Merry Christmas!! This has become a tradition to serve at my Christmas brunch. After opening presents, the kids eat French toast made with EggNog batter (just poured straight from the EggNog container, nothing fancy or difficult) and the adults have this. I have this prepared ahead of time and in the fridge. I think it is actually better to do this as the mixture has a chance to combine better. I’ll stick this in the oven when I can tell we are getting to the end of the gift-opening.
Baked Egg Casserole
6 slices bread — cubed
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
1 cup cooked, cubed ham
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
3 cups milk
Mix bread, cheese, ham and onion. Spread in a 13×9 baking dish treated with nonstick spray. Whisk eggs and milk. Pour over top of bread mixture. Bake uncovered in a preheated 375 degree oven for 45 minutes.
I serve this along with tomorrow’s recipe for Christmas brunch.
Hot Spiced Fruit
16 ounces sliced peaches — with syrup
16 ounces pear halves — with syrup
15 ounces pineapple chunks in juice
1/2 cup orange marmalade
1 3″ cinnamon stick
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
Mix all ingredients with liquid in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 1 hour. This can be prepared in a crockpot.
Eat this warm as a fruit sauce, or it’s good served over sliced ham or ice cream.
Hot Spiced Cider
1 gallon apple cider
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon whole cloves
1 teaspoon allspice
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 3″ sticks cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
Place cider in electric percolator or crockpot. Put remaining ingredients in percolator basket. Perk. If using crockpot, put remaining ingredients in a several layers of cheesecloth and secure. Add to crockpot and heat on low overnight. Serve hot in mugs.
These is a very simple recipe, but does require some watching over. Kids can easily do this with parental supervision.
30 whole graham cracker — or saltines
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup butter
1 cup nuts
1 cup mini-chocolate chips
Line jellyroll pan with parchment and then crackers
Bring to boil sugar and butter for 3 minutes. Pour over crackers
Bake at 350 for 7 minutes. Sprinkle with chocolate chips. Spread with a spatula
Sprinkle with nuts.
Refrigerate or freeze
Break into bite size pieces.
A quick and easy candy recipe.
1 pound white chocolate confectioner’s coating or white chocolate chips
1 pound dark chocolate confectioners coating or semi sweet chocolate chips
1 bag mints crushed — (10 ounce) starlight
Melt dark chocolate in microwave stirring every 30-seconds to a minute until completely melted Melt white chocolate in microwave stirring every 30-seconds to a minute until completely melted Line a cookie sheet with parchment Pour a layer of dark chocolate and then stripes of white chocolate reserving 1/4 cup of melted white chocolate. Pull a knife through to marble. Sprinkle crushed mints on top. Dip the tines of a fork into reserved white chocolate and drizzle over top of bark. Let harden or freeze. Break into bit size pieces.