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Spend your Christmas morning with family instead of in the kitchen. We’ve partnered with Tieghan Gerard of Half Baked Harvest to create this easy and delicious crockpot french toast recipe. Talk about a gift.

Every family observes Christmas morning a little differently, but no matter how you celebrate the festivities, breakfast should be a special meal. In my family we always open gifts first while breakfast cooks away. Ever since I can remember, my mom would prepare Christmas breakfast the night before so that Christmas morning was as relaxing as possible…well, relaxing cooking wise. When you’re one of seven kids, Christmas morning is basically insane, but I love it regardless!

Things are a little less crazy now that many of us are older, but we still do Christmas morning the same. Coffee, hot chocolate, gifts and then brunch! I think there are a lot of families with similar traditions, and that’s why I am so excited to share my recipe for Buttered Rum Hot Chocolate and Crockpot French Toast. These are the perfect recipes to make your Christmas morning extra special, while still keeping things simple! Yes, please!

This French toast recipe is easy and delicious, but the best part is that it can be prepared the night before and cooked in the morning while sitting by the fire opening gifts. Once the smell of cinnamon begins to fill the air, you’ll know it’s time to eat! Cooking the French toast in the crockpot is such a great way to go. You won’t need to take time away from the family standing over the stove flipping dozens of pieces of French toast or worrying about them burning in the oven. The crockpot does all the work for you, cooking them perfectly, and even keeping them warm until you are ready to eat.

Plus, if you’re looking to make breakfast more of a brunch, but don’t want to cut into cooking time for Christmas dinner, this Crockpot French toast is the only way to go. Honestly, I couldn’t think of a better Christmas Day breakfast. This French toast is doughy, sweet, buttery, and loaded with cinnamon, my favorite!

OK, but we all know it wouldn’t be Christmas without some drinks. In my family, we’re all slightly obsessed with hot chocolate. So this year I came up the idea to combine one of my favorite cozy cocktails, Hot Buttered Rum with Hot Chocolate. Why I am just thinking this up now is beyond me, but I’m pretty excited about this boozy, chocolaty drink. It’s a game changer. Think hot buttered rum with the addition of creamy milk chocolate and topped with either whipped cream or marshmallows. Kind of screams Christmas, right? I like to leave the rum out of the hot chocolate and instead add it individually to each mug. This way, the kids and non-drinkers can enjoy a mug of hot chocolate, while the adults can add as little or as much rum as they’d like. To keep the hot chocolate warm, I like to use the SMEG electric tea kettle. It works great for keeping the hot chocolate steaming and makes for easy pouring.

Now all that’s left to do is find some pretty dishes, set the table, and prepare the easiest and most delish Christmas brunch recipe yet. Then go back for another mug of Buttered Rum Hot Chocolate because…it’s Christmas!

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Crockpot Cinnamon Pecan French Toast
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Servings
6
Ingredients
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons brandy optional
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 loaf loaf challah bread cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 8 ounces cream cheese cubed
Streusel
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 cup raw pecans chopped
  • 6 tablespoons butter softened
  • maple syrup, powdered sugar, and or fresh fruit for serving
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Servings
6
Ingredients
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons brandy optional
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 loaf loaf challah bread cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 8 ounces cream cheese cubed
Streusel
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 cup raw pecans chopped
  • 6 tablespoons butter softened
  • maple syrup, powdered sugar, and or fresh fruit for serving
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Instructions
  1. Grease the bowl of your crockpot. To the bowl, add the eggs, milk, brandy, vanilla, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Whisk until combined. Add half the bread and toss to moisten. Arrange the cubed cream cheese over the bread and then add the remaining bread cubes. Gently toss to moisten the bread, being sure the cream cheese evenly distributed throughout.
  2. To make the streusel, in a small bowl, combined the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, pecans, and butter. Mix until combined. Sprinkle the streusel over top of the bread.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours or on high for 1-2 hours. Serve warm with maple syrup or powdered sugar.
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Buttered Rum Hot Chocolate
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Prep Time 5
Cook Time 10
Servings
4
Ingredients
  • 4 1/2 Cups Milk
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 6 ounces milk chocolate chopped
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoons butter softened
  • 2 tablespoons dark rum per drink (or to your liking)
  • whipped cream or marshmallows for serving (optional)
Prep Time 5
Cook Time 10
Servings
4
Ingredients
  • 4 1/2 Cups Milk
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 6 ounces milk chocolate chopped
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoons butter softened
  • 2 tablespoons dark rum per drink (or to your liking)
  • whipped cream or marshmallows for serving (optional)
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Instructions
  1. To a medium sized pot, add the milk, brown sugar, cocoa powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, milk chocolate, vanilla, and butter. Place the pot over medium low heat until the milk is scalding, but not boiling, being sure to stir the pot often to make sure nothing is sticking to the bottom or burning.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons rum to the bottom of 4-6 mugs. Once the hot chocolate is steaming, ladle into mugs. If desired top with whipped cream or marshmallows.

Ready for more? Find Christmas recipes that you’ll want to make all year in the Holiday section of our blog.

Comments

  1. Ashley Casey

    Your recipe for the French toast doesn’t say how many eggs. Instructions say to add eggs but ingredients don’t list any. How many does it require? And I assume they’re scrambled when you add to the pot?

    December 15, 2016 | Reply
    • Crate and Barrel

      Hello,

      You will need 6 eggs for the recipe. You do not need to cook them beforehand. Hope this helps!

      December 15, 2016 | Reply
  2. Joan

    I would like to make this for 10 people. How big does the crock pot need to be?

    December 17, 2016 | Reply
    • Crate and Barrel

      Hi Joan,

      The slow cooker pictured is a 6.5 qt and was plenty big enough for the recipe. How big is your slow cooker?

      December 19, 2016 | Reply
  3. Kristin

    The hot cocoa recipe doesn’t say how much milk to use.

    December 17, 2016 | Reply
    • Crate and Barrel

      Sorry for the inconvenience! The recipe has been updated.

      December 17, 2016 | Reply
  4. Jaime

    Do you just make this the night before, refrigerate, and cook in the morning?

    December 21, 2016 | Reply
    • Crate and Barrel

      Hi Jaimie,

      Yes, that’s right!

      December 21, 2016 | Reply
  5. Melissa

    So disappointed in this recipe. Followed the directions to a T and it came out a mushy mess. The bread just absorbed all of the wet ingredients and stayed wet. Was really looking forward to having this for Christmas breakfast.

    December 25, 2016 | Reply
    • Crate and Barrel

      Hi Melissa,

      So sorry to hear you are disappointed. The recipe should turn out moist, similar to bread pudding. If it’s still really wet, however, we recommend cooking it a little longer.

      December 25, 2016 | Reply
  6. Alicia

    Shouldn’t Christmas come down off this blog????

    February 15, 2017 | Reply
  7. Charlotte

    I hope not yet because I just found this blog and am interested in the readings and the recipes provided. Thank you.

    March 19, 2017 | Reply

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