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Am I the only one that is kind of amazed that Christmas is already this week?  Where does the time go?  I feel like we haven’t done half of what we want to do.  We are going to the lights at Temple Square tonight, but I still need to take Abbi to see Santa, and we still have to finish the Christmas shopping.  And I just found out that we will be celebrating Christmas with my husband’s family on Christmas Eve, which means we will be by ourselves all day on Christmas.  Which means I get to throw our own little Christmas feast!  I’m excited, but still in the planning stages.  I need to make sure I don’t go overboard since there are just the two of us and a toddler!

One thing I have planned out for sure is our Christmas morning.  This will be our 4th Christmas morning with German Scones.  I’ve talked about this tradition we started back in 2007 a few times on this blog, and here I go talking about it again!  I think my husband is more excited for the scones than he is for Christmas!

But if you don’t have Christmas breakfast planned, I have a great recipe for you today.  I needed a breakfast casserole for a breakfast this past weekend, and didn’t have a tried and true one to turn to.  I asked around, and got some great suggestions, but in the end, I went with this casserole.  At first, I was afraid it was going to be too sweet, but it was just perfect.  And I loved the apple/raisin combo.  If you aren’t a huge raisin fan, those can be easily left out.  And the greatest part about it is that it is made the night before – all you have to do that morning is throw it in the oven!

I have a couple of Christmas recipes for you this week – just in case you are like me and aren’t quite prepared yet!

Apple Raisin French Toast Casserole
adapted from allrecipes

serves 6-8

prep time:  15 minutes
wait time:  8 hours to overnight
cook time:  45-50 minutes

1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup butter, melted
3 apples, peeled, cored and cut into a large dice
1/2 cup raisins
1 pound loaf cinnamon raisin bread, cut into cubes
6 eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/2 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Grease a 9×13 pan.

In a large bowl, mix the brown sugar and cinnamon.  Mix in the butter, apples and raisins.  Pour mixture into the prepared pan.  Pour the bread over the apple layer.

Whisk the eggs with the milk, vanilla and cinnamon.  Pour over the bread.  Using a spatula (or if you don’t mind getting a little messy, use your hands!), push the bread down to make sure it is all soaked by the bread/milk mixture.

Cover the pan with foil and refrigerated for 8 hours, or overnight.

Remove the pan from the refrigerator and preheat  the oven to 375F.

Bake the casserole for 30 minutes, covered, then remove the foil and cook for an additional 15 to 20 minutes.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.

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Here are some other great breakfast casseroles – both savory and sweet!

Egg Vegetable Casserole at Two Peas and Their Pod
French Toast Casserole at Couponing Made Simple
Spanish Style Breakfast Casserole at Kayotic Kitchen
Creme Brulee French Toast Casserole at Confessions of a Foodie Bride
Green Chile Breakfast Casserole at The Meaning of Pie

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17 Responses to Apple Raisin French Toast Casserole

  1. Valerie says:

    This looks perfect for a brunch I'm planning in February. I better try it out soon to see if it's as good as it looks. Yum!

  2. HollyL says:

    YUM! This sounds so good!!

  3. Georgia (The Comfort of Cooking) says:

    What a wonderful recipe for a warm, delicious family breakfast to feed a lot of people! This looks wonderful, Deborah. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  5. Diana's Cocina says:

    This frech toast sounds delish ~ What a perfect breakfast for Christmas morning.

  6. Holly says:

    Love a good breakfast casserole:) Love the apple and raisin combo!

  7. Jennifurla says:

    I want to start the month over, there are so many things I want to bake – NOT FAIR. This looks scrumptios!

  8. Joanne says:

    We're usually pretty lax about Christmas morning breakfasts. But I could totally eat this for dinner this week. And be super happy.

  9. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    What an awesome pud! So festive and scrummy.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  10. teresa says:

    fabulous bread pudding. enjoy temple square for me, being back east i sure miss it!

  11. Monet says:

    This bread pudding would be a perfect way to start off Christmas day…but now I'm intrigued by those scones. I want to give those a try too! Thank you for sharing such great treats with me. I hope your week is full of love, joy and good food!

  12. scrambledhenfruit says:

    This sounds like a wonderful Christmas breakfast. :) (Those German scones sound lovely too!) I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

  13. Emily says:

    Wow, this sounds great! This is right up my alley.

    I have to say though, I really want to make those German scones! I like that tradition. I hope you have a good Christmas!

  14. Bren Herrera says:

    this is deelish looking! Perfectly warm for the weather! Happy Holidays!

    Bren at FlanboyantEats.com

  15. grace says:

    this is a great twist on french toast! the make-ahead aspect is key. very nice suggestions, deborah!

  16. michelle says:

    I made this back in October…and decided it’s going to be our Christmas morning breakfast meal every year. Can’t wait to make it tomorrow! love you!

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