Blueberry Strata


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-flavored or pancake syrup, divided
1/4 cup packed brown sugar

SPREAD half the bread cubes onto bottom of 13×9-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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