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!
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.
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. :)
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.
- 1 large loaf of French bread, cut into large 2-inch cubes
- 2 1/2 cups egg nog
- 6 large eggs
- 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp. dark brown sugar
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 4 tbsp rum, optional
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- In a large measuring cup or bowl, whisk together egg nog, eggs, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and rum (if using).
- 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.
- 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.
- Top the dish with chopped walnuts and cover tightly with foil. Place in the refrigerator to chill overnight.
- When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Unwrap the dish (save the foil) and bake uncovered for 30 minutes. The top will be nice and golden brown.
- 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.
- Remove from oven and serve hot with maple syrup.
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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