We started a new tradition in our house, Christmas breakfast! For years, when the kids were just babies, we would have a quick breakfast or snack after we opened presents. That was until 2 years ago. I decided to try and make a hot breakfast for Christmas morning. Not your typical pancakes or even eggs and toast. This is a full on Christmas morning delicious! I prepare everything the night before so on Christmas morning when the kids wake us up I can just pop it in the oven and by the time we’re done exchanging gifts a hot delicious breakfast is ready!
We all love french toast so an overnight baked french toast with fresh fruit is a must! I also make an egg casserole dish with bacon and sausage on the side. I really don’t know why I didn’t try this years ago! It’s wonderful to sit down with the kids to a family breakfast on Christmas morning.
The day before I cook the sausage fully and then warm them up in the morning. For the bacon I leave it a little under cooked and then put in the oven when the rest of the food is cooking to heat it up and get it crispy. Yum!
For the overnight baked french toast you will need:
- 8 eggs
- 2 cups half and half
- 1 cup milk
- 4 tbsp. brown sugar
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp pink Himalayan sea salt
- 1 tbsp. vanilla
- 2 tsp fresh orange zest (optional depending on your preference)
- 1 large loaf of french or italian bread cut into cubes
- 3 tbsp packed brown sugar
- 3 tbsp white sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 2 tbsp. cold butter
Mix the topping ingredients together with a fork to make a crumble. Put in sealed container in fridge till morning.
Serve with your choice of:
- fresh sliced strawberries
- fresh blueberries
- sliced bananas
- melted butter
- powdered sugar
- whipped cream
- any other topping that you like! The possibilities are limitless!
Directions: Wisk together the eggs then add half and half and milk. Add the brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, vanilla and orange zest. Grease bottom and sides of 9 x 13 baking dish. Put bread cubes in dish and pour egg mixture over top. Use a spatula to gently combine making sure that all the bread is coated with egg. Spread evenly in dish, cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator until morning.
In the morning preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove plastic cover and sprinkle with topping mixture. Bake for 40-50 minutes until top is golden brown. Check with a knife to make sure the egg mixture is set on the bottom. *It may take longer than 50 minutes depending on your oven.
Let cool 5 minutes and cut into squares and serve with your choice of toppings! Everyone is sure to love it!
Bake ahead breakfast casserole
- 10 large eggs
- 1 large bell pepper, diced – any color you prefer; I prefer red for Christmas 🙂
- 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
- 1 cup fresh spinach
- 1/2 cup chopped brocolli
- 1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
- 1/2 tsp pink Himalayan sea salt and fresh ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup shredded cheese
- You could surely add ham, bacon or sausage but our family prefers to have it on the side (just be sure to cook the meat before adding to egg mixture)
Directions: In a large bowl wisk together eggs, milk and cheese. Grease 9 x 13 baking dish. Spread out peppers, mushrooms, spinach, broccoli and onion. Pour egg mixture over the veggies. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until morning.
In the morning preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Remove the plastic wrap and bake the egg casserole uncovered for 40-45 minutes until the edges are a nice golden brown. Cool 5-10 minutes. Cut into squares and serve!
Both of these recipes are delicious! If there are left overs, rarely in house :), they will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days. Just reheat.
I hope you try one of these recipes this Christmas. Skip the cold cereal and pre-packaged baked goods and enjoy a hot breakfast with your loved ones this year!!
Leave a message in the comments if you’ve tried one of these or have a favorite of your own you like to make. ☺