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Have A Very Merry Christmas

All of us at Blaze Products would like to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas! We hope your holidays thus far have been filled with lots of family, friends, and fun. After all, that is part of what makes this time of year so special!

We're sure you already have your Christmas meal planned (and purchased the groceries... right?), but what about Christmas morning? The kids are up early, all excited to open their gifts, and all you're really thinking about is getting some coffee brewing so you can stay awake to put that new toy together. By the time the wrapping paper has hit the floor, your stomach is GROWLING for something other than caffeine. We've got a solution for that! The writer behind the food blog Table for Two has an excellent suggestion on a Christmas breakfast recipe that is sure to please both your schedule and your tummy. You prep it the night before, put it in the oven Christmas morning, and you're ready to chow down by the time the presents are opened (doesn't that sound too good to be true?!). Her recipe for Overnight Eggnog French Toast Bake sounds so yummy and satisfying, it is sure to make your Christmas morning all the more enjoyable.


Overnight Eggnog French Toast Bake
*Modified w/o the rum in the original recipe to be kid friendly.

Yield: 6-8 servings
Prep Time: 10 min + overnight chill time
Cook Time: 45-50 minutes

Ingredients:
- 1 large loaf of French bread, cut into large 2-inch cubes
- 2 1/2 cups eggnog
- 6 large eggs
- 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp. dark brown sugar
- 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
- 1 cup chopped walnuts

Instructions:
1. In a large measuring cup or bowl, whisk together eggnog, eggs, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
2. Spray a 9 x 13 inch glass baking dish with cooking spray. Add the bread cubes into the pan. It will be a tight fit, but that's OK. Press them down gently, if need be.
3. Gently pour the eggnog mixture all over the bread cubes. Using the back of a spatula, press down on the bread cubes to help the bread soak up the liquid a bit. The bread will continue to soak up the liquid overnight.
4. Top the dish with chopped walnuts and cover tightly with foil. Place in the refrigerator to chill overnight.
5. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
6. Unwrap the dish (save the foil) and bake uncovered for 30 minutes. The top will be golden brown.
7. After 30 minutes, cover the dish with the foil you saved and bake for another 15-20 minutes, just to make sure the center is set and everything is warmed through.
8. Remove from oven and serve hot with maple syrup.

Note: it is okay if the middle of your dish is a tiny bit runny - that's how it's supposed to be and it is safe to eat. If you're worried, you can bake it longer until the middle is completely set/dry. This might take a bit longer than the suggested 45 min total bake time.
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We hope you have a safe, and enjoyable Christmas this year! Remember to check out our online store to purchase the chafing fuel you need to make your celebrations even more special. We have a wide range of products and packaging sizes to assist with any type of get-together.


MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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