickens and turns clear.
  • Stir in cranberries and simmer until berries burst, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove from heat, stir in lemon juice and butter.
  • Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information

Per serving: 1/8 of recipe

Calories: 502

Total fat: 11 g
Saturated fat: 5 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 1 g
Monounsaturated fat: 3 g

Cholesterol: 158 mg
Sodium: 501 mg
Carbohydrates: 83 g
Fiber: 2 g
Sugar: 50 g
Protein: 12 g
Vitamin A: 141 mcg
Vitamin D: 1 mcg
Folate: 21 mcg
Choline: 115 mg
Calcium: 97 mg
Iron: 3 mg
Potassium: 204 mg

This recipe is an excellent source of protein, vitamin A and choline.

Tip

Sauce may be made ahead and micro-heated.
Virgina Egg Council