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Easy Overnight Eggnog French Toast Bake

This Easy Overnight Eggnog French Toast Bake with homemade caramel sauce is a perfect recipe for your Christmas breakfast or any brunch this holiday season!

This Eggnog French Toast Bake is so simple, and I bet you already have the ingredients at home. Take it to the next level with an easy homemade caramel sauce…so rich and delicious! It’s perfect for holiday brunch or even dessert.

Easy Overnight Eggnog French Toast Bake

A Perfect Holiday Breakfast!

What I love about this recipe is that it can be prepared the night before you want to serve it, making it perfect for Christmas morning. I want to enjoy Christmas morning, so to eliminate some stress I prefer to assemble a breakfast dish the night before the big day. Then when we get up in the morning, all I have to do is pop it in the oven when we start our gift opening, and breakfast will be ready when we are! This Eggnog French Toast Bake is just that kind of recipe.

Easy Overnight Eggnog French Toast Bake

About this recipe:

This Eggnog French Toast Bake is made with chunks of bread baked in a rich and creamy eggnog custard mixture. It has all delicious flavours of Christmas that everyone loves…eggnog, cinnamon, and nutmeg. And to top it all off, instead of serving syrup with it, I made an easy homemade caramel sauce to drizzle over the top. Yes, it is as delicious as it sounds! Yum. If you find the caramel sauce too much for breakfast, you can serve this dish for dessert…it’s basically an Eggnog Bread Pudding anyway.

Easy Overnight Eggnog French Toast Bake

Serving Suggestion:

Because this is a rich and sweet breakfast, I like to serve it with bacon or sausages and a fresh fruit salad. So good. (also, if you don’t want the caramel sauce, just serve this recipe with regular syrup or maple syrup)

Easy Overnight Eggnog French Toast Bake

Eggnog French Toast Recipe Tips

  • EGGNOG: You can use classic, regular or light eggnog for this recipe. This is a great recipe for any leftover eggnog you have in your fridge.
  • BREAD: I like to use chunks of French Bread, brioche, or challah bread. But you can use any kind of crusty bread. Stale bread (day-old bread) works the best.
  • STORAGE: Keep any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Just reheat in the microwave.

Make ahead or make same day?

Either works great! If you want to make this bake the day before you want to serve it you can. But if you want to make and serve it the same day, just let the assembled dish rest for 30 minutes so the bread has time to soak up the eggnog mixture.

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Easy Overnight Eggnog French Toast Bake Recipe

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This Easy Overnight Eggnog French Toast Bake with homemade caramel sauce is a perfect recipe for your Christmas breakfast or any brunch this holiday season!

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Resting Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6 people 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baking

Ingredients

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Bread Pudding:

  • 5 cups cubes French bread (day old is best)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup eggnog
  • 1/4 cup half and half cream
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Caramel Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup half and half cream

Instructions

Preparing the Bread Pudding:

  1. In a large bowl whisk together the eggs, eggnog, cream, vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon.
  2. Prepare a 9 x 13 baking dish by greasing it with butter, then add the bread cubes.
  3. Then pour the milk/egg mixture over the bread, and gently stir to ensure that all the ingredients are evenly distributed, and the bread is covered in the milk mixture.
  4. Cover with aluminum foil and put in the fridge overnight. OR if you want to make and serve it the same day, let it rest at least 30 minutes first so the bread has time to soak up the milk mixture.
  5. The next morning, sprinkle the top with cinnamon and sugar, and add the casserole dish to a cold oven.
  6. Turn the oven to 350 degrees F, and bake for about 1 hour, or until the pudding is puffed and firm in the centre, and the top is golden brown.

Caramel Sauce:

  1. While the bread pudding is baking, you can make the caramel sauce that you will drizzle all over this delicious dish.
  2. In a small saucepan melt the butter, then add the brown sugar and cream.
  3. Stir over low heat until the sauce thickens.
  4. Set aside to cool slightly.
  5. Serve the baked french toast warm with the warm caramel sauce!

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I hope you enjoy this festive breakfast! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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