Found: The Perfect Christmas Breakfast Recipe


You’re welcome! This IS the ultimate most awesome Christmas/Christmas Eve breakfast recipe ever. The best part? You can totally prepare it the night before. I’m all about that! I am the queen of that. It’s a nifty trick I learned while teaching 500+ children at a time who always wanted cupcakes! :)

Baked Eggnog French Toast (via Two Peas & Their Pod)

My streusel topping is a little ugly. Please overlook that. :) We halved the recipe, and I didn’t really do the math for the stresuel topping.

Ingredients:

1 loaf French Bread
6 large eggs
2 1/2 cups eggnog
3/4 cups granulated sugar
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Streusel Topping:
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cold butter, cut into pieces

Maple syrup-for serving

Directions:

1. Spray a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Tear French bread into chunks, or cut into cubes, and evenly place in the pan.

2. In a large bowl, mix together eggs, eggnog, sugar, vanilla extract, and nutmeg. Pour evenly over bread. Cover pan with saran wrap and store in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight.

3. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Add butter pieces and cut into the dry mixture using a fork or your hands. Combine until the mixture resembles sand with a few pea-sized chunks. Cover and store mixture in the refrigerator.

4. When you’re ready to bake the French toast, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Remove French toast from refrigerator and sprinkle crumb mixture over the top. Bake for 45-55 minutes, or until the French toast is set and golden brown.

I personally picked off the topping, but Kevin was a huge fan. I think the reason I liked this so much is that it tastes SUSPICIOUSLY LIKE BREAD PUDDING. I think it IS bread pudding. But if people dislike bread pudding, we’ll stick with the French toast casserole title. And, yes, you can really taste the eggnog in this recipe! I loved that!

Today’s workout: 12 miles in 1 hour, 35 minutes, 22 seconds!!!!!!! That’s a 7:56 pace.

The worst thin happened though. I paused for a second to take a drink, and some dude asked me how to turn on the tv!!!! First of all, I am the last person to ask. I literally cannot independently use a tv remote. My method for working gym tvs is choosing a treadmill where someone left the tv on!! While he was asking me, my treadmill stopped. I had been KICKING the pace. So I had to estimate where I was at. I was sure to underestimate, because I don’t what to give myself extra credit so I’m thinking my pace was probably more around 7:50. That was seriously CRUSHING for me since I was about 35 minutes into my run.

Forget refueling with chocolate milk!! Won’t dark chocolate holiday M&M’s work? Haha.

I need HELP! I am dying on these long runs. I get soooo sick afterwards. Part of the problem is with a busy schedule I always have errands to sneak in and dinner to make afterwards. I get the worst headaches and my stomach gets really upset. I know you are supposed to take something (like Gu or jellybeans) if you run for more than hour straight, but I just haven’t gotten into that yet. What do you take? Anything? I want water to be enough, but it just hasn’t been working lately. That miserable feeling usually takes a solid hour to wear off, and I’m not a fan of it!! Next week is Christmas Eve, so I’ll be lucky if I’m doing a long run that day, but I need to figure something out.

By the way…. my nephew is so awesome. He’s just like me. So awesome.

He called me up today because he wanted a recipe for chocolate chip cookies in Christmas shapes!! He wouldn’t settle for sugar cookies. He didn’t want plain chocolate chip. He wanted to try something new. I’m so proud! I found this recipe for Mini Chip Roll-out Cookies and emailed it right over so he could make them with Grandma Linda. :)

It looks like they turned out pretty awesome!!!! Way to go guys!! Thanks for the pictures, Mom! I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone soon.

Do you have a Christmas breakfast tradition? I mostly just remember sleeping in and drinking coffee at Grandma’s. Or some years we would be on the road. In which case, we were probably eating Christmas cookies.

Runners, how do you refuel during long runs? I’m so curious because I know people do totally different things. My dad is an amazing runner and has been running for years and I don’t think he ever takes anything with him running. Am I right? Mom, ask him!!

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11 thoughts on “Found: The Perfect Christmas Breakfast Recipe

  1. Sounds like you need to be refueling before, during, and within 30 minutes of finishing a run. For me, toast with peanut butter works best before runs. During runs take some sort of simple sugar-any kind of candy, gu, and maybe add electrolytes to your water. Post run just needs to be a healthy combination of protein and carbs. Chocolate milk works well. What constitutes a “long run” varies for people. Experiment and see what works best. For me, it is anything over 10 miles. Here is a good link from Runner’s World http://www.runnersworld.com/article/0,7120,s6-242-301–12826-0,00.html

  2. That french toast breakfast casserole looks SOOOO good and I love things that you can make ahead :)

    Way to go on the treadmill – awesome pace! And no one should ever interrupt anyone else on a run…go ask the people who work at the gym how to work the equipment! As for fueling, you definitely need to be fueling for runs that long! I used to use GU, but I think my stomach is too sensitive. Recently I’ve tried Clif Shot Bloks and Honey Stingers and I them better.

  3. Okay whyyy the heck have I not found those dark chocolate m&ms yet?! Must find them now!
    I am sorry you are feeling ill after long runs.. that tends to happens to me in warmer weather. I usually eat a few gummi bears, a gu package, or some of those clif blok shot things. Also refueling RIGHT after helps with the nausea and hydration before is essential too

  4. We usually make this amazing cream cheese yeast bread coffee cake; it is delish, but full of gluten so I am outta luck! Boo! Your bread pudding french toast sounds amazing! I need to find a good gluten-free bread!

    For long runs I like to bring gummi bears. For some reason the chemically-taste of sports beans and Gu bothers me. Plus they are infinitely cheaper and yummy–SCORE! I have also found that drinking watered down gatorade helps, too!

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