Breakfast options (for a crowd?)

I found a couple of recipes I want to try, but haven’t yet, and a couple of others that I have tried. I probably won’t use any of these for just me, but when my family is here for a visit like Thanksgiving or Christmas (let’s hope things are back to normal by then!) They might interest you too. I like something that is fast to get going, feeds a crowd and tastes great.

I’m always looking to use up overripe bananas. I have a good banana bread recipe (Flour’s Famous Banana Bread), but it’s nice to have an option. By the way, I use sour cream in the banana bread, and omit the vanilla, but double the cinnamon. Here’s a new recipe with bananas that I want to try. I think it would be great for a holiday breakfast.

Oatmeal Banana Nut Pudding Cake

Here’s the video.

For either this recipe or the banana bread, you could leave out the nuts, and I often do. Raisins or dried cranberries  might be a nice addition too.

Here’s another new recipe I want to try. Since I have a vegetarian in the family, I would make one casserole without the bacon and another one with.

Creamy Baked Eggs

Serves: 2-4
Prep time: 30 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes

2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 cups warmed whole milk
salt and pepper to taste
5 ounces baby spinach cleaned
4-6 slices bacon cut into bite size pieces
10 cherry tomatoes cut in half
1/2 cup grated gruyere
handful toasted breadcrumbs to coat pan(s)
4 eggs

Here’s the video:

This is a recipe from King Arthur Flour that I have made, and it’s good! Just make sure you have a big enough pan and don’t try to make it in the toaster oven like I did, because it’s not big enough when the casserole expands! Fortunately, my regular oven is now back in operation. I made this casserole for Christmas morning, which was great because it was prepared the night before and all I had to do was bake it and serve. Also, it is suitable for a vegetarian diner, although you could add a layer of cooked breakfast sausage between the bread and the apples, as suggested by King Arthur.

Apple French Toast Bake


French toast

  • 1 baguette, about 18″ to 20″ long
  • 8 large eggs
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • 5 to 6 apples, peeled and thinly sliced; Granny Smith is a good choice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted


  • confectioners’ sugar or cinnamon-sugar
  • maple syrup


  1. Lightly butter a 9″ x 13″ baking pan or similar-sized casserole dish. Slice a day-old baguette into 3/4″ to 1″ slices, and lay them in the pan; you’ll need about 21 slices to fill the pan, making a single layer.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl beat the eggs, then whisk in the milk, sugar, vanilla, nutmeg and salt.
  3. Pour this mixture over the bread, and let it soak in while you’re preparing the topping.
  4. Peel and slice the apples thinly. Toss them with the remaining topping ingredients, and spread them over the bread in the pan.
  5. Cover the pan, and refrigerate overnight; or for up to 48 hours.
  6. Remove the pan from the refrigerator, uncover it, and bake the French toast in a preheated 375°F oven for 45 to 55 minutes, until the apples are soft and the eggs set.
  7. Remove from the oven, and sprinkle with the sugar of your choice, if desired; or drizzle with maple syrup.

I usually make panettone at Christmas time, which is great toasted with butter and/or honey. That’s another easy and delicious breakfast option.

What food do you usually prepare for a breakfast or brunch crowd?


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3 Responses to Breakfast options (for a crowd?)

  1. czarina33 says:

    We may have brunch, but mostly eat breakfast-for-dinner. No crowds, just eat the leftovers the next day. I would like the french toast with apples and breakfast sausage!

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  2. hocuspocus13 says:

    Jotted down the
    Creamy Baked Eggs
    Looks so good I happen to like a one pot meal quick and easy
    Mix Bake Eat Yum!

    Liked by 1 person

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