Modern holiday breakfast: Marmalade French Toast Casserole

French Toast Breakfast CasseroleWith wrapping paper spread across the family room floor and exciting new toys and gadgets to play with, who has time to think about a healthy Christmas morning breakfast? Instead of scrambling to keep stomachs full, plan ahead the night and make a casserole. They taste great, let you use good-for-you ingredients and can taste like you slaved away in the kitchen for hours! Plus, they’re easily transportable if you’re spending the holiday at a relative’s house.

Though most breakfast casseroles are egg-based and resemble a giant frittata, this one is sweeter and mimics French toast.

 

Marmalade French Toast Breakfast Casserole

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 16-ounce sourdough French bread loaf, cut into 24 (1/2-inch) slices
  • Cooking spray
  • 12-ounce jar orange marmalade
  • 2 ¾ cups 1% low-fat milk
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts

Instructions

  • Spread butter on one side of each bread slice. In a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray, arrange 12 bread slices, buttered side down, in a single layer.
  • Evenly spread marmalade over the bread and top with remaining 12 bread slices, buttered side up.
  • In a separate bowl, combine milk, sugar, vanilla extract, nutmeg and eggs. Pour egg mixture over bread; cover and refrigerate for 8 hours (or overnight).
  • When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Sprinkle casserole with walnuts. Bake for 45 minutes or until golden.
  • Let stand for 5 minutes before serving. Serve with honey or Michigan maple syrup and enjoy!

 

Photo credit: stevendepolo

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