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Cranberry Orange French Toast Bake

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Few things are more magical than Christmas morning. Staying in your pajamas, stockings on the mantle and the excitement of gifts to and from family and friends will warm the heart. And for us, this Christmas is even more special as my husband and I celebrate our first married Christmas together and start our own family traditions. 

If you’re doing Christmas right, the merriment is only made better by the food! Aromas of baked goods or the preparing of the family feast drift through the house to help create the perfect holiday ambiance. But, let’s be real — as relaxing as we want the morning to be, there’s a certain bustle to it that can make one short on time for a tasty breakfast.

My husband and I are determined to make Christmas breakfast and important tradition in our family, and that’s where this Christmas Cranberry Orange French Toast Bake comes in! It’s going to take the stress out of our holiday breakfast decision and give us plenty of time for everything else that makes Christmas the best day of the year. It’s the perfect combination of wintry flavors — cranberries, cinnamon and nutmeg — creating a magnificent mix of sweet and savory that your family is sure to enjoy as well!

And even better, it’s an easy treat that can be prepped primarily on Christmas Eve!

To make this festive little number, prepare your french toast the night before in a 13×9 inch Pyrex baking dish (you can also use two of the Pyrex 1.3 quart oval baking dishes if you want to save one for later). Everything can be prepared, stored overnight, and then baked in this Pyrex dish first thing in the morning, so breakfast is ready to go as soon as your earliest risers are ready!

Start by spraying the Pyrex baking dish with cooking spray. Cut a loaf of french toast in 1-inch cubes and spread evenly in a single layer at the base of the dish. Top with a granulated sugar, orange zest, and cranberry mixture. Be sure to cover evenly so every bite gets some of that sugary goodness!

In a separate large Pyrex mixing bowl, add eggs, milk, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg (all my favorite Christmas flavors!). Whisk until fully combined and pour the mixture evenly over the top of the bread in the Pyrex baking dish.

Now for the fun (and most delicious part). In a separate medium bowl, make the cinnamon streusel topping with flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and butter. Use a pastry blender to fully blend into small crumbles. If you don’t have a pastry blender, a fork will work just fine but may take an extra couple minutes. Sprinkle the streusel over the top of your french toast bake and cover with a plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

Now you’ve done a bulk of the leg work and can enjoy a festive Christmas Eve cocktail (here’s my favorite!). On Christmas morning, all you have to do is preheat the oven, replace the plastic wrap with an aluminum foil and bake away! After 60 minutes of your house filling with sweet and festive aromas, your french toast bake is ready to go!

Remove your Pyrex from the oven and bring directly over to the table to enjoy! Preparation, storage, baking, and serving all in one dish! That’s a win in my book!

Oh, and make extras… The leftovers are arguably even better, and can be stored or shared with the other containers in the Pyrex family! This scrumptious Christmas breakfast is sure to become one of your favorite traditions.

Enjoy!

Cranberry Orange French Toast Bake
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr
For the french toast
  1. 1 loaf french bread, cut into cubes
  2. 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
  3. zest of 1 large orange
  4. 1 cup fresh cranberries, halved
  5. 6 large eggs
  6. 2 ½ cups milk
  7. ¾ cup pure maple syrup
  8. 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  9. 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  10. ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
For the streusel
  1. ⅓ cup flour
  2. 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  3. ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  4. 4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
Night Before
  1. Spray a 9x13 rectangular Pyrex baking dish with cooking spray. Fill the base of the dish in a single layer with the bread cubes. Set aside.
  2. Add granulated sugar and orange zest to a medium bowl. Using the back of a spoon or your hands, mix the sugar and zest together. They should be fully blended and fragrant. Add the cranberries and stir.
  3. Sprinkle the sugar mixture over the bread, making sure to cover evenly.
  4. In a separate large bowl, add the eggs, milk, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Whisk until fully combined and Pour the mixture evenly over the top of the bread in the Pyrex baking dish. Set aside and make the streusel.
  5. To make the streusel, add flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and butter to a medium bowl. Using a pastry blender, work the butter into the flour until mixture is fully combined. This should be in small clumps. Sprinkle the streusel over the top of the casserole.
  6. Cover the french toast dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
Morning Of
  1. In the morning when you are ready to bake, preheat the oven 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Remove the plastic wrap from the french toast and cover with aluminum foil.
  3. Bake, covered for 40 minutes. After 40 minutes, remove the foil and bake for 20 more minutes or until lightly golden on top and french toast is fully set.
  4. Enjoy!
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Fall Inspired Brunch

Just as brunch is the classic combination of breakfast and lunch (and drinks!), this adorable rendezvous was the perfect fusion of rustic tones and bright colors!

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One of my dear “Friendors” (Vendor friends 🙂 ) Lindsay with Lindsay Davenport Photography asked me to style her Fall appreciation shoot and brunch for her 2016 wedding couples, and, of course, I jumped all over it! Whenever I have the opportunity to work with a friend and design festive tablescapes, you can bet that I am all in (and immediately on Pinterest scanning for ideas!)! With just a little bit of brainstorming, our “We Love You a Brunch” event was born!

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This party screamed “fall,” and I love it! The auburn based color palette complemented the earthy tones in the wooden tables and accents. And, let’s be real for a sec… you’re on the wrong site if you don’t want a touch of glam! The gold silverware and beaded chargers gave the pop the tablescape needed.

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And oh my GOURD are these pumpkins not the perfect autumn accent?? With pumpkins on the tables and serving stations, Lindsay’s guests had to be getting that fall feeling (even if the air doesn’t feel like it down here).

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Now how could I style a party without my new favorite fall trend!? These acrylic calligraphy signs by the very sweet Caddy Corner Designs and the illusion of the floating menu were the perfect bright and airy touch to the buffet! Plus they brought in a touch of modern flare that paired perfectly with the fall rustic vibe.

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Our “We Love You a Brunch”was a huge success filled with delicious food, festive decor, and of course, lots of laughs! Special thanks to all the fabulous vendors who made this shoot and event possible!

Photography: Lindsay Davenport Photography

Styling: The Everyday Hostess 

Calligraphy: Caddy Corner Designs 

Farm Tables: The Iman Project + Lavender & Mint Designs

Invitations: Sprinkled Designs 

Straws: A Party Through My Eyes