Let us take you for a moment to your kitchen on Thanksgiving morning. Picture it: You’re busy in the kitchen. The menu is set and preparations are underway: turkey, potatoes, stuffing, vegetables… you’re peeling, seasoning, mixing, measuring… and in the midst of all this, your family sits down to a hearty breakfast of hot French toast.
It fuels you up and powers you through the morning so that you can get the holiday dinner on the table in spectacular fashion and with a smile on your face.
Sound impossible? It’s not!
With just a little bit of pre-planning, you can have a delicious breakfast that will tide your family over as they wait for the main event. This make-ahead dish is assembled the night before then popped in the oven first thing in the morning. Just add juice and coffee, and you’ll get Thanksgiving Day off to a great start!
Baked French Toast
One of our employees found this recipe on Pinterest and tried it last year on Christmas morning. She said it was a hit with her family and would recommend it for any busy holiday gathering! We adapted this recipe from Rach’s Blog.
1 (3 oz.) tub Epicurean Maple Butter, melted
1 cup brown sugar
1 loaf thick-cut bread (if you can find it, use Texas toast or French toast bread)
1 1/2 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2. Stir together melted butter and brown sugar and spread in the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan.
3. Lay a single layer of bread in the pan.
4. Spoon 1/2 of egg mixture over the bread.
5. Add a second layer of bread. Spoon remaining egg mixture over the top.
6. Cover and chill overnight in the refrigerator.
2. Remove cover and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
Serve with maple syrup, fresh fruit, or a sprinkling of powdered sugar.
Optional: Add cubes of cream cheese and/or fruit between the layers of bread for a “stuffed” French toast casserole.
Do you cook breakfast on Thanksgiving Day? What do you usually have for breakfast on Thanksgiving? Would you try these make ahead options for a hot breakfast on a holiday morning? What mix-ins would you add to either dish?