This blueberry and bagel overnight casserole is a terrific way to utilize leftover bagels and makes such a wonderful breakfast treat...definitely guests worthy!
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As adapted from 365 Days of Baking & More's Blueberry Bagel Breakfast Bake Recipe
Serves approx. 10-12
- 5 large plain, blueberry, cinnamon-sugar or french toast bakery bagels (I used plain, cause that's what I had), each torn into eighths
- 12 oz. (about 2 c.) fresh blueberries, cleaned and dried
- 1/2 c. toasted medium-chopped pecans
- 8 large eggs
- 2 c. whole or 2% milk (I used 2%, cause that's what I had)
- 1/2 c. heavy cream (I used evaporated milk)
- 3/4 c. granulated white sugar
- 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- Butter-flavored non-stick cooking spray
The Crumb Topping
- 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
- 1/2 c. packed light brown sugar
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/2 c. (1 stick) cold butter (I used salted, cause I always do), cut into small pieces
- Whipped Cream*
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- Spray a 9" x 13" glass or ceramic baking dish with the cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, gently toss together the bagel pieces, blueberries and pecans.
- Using an electric mixer, whisk together on medium speed the eggs, milk, cream, sugar and vanilla, just until well blended. (Or, whisk by hand...I used the mixer.)
- Pour the custard over the bagel mixture and gently toss...then, pour into the prepared baking dish. Cover with cellophane wrap and place in the fridge overnight.
- Place the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt into a food processor. Add the butter and briefly pulse until the mixture looks like coarse meal (don't over process). Or, mix the dry ingredients well and use a pastry cutter to blend in the butter.
- When ready to bake the next morning, Preheat the Oven to 350º.
- Uncover the casserole and scatter the crumb mixture evenly over the top. Bake uncovered for approximately 45-50 minutes, or until the top is light golden-brown and a knife inserted into the center comes out almost clean.
- Garnish with whipped cream* (optional).
- You can prepare the topping right before baking the casserole...or make it the night before and store in a plastic food storage bag in the refrigerate overnight.
- For homemade Whipped Cream, see my Unorthodox Black Bottom Pie Shots.
Serve fresh, cut-up fruit with this fabulous overnight blueberry and bagel casserole and enjoy a hassle-free morning with your family and/or guests!
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