Berry Delicious Brunch Casserole
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
- 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
- 1 ½ cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1½ cups water
- ¾ cup cranberries
- ½ tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Make this dish your own by adding your family’s favorite fruit. No cranberries on hand? Use maple syrup instead. Sauce may be made ahead and micro-heated.