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Eggnog French Toast Casserole – The perfect Christmas morning breakfast

In my house we focus so much of our energy preparing Christmas dinner, and sort of expect the rest to fall into place.  A mentality of “breakfast will make itself,” or “eggs and bacon will be fine.”  This X-mas I decided I will take it up a notch and make a dish of Eggnog French Toast Casserole.  It practically makes itself and feeds a small army of relatives.  Top with fresh cranberry sauce and bananas for a spectacular A.M. meal….. I know I will!  Merry Christmas Babble Friends!

Ingredients for Eggnog French Toast Casserole:

  • 1 1/2 – tablespoons butter
  • 10 – cups ciabatta bread (cubed )
  • 1 – cup sugar plus two tablespoons
  • 4 – eggs
  • 1 – teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 – teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 – cups eggnog
  • 5 – tablespoons butter (melted and brought back to room temperature)

Garnish:

  • Fresh banana
  • Cranberry sauce
  • sliced almonds
  • powdered sugar

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees fahrenheit.
  2. Grease a 9×13 inch pyrex with 1 1/2 tablespoons butter.
  3. Arrange all ciabatta cubes in pyrex. Set to the side.
  4. With an electric mixer, beat 1 cup sugar and eggs together for 6 minutes on high.
  5. Next add cinnamon, vanilla, eggnog, and 5 tablespoons butter to sugar/ egg mixture. Beat for 2 minutes.
  6. Carefully ladle eggnog /sugar mixture over ciabatta cubes.
  7. Once eggnog mixture is poured in, press down on ciabatta cubes with both hands to ensure all bread cubes are soaked in eggnog mixture.
  8. Sprinkle remaining two tablespoons of sugar over the top of ciabatta cubes. Set to the side.
  9. In a larger baking dish or roasting pan ( 15 x 10 – or 4 quarts ) fill 2 inches with boiling hot water to create a water bath. Then place the 9×13 inch prepared pyrex of eggnog french toast in the middle of the 15 x 10 water bath. The water lever should reach halfway up the side of the 9 x13 pyrex dish. Place in the oven for 1 hour.
  10. Let cool for 15 minutes. Then cut into healthy servings. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, almond slices, fresh banana, and top with fresh cranberry sauce.
  11. Merry Christmas Breakfast!

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