“The Panaderia” and French Toast Casserole with Chia Seeds

 French Toast Casserole with Chia Seeds | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

French Toast Casserole with Chia Seeds

Prep Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours

Number of servings: 8

Per Serving 326 calories

Fat 11 g

Carbs 44 g

Protein 12 g

8


French Toast Casserole with Chia Seeds

Weight Watchers PointsPlus®: 8

*Nutritional value may vary depending upon which ingredients are used.

*PointsPlus® calculated by Famished Fish and in no way endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf french bread
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup egg nog
  • 1/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, divided
  • 3 Tb chia seeds
  • 2 Tb butter
  • 1 tsp cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Spray a 4 quart casserole dish with cooking spray. Slice the french bread into 1 inch slices.
  2. Combine the chia seeds, butter and 1/4 cup brown sugar. Spread half of the mixture on the bottom of the sprayed dish.
  3. Place one layer of bread in the bottom over the chia seed mixture and spread the other half of the chia seed mixture over the bread slices.
  4. Top with a second layer of bread.
  5. In a large bowl whisk together the milk, eggnog, greek yogurt, remaining brown sugar, eggs. and spices. Pour over the bread layers, cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight.
  6. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350F. Cover and bake for 35 minutes. Remove the foil or lid and bake 10 minutes more.
  7. Dust with powdered sugar and drizzle with warm maple syrup. Refrigerate leftovers up to one week.

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays-Bagel and Cream Cheese Baked French Toast

Pioneer Woman-Bagel and Cream Cheese Baked French Toast | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Bagels and cream cheese baked into a French toast casserole, who’d’ve thunk it!? Ree Drummond, that’s who!

While scanning through my Nook book of The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays, I couldn’t help but drool over this New Year’s Brunch recipe full of flavor and creativity.

Everything Bagels with bits of onion, sesame seeds, poppy seeds and garlic are soaked in a flavorful milk and egg mixture and topped with cream cheese, cheddar cheese and chives. So good!

Pioneer Woman-Bagel and Cream Cheese Baked French Toast | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

And of course, the sweet tooth in me also concocted a cinnamon raisin version of this wonderful dish with just as much cream cheese goodness. And a nice sprinkling of powdered sugar. Oh yummy!

The ingredients in this dish are so simple, you may want to make this once a month! I especially loved the leftovers! The flavors seemed to mingle so much more the next day.

I divided the recipe in half to make two versions of this recipe that fit into two 8×8 inch square pans. For a full single recipe, just double it for a large casserole that serves 8-12 people.

The Everything Bagel recipe is a Pioneer Woman original whereas the Cinnamon Raisin version is a Famished Fish twist. (I had to make something for my finicky shark!)

Pioneer Woman-Bagel and Cream Cheese Baked French Toast | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Bagel and Cream Cheese Baked French Toast

Ingredients:
Everything Bagel Version
3 everything bagels
butter or nonstick cooking spray for greasing the pan
4 oz cream cheese
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
4 eggs
1 cup whole milk
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 Tb chopped chives
1/2 tsp dry mustard
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp salt

Cinnamon Raisin Bagel Version
3 cinnamon raisin bagels
butter or nonstick cooking spray for greasing the pan
4 oz cream cheese
4 eggs
1 cup whole milk
1/4 heavy cream
1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 Tb powdered sugar, for garnish

Pioneer Woman-Bagel and Cream Cheese Baked French Toast | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Prepare at least 2 hours ahead of time and refrigerate until ready to bake.

Begin by greasing a casserole dish with butter or cooking spray.

Tear the bagels into small chunks and pieces and arrange in the casserole dish.

Pioneer Woman-Bagel and Cream Cheese Baked French Toast | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

In a small bowl combine the milk, eggs, cream and seasonings (or sugar) and whisk well.

Pour the mixture over the torn bagel pieces, covering completely to soak through.

Cut the cream cheese into chunks and arrange over the bagel pieces.

Pioneer Woman-Bagel and Cream Cheese Baked French Toast | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Sprinkle with cheddar cheese, if using. Cover with foil and refrigerate until baking time.

Pioneer Woman-Bagel and Cream Cheese Baked French Toast | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350F. Bake for 40-45 minutes. Remove foil and continue baking for 15-20 minutes (less for a smaller casserole to prevent overbrowning), or until the top is golden brown.

Pioneer Woman-Bagel and Cream Cheese Baked French Toast | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Cool for 15 minutes before serving. Top the Everything Bagel Casserole with chopped fresh chives.

Pioneer Woman-Bagel and Cream Cheese Baked French Toast | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Sprinkle powdered sugar over the Cinnamon Raisin Bagel Casserole before serving.

Pioneer Woman-Bagel and Cream Cheese Baked French Toast | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I seriously need to make more of these things. Because who doesn’t love bagels or French toast!?

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Bagel and Cream Cheese Baked French Toast

Prep Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 3 hours, 15 minutes

Number of servings: 10

Per Serving 565 calories

Fat 35 g

Carbs 36 g

Protein 27 g

10


Bagel and Cream Cheese Baked French Toast

Weight Watchers PointsPlus®: 15

*Nutritional value may vary depending upon which ingredients are used.

*PointsPlus® calculated by Famished Fish and in no way endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Ingredients

  • 6 everything bagels
  • butter or nonstick cooking spray for greasing the pan
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 Tb chopped chives
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Prepare at least 2 hours ahead of time and refrigerate until ready to bake.
  2. Begin by greasing a 13x9 inch casserole dish with butter or cooking spray.
  3. Tear the bagels into small chunks and pieces and arrange in the casserole dish.
  4. In a small bowl combine the milk, cream and seasonings and whisk well.
  5. Pour the mixture over the torn bagel pieces, covering completely to soak through.
  6. Cut the cream cheese into chunks and arrange over the bagel pieces.
  7. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Cover with foil and refrigerate until baking time.
  8. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350F. Bake for 40-45 minutes. Remove foil and continue baking for 15-20 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.
  9. Cool for 15 minutes before serving. Top with chopped fresh chives.

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays – Cookbook Review and Giveaway

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays - Cookbook Review and Giveaway | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Cookbooks: I love them! (Remember me, age 5 and reading cookbooks?) Cookbook reviewing—even better!

I love the ones laden with food photos and quirkiness. I love the ones that are so vibrant you can literally taste the food off the pages!

I love The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays. If you have anything holding you back from following a good recipe, like the lack of being able to follow a recipe, then The Pioneer Woman is for you! I mean, she turned her blogs into cookbooks. And she leaves out NOTHING from her recipes. You need step-by-step instructions, then she’s your gal!

Southern comfort with homemade goodness in easy full color instructions will have you turning each page for more.

From delicious brunch time favorites… (Recipe found here!)

Like savory bagels soaked in a flavorful egg and milk mixture overnight, then smothered with cheeses and chives, that make simple bagels and cream cheese seem like Kindergarten food.

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To colorful party friendly appetizers… (Recipe found here!)

Like crispy oven baked potatoes topped with colorful Southwestern flair.

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To savory family favorite side dishes… (Recipe found here!)

Like slowly cooked pink beans packed with sweet onions and peppers and salty bacon.

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The Pioneer Woman cooks it all.

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