Who’s getting excited about Christmas???
Okay. I am really excited. It snowed here for the first time yesterday – and although I am from the great white north (aka Canada), I live in the mild, rainy city of Vancouver, and we have not had snow like this in 3 years! Exciting times, people!!! If there’s one thing to get you in the Christmas spirit it’s snow.
All this snow, and all the eggnog I’ve been drinking lately has got me thinking about Christmas breakfast and how much it absolutely stinks to cook on Christmas morning. All I want to do is spend the morning by the fire, beside my family, chatting and unwrapping gifts.
Which means I like to set myself up for success by putting breakfast together the night before so that all I have to do on Christmas morning is shove it in the oven.
- 1 white sandwich loaf (approx 1 pound / 455 grams), cut into cubes
- 6 large eggs
- 1½ cup milk
- 1 cup orange juice
- 3 tablespoons orange liqueur (optional)
- zest of 2 oranges
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- ½ cup frozen or fresh cranberries
- butter, to grease your dish
- Lightly grease a 9x13" (or other 3-quart casserole dish) with butter and arrange bread cubes in an even layer in the dish.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, orange juice, and orange liqueur. Pour egg mixture over top of the bread, making sure all of the bread gets soaked.
- In a small bowl, add the orange zest and granulated sugar, and rub together with your fingers. This will release the yummy orange flavour! Sprinkle orange zest all over the eggy bread pieces. Scatter cranberries over top, making sure to tuck a few cranberries into the crevices between the bread cubes.
- Let the french toast bake soak at least 15 minutes at room temperature, or cover with saran wrap and place in the fridge overnight.
- When you're ready to bake, preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake for 30-40 minutes, until a knife inserted into the centre of the casserole causes no liquid to spill into the crack - you want the french toast to be moist, but no longer liquidy and not dried out either!
Psst, while you’re thinking about Christmas brunch, put some Homemade Eggnog in your menu plan!