Christmas Popcorn

Christmas Popcorn With White Chocolate & Sprinkles

Christmas popcorn is a simple, delicious treat made with popcorn, cake mix, white chocolate, sprinkles, and candy. A perfect treat for family movie night.

Popcorn With Sprinkles & Candies

Merry Christmas…in July! You must be thinking I’ve gone off the deep end sharing a Christmas themed blog post in July. A month smack dab in the middle of summer, not winter. And, you very well may be right. But before you pass judgement, have you heard of Christmas in July?!

If not, Christmas in July is simply an opportunity to embrace that cozy holiday feeling, without all the holiday stressors that come along with Christmas in December.

Christmas Popcorn

To celebrate Christmas in July I decided to turn down the a/c, throw on my favorite pair of flannel pajamas, grab a cozy blanket to cuddle on the couch, turn on a Hallmark Christmas movie, and gorge on Christmas popcorn! You can see me in action in my “How to Celebrate Christmas in July” reel found on Instagram.

Popcorn With Candy & Sprinkles

This Christmas popcorn is perfect for a family movie night on the couch now or during the holidays.

Popcorn in Boxes

Christmas popcorn is an easy no-bake snack that the kiddos can easily help with and tastes just like a Christmas sugar cookie. Everyone will love the sweet and salty blend of popcorn coated in vanilla cake mix, with the smooth drizzle of white chocolate, along with the crunchiness of the candy & sprinkles mixed in.

Christmas Popcorn

What You Need to Make Christmas Popcorn

  • Popped popcorn
  • White cake mix powder
  • White chocolate, melted
  • Christmas sprinkles
  • Chocolate candies
Popcorn on a Baking Sheet

How to Make Christmas Popcorn

In a very large mixing bowl, stir popcorn & cake mix together until well combined.

Christmas Popcorn

Place chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and microwave in 25 second intervals until melted and smooth (stirring between each one). Pour melted chocolate into popcorn bowl, reserving a small amount for topping.

Popcorn Snack

Add sprinkles and chocolate candies to popcorn bowl and mix until well combined.

Christmas Popcorn With White Chocolate

Spread popcorn mixture onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Drizzle the remaining melted chocolate over the popcorn and top with additional sprinkles. Let stand for 30-45 minutes. Eat immediately or store in airtight containers.

Popcorn in Popcorn Boxes

Additional Tips

Instead of popping your own popcorn, use bagged kettle corn popcorn to save time!

Use any red, green, or white chocolate candies. I used milk chocolate M&M’s in this mixture, however mint M&M’s or Sixlets would be delicious as well.

Line your baking sheet with parchment paper to avoid the chocolate from sticking to the sheet. This also helps cleanup go a lot faster!

How to Make Christmas Popcorn

Other Christmas Popcorn Ideas

This Christmas popcorn is simple to make with the flavors of a sugar cookie. Feel free to change up this recipe by substituting or mixing in other ingredients!

  • Create a mint flavored Christmas popcorn with the addition of crushed candy canes. Wouldn’t that be delicious with a cup of hot cocoa?!
  • Mix in your favorite nuts to add crunch to the popcorn mixture.
  • Add red or green food coloring to your white chocolate for a little more Christmas color.
  • Use milk or dark chocolate along with the white chocolate to create zebra popcorn.
Holiday Treat

How Long Will Christmas Popcorn Last?

Christmas popcorn is best served immediately. However, the popcorn mixture will last about 1-2 weeks if stored in an airtight container.

Holiday Treat

I served our popcorn in these cute movie night popcorn boxes to which I added a curling ribbon handle for a fun little twist.

Movie Night Popcorn Boxes
Popcorn Box With Curling Ribbon

If gifting your popcorn, these vintage inspired tins filled with popcorn would be adorable to gift to a loved one, or a plastic food storage container with popcorn stored inside could easily be mailed. You could also fill a Christmas mug with popcorn, wrap with cellophane, and add a bow for a last minute gift.

Delicious Snack

I hope this Christmas popcorn inspired you to try something new and to just maybe, maybe bring a little bit of the Christmas spirit to July!

Gift Idea

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Christmas Popcorn With White Chocolate & Sprinkles

Course: DessertCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

8

servings
Prep Time

15

minutes
Cooling Time

45

minutes
Calories

440

kcal
Total Time

1

hour 

Christmas popcorn is a simple, delicious treat made with popcorn, cake mix, white chocolate, sprinkles, and candy!

Ingredients

  • 12 cups popped popcorn

  • 1/4 cup white cake mix powder

  • 1 bag white chocolate chips, melted

  • 1/2 cup Christmas sprinkles

  • 1 cup chocolate candies

Directions

  • In a very large mixing bowl, stir popcorn and cake mix together until well combined.
  • Place chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and microwave in 25 second intervals until melted and smooth (stirring between each one). Pour melted chocolate into popcorn bowl, reserving a small amount for topping.
  • Add sprinkles and chocolate candies to popcorn bowl and mix until well combined.
  • Spread popcorn mixture onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Drizzle the remaining melted chocolate over the popcorn and top with additional sprinkles. Let stand for 30-45 minutes. Eat immediately or store in airtight containers.

Notes

  • Instead of popping popcorn, use bagged kettle corn popcorn to save time.
  • Line baking sheet with parchment paper for easy cleanup.

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Grandma's Peach Pie

Grandma’s Old Fashioned Peach Pie With Custard Filling

If there is one recipe that tastes like summer to me, it’s this one. My grandma’s old fashioned peach pie with custard filling. Sweet, ripe peaches nestled in decadent, creamy custard is like a little taste of heaven. One bite brings me right back to my grandparents farm in Goodell, Iowa and summertime as a child.

Grandma's Peach Pie

I am joining 5 other blogger friends today on a blog hop to bring you old-fashioned summer inspiration. Recipes, stories, ideas, DIY’s that remind us of summer’s from long ago. I love reminiscing about the past, especially with friends! I hope you will continue reading to the end of this blog post for links to their old-fashioned summer posts.

If you are new here, welcome! I am so excited you found me (Hi, I’m Heidi!) and Eleanor Rose Home. You can learn a little bit more about me and ERH here. I hope you sit back, get cozy, and enjoy this old fashion themed blog post!

Peach Pie Slice
Peach Pie With Custard Filling

This peach custard pie recipe comes from my grandma Cunningham. Grandma was strong, independent, and sensitive woman who loved Pall Mall cigarettes’, Pabst Blue Ribbon beer, crossword puzzles, time alone, and 60 Minutes on Sunday nights. She was not the motherly-grandma type who would give you anything you wanted to show affection. Rather, she was a woman who believed in tough love. She didn’t sugar coat anything, she wouldn’t let you win a game just because you were her grandchild (I know this from experience!), and she always told you the truth whether it stung a little or not. Grandma always wanted you to the best, independent version of yourself you could be. And that is how grandma showed affection and how you knew she loved you.

Grandma Cunningham
Marcella Jeanne Cunningham July 17, 1931 – June 13, 2007

Some of the first memories that come to mind when I think of grandma Cunningham include food.

Memories of Grandma

I will always remember grandma’s toast for breakfast. (She actually wrote about this in one of the last letters I received from her.) It was something about grandma’s butter to bread ratio. She always had just the right amount of butter smeared on white bread toast. And, you could always count on a pitcher of grape juice in grandma’s fridge to wash your breakfast down. If you came to grandma’s in the afternoon, she would put out Pringle’s or vanilla wafers on green Styrofoam trays (you know the kind they use for produce) for snacks. But, I think grandma’s peach pie is what really sticks out in my mind. It was always so delicious and I remember wanting to eat the luscious custard out of the entire pie. Grandma would never let that happen!

Peach Pie on a Summer Day

This peach pie recipe is unusual but extremely simple and easy to make. My mom, an avid cookbook reader, has never seen this recipe printed on the hundreds of cookbooks she has read! So, I am excited to be sharing my grandma’s unique and one of a kind peach pie recipe that I know you will love as much as my family.

Fresh Baked Peach Pie

Did you know that July is peak peach season?! Now is the perfect time to buy those beautiful, fresh peaches from the grocery store or the farmer’s market and whip up some old fashioned fresh peach pie.

Fresh Southern Peaches
Fresh Southern Peaches

Old Fashioned Peach Pie Ingredients

  • Unbaked pie shell
  • Eggs
  • Flour
  • Milk
  • Salted butter, melted
  • Sugar
  • Fresh ripe peaches, halved
Slice of Pie
Homemade Baked Pie

How to Make Grandma’s Old Fashioned Peach Pie

Start your pie with ripe peaches. I like to buy southern peaches that are a little under ripe at the grocery store, and then bring them home to ripen on our kitchen counter. This usually only takes a day or so. Soft peaches are typically sweeter and juicer, perfect for pie.

Fresh Peach Pie

Peel your peaches with a sharp paring knife (a sharp knife is key) to remove the skin. Once peaches are peeled slice them in half (from end to end) and then remove the pit.

Place the four peach halves (pit side up) that have been peeled and pitted into the unbaked pie shell.

Peached in a Pie

I bought a pre-made pie shell in a baking tin for this recipe, however you can certainly make your own pie dough from scratch. Or, you can also purchase pie dough and place that in your own pie baking dish as well. These days I like to take the help from the store whenever I can get it!

Next, the best part of the entire pie…the custard filling!

Slice of Peach Pie
Custard Pie Filling

Beat the eggs in a bowl until they are nice and fluffy. Add in the milk and beat again. Beat in the combined sugar & flour until well incorporated. Finally, beat in the melted butter. The custard filling should be thick but also light and airy.

Pour the custard filling into the pie shell covering peaches and filling the entire shell.

Grandma's Peach Pie

Bake peach pie for about 45 minutes, until custard is set and top of pie has a crunchy outer shell. Allow pie to cool before serving. Cut into slices to serve or do what I did, take a fork and just dig right in! You will find it hard to resist eating all of the custard filling. If you can restrain yourself, and you have leftover pie, store covered in refrigerator.

Pie Served on a Summer Day

I served our peach pie on these adorable, floral vintage dishes. These dishes reminded me of an old fashioned summer and I just loved the delicate floral details. I bought these plates from Spoon River Vintage on Etsy. While they do not have these exact plates any longer they do have these adorable mismatched salad plates, these mismatched dessert plates are beautiful, and I love the floral detail on these Edwin M Knowles dessert plates.

Vintage Dessert Plates
Fresh Baked Pie

I would love to know if you make my grandma’s peach pie, leave me a comment here or tag me on Instagram if you do! It makes me happy to know a little piece of my grandma Cunningham will continue to live on here in this blog and through the generations of our family as we pass down her recipe.

Peach Pie With Custard Filling

For more old fashioned summer inspiration, check out the blog posts from a few of my talented blogger friends below. There is so much summer goodness from DIY’s, recipes, vintage home décor, and more!

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More Old Fashioned Summer Inspiration

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Grandma’s Old Fashioned Fresh Peach Pie
With Custard Filling

Recipe by Marcella CunninghamCourse: DessertCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

6

servings
Prep Time

15

minutes
Baking Time

45

minutes

Ingredients

  • 8″ unbaked pie shell

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 tbsp. flour

  • 2 tbsp. milk

  • 2 tbsp. salted butter, melted

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 2 peaches, peeled & cut in half

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Beat eggs and add milk.
  • Sift flour together with sugar. Add to milk and eggs. Add melted butter.
  • Arrange peach halves in pie shell and pour custard in to fill.
  • Bake for 45 minutes or until custard is set.

Notes

  • Use fresh, ripe peaches for best results.
  • Make sure custard is fully cooked by inserting a toothpick into the center of pie. If toothpick comes out clean, custard is set. If custard is still wet, place in the oven for another 10 minutes. Be sure to check on pie occasionally to ensure crust does not burn.

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Classic All-American Summer Treat

With the unofficial start of summer coming soon (hello Memorial Day!) I wanted to share with you a classic all-American summer treat! To me, there isn’t a more classic American summer treat than a bowl or cone of cold, smooth, creamy, delicious ice cream! It’s something enjoyed the entire year but especially during the hot summer months.

This week, I am joining a group of talented bloggers to bring you all kinds of red, white, and blue inspiration for the season and holidays ahead! Links to their blogs can be found at the end of this post. If you found me through the blog hop…Welcome! I hope you will cozy up and stay a while!

For this patriotic blog hop, I am sharing with you a recipe for homemade vanilla ice cream. When I was deciding on what I would share for this blog post, I kept coming back to ice cream. I have so many memories that revolve around summer and specifically ice cream, that a bowl of the sweet stuff takes me right back to my childhood and that magical time…summer vacation.

I grew up in a second floor apartment with my parents and younger sister. My parents did not have much money growing up. They either could not afford or were too cheap to install air conditioner units in our apartment (I have never asked which it was!). So, once summer came, our house was hot! Like hot enough where you couldn’t sit down on a chair because you would either stick to the wood or stick to the fabric. In the late afternoon, to escape the oppressiveness of the heat, my parents would take us on bike rides in developing neighborhoods around where we lived. I remember pedaling my bike as fast as I could go to feel the rushing air against my hot skin. We would then head home for a bowl of ice cream to refresh ourselves and cool us off for the night before bed. One of the best parts of where I grew up though, was the family that lived next door and my childhood best friend, Alissa. Alissa and I were the same age and when my family moved into our apartment, we instantly became best friends. There are many memories I have of growing up with Alissa (including our yearly Halloween party, our make believe adoption agency, the hours of house I would make her play which I can’t believe she continued to be friends with me, these are just a few!), but some of my favorite memories were our trips with her family to get ice cream. We had the best time. We would laugh uncontrollably (at what I do not remember!), gorge on ice cream, and just have the time of our lives (oh how I miss those carefree summer days!!!).

Ice Cream
Ice Cream & Cookies
All-American Summer Treat

Now, anyone can run to the grocery store to grab a gallon of ice cream or head to the local ice cream shop for an ice cream cone (we do this all the time!), but there is something nostalgic about making your own. Why not try it this summer! Last week’s blog post “Cozy Updates to Transition Your Home From Spring to Summer” also included a section on summer treats, you can check out that post here. There really is no better tasting ice cream than homemade, and it is extremely easy to make. I made classic vanilla ice cream, well because what is more classic and American than vanilla ice cream?! Also, this vanilla ice cream recipe can easily be customized for whatever flavor ice cream your family enjoys. More on that in a second! We do have a one-quart electric ice cream maker which makes this process very easy. If you do not have an ice cream maker consider investing in one (they are relatively inexpensive). Here is one very similar to the one we have, this one is a two-quart so makes a larger batch of ice cream, this one is super cute and only makes a pint for more of a single serving.

Classic All-American Summer Treat
Patriotic Snack
Star Sugar Cookies

To go along with our classic vanilla ice cream, I baked a batch of sugar cookies cut out in the shapes of stars, frosted with a tub of Betty Crocker classic white frosting (the tub of frosting is key to these sugar cookies), and decorated with red, white, and blue sugar & star sprinkles. I baked a couple of batches of these and froze them so that we can have star cookies for the 4th of July holiday, so fun right?! You can find my sugar cookie recipe here.

This summer, I hope you try making your own homemade ice cream! You will make new memories along with some new traditions, all while reflecting back on summer memories and traditions from years gone by.

Find my recipe below for creamy, delicious, homemade vanilla ice cream.

Patriotic Table
Classic Summer Treat
Summertime Treat

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Classic All-American Summer Treat

Difficulty: Easy
Prep Time

10

minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs

  • 3/4 cup sugar

  • 2 cups heavy or whipping cream

  • 1 cup milk

Directions

  • Whisk eggs in mixing bowl until light and fluffy about 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Whisk in sugar a little bit at a time, then continue whisking until completely blended about 1 minute.
  • Pour in cream and milk and whisk to blend.
  • Follow ice cream maker instructions on how to make the ice cream.

Notes

  • You can add multiple flavors to this basic vanilla ice cream recipe. Once your base is in the ice cream maker you can add (just follow your ice cream machines instructions) chopped Oreos, crumbled chocolate chip cookies or brownies, M&M’s, chocolate chips, nuts, the options are endless!

Cozy Updates to Transition Your Home From Spring to Summer

Summer still seems pretty far off into the distance here in the northeast but that is not stopping me from styling our home for summer or wishing for hot days, sundresses, and sandals. Summer is such a special time of year that to me, the longer we can enjoy it, the better.

What makes summer so special? For our family it is no school for two months (hello no homework!), warm air, heading to the pool & beach for swimming & sunbathing, taking & enjoying vacations, firing up the grill daily for hamburgers or hot dogs (or other Americana cuisines), the smell of freshly mowed grass, and life in general just seems good. Maybe it’s the abundant sunshine & heat, but summer just feels different than any other time of the year or season.

And while we all might be spending more time outdoors during the summer months, our homes should reflect the season and there are a few, simple things you can do to update and add that feel-good summer feeling to your home. What summer looks and feels like to you may be different than what summer feels like for me & my family, so what I am sharing today can be customized to fit the style of your home and what you love. Think of this as a jumping off point to start bringing those summer vibes to the inside of your home. I’m welcoming summer with open arms!

Summer Living Room
Summer Greenery
Summer Table Styling

Splashes of Blue for Summer

Blue has always been one of my favorite colors to decorate with so I enjoy adding splashes of blue throughout our home when I style it for summer. Let’s not forget…I have a bathroom with blue wallpaper and a bedroom with a blue floral accent wall, so my love of blue runs deep! However, the rest of our home is neutral so adding these little pops of blue here and there for the warmer months is fun and refreshing. Why is blue a summer color and why do I find it so refreshing? Think about summer vacations. Where do most of us go on vacation during the hot summer months? Typically somewhere near a body of water such as a lake, river, ocean, or even a pool. And what do most of us wish for on vacation besides rest and relaxation? I would venture to say bright, blue, sunny skies to enjoy the cool refreshing water we are vacationing by. The common denominator…. the color BLUE! Blue water and blue skies. If blue is a color you have never used in your home, I challenge you to give it a try, especially during the summer months. Here are a few examples of how I’ve incorporated the color blue into our home.

Pops of Blue
I styled books with shades of blue to our console table to add height and visual interest.
Blue Striped Ribbon on a Swan
I tied a simple blue grosgrain ribbon to the white swan centered on our console table.
Blue Lettered Throw Pillow
I placed a white throw pillow with blue lettering to the couch for just a small pop of color.

Seasonal Florals & Greenery for Summer

I have flowers and greenery in our home all year long. I love the freshness and coziness that they bring, and so our home is always filled with some sort of fresh flower. While I like to have fresh flowers, I can’t keep a house plant alive! So, in our home we have fresh flowers and faux plants. It’s ok to have a mixture of both. The key to creating a summery home with florals is to style your home with summer-blooming flowers. The easiest way to do this is to bring the flowers and greenery you have growing right in your yard, into your home! Bring some of that outdoor beauty inside. Some of my favorite summer flowers are hydrangeas, peonies, and dahlias. These flowers have big, beautiful blooms that will fill up any vessel quickly. However, if you don’t have flowers you can cut in your yard, I’ve also been known to cut down flowering weeds & wildflowers along our woodline. Sometimes weeds & wildflowers can be just as beautiful, and the best part…they are free! (Just be careful you don’t get into poison ivy or anything else you may be allergic too!)

If you are someone who would rather invest in a flower that lasts season after season, there is always faux! They last forever and you can reuse them year after year. Just make sure you change your faux flowers each season so that your home stays current and fresh. Afloral has beautiful, realistic looking faux florals. They might be slightly more expensive than some other more popular craft stores, but they are worth the investment. Their flowers are incredibly realistic looking! Here are a couple of my favorites for summer; this beautiful ivory dahlia, this gorgeous cream white peony, this stunning taupe beige rose, or this amazing soft green snowball flower.

Hydrangeas
I purchased these hydrangeas from Trader Joe’s but once our hydrangeas start blooming I can cut a few growing in our backyard!
Cherry Blossoms
These cherry blossoms are not summer blooming, however I wanted to share with you that we cut these down on the side of the road in a wild growing tree. These are so beautiful and they were free!
Blue Floral Vase
This pink dahlia was cut from my garden. Do you see I styled it in a blue vase?!

Treats for Summer

Some of my favorite summertime memories are from when the kids where little and I was a stay at mom.

On the days in the middle of summer when it was too hot to go outside, I would make homemade Wendy’s Frosty’s. We would curl up on the couch in the cool air conditioning and watch Harry Potter movies all afternoon while sipping on our Frosty’s. Or, after a long day by the pool we would skip dinner and head to the local ice cream shop for bowls of ice cream to fill our bellies.

It’s these simple summer memories that I love, and think of often, which is why I love making treats for my family in the summertime. There are just a couple of requirements for a true summertime treat. One, they should be easy to make and two, should feel refreshing on a hot day. Some of our families favorite summer treats are strawberry shortcake, homemade ice cream (check out the rosemary ice cream I made last year here), s’mores (I made s’mores donuts last year here), Frosty’s (my favorite recipe for that here), ice tea, and a good old fashioned glass of lemonade (adding recipe below).

With summer on my mind, I made homemade lemonade yesterday and boy was it delicious! It really had me wishing for heat, humidity, and the pool! What are some of your favorite summertime treats?

Homemade Lemonade
Kitchen View
Homemade Lemonade

These are just a few updates you can make to your home to welcome summer into your home. Some of my other favorite things to do include opening the windows. There is nothing better than letting the fresh air into our home after months of being buttoned up from the cold. Change your bedding! Swap out the heavy blankets and duvets for lighter more breathable fabrics to help you stay cool on those hot summer nights. I love cotton and linen fabrics during the summer for their breathability and texture. Have fresh herbs available. There is nothing better than snipping a few fresh herbs from the garden and adding them to a meal. Swap out artwork. Choose art that features summery blue skies, tranquil blue water, or any other picture that just speaks summer to you!

Table & Hutch Styled for Summer
Books
Wooden Bucket of Cherry Blossoms

Tell me, what does summer feel like to you? What do you do in your home to bring that summer feeling inside? Leave me a comment, I would love to hear from you!

Refreshing Summer Lemonade

Lemonade

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups Water
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 2 cups Fresh squeezed lemon juice (about 8-12 lemons)
  • 5-7 cups Water
  • Ice (optional)
  • Lemon slices (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Create a simple syrup by bringing 2 cups of water and 2 cups of water to a simmer in a small pan at medium heat. Whisk occasionally.
  2. Once sugar is dissolved, remove pot from heat and set aside to cool.
  3. Pour the lemon juice and simple syrup into a large pitcher.
  4. Add about 5 cups of water to pitcher and stir well. Add more water if needed to obtain desired taste.
  5. Chill for 1-2 hours or add ice cubes.
  6. Garnish with lemon slices.

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Easter Brunch: Baked French Toast Casserole

It’s Easter weekend and I am sharing with you a delicious recipe, a spin on a classic, and one you will want to make as soon as possible for your Easter brunch or frankly any day of the year! It’s one I’ve been meaning to share with all of you for a while now, but for some reason there’s been other things to write about and this recipe kept taking a back seat. I’ve been making this baked french toast casserole for my family for years. It’s become one of my family’s favorite dishes and a recipe that I use not only for breakfast on holidays (Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas) but for weeknight dinners as well. (Do you have breakfast for dinner in your house? We do here and we love it!) There are many things we love about this recipe, not only the fact that it tastes delicious, and feeds a crowd, but I love the versatility and that it can be made ahead of time giving me more time with family if baking this on a holiday or more time to get things done on a weeknight. So, if you’ve got a busy Easter weekend ahead of you with company headed to your home, I’ve got you covered with this delicious baked french toast casserole recipe you can whip up in no time the day before friends & relatives arrive!

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • Salted butter
  • Brown sugar
  • Thick sliced bread (I use sourdough)
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Vanilla extract
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Ground nutmeg
  • 9×13 baking dish

How To Make:

To start your baked french toast, begin by making your own syrup combining butter and brown sugar (on the stove or in the microwave) and pouring into a 9×13 baking dish.

Prepare a simple egg wash with eggs, milk, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Place bread in a single layer over the syrup in the baking dish. Arrange slices to fit. No need to cube the bread, I just add the slices to the dish. Fill in holes between slices with small pieces of bread.

Pour half of the egg wash over bread and top with a dusting of brown sugar and cinnamon.

Layer remaining bread over the top and pour the rest of the egg wash on top with a final dusting of brown sugar and cinnamon.

If baking immediately, let casserole rest for about 30 minutes before baking in the oven.

If making ahead of time, place covered casserole in the refrigerator for no more than 24 hours. Remove from fridge when ready to bake and let rest on counter for about 20 minutes. Bake for about 45 minutes and prepare to excite your taste buds!

Simply top with a pat of butter and a small amount of maple syrup. Enjoy!

My Tips:

  • Here’s a little secret of mine…don’t tell anyone! I use salted butter when baking, there my secret is out! I love how salted butter adds just the right amount of salt to sweet foods. I don’t add additional salt if using salted butter.
  • My family discovered our love of sourdough bread many years ago, and it is mainly what we purchase these days. So, using sourdough bread for this recipe was a no brainer for me! The slightly sour flavor adds so much depth to this very sweet recipe. I also love the texture of sourdough bread, which works so well with this casserole.
  • Use good vanilla extract! As tempting as it might be to buy the cheap stuff at the grocery store, spend a few more dollars on quality vanilla extract, you will taste the difference. I’ve made my own in the past, but have found Trader Joe’s vanilla extract to be a very good substitute when I don’t have my own!
  • This recipe calls for milk, however for a richer french toast casserole feel free to substitute the milk with light cream, heavy cream, or half and half.
  • Serve your baked french toast with a side of fruit, bacon, sausage links, or breakfast ham. We love the saltiness of bacon or ham with the sweetness of the casserole. It’s fun to swipe a slice of bacon through the brown sugar syrup. Yum!

Do you have a breakfast or brunch planned for Easter weekend? What will you be serving? I hope this recipe makes it’s way into your recipe book for Easter or any other day of the year, it’s one my family loves and I am so happy to finally be sharing it with you!

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Baked French Toast Casserole

Serves 8-10

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 1 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 loaf thick sliced bread (I use sourdough)
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 9×13 baking dish

DIRECTIONS

  1. Lightly grease on oven safe 9×13 casserole dish.
  2. Melt butter in a microwave safe bowl in the microwave for 15 second intervals, until butter is melted.
  3. Stir 1 cup brown sugar into the melted butter, mix well until fully combined. Pour brown sugar mixture into the prepared dish and spread evenly to coat the bottom of the dish. Set dish aside.
  4. In a bowl beat eggs. Once beaten, add in milk, vanilla, and a pinch of cinnamon. Set aside.
  5. Combine remaining brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a separate small bowl. Set aside.
  6. Arrange bread in a single layer over the butter/sugar mixture in the dish.
  7. Pour half of the egg wash over bread. Top with half of the brown sugar/cinnamon.
  8. Arrange remaining bread slices over the top. Pour over remaining egg wash and top with remaining brown sugar/cinnamon. Lightly press bread into the egg wash to ensure slices are evenly soaked.
  9. Cover dish with tin foil and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to soak up the custard mixture, or overnight for best results.
  10. When ready to bake, take the dish out of the refrigerator 20 minutes before baking (if it has been overnight) to remove the chill from the dish.
  11. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  12. Bake covered for 30 minutes. Uncover and continue baking for another 15 minutes.
  13. Serve with butter and syrup. Enjoy!


Luck of the Irish Soda Bread

Whether you are Irish or not, the St. Patrick’s holiday is a great excuse to add pops of green to your décor and the perfect excuse to cook some delicious Irish food! While we typically do not celebrate St. Patty’s Day, I do like to add small touches of the holiday to freshen up our home. A couple of things I did for St. Patrick’s day this year was adding a small shamrock plant to the kitchen, placing Bells of Ireland stems along with some other green, white, and yellow flowers into a copper pot, and I tried my hand at making Irish soda bread from scratch. I love challenging myself to try something new every once in a while, and so soda bread became my newest challenge. I found the soda bread recipe I am sharing with you on Pinterest from Kristie at Saving Dollars & Sense. This soda bread recipe was incredibly easy to make and requires no yeast. The end result is dense, delicious, moist bread. My family loves eating fresh warm bread right out of the oven smoothered with butter, and that is exactly how we enjoyed this soda bread!

Here are the ingredients you will need to make this delicious soda bread (full recipe below):

  • flour
  • sugar
  • baking soda
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • butter
  • buttermilk
  • egg

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Grease a baking sheet or line with parchment paper.

In a medium sized bowl mix the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together.

Make a well in the center of your dry ingredients. In the well, add 1/2 cup of butter, 1 cup buttermilk, and egg and mix with dry ingredients until fully combined making sure to not overmix.

Flour work surface. Place dough on floured surface and knead briefly.

After kneading, shape the dough into a round ball and place on baking sheet. Whisk together a 1/4 cup of melted butter with a 1/4 cup buttermilk. Brush loaf with buttermilk mixture, then cut an X in the top of the loaf.

Bake for about 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in middle of loaf comes out clean. Bruch with buttermilk mixture every 15 minutes or so while baking.

Enjoy your Irish soda bread with a bottle of Guinness served alongside hearty corned beef & cabbage or Irish beef stew. Or, enjoy your bread as a snack like we did, and simply slather your warm bread with butter. Either way you slice it, this is a delicious recipe that I intend to make year after year and hope you will give it a try too! How do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Leave me a comment, I would love to hear from you!

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Luck of the Irish Soda Bread

  • 4 cups flour
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. Grease or line baking sheet with parchment paper.

3. Mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients.

4. In the well add 1/2 cup butter, 1 cup buttermilk, and egg. Mix until combined, being careful not to overmix.

5. Flour work surface.

6. Place dough on floured surface and knead briefly.

7. Shape dough into a round ball and place on prepared sheet.

8. Whisk together 1/4 cup melted butter with 1/4 cup buttermilk.

9. Brush loaf with buttermilk mixture.

10. Cut an X in the top of the loaf.

11. Bake for about 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.

12. Brush with buttermilk mixture every 15 minutes while baking.

Enjoy!