Individual breakfast casseroles are infused with fresh orange and maple for a breakfast dish that can be made ahead of time. Perfect for special company or a holiday morning!
Easter talks and festivities are finally in full swing around here. Easter morning will be here before I know it, and as usual, I have lists of things I want to do/try before the holiday comes. It’s more fun every year as my kids are getting older and better able to understand and participate. We will be having lots of fun this year!!
One of our favorite traditions as the kids have gotten older is dying Easter eggs. I always looked forward to it as a kid, and I hope that my kids have great memories of afternoons coloring eggs and Easter egg hunts as they get older.
This year, the American Egg Board is making Easter easier on all of us with everything from tips for the perfect hard boiled egg to all kinds of egg-centered recipes you can serve up on Easter morning or for Easter dinner.
And for even more fun, they have teamed up with Bob and Courtney Novogratz, HGTV designers (and parents to 7!!) to bring you all kinds of fun egg ideas for Easter. I’ll admit that we are usually pretty boring and just use dye and stickers, but the Novogratz family has so many fun ideas that I know we’ll be stealing a few. With everything from family pictures on the eggs to using washi tape (I’m doing this!!), you know you won’t have the boring eggs this year!!
And of course, there is the food!! We usually have a big family dinner, so I like to do more of a brunch to hold us over until dinnertime. And with the craziness of Easter morning, with the kids discovering their Easter baskets, I always love to do something that can be made ahead of time.
This year, I will be making these Individual Orange-Maple French Toast Casseroles. They have the fresh flavor of orange, and you can never go wrong with anything maple flavored in this house. I especially love that they are baked in individual dishes, which makes brunch feel a little more special for my little ones. You could bake this in a bigger casserole dish, but special mornings call for special treatment!
I dusted these with powdered sugar and extra syrup before serving, because, well – my kids loved it that way. This is a perfect breakfast for any special breakfast or brunch!
- 4 oz cream cheese, softened
- 4 eggs
- ⅔ cup milk
- ⅓ cup orange juice
- ¼ cup maple-flavored pancake syrup
- ½ teaspoon grated orange peel
- 3-4 cups cubed bread
- powdered sugar and additional pancake syrup, for serving
- Whisk the cream cheese until smooth. Add in the eggs, one at a time, beating until smooth after each addition. Stir in the milk, orange juice, syrup and orange peel.
- Divid the bread between 4 (10 oz) ramekins or baking dishes that have been greased. Slowly pour the egg mixture evenly over the bread. Place the dishes on a baking sheet and cover.
- Refrigerate overnight or until ready to bake.
- Preheat the oven to 350F. Uncover the dishes and bake until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, 30-35 minutes.
- Sprinkle with powdered sugar and drizzle with pancake syrup just before serving.
I am in a working relationship with the American Egg Board, and this post has been sponsored. I’m so glad to be able to work with companies and organizations that I truly believe in. Thank you for supporting them, too.