When considering what I should post today, this Monday before Christmas, I really couldn’t think beyond the Holiday French Toast that I shared last year at this time. This dish is one of our family traditions that my kids recount along with, “waiting at the top of the stairs before getting the ‘okay’ to charge down to the tree;” “opening stockings first;” and “feasting on a different country’s Christmas meal for each and every Christmas dinner” (thank you Baily and Kendall, this year it’s Denmark in our home).
When we finally break from the excitement of unwrapping the treasures under the tree, we sit down to this french toast casserole that has been assembled on Christmas Eve and merely popped into the oven on Christmas morning, about an hour before we will be ready to eat. Ease alone would be reason enough to serve Holiday French Toast every year but really it’s the pure deliciousness that makes it a no-brainer eight years in a row for my family. Caramelized apples mix with tart cranberries in a thick french toast custard. Topped with a drizzle of warm maple syrup and you’ve got nothing short of magic!
Last year, after I posted this recipe, many people told me that the ingredients were on their shopping list and they were excited to give my recipe a try. To be completely honest, I was honored. After Christmas, even more people reported back that they made the Holiday French Toast and that it was a home run in their homes, as it is in mine. To think that I played a small part in people’s Christmas mornings was such a special treat.
So here I am, reposting this very same recipe to remind those of you that made it last year that you need not look any further for your Christmas morning meal. I’m also hoping that those who may have missed it and my newer followers will give it a try. I promise that you won’t be disappointed and better yet, a new tradition may be born.
Merry Christmas to those who celebrate and happy winter break to all! I will be back in the new year.
PS: Just click on one of the “Holiday French Toast” links to be taken to the recipe. And, if anyone snaps a photo of their Holiday French Toast, please share in the comments. It won’t be hard to top mine!