There’s nothing better than waking up on Christmas morning and enjoying a delicious breakfast after opening presents. Of course, everyone is lazy since it’s a holiday. That’s when you turn to a make-ahead recipe! This Cranberry Eggnog Bake is perfect for Christmas morning. You can prep it the night before and bake in the morning (when everyone is opening presents).
It’s a breakfast casserole that can be made ahead of time! You can pop it into the oven and spend time with the family while it bakes. If you do your prep work the night before, and it’s easy. I love the moist texture and the cranberries give it a nice holiday touch. You can really smell the allspice while it bakes and it fills the air with that Christmas scent.
Everyone always asks me for this recipe because it’s just easy and simple. You don’t have to go overboard when you’re trying to enjoy the holidays too. The fresh cranberries add a festive touch and it’s a delicious brunch that you’ll make year after year on Christmas morning.
Make-Ahead Cranberry Eggnog Bake (Christmas Breakfast Casserole)
I love using fresh cranberries during the holiday season. It’s the only time of the year that you can purchase them at the store. That makes it extra special to me. I stock up on 3-4 bags of cranberries and even freeze what I don’t use. They add so much color to festive holiday recipes and they’ve got the nice tart flavor. You really notice it in this Cranberry Eggnog Bake.
What To Serve With Your Cranberry Eggnog Bake
You really don’t need to serve anything with this make-ahead casserole, but I like to add some choices of breakfast meats. Bacon, turkey and sliced ham are nice additions to this recipe. Of course, fresh squeezed orange juice and coffee are always welcomed as well. The kids enjoy my Slow Cooker Nutella Hot Chocolate recipe for the special occasion.
Can You Freeze The Leftover Cranberry Eggnog Bake?
Unfortunately, this type of casserole doesn’t freeze well. The moisture of the bread doesn’t work well in the freezer. Since it makes 8 servings and we always have a few people who want second helpings, we typically don’t have leftovers.
What You’ll Need From The Store:
- French Bread
- Allspice, Cinnamon
- Fresh Cranberries
- Vanilla Extract
- Optional: Powdered Sugar
How To Make This Make-Ahead Cranberry Eggnog Bake Recipe
Add eggs, eggnog and the spices into a medium bowl.
Whisk together your eggs, eggnog and spices.
Add your French bread in the baking dish and place cranberries on top.
Cover and bake. Serve with powdered sugar and maple syrup.
- 1 loaf of french bread, cubed into 1 inch chunks
- 12 whole eggs
- 2 cups of eggnog
- ¼ teaspoon of allspice
- 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 1 cup of whole cranberries
- 1 ½ teaspoons of pure vanilla extract
- Powdered sugar for garnish (if desired)
- Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl whisk together eggs, eggnog, cinnamon, allspice, and vanilla extract. Set to the side.
- In a 9x13 casserole, grease with cooking spray and add in the cubed bread in an even layer. Sprinkle the cranberries on top of the bread in an even layer throughout the pan.
- Pour the egg mixture over the bread and cranberries and with the back of a spatula, gently push down the bread so everything gets soaked.
- Cover the pan with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, remove the foil and continue baking for another 30 minutes, uncovered.
- Remove from oven, sprinkle with powdered sugar (if desired) and top with pure maple syrup.
- TO MAKE AHEAD: Prepare your wet ingredients and refrigerate. Prep your dry ingredients in the casserole dish. You can cover it and sit overnight. Pour wet ingredients in the morning and bake.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 391Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 316mgSodium: 495mgCarbohydrates: 53gFiber: 2gSugar: 23gProtein: 19g
**Nutrition is calculated by a third party. Actual values may vary.