There are a lot of “bests” involved in being a kid on holiday mornings, but most of my favorite memories revolve around sitting at the breakfast table eating pancakes or French toast or some other special occasion meal that my parents whipped up. Now that I’m an adult, I still love sitting around the breakfast table and indulging in the kind of meal that takes a little bit more effort than cereal and milk, but now I’m the one responsible for getting up early and getting it on the table before hangriness takes over my household. Seriously, I don’t know how my parents did it all those years!
Enter: the overnight French toast casserole. AKA total breakfast lifesaver. Basically, it involves throwing a bunch of ingredients into a pan the night before, letting them sit in the fridge overnight, and then baking them off the next morning. The beauty in this is that the bread actually requires that long soak so that it’s extra luscious and creamy on the inside even after a stint in the oven.
In order to add a little extra holiday/winter cheer to this French toast bake, the custard is flavored with pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice. In addition, fresh or frozen cranberries are strewn on top just before baking to add some sweet-tart juiciness to the mix. Served with a drizzle of maple syrup, this is the perfect way to make your winter mornings feel more warm and cozy – but without all the fuss!
Adapted from Little Spice Jar.
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