This is such a treat on holiday mornings. My kids love it. The moms in my Mothers of Preschoolers group used to love it, too, and always requested that I make it when it was my turn to help provide breakfast. As always, this dish can be as organic or as local as you chose. If you can’t afford all the ingredients in organic form, consider buying organic or local apples or eggs.
Here’s what you do. Put this together anytime on Christmas or New Year's Eve — even during the day. Before you start making your coffee the next morning, pre-heat the oven. When you pour your first cup of coffee, throw the casserole in the oven — even if it hasn’t fully preheated. Go open gifts. By the time you’re done opening your gifts, breakfast will be just about ready.
This dish doesn't have to be for Christmas only, though. It's great any holiday morning or any Saturday morning for that matter - any time you want a little something extra special for breakfast.
• You don’t need additional butter or any syrup with this casserole. The brown sugar turns into sweet syrupy yumminess.
• I’ve made this several times with Ciabatta bread and it works really well, but any white or light wheat bread will do. It’s a great way to use up stale bread because the egg and milk mixture will soften it right up.