Ahhh the lost art of brunch! I went from enjoying boozy brunches with friends before kids, to making brunch for family functions on the regular…not quite as relaxing lol, but still pretty darn delicious!
At the very least, I’ve mastered a few great recipes that can be made the night before, are easy to pull together with not too many exotic ingredients, and will feed the masses with leftovers to boot, these are must have qualities in a recipe for me!
If you have littles on the go, then I’m sure brunch will seem like a long ways away from when you get out of bed to when you eat, so we always start our day with some fruit, yogurt & toast to hold them off until guests have arrived and brunch is served! (*pro-tip, don’t roll into family functions ‘hangry’ or with hangry kids lol)
Without further ado, let’s start with a little some Sweet for Christmas morning!
Image & recipe courtesy of Paula Dean via Food Network
Baked Maple Pecan French Toast
- 1 loaf French bread (13 to 16 ounces)
- 8 large eggs
- 2 cups half-and-half
- 1 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Dash salt
- Maple syrup
- 1/2 pound (2 sticks) butter
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Slice French bread into 20 slices, 1-inch each. (Use any extra bread for garlic toast or bread crumbs). Arrange slices in a generously buttered 9 by 13-inch flat baking dish in 2 rows, overlapping the slices. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, half-and-half, milk, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and beat with a rotary beater or whisk until blended but not too bubbly. Pour mixture over the bread slices, making sure all are covered evenly with the milk-egg mixture. Spoon some of the mixture in between the slices. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.
The next day, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Spread Praline Topping evenly over the bread and bake for 40 minutes, until puffed and lightly golden. Serve with maple syrup.
Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and blend well. Makes enough for Baked French Toast Casserole.
*gluten free option, by simply swapping out the french bread for your favorite gluten free bread* I have not tried to swap out the milk for a dairy free alternative, but feel like this would be an easy switch! If you try it let me know what you think!
Now onto something savoury for your main dish!
Eggs Benedict Casserole
- cooking spray
- 8 large eggs
- 2 cups milk
- 3 green onions, chopped (optional, I omit these cause they’re not my jam!)
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 pound Canadian bacon, cut into 1/2-inch dice
- 6 English muffins, cut into 1/2-inch dice
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1 (.9 ounce) package hollandaise sauce mix
- 1 cup milk
- 1/4 cup margarine
- Spray 9×13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
- Whisk eggs, 2 cups milk, green onions, onion powder, and salt together in a large bowl until well mixed.
- Layer half the Canadian bacon in the prepared baking dish. Spread English muffins over meat and top with remaining Canadian bacon. Pour egg mixture over casserole. Cover baking dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
- Sprinkle casserole with paprika; cover with aluminum foil.
- Bake in preheated oven until eggs are nearly set, about 30 minutes; remove foil. Continue baking until eggs are completely set, about 15 more minutes.
- Whisk hollandaise sauce mix with 1 cup milk in a saucepan. Add margarine and bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to medium-low, simmer, and stir until thickened, about 1 minute. Drizzle sauce over casserole to serve.
*photo & recipe credit to All Recipes
Extra yummies for the table:
- Your favourite homemade hash browns, or frozen ones will do! My kids love the patties that look like A&W’s 🙂
- fresh fruit
- Coffee/Earl Grey tea w/Baileys
Most importantly, enjoy with those you hold near & dear! If you give these recipes a ‘go’ let me know! Tag @thesweetlifeapparel on Instagram with #Getthebakedgoods !!!
From our home to yours, wishing you the sweetest holiday season!
Xo The Sweet Life Jen