Marmalade classes up this overnight French toast casserole. Throw this together before bed, then just pop it in the oven for 45 minutes in the morning!
This time of year it is easy to find yourself with a house full of hungry relatives. Guests come in from out of town and it can all be a tad overwhelming. Heck, it can even be a bit frightening.
You’re in need of a quick and easy solution, and I’m here to give it to you.
It doesn’t get much simpler than this; if you can butter a piece of bread, you can make this recipe. You can put this together
after a few eggnogs before you go to bed, then just pop it in the oven in the morning and let your appliance do all the hard work.
That should give you enough time to pour yourself a cup of coffee, read the paper (aka scroll mindlessly through your Facebook feed), and start your day before the family starts pouring into the kitchen.
I won’t judge you if you decide to fortify that cup of coffee, if you know what I mean.
Alright, I’m only teasing. I seriously love this time of year, mainly BECAUSE I get to spend so much time with my family, not in spite of it.
My siblings and I are all Christmas Vacation junkies and quote the movie regularly throughout the year. It isn’t really Christmastime until I’ve watched the movie after Thanksgiving.
Whether you love or hate having house guests, people still need to eat. This casserole easily serves 8 people and has something for everyone.
The top pieces are sprinkled with walnuts and crisp up in the oven. The bottom pieces are smeared with marmalade and stay soft and gooey.
Paired together, it’s French toast perfection.
Here’s Your Recipe!
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 (one-pound) loaf of sourdough bread, cut into 1/2" slices
- 12 ounces orange marmalade
- 6 eggs
- 3 cups 1% milk
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 cup roughly chopped walnuts
- Spread butter on one side of each piece of bread. Place half of the bread slices buttered side down into a 9x13 casserole dish, forming a single layer. Spread the marmalade over the arranged bread pieces. Top with remaining pieces of bread, buttered side up.
- Whisk eggs in a large bowl. Stir in the milk, sugar, vanilla, and nutmeg. Pour the mixture over the bread, cover, and refrigerate overnight.
- In the morning, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Sprinkle the walnuts over the casserole and bake, uncovered, for 45 minutes until golden brown.
Adapted from Cooking Light Annual Recipes 2008