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Can you believe that we are only TWO days away from Christmas?! EEEK! I hope you are finishing up all of your last minute shopping and wrapping. Or, maybe you are cozied up by the fire watching Christmas movies! Either way, I hope you’re having a wonderful start to your Christmas week. We are relaxing and then having family over for an early Christmas Eve celebration! The one thing that I love almost just as much as Christmas Day itself is Christmas morning breakfast! It’s always fun to do something a little extra special for your meal that morning. If you are looking for a yummy treat, you can try whipping up a batch of this overnight eggnog french toast!
What You Will Need
The nice thing about this Christmas morning breakfast option is that you can prep it the night before and then simply pop it in the oven the next day! In fact, this festive french toast is better in my opinion if you let it sit overnight to soak up all of the delicious flavors that are in the rich eggnog custard. YUM! You can use either sliced day old challah bread or brioche. Either option make great overnight french toast!
Along with a healthy dose of eggnog, this recipe includes a bit of bourbon to give it a true eggnog flavor. If you aren’t into bourbon though, feel free to omit it! The french toast will still taste just as delicious. For my recipe, I used Breckenridge Distillery’s Spiced Bourbon Whiskey, but you can certainly use whatever you like. This bourbon has a warm and delicious spiced flavor plus, it is made right here in Colorado!
For baking, you can either use a normal 9×13 inch baking pan or if you have a dutch oven, you can arrange your bread slices in a pretty pattern and cook your french toast in that instead! I really like my enameled dutch oven that my sister gave me for Christmas a few years ago. If you don’t have a dutch oven, this Martha Stewart one is a great option! I like it for recipes like this because it is super easy to clean due to the enamel coating that is on the outside. Plus, using a round dutch oven just makes for such a pretty presentation, doesn’t it?!
How to Make Overnight French Toast
Alright, I think those are really the only “special” items you will need for this recipe. The rest are kitchen staples that you surely have on hand! Assemble this the night before to let all of the flavors really soak in and then just bake in the morning for a warm and cozy Christmas breakfast.
I hope that you and your family are able to enjoy this Christmas morning breakfast recipe as you gather together in a few days for presents and quality time. Tag me on Instagram and show me what you’re making for your Christmas morning breakfast – I’d love to see!
Have a wonderful day and Merry Christmas!
Overnight Eggnog French Toast
- 1 loaf day old sliced challah or brioche bread
- 8 large eggs
- 2 cups eggnog
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup bourbon (I use Breckenridge Distillery Spiced Bourbon)
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Maple syrup for serving (optional)
- Generously butter a round dutch oven or casserole dish. Arrange bread slices in dish, slightly overlapping the slices.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, eggnog, heavy cream, sugars, bourbon, vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon. Pour the liquid evenly over the bread. You may need to rotate some of the slices to make sure they are covered in the custard mixture.
- Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Place dish in oven and bake, uncovered, for 50 – 60 minutes, or until the bread turns golden brown and puffy and the custard is set firm. In the last 10 minutes of baking, place a dome of aluminum foil over the top of the dish to protect it from burning.
- Remove from the oven and cool. Garnish with powdered sugar and maple syrup if desired.
- You may leave out the bourbon if you wish! Just add a 1/3 cup of milk or other liquid instead.