1 loaf Francese or French bread , cubed
1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 cup fresh blueberries, raspberries or blackberries
12 eggs, beaten
2 cups milk
1/4 – 1/3 cup sugar, honey, agave syrup or maple syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla
Powdered sugar, for dusting
Maple or berry syrup
Place half the bread cubes in a greased 13 x 9 inch pan. Layer cream cheese cubes evenly over bread. Sprinkle blueberries over top. Cover with the remaining bread cubes.
In a large bowl, whisk eggs, milk, sugar (or sweetener of your choice) and vanilla. Drizzle egg mixture evenly over bread. Cover and refrigerate 2 hours or overnight.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cover pan and bake 30 minutes. Uncover and bake 25 to 30 minutes more, or until center is firm and top is golden brown.
Lightly dust casserole with powdered sugar. Serve with blueberry or maple syrup.
SOURCE: Annaliese Keller of Malabar Trading Company