Bliss cooks: Stollen and eggnog French Toast Casserole

posted on December 27, 2009 at 6:56 am

Bliss cooks: Stollen and Eggnog French Toast casserole

Since this is our first Christmas together as a family, I wanted to make something special for Moon and Junior Moon’s breakfast. The possibilities were endless, but I was one befuddled and undecided Jew on the verge of a Christmas cooking catastrophe. That was until I took stock of the glut of Christmas treats we’d amassed and spied a loaf of Stollen from Henri’s and a pitcher of eggnog. Both ingredients were the perfect seasonal twist to my basic recipe for French Toast Casserole. I’d never used either in cooking, but it was worth a shot. Right? We always had a platter of Benton’s bacon and Gordon’s Ramsay’s scrambled eggs if my experiment went awry. Lucky for us, the results were to-die-for and leftovers reheated well the next morning. You gotta love a dish that can handle an encore and is super simple to prepare.

One loaf of Stollen (about 8-10 thick slices)
2 cups of eggnog (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic work)
7 large eggs
A dash (or five if you are an addict like me) of freshly grated nutmeg
A dash of vanilla
1/4 cup of brown sugar
A dash of maple syrup

(Serves 8-10 people)

Butter a casserole dish.

Combine everything—except the bread—in a large bowl. Beat well with a whisk.

Dip each slice into the mixture and place in the dish. Pour the remaining mixture over the slices.

Cover and refrigerate overnight. If you don’t have time to do it the night before, let it sit for an hour at least. This also works if you don’t like extremely “custardy” French toast.

The next morning, preheat the oven to 450°.

Uncover the casserole and place it in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until the top of the casserole is golden brown and bubbly. You can add some brown sugar to the top during the last ten minutes if you’d like a streusel type of crunch.

Let it rest for 5 minutes.

Serve with butter, hot maple syrup, fresh citrus and a side of bacon if you’re feeling especially naughty.

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