This Eggnog and Cranberry French Toast Bake is the perfect festive brunch recipe; easy to prepare and utterly divine, you are bound to fall in love with the sweet, spicy and cranberry filled recipe!
Oh boy, do I have a recipe for you today! The most amazing Eggnog and Cranberry French Toast Bake.
It is OUTRAGEOUSLY GOOD!
You can prepare it the night before, so that means come morning time, you can just bung it in the oven and wait for it to become golden, crispy, yet sweet and soft in the middle. You can use fresh or dried cranberries (I used dried as I prefer them) and either way you make this, when you bite into a cranberry they explode in your mouth and offer the most amazing contrast to the sweet eggnog. Pure bliss.
I am a French Toast addict, I just love the crisp on the outside, soft in the middle slices of eggy bread. I mean, fry anything and I’m game, but French Toast especially. It’s just wonderful.
However, it can be a little more time consuming than a French Toast Bake as you’re dipping and frying slices. Whereas with this, you slice the bread into cubes, place it into a sprayed pan, add in the cranberries and then pour the eggnog and egg mixture all over the top. Leave it to one side overnight for the bread to absorb the sweet mixture and then in the morning, you just need to sprinkle it with brown sugar and nutmeg, pop it in the oven and forget about it for 30 minutes!
I know that Christmas morning can be hectic, so this is the kind of recipe where the bread and the oven do all the hard work, yet you end up with an amazing, flavour filled breakfast!
The combination of eggnog and cranberry is such a winner in my eyes. Eggnog with its sweet vanilla and nutmeg flavour (and alcohol in most; I used my homemade non alcoholic eggnog for this recipe) and then the tart cranberries = the perfect balance of tart and sweet.
Where are you on traditions? Do you have a set breakfast that you and your family have every year?
I find myself following the traditions of my family and having ham on toast for Christmas morning breakfast, but I am not against change. I do find myself in routines and I like that, but I’m not obsessive about food traditions, if I fancy something different I will have it. My parents however, would never not have a ham.
Apart from Christmas lunch of course, we don’t really follow many other traditions. We don’t have a roast on Christmas Eve, Boxing Day we have leftovers and mashed potatoes at my parents house which is the same ever year, but after that we just eat whatever.
A new tradition we’ve started is to have Chinese on New Years Eve. We go to my parents for Boxing Day and then they come here for NYE, so Mr AN cooks a full Chinese and then I do dessert, it’s the highlight of the year for me food wise as his food is amazing! He has ruined Chinese takeout for my parents as they tried having one and then text me going “not as good as yours, can’t have Chinese takeout anymore!”
I’d love to know about your Christmas food traditions!
Eggnog and Cranberry French Toast Bake
- 14 oz (400g) loaf of Brioche/French Bread, cut into 1 inch cubes
- 4 large eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp ground or freshly grated nutmeg, plus extra for sprinkling on top
- 2 cups (480ml) eggnog, homemade or store bought
- 1 cup (120g) dried or fresh cranberries
- 2 tbsp light brown sugar
- Spray an 8x8 inch square pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle just under half of the cranberries into the bottom of the pan and then tip the cubes of bread into the pan. Spread out into an even layer, leave to one side.
- Place eggs, vanilla and nutmeg into a large jug and beat lightly with a fork. Add in the eggnog and beat with a fork until well combined.
- Sprinkle remaining cranberries all over the top of the bread.
- Pour the eggnog mixture over the bread, trying to get every cube of bread (I missed a few!)
- Tent a piece of cling film over the top and place in the fridge for at least 6 hours, or just leave it overnight.
- In the morning, preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Sprinkle the light brown sugar over the top of the bread and then sprinkle with a little nutmeg.
- Place in the oven for 25-30 minutes, until golden on top and when you shake the pan gently, the centre is set, but still wobbles a little bit.
- Leave to cool for around 30 minutes and then serve. You can serve with extra eggnog poured on the top, or with a glass of eggnog!
- You can also leave the Eggnog and Cranberry French Toast Bake to cool completely and then when you come to serve, place portions on a plate and reheat in the microwave for 1 minute.
- Eggnog and Cranberry French Toast Bake will keep covered with cling film, in the fridge for 3 days. Follow above instructions for reheating.
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