Cranberry Egg Nog French Toast Bake can be assembled the night before making it perfect for the holidays! Creamy egg nog and tart cranberies make this a decadent and flavorful breakfast.
There's nothing I love more than waking up Christmas morning and enjoying the magic of the day with my children. This is also great for Thanksgiving morning!
What I don't want to do is spend a whole bunch of time in the kitchen. A little planning goes a long way and everyone will love this decadent baked french toast!
On Christmas Eve, I cut up some fresh fruit and make some muffins. Then I prep this Cranberry French Toast Bake - it's perfect to make the day before.
On Christmas morning, we snack on fruit and muffins, while we open stockings and this delicious breakfast casserole bakes.
- brown sugar
- maple syrup
- challa bread
- ground cinnamon
- ground nutmeg
- egg nog
- fresh cranberries
- vanilla extract
- powdered sugar (optional)
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I just love serving this as part of a holiday brunch spread, too.
Here are a few more ideas you might like:
- Baked Brie with Cranberry Sauce
- Cranberry Sangria Recipe
- Bacon Puff Pastry Twists
- Cranberry Orange Bread
- Pumpkin French Toast Casserole
Related: Pineapple Cranberry Smoothie
Cranberry Egg Nog French Toast Bake
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- Large bowl
- Bread Knife
- Sauce Pan
- 1 stick butter
- 1 cup brown sugar packed
- 2 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 loaf Challa bread Cut into 1 inch cubes
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- 8 eggs
- 2 cups egg nog
- 1 cup cranberries fresh, divided
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- powdered sugar optional
- Grease a 9 x 13″ baking dish with butter and set aside.
- In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the brown sugar and maple syrup.1 stick butter, 1 cup brown sugar, 2 tablespoon maple syrup
- Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly.
- Remove from heat and pour into prepared baking dish.
- Arrange half the bread cubes over the brown sugar mixture.1 loaf Challa bread
- Sprinkle half of the fresh cranberries over the bread.1 cup cranberries
- Place the remaining bread cubes into the dish.
- In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and mix in the Egg Nog, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla extract.1 teaspoon cinnamon, ½ teaspoon nutmeg, 8 eggs, 2 cups egg nog, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Evenly pour the custard mixture over the bread cubes.
- Gently press down on the bread to make sure it’s all coated.
- Sprinkle the remaining cranberries over the top of the dish.1 cup cranberries
- Tightly cover baking dish with aluminum foil and refrigerate overnight, at least 8 hours.
- Preheat oven to 325-degrees F.
- Remove the baking dish from the refrigerator.
- Bake covered for 45 minutes.
- Increase oven temperature to 375-degrees F and remove foil.
- Bake uncovered until a knife inserted in the center of casserole is clean (and mostly dry) and top is puffy and golden brown. This will vary from 10-20 minutes depending on how hot your oven cooks.
- Dust on powdered sugar if desired and serve warm.powdered sugar
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