Baked French Toast

I’ve made Overnight French Toast (also on this site) for years, but I’d heard about this recipe, and it sounded so good. I love the topping element of this one, and I will say it’s a great use of a stick of butter. I made it for my family when they came to our house for Christmas 2016, and it was a hit. 

Serves 8

FRENCH TOAST
1 loaf crusty sourdough or French bread
8 whole eggs
2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 T. vanilla

Topping
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 t. cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
Freshly grated nutmeg (optional)
1 stick cold butter, cut Into pieces
Warm syrup
1 cup fresh blueberries

For the French toast: Grease the baking pan with cooking spray. Tear the bread into chunks, or cut into cubes, and evenly distribute in the pan. Crack the eggs in a big bowl. Whisk together the eggs, milk, cream, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla. Pour evenly over the bread. Cover the pan tightly and store in the fridge until needed (overnight preferably). Or you can make it and bake it right away—delicious no matter what!

For the topping: Mix the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and some nutmeg in a separate bowl. Stir together using a fork. Add the butter and with a pastry cutter, and mix it all together until the mixture resembles fine pebbles. Store in a plastic bag in the fridge.

When you’re ready to bake the casserole, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Remove the casserole from the fridge and sprinkle the topping over the top. Bake for 45 minutes for a softer, more bread pudding texture or for 1 hour-plus or more for a firmer, crisper texture.

Scoop out individual portions. Top with butter and drizzle with warm pancake syrup and sprinkle with blueberries.

Cinnamon and Sugar Sweet Rolls

overnight-cinnamon-twist5I admit it.  Baking with yeast takes it up a notch.  The Easter Bunny prepared this yummy treat for our family.  When a recipe can be started the night before, I am all in.   Cinnamon and sugar is a win win.  Add a serving of bacon or sausage, done and done. High Five!  These were made with love for my boys.   I can only hope that sharing this recipe brings sweetness to your life.

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Egg Bake

We just got back from a wonderful few days at Seabrook and have to share two of the recipes that our good friends Jeremy and Shelly brought. This one is an egg bake. It’s got a few steps, but it’s pretty simple to throw together… and worth it! The ultimate one-dish breakfast casserole! It’s excellent left over, and you could even get saucy and put it in a tortilla!

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Dutch Baby Pancakes

dutch baby

Need a special treat for a weekend breakfast?  Get out your favorite seasoned iron skillet or purchase one and start a whole new world of cooking.   I felt super special recently when a friend made these for my son (age 12) and I.  Chris served these pancakes (cooked in the oven, but more like thicker version of crepes) with blueberry syrup, maple syrup, powdered sugar, and a wedge of lemon.   A side of sausage and bacon was the perfect touch.  Hospitality at its best. Thanks Chris and Darci, you know how to make your house guests feel extra special.

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Spinach, Mushroom and Feta Crustless Quiche

Hudson had his first sleepover last night, so I took the opportunity to make a savory breakfast. (Hudson can only abide by sweets for breakfast.) It was easy, economical (the website said $6.19 for the whole thing) and delicious. I tweaked it by sauteing some summer squash and cooked, sliced turkey links with the mushrooms, and I replaced feta with the Swiss I had on hand. I barely measured a thing, and it came out great! I wasn’t shy with salt, which I think made it even better. 
Serves: 6

8 oz. fresh mushrooms
½ tsp minced garlic
Non-stick spray
1 (10 oz.) box frozen spinach
4 large eggs
1 cup milk
2 oz. feta cheese
¼ cup grated parmesan
½ cup shredded mozzarella
Salt & pepper to taste

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. If your frozen spinach is not already thawed, thaw it in the microwave. Empty the box into a colander and let it drain while you begin to prepare the rest.

Quickly rinse the mushrooms and slice them thinly. Place the sliced mushrooms in a skillet coated with non-stick spray, add the minced garlic, and sprinkle a little salt and pepper. Turn the heat on to medium-high and saute the mushrooms until they release all of their moisture and no more water remains on the bottom of the skillet (5-7 minutes). Note this is a place to get creative. with other veggies and/or crumbled sausage or bacon.

Spray a pie dish with non-stick spray. Squeeze the rest of the water out of the spinach and spread it out on the bottom of the pie dish. Next add the cooked mushrooms and crumbled feta. (Since I used swiss, I added a large dash of seasoned salt to the spinach.)

In a medium bowl whisk together the eggs until fairly smooth. Add the milk, parmesan, and another small sprinkle of pepper. Whisk to combine. (This step can be completed while the mushrooms are cooking) Pour this mixture into the pie dish over the spinach, mushrooms, and feta.

Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella cheese over top. Place the pie dish on a baking sheet for easy transfer into the oven. Place the quiche into the preheated oven and bake until it is golden brown on top and the center is solid. Every oven is different but this should take between 45 minutes and an hour. (Mine took about 50 minutes.) Slice and serve!

Adapted from Budget Bytes

Sausage Potato Breakfast Casserole

Thank heaven for house guests!  With upcoming company this weekend, I went on the search for the perfect breakfast casserole.  I didn’t have to search long, as I remembered my friend and neighbor, Tina’s famous casserole.  It has always reminded me of something I had at a B and B years ago in Sante Fe.   I have had this and made this on several occasions.  The fact that you can make it ahead of time, is always a plus.  There are many great breakfast casseroles, but I love the simplicity and the fact this only has 6 ingredients.  Serve with tortillas, biscuits, or bagels.  

Spray oil

frozen hashbrown potatoes (thawed)

1 lb. of pork sausage, browned

1/2 white onion, finely chopped

1 small can of green chilies

12 eggs, beaten

2 cups of cheddar cheese, shredded

salsa and sour cream (optional)

Spray a 9X13 glass casserole dish. Place the whole package of thawed hashbrown potatoes in the bottom of the dish. Top with cooked, browned pork sausage. Sprinkle ½ of a finely chopped onion on top of potatoes. Sprinkle one can of chopped green chilis on top. Pour 12 beaten large eggs over potato mixture.  (can be refrigerated at this point  or put directly in oven)

Bake for 30 minutes at 350

Take out of oven and cover with 2 cups of cheddar cheese or any cheese of your preference and bake an additional 15 minutes.

Ready to serve with salsa and or sour cream.  (optional)

Yummy Waffles

We have a brand new kindergartner starting school tomorrow, and so we started a new tradition in our house. We had breakfast for dinner. My college used to do this the night before finals, and everybody loved it. I make pancakes often, so we decided to kick it up a notch with some homemade waffles. I made some tweaks to the recipe I found online, and they were delicious!

2 eggs, separated
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 3/4 cups milk
1 t. vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 T. white sugar
4 t. baking powder
1/4 t. salt
1/2 t. cinnamon
In a blender, blend the egg whites until they are frothy. Then on low speed, add the oil, milk and vanilla, mixing briefly. Mix the dry ingredients separately, then mix again on low in the blender. (The point is to mix the egg whites on high, then mix the rest as little as possible so they stay fluffy.) Pour onto waffle iron, serving with whatever fixin’s you like! Enjoy!