BAKED EGGNOG FRENCH TOAST WITH CANDIED CHAI PECANS

by Holly on November 14, 2012

in breakfast,holidays,rambling,recipes,vegetarian

This year, I’m totally that girl.

Or rather that November-hits-and-I-start-watching-cheesy-Hallmark-Christmas-movies-and-buying-holiday-spiced-tea-and listening-to-Christmas-music girl. Maybe it’s because there seems to be so many sad things going on in the world and that life has seemed especially fragile lately or maybe it’s because I watched the Les Miserables trailer while taking a bath last night and simultaneously got major goosebumps AND teared up (but not electrocuted).

Whatever it is – my name is Holly, and I am officially in the Christmas spirit.

Hallmark movies? Check.

Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Tea? Check.

Christmas music? Check.

I’m even sharing with you my “Ultimate Christmas Jams” playlist, which I listened to on repeat three times last night. You too can put on your fuzzy turquoise striped socks, light your cinnamon spice candle, pop in some candy cane Hershey Kisses, watch Hallmark’s newest movie “Love At the Thanksgiving Day Parade,” belt out “Christmas in Hollis” by Run DMC and feel like the happiest person in all the (perhaps slightly cliche) world.

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01. “Christmas Is” – Run DMC
02. “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm” – Dean Martin
03. “(There’s No Place Like Home) Home for the Holidays – Carpenters
04. “Santa Claus Is Back In Town” – Jonny Lang
05. “O Holy Night” – Tracy Chapman
06. “Christmas in Hollis” – Run DMC
07. “Santa Baby” – Madonna
08. “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” – Pointer Sisters
09. “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays” – ‘N Sync
10. “Mary, Did You Know?” – Kenny Rogers (only because this is Mama E’s fave Christmas song)
11. “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” – Glee
12. “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” – Brenda Lee
13. “The Christmas Waltz” – She & Him
14. “Blue Christmas” – Elvis Presley
15. “Christmas Time Is Here” – Diana Krall
16. “All I Want For Christmas Is You” – Mariah Carey
17. “Last Christmas” – Wham!
18. “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” – Sufjan Stevens
19. “White Christmas” – Bing Crosby
20. “Christmas Tree” – Lady Gaga f/ Space Cowboy
21. “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” – Andy Williams

And the next morning, when you’re nursing a candy cane Hershey Kiss hangover and red puffy eyes from seeing Emily and Henry finally get together (at the parade, of course), try this Baked Eggnog French Toast with Candied Chai Pecans. It’s made with Silk’s dairy- and lactose-free eggnog and way easier than it looks and sounds. I don’t do complicated, I promise.

Good bread. Eggs. Eggnog. Cinnamon. Vanilla. Agave. Pecans. Sugar. More cinnamon. Allspice. Ginger. Cardamom. Salt. A couple of leisurely hours of your life.

Plus, it’s perfect for a pre- or post-Thanksgiving brunch if you don’t quite think you can make it to Christmas before stuffing your face with a plate of this. I know I won’t make it that far.

Did you know that French toast also makes for a delicious lunch?

I do know.

Baked Eggnog French Toast with Candied Chai Pecans
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour, 10 minutes total

1 small loaf French bread, sliced into 1-inch pieces
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups Silk Seasonal Nog
1 T agave nectar or maple syrup
splash of vanilla extract
1 t cinnamon
pinch of salt

Candied Chai Pecans
1 egg white
1/2 cup sugar
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t ground ginger
1/2 t cardamom
1/4 t allspice
1/4 t salt
2 cups raw pecans

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

To make the Candied Chai Pecans (I recommend making these first), whisk egg white in a medium bowl until frothy. Add sugar and spices, and whisk until mixture is thick and glossy. Add pecans. Stir to coat pecans, ensuring all the pecans are covered with the mixture. Pour pecans on a greased baking sheet, and spread out so they aren’t touching one another. Bake for 30 minutes or until pecans are golden brown. Let cool.

To make the French toast, in a 9×9-inch pan, arrange bread slices into one or two rows (depending on size) with overlapping slices (see here).

In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, eggnog, agave, vanilla and spices until incorporated. Pour over the bread slices, making sure slices are evenly covered. Spoon excess liquid between bread slices. Cover with foil and refrigerate for at least two hours.*

Baked at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes or until French toast is golden brown around the edges. About five to ten minutes before French toast is done, top the pan with 1 cup of the candied pecans and put back in the oven. Remove from oven and let cool slightly. Serve with an additional sprinkling of pecans and maple syrup.

Makes 4 servings (with extra pecans leftover!)

*You can also make the French toast in advance and refrigerate overnight.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Silk, but the opinions and text are all mine. To enter Silk’s Holiday Recipe Contest and win a KitchenAid mixer + free Silk for a year, visit their Facebook page.

{ 17 comments }

Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) November 14, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Holly this looks amazing – the pecans alone are enough to make this dish! I also have a major crush on cardamom – an always and forever crush.

While I’m not with you on the whole Christmas music in November thing, the playlist would be perfect AFTER thanksgiving! =)

Hillary November 14, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Thank goodness Mariah made it on your playlist. I was worried for a minute.

This looks outrageous…and surprisingly makes my Stooge-y self longing for the holidays. Go figure!

Michelle @ Eat Move Balance November 14, 2012 at 5:05 pm

While I grew up loving egg nog . . . I’ve never tried the Silk version before. Hmmm . . . interesting. Your recipe sounds delicious!

Hillary November 14, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Ahem. Scrooge. Not Stooge.

Oy. I need a drink.

Julia H. @ Live Young & Prosper November 14, 2012 at 7:23 pm

I am THAT girl every year. All day, err day. My workout iPod shuffle died about a week ago, and I haven’t even had to recharge it because I’ve just instead been listening to the Rockin’ Holidays Pandora station on my phone every time I’ve gone to the gym. Even used it as my music for a run the other day!

(P.S. this recipe sounds amazing. Throw the word ‘chai’ in and I’m down.)

Karey @ Nutty About Health November 14, 2012 at 7:24 pm

Oh my gosh, Holly this recipe looks & sounds amazing! I LOVE french toast, but not sure if I trust myself not to inhale the entire recipe myself. As for being in the x-mas spirit, you’re not alone… everyone on Main Street in Oshkosh seems to be w/you! It’s crazy how early the x-mas lights & decor went up… not that I’m complaining… ;-)

Lauren November 14, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Oh dear. I didn’t think french toast could get any better until now. I’m dying to make this and good thing I just bought some Silk Nog for my Pumpkin Eggnog Martini recipe. Hmmm, french toast and martinis? Dare I? :)

emily (a nutritionist eats) November 14, 2012 at 9:02 pm

Yummmmm! I’m kind of excited for the holidays too this year… :) It’s ok, we can be those girls together!

Maren November 14, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Cutest picture ever!! I must try this. Thanks :) xo

Kathryn November 15, 2012 at 4:30 am

I’m holding out until December to get into the holiday spirit but posts like this make it very hard. I want this now!!

Susan November 15, 2012 at 7:17 am

Excellent list, Holly! Pretty much the entire She&Him album, Sufjan Stevens album, and anything by the following: Bing, Frank, Ella, and Louis = my holiday playlist this year.

I bought 5 boxes of assorted holiday teas last weekend…ergh.

Ruthie @ the tasty tRuth November 15, 2012 at 7:56 am

I may have to purchase a TV just so I can watch that movie. Almost as much of a guilty pleasure as Silknog.

Abby November 15, 2012 at 8:34 am

Chai pecans?! where have these been all my life :) I’m all over Christmas this year too for some reason, you’re play list is great! haha the Nsync song has become a new fav for me, but I love the classics. Judy Garland’s Have Yourself a Merry LIttle Christmas is my epic all time Christmas fav

Tamar November 15, 2012 at 4:29 pm

I try so hard to pretend to be above it, but I am also so ready to watch Love Actually and Home Alone 100 times and eat gingerbread for breakfast. Or egg nog french toast! Awesome.

Also, I thought about your blog the other day when I read an article saying Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Getting Back Together” is about Jake Gyllenhaal. Looks like good news for you ;)

Clair November 16, 2012 at 5:20 am

Trader Joe’s has a kickass green candy cane tea. And the packaging is adorable…it involves a narwhale. Highly recommended. I stocked up as soon as it was back on the shelves.

I’m totally ready for the season over here too…just have to get through the end-of-semester rush! Merry merry!

Laura November 18, 2012 at 10:46 am

Don’t even worry about if girl; you are not alone! I have already watched 3 Christmas movies, have Coldplay’s Christmas Lights on my iPod all year round, and have started listening to the rest of the other stellar Christmas songs. The best:).

Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter) November 20, 2012 at 11:29 am

This looks fan-freakin-tastic. Also, your playlist? I need to blast some X-mas tunes asap.. I’m slacking on the holiday festiveness.

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