baked eggnog french toast Casserole with pecans is a delicious Christmas morning breakfast!
If you need a quick and easy breakfast for Christmas morning, this baked eggnog french toast with pecans fits the bill!
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Christmas morning is such a special time–it calls for a celebratory breakfast but requires it be easy to prepare. Because between installing batteries in new toys and reading instruction manuals, no mama has time to be slaving away in the kitchen.
Breakfasts that can be at least partially prepared ahead of time are perfect for Christmas morning! That’s what I love about this baked eggnog french toast casserole!
Since bread pudding and baked french toast are pretty much the same things, you can serve this for dessert and call it bread pudding, or serve it for breakfast and call it french toast. Win-win!!.
The eggnog flavor adds a festive flair to this dish without being overpowering, and the pecans offer a nice contrast to the soft bread. I find the eggnog glaze is sweet enough on its own, but you can always add a drizzle of warm syrup if your heart desires. 🙂
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How to Make an Overnight Eggnog French Toast Casserole
If you want to make it ahead, just prepare it up through the step of putting it in the oven. Cover it with plastic wrap and put it in the fridge overnight.
In the morning, just pop it in the oven and follow the steps for baking.
If you don’t want to prepare everything the night before, you can just toast the bread the night before and complete the remaining steps in the morning.
And of course, if you don’t need to make it ahead of time, just follow the steps as written below whenever you’re ready.
It’s totally up to you!
One thing is for sure–this is a tasty breakfast that feels special without requiring a lot of effort. Because you have more important things to do on Christmas morning. 🙂
How to Make eggnog french toast
Baked eggnog french toast is the perfect quick breakfast for the holiday season.
Ingredients You’ll Need:
- loaf of French bread or French baguette
- brown sugar
- chopped pecans
- powdered sugar
How to Make It:
Preheat oven and prepare bread. Preheat over to 350F and cut bread into cubes. Toast bread crumbs.
Combine eggnog mixture. Mix together butter, brown sugar, eggnog, milk, eggs, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, and pecans.
Pour mixture on bread. Pour eggnog mixture over toasted bread crumbs. Allow to set for 20 minutes stirring occasionally.
Bake. Pour cubed bread mixture into prepared baking dish. Bake at 350F for about 30 minutes.
Prepare glaze. Whisk powdered sugar and eggnog.
Finish off french toast. Remove from oven and pour glaze over top.
- 12 oz loaf of French bread or French baguette
- 2 TBSP butter, melted
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 cup eggnog
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 eggs
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- For the Glaze:
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 2-3 TBSP eggnog
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Cut bread into 1-inch cubes. Spread onto a baking sheet and toast in preheated oven for 10-15 minutes. Remove from oven when beginning to turn golden brown.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together melted butter, brown sugar, eggnog, milk, eggs, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, and pecans.
- Add toasted bread cubes to the liquid mixture, stirring gently to combine. Allow mixture to sit for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, so the bread can soak up as much liquid as possible.
- Grease an 8x8 baking dish.
- Once mixture is finished soaking, pour it into the prepared baking dish.
- Bake for about 30-40 minutes, or until it begins to turn golden brown.
- Prepare glaze by whisking together powdered sugar and eggnog until desired consistency is reached.
- Drizzle glaze over warm french toast and serve.
If you want to make it ahead, just prepare it up through the step of putting it in the baking dish. Cover it with plastic wrap and put it in the fridge overnight and follow the steps for cooking the next day.
This recipe can be doubled and baked in a 9x13" baking dish if desired.