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Blueberry Cream Cheese French Toast

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Mar 28th, 2016

Makes: 12 servings


  • 12 slices bakery-style cinnamon or egg bread
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 cups (1 L) frozen wild blueberries
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) cornstarch
  • 250 g package cream cheese, diced
  • eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) half-and-half (10% m.f.) cream
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla
  • 2 cups (500 mL) cornflakes, crushed
  • icing sugar (optional)


  1. Butter one side of each bread slice. Place half of the bread slices into a 13 x 9 in (3 L) baking dish, butter-side down. Stir cornstarch into blueberries and sprinkle over bread slices. Dot with cream cheese and top with remaining bread slices, butter-side down, to allow egg to soak into the bread.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together, eggs, cream, sugar and vanilla until well combined. Pour over bread and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or for up to 24 hours.
  3. Uncover. Using a spatula, press bread down gently. Sprinkle with cornflakes and bake in the centre of a preheated 375°F (190°C) oven for about 45 minutes, or until knife inserted in centre comes out clean. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Dust with icing sugar if desired.
  4. In a serving: 372 calories, 10 g protein, 18 g fat, 43 g carbs, 3 g dietary fibre, 106 mg calcium, 3 mg iron, 54 mcg folate, 356 mg sodium, 140 mg cholesterol
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Oats and blueberry dessert

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Apr 11th, 2014

Heart healthy and totally yummy these scoops of blueberry and oat love are great served warm or cold. They are a wee bit tart and a wee bit sweet, my favourite dessert combination. You will have to serve this in small bowls or on a plate, they aren’t an eating out of hand dessert.

Oats and blueberry dessert

Tip: Make the blueberry filling at least an hour before and let it cool in the fridge.

Blueberry filling ingredients:

  • 4 cups (1L) PC® Canadian Wild Blueberries
  • ¼ cup + 2 tbsp (90 mL) Tropicana® Creations 100% Orange and Tangerine Juice, divided
  • ¼ cup (60 mL) white granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) cornstarch

Base ingredients:

  • 3 cups (750 mL) Quaker® Large Oat Flakes, divided
  • ½ cup (125 mL) Quaker® Oat Bran
  • 1 cup (250 mL) packed brown sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp (7 mL) ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup + 1 tbsp (135 mL) PC® Cold-Pressed Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 cups (500 mL) blueberry filling


  1. For the blueberry filling: In a large saucepan over high heat bring the blueberries, ¼ cup (60 mL) juice, and sugar to a boil. Reduce to medium and gently boil, stirring occasionally for 10-15 minutes, or until the berries have popped, the mixture has thickened and has reduced by half.
  2. In a small bowl mix together corn starch and 2 tbsp (30 mL) reserved juice. Add to the hot sauce, bring back to the boil and stir until the sauce has thickened and is shiny. You should only end up with about 2 cups (500 mL) If you have a lot more than that (and I’m really hoping you don’t), use it to top some yogurt but don’t add it to the squares they will become too soggy.
  3. Pour the 2 cups (500 mL) into a container, cover and cool in the fridge for at least 1 hour before continuing on with the recipe.
  4. One hour later – at least – Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Line an 8-inch (2-L) metal pan with parchment paper.
  5. For the Base: In a food processor whirl 1 cup (250 mL) of the large flake oats until they resemble flour, it takes about 1-2 minutes.
  6. Add oat bran and pulse for 10 seconds. Add brown sugar, cinnamon and oil. Pulse until it looks like wet sand.
  7. Add the rest of the oat flakes and gently pulse until mixed together and you can still recognize the large oat flakes.
  8. Pour half of this into the bottom of the pan and firmly pat down. Pour in the entire Blueberry Filling and spread evenly, leaving a tiny edge of bottom crust showing.  Spoon the rest of the oat mixture over top, and gently even out. Lightly press down.
  9. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until golden brown. Cool.
  10. To serve using a large spoon and scoop out 1/16 as a serving into a small bowl or a small plate.

Courtesy Mairlyn Smith, www.mairlynsmith.com

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