It's Christmas Eve! Did you know the entire day is actually called "Christmas Eve"? So it's not even Christmas Eve day, it's just Christmas Eve - all day. In any case, now's the time to cross your t's and dot your...lowercase j's (extra points to anyone who can tell me what movie that's from) before your big holiday dinner. But even before that - what are you serving for breakfast on Christmas morning? This is JUST THE THING. You make it tonight in 5 minutes, stick it in the fridge overnight, and then bake it in the oven while everyone is waking up on Christmas morning and VOILA. Perfect Christmas breakfast (or brunch).
I love hosting brunch at our house - breakfast is by far my favorite meal of the day, and there's something special about a huge breakfast-type meal shared with friends and family that just makes me really, really happy. BUT! Hosting brunch and then proceeding to spend the entire morning/duration of the meal in the kitchen flipping pancakes or french toast is a huge bummer - especially on a holiday. We've all been there - french toast for a crowd! We can do it! And then you stand at the stove flipping pancake after pancake or bread slice after bread slice and run back and forth to the table (or tree!) to attempt to enjoy the meal with your family while not burning your next batch of toast - it's just not fun. My solution is to make everything ahead of time - the night before, if possible - and then spend the entire time with my loved ones. This overnight baked french toast has become a favorite with our friends - they've even been known to request it for brunches, baby showers, bridal showers, sleepovers, etc. It's so easy it practically makes itself, and it's all done the night before - all you do the morning-of is stick it in the oven and while it bakes, mix up a pitcher of mimosas (or hot cocoa, for the little ones) and slice some fruit and you're done. By the time you're done arranging the fruit plate and pouring the drinks, your family will awake to the most amazing smell of this thing baking - trust me, it will make your entire house smell unbelievably good. Once it's out of the oven your kitchen duties are over - and you can spend the rest of the morning enjoying delish food with your family. Win-win.
If you're interested in a more holiday-esque version of this dish, try my overnight baked pumpkin french toast.