*This post is sponsored by ALDI. All opinions are my own.
I am not quite sure why, but breakfast is so important to us. I have always been a HUGE fan of breakfast foods. Bagels, bacon, eggs, French toast… all of it. Ian and I both have fond memories of waking up on Saturdays to our parents and especially our dads making breakfast and eating together as a family. Before we even had kids, we talked about how fun it was going to be making pancakes and sitting and watching our little ones chow down on the bar stools.
Fast forward a few years later and here we are making breakfast a special tradition. On Christmas morning we stay here for a few hours and I make some easy but delicious breakfast foods and we open presents and have a slow morning before going to each of our families. I LOVE this. It’s such a special time for us and makes me so excited for our kids to have this memory as they grow.
The past two years, I’ve made overnight French toast because Ian likes sweeter breakfast foods. I will share that recipe with you below. And this year, since I’ve been on a big quiche and bagel kick I am going to have those for me as well. What I love about all these foods is that I simply have to warm them up on Christmas morning. No big messes. No missing out on the fun. Just pop them in the oven and enjoy my cup of coffee with my family.
This Quiche Lorraine is easy to whip up the day before and refrigerate and then the next morning you just pop it in at 325 degrees F for about 15-20 minutes. You can also freeze it if you make it earlier in advance. I think it is perfect for new moms too because everyone brings you dinner but it’s so nice to have something you can warm up for breakfast that has good protein in it. Another thing I think that sets this recipe apart is the cheese. Y’all… cheese matters, haha. I use the Happy Farms Preferred Swiss & Gruyere Blend Specialty Shreds from ALDI which just won first place at the World Dairy Expo. Having great cheese makes a meal so much better. And this cheese is great for topping toast or fried eggs as well.
Here are the recipes I mentioned above. I hope you enjoy them with your families and have fun with your special traditions.
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Serving Size: 6
1 Bakehouse Creations Pie Crust
5 Goldhen Large Eggs, beaten
1 cup of Friendly Farms Whole Milk or Countryside Creamery Heavy Whipping Cream
⅓ cup of chopped onions
1 ½ cup of Happy Farms Preferred Swiss & Gruyere Shredded Cheese
6 slices of chopped Appleton Farms Never Any! Hickory Bacon
Stonemill Salt and Pepper
- I go ahead and bake my bacon slices in the oven as directed on the packaging. It’s so much less mess than frying them on the stove top.
- After your bacon is done, prepare crust as directed on packaging.
- Set oven to 350 degrees F.
- Mix together eggs, milk and cheese then slowly add in bacon, onions and seasoning.
- Pour mixture into prepared crust and bake at 350 degrees F for 45-50 minutes. Let quiche set for five minutes and serve or let cool and then wrap thoroughly and refrigerate until next morning.
- Set oven 325 degrees F.
- Remove quiche from refrigerator and let sit while oven heats.
- Cook for 15-20 minutes until warm.
- Serve immediately.
Overnight French Toast Bake (Ian’s Favorite)
Prep Time: 45 Minutes
Total Time: 9 hours and 15 minutes
Serving Size: 8-9
1 can (11 oz) refrigerated crusty French loaf, baked as directed on can
1 cup Baker’s Corner Brown Sugar, packed
¼ cup + 2 tablespoons Countryside Creamery Butter, melted
6 Goldhen Large Eggs
1 ½ cups of Friendly Farms Milk
1 tablespoon of Specially Selected Maple Syrup
½ teaspoon Stonemill Vanilla Extract
½ teaspoon Stonemill Cinnamon
- Bake French loaf as directed on packaging and then cut into slices between ¾-1 inch thick.
- Mix 3/4 cup packed brown sugar and 1/4 cup melted butter in 9-inch square pan.
- Add your French loaf slices to the bottom of the pan. I let them slightly overlap.
- Mix your eggs, milk, maple syrup and vanilla with a whisk and then pour over bread. Make sure to soak each slice.
- Take the remaining brown sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over the top of the bread. Then drizzle 2 tablespoons of melted butter over the top.
- Cover well and refrigerate 8-12 hours.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, remove from fridge, uncover and let sit on the counter at room temperature while the oven is heating.
- Bake 40-60 minutes until golden brown.
- Then serve with fruit or extra syrup.