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