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Overnight Eggnog French Toast Bake

Overnight eggnog French toast bake is a breakfast crowd-pleaser! A few simple ingredients that you put together overnight and wake up the next morning to pop it in the oven. Your guests will think you slaved over this!

Overnight eggnog French toast bake is a breakfast crowd-pleaser! It's perfect for Christmas morning!

Overnight eggnog French toast bake is a breakfast crowd-pleaser! It's perfect for Christmas morning!

I’m 26 and I act like I’m 75. Jason and I went on a quick roadtrip on Saturday for an event my wedding photographer was holding for her 2013 brides (yeah, also really weird to think I just got married this year – it’s gone by so fast!). We had to wake up the same time we usually do for work and it’s weird because I’m usually ok with that but apparently, on Saturday, my body was like woah woah woah, it is SATURDAY, what are you doing?!

I slept pretty much all the way home and then I proceeded to go to bed at 8:30pm and slept for 12 hours. Twelve hours, folks. You would’ve thought I did a marathon or did something strenuous that day. Nope, just went to a spa day and had a delicious lunch. I’m so screwed when we have kids.

Overnight eggnog French toast bake is a breakfast crowd-pleaser! It's perfect for Christmas morning!

Overnight eggnog French toast bake is a breakfast crowd-pleaser! It's perfect for Christmas morning!

Ok, so who’s with me on Christmas morning when you’re waking up and getting ready to open gifts and you’re STARVING?! But you don’t really want to eat before opening gifts so you just keep drinking coffee and hope that your stomach rumblings don’t distract from gift opening. And then what do you do after you open gifts? Search the fridge for food or wait for stuff to cook.

How about we change that for you this year? How about you prep a delicious breakfast bake the night before and pop it into the oven while y’all open gifts and have a piping hot, gooey, and AMAZING breakfast waiting & ready for you immediately after gifts? Yup. Game changer, here.

Seriously – this takes NO time to prep and you just pop it in the fridge and throw it (ok, gently place it) in the oven and bake it for 45 minutes the next morning. Just enough time to get all the presents open and for you to tinker with your new gadgets or put in the batteries for the kids’ toys. :)

Be sure to come back tomorrow where I’ll have a fun Diamond of California giveaway for you where there’ll be five winners! Perfect holiday variety gift pack of their nuts to help with your holiday baking – especially to make this recipe!

Overnight Eggnog French Toast Bake
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Recipe type: Breakfast, Bread, Casseroles
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Serves: 6-8
 
Ingredients:
  • 1 large loaf of French bread, cut into large 2-inch cubes
  • 2½ cups egg nog
  • 6 large eggs
  • ¼ cup + 2 tbsp. dark brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 4 tbsp. rum (optional)
  • 1 cup Diamond of California chopped walnuts
Instructions:
  1. In a large measuring cup or bowl, whisk together egg nog, eggs, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and rum (if using).
  2. Spray a 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish with cooking spray. Add the bread cubes into the pan. It will be a tight fit but that’s ok. Press them down gently, if need be.
  3. Gently pour the eggnog mixture all over the bread cubes. Using the back of a spatula, press down on the bread cubes to help the bread soak up the liquid a bit. The bread will continue to soak up the liquid overnight.
  4. Top the dish with chopped walnuts and cover tightly with foil. Place in the refrigerator to chill overnight.
  5. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  6. Unwrap the dish (save the foil) and bake uncovered for 30 minutes. The top will be nice and golden brown.
  7. After 30 minutes, cover the dish with the foil you saved and bake for another 15-20 minutes, just to make sure the center is set and everything is warmed through.
  8. Remove from oven and serve hot with maple syrup.
Notes:
It is okay if the middle of your dish is a tiny bit runny – that’s how it’s supposed to be and it is safe to eat. You can tell from my second to last picture above that it was a little bit runny in the center. If you’re worried, you can bake it longer until the middle is completely set/dry. This might take a bit longer than my suggested 45 minutes total bake time.

If using a glass baking dish, place the glass baking dish into the oven as it is preheating so the glass baking dish doesn’t crack. If you place it in the oven at 350 degrees straight from the fridge, your dish is more prone to cracking!

 

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55 COMMENTS

  1. 12/16/2013 at 6:06 am

    Oh man, that looks incredible! And it is overnight!!!! Not sure I could sleep with that smell going around the house. That would be the perfect brunch on Christmas day! It would make me get up even earlier than children though…not sure my family would appreciate that haha!

    I am so jealous of your 12 hours of sleep…..I have no idea when the last time I slept 12 hours was!

    Thanks for the wonderful idea!

  2. 12/16/2013 at 6:11 am

    This sounds incredible!!!! <3

  3. 12h sleep – a dream. It’s not acting old, it means that you’re happy :) Great breakfast idea, will make it on days.

  4. 12/16/2013 at 8:00 am

    Julie, I’m 27 and act like I’m 85. It’s ok. And this is the perfect Christmas morning breakfast! Because we expend so much energy opening gifts. We need something as delectable as eggnog french toast. Duh!

  5. 12/16/2013 at 8:15 am

    I went to bed at 8:30 on the couch yesterday. I’m an old woman! I love this french toast my darling!

  6. 12/16/2013 at 8:50 am

    What a perfect idea! I’ll be the house smells amazing in the morning too!

  7. 12/16/2013 at 8:54 am

    Oooo, one of my favorite breakfast treats for the holidays! Gorgeous dish!

  8. 12/16/2013 at 9:01 am

    That a great holiday breakfast!

  9. 12/16/2013 at 9:23 am

    Girl, you are not the one who feels old–last night, Ben and I fell asleep while watching West Wing reruns. I take it to mean our bodies just need some down time :) I’m such a huge fan of make ahead breakfasts like this. You can eat like a queen for zero day-of effort, and the eggnog and nuts in this recipe make it special!

  10. 12/16/2013 at 9:31 am

    Stop it! This looks amazing Julie!! I think this will be what I make for our next family breakfast! Love the nog!!

  11. 12/16/2013 at 9:46 am

    Can’t wait to try this, Julie!

  12. 12/16/2013 at 9:49 am

    you are screwed when you have kids! haha! But this french toast would help ease the early morning- it’s beautiful!

  13. 12/16/2013 at 10:04 am

    Oh my…this is definitely coming to my house! This looks so good!!! I wish I had some right now – it’s making me hungry!

  14. 12/16/2013 at 10:09 am

    Sounds yummy! I am a big fan of eggnog, so this will make an appearance on the table for sure.

  15. 12/16/2013 at 10:47 am

    I am right there with you. I’m too embarrassed to say what time I go to bed during the week. Grandma all up in my house! Love this idea to prep the night before and have an awesome breakfast with no work the next day!

  16. 12/16/2013 at 10:51 am

    Oh. My. God. – This is definitely going on the agenda for Christmas morning!

    • 12/16/2013 at 3:47 pm

      I hope it does, Jamie!

  17. 12/16/2013 at 10:54 am

    I love that you can prepare this the night before!

  18. 12/16/2013 at 11:10 am

    This looks like my Christmas breakfast!!

  19. 12/16/2013 at 11:11 am

    I love that we both have eggnog on the brain! Love this recipe!

  20. 12/16/2013 at 11:34 am

    Yay for eggnog! This french toast bake looks excellent, Julie :)

  21. 12/16/2013 at 11:53 am

    Overnight eggnog is the best! I made it for last year’s Christmas but you just reminded me that I need to make it again. And that drizzle shot – perfection!

  22. Karen K
    12/16/2013 at 1:07 pm

    This obviously sounds like a bread pudding, which I have made before, but ended up TOO runny ( I didn’t realize I should’ve let it cook longer). I have always read to use “day old bread” or lightly toast the bread first, but you never mentioned this.
    So……should I lightly “dry out” the bread cubes first?? Thank you. I may make this on Christmas morning :)

    • 12/16/2013 at 3:48 pm

      Hi Karen! I didn’t use day old bread and I didn’t lightly toast mine beforehand. I think what’s great about this recipe is the simplicity of it all so I hope you make this and enjoy!

  23. 12/16/2013 at 1:37 pm

    lol you’re so screwed. No really… you’ll just become a walking zombie. It’s a new way of life. I’m sure you’ll adjust. But really, I’m jealous of your sleeping abilities. And this French toast casserole omg. In my belly now.

  24. 12/16/2013 at 2:17 pm

    Make ahead breakfasts are the best! Especially for mornings like Christmas morning!

  25. 12/16/2013 at 2:25 pm

    Hello, gorgeous!! I’m thinking this needs to be actioned ASAP!

  26. 12/16/2013 at 2:44 pm

    I had one of those “OMG-I’m-so-tired” days last week and slept for 12 straight hours, too! It was glorious (also kind of ridiculous :)). I am totally putting this bake on my to-make list!

  27. 12/16/2013 at 3:34 pm

    This would be perfect for Christmas morning!

  28. 12/16/2013 at 9:29 pm

    I love having a special breakfast on Christmas morning! I usually do make-ahead cinnamon rolls, but this french toast sounds amazing. New tradition this year maybe :)

  29. 12/16/2013 at 10:45 pm

    Love french toast bake and the eggnog makes it so great for Christmas morning!

  30. 12/16/2013 at 10:49 pm

    Looks incredible! Pinned! love the rum :) A perfect way to start the day!

  31. 12/16/2013 at 10:55 pm

    I am newly 20 and act like I am 80! I am not your typical 20 year old, but I have decided to just be ok with it since I am not changing. LOL!

    This breakfast is killer! I would so love this after gift!

  32. 12/17/2013 at 2:09 am

    This is a perfect breakfast for Christmas morning!

  33. 12/17/2013 at 10:44 am

    So jealous of your 12 hours of sleep! That sounds amazing. I feel you on feeling older than your age. I had to go to a college graduation on Saturday and was passed out by 9. Ha! And this french toast looks amazing! I even happen to have some eggnog needing to be used up. Thanks for sharing!

  34. 12/17/2013 at 11:06 am

    Gorgeous photos! I showed my hubby this and he is begging me to make it! Looks like I need to run to the grocery store :)

    • 12/18/2013 at 8:10 am

      Thanks Chelsea! Hope you and your husband enjoy this :)

  35. 12/17/2013 at 2:47 pm

    That exhaustion you felt just after traveling for the day is what you feel like 24-7 when your pregnant. look out! I have many nights where I go to bed at 8;00! lol. I have those rumblings every morning, and have yet to make a french toast bake. I think I know what I’ll be making within the next week!

  36. Pat Mitchell
    12/18/2013 at 2:56 pm

    Thanks for this recipe for such an easy and good treat! I’m a senior citizen so been cooking/ baking a long time. One suggestion: if using a glass baking dish, place it in oven when you turn it on. The glass can warm w/ oven and prevents possibility of it breaking from the temp extreme from fridge to hot oven. Other than that, I’d add nothing and will be trying this soon. Happy Holidays all!

    • 12/18/2013 at 3:55 pm

      Great tip, Pat! Thanks!! Happy Holidays :)

  37. 12/22/2013 at 11:50 am

    Ooh, this sounds delish! I’m planning my own French Toast recipe for tomorrow – first attempt at actually making it. x

  38. Irene L.
    12/22/2013 at 4:24 pm

    Hi Julie,
    I was just wondering if you recalled how many cups of bread cubes you used. I order my groceries online and I am trying to figure out if I should buy one or two loaves of bread.
    Thank you.

    • 12/22/2013 at 6:43 pm

      Hi Irene! It should be about 5-6 cups of bread. Enjoy!

  39. Pia
    12/23/2013 at 3:49 pm

    I learned many years ago from Marion Cunningham to put the cold dish in the oven, so it doesn’t crack. Adjust the time accordingly. It’s great on Xmas morning, because you can start your breakfast while opening the presents and the house will smell deliciously for the rest of the day.

  40. Jessica
    12/24/2013 at 10:27 pm

    Hi Julie,
    I want to make this for Christmas brunch but unfortunately I came across this recipe to late in the day. The grocery stores close by are already closed. Does this recipe absolutely require that you leave it overnight?

    -Jessica

    • 12/24/2013 at 10:48 pm

      Hi Jessica, no, you don’t have to leave it overnight. 4-6 hours is a good alternative to overnight. Just enough time to let the bread soak in all the liquid. The reason why it’s overnight is mainly for ease of prep for the dish during busy holiday time. Enjoy and Merry Christmas :)

  41. EJ
    12/26/2013 at 8:16 am

    Stumbled upon your website on Christmas Eve and decided to give this a try. Made this for my family for Christmas brunch and it was a big hit! Used brown sugar cinnamon bread, spiced egg nog and bourbon as this is what we had on hand. Will definitely make again! Thanks!

    • 12/28/2013 at 3:20 pm

      So glad you found this to try, EJ! I’m thrilled everyone enjoyed it :)

  42. 12/26/2013 at 9:37 pm

    Oh how delectable :) I am dying to get a taste of this!

  43. 12/29/2013 at 4:20 am

    Omg, I am SO down to have this for breakfast. Sure, the presents are opened, but I`m still in the holiday mode.

  44. 12/30/2013 at 3:53 pm

    Julie, I made this Christmas Eve while visiting our son and daughter-in-law. I think I had a larger loaf of bread than necessary, so I added a little extra eggnog for moisture. The kids loved it and so did we. It will be a traditional fix from now on! Thanks for posting it.

    Cherié

    • 01/01/2014 at 3:48 pm

      I’m so happy this will be a new tradition for you and the family! That’s so wonderful! Happy New Year, Cherié!

  45. Jen
    02/13/2014 at 10:02 pm

    Looks amazing, could I substitute something for eggnog? Not sure I’d find it anywhere now.

    • 02/15/2014 at 10:33 pm

      Hi Jen, sure just substitute milk.

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