Christmas Morning Country Breakfast Bread Pudding ((in a jar)) — a new Food for a Year recipe for Sinkology!
This is my very most favorite breakfast recipe – with a fun twist! Normally, I make this breakfast bread pudding in a deep 9″ x 13″ baker. We have it frequently for dinner throughout the year – but every Christmas morning this is a MUST in my home. I always assemble it in the late hours of Christmas Eve, after those last presents are wrapped & all of my “Santa-helping” tasks are finally complete.
But for this Sinkology recipe, I decided it would be fun to do a “make your own” Christmas Breakfast Bread Pudding twist by making individual portions served in an 8 oz. jar.
By making this switch, your family & friends will get the opportunity to add their own combination of meats & veggies on Christmas morning. Another opportunity to stand around food & bond – I see a new Christmas morning tradition in the works!
When making these jarred breakfast bread puddings, there are a few important tips to make them perfect :
- Don’t ignore the instructions to spray the inside of the jar and butter the outside. Trust me.
- Don’t let your stomach be the measure for how you fill these jars. You must set limits – or they will bake right out of the jar.
- If you are like me though, the stomach can be pretty persuasive. Even if you over-fill a bit all isn’t lost. Just be aware, they will expand up and out. A lot. ((I think the over-filled jars look rustically endearing))
- Setting the filled jars on a parchment-lined baking sheet for baking is also a critical mess-prevention. No matter how much you don’t want it to happen, these little ones will overflow a bit.
- If getting a head start by assembling the first layer the night before, be sure to allow them to sit at room temperature for 20-25 minutes before baking. Otherwise, putting a chilled jar in the oven will lengthen cooking time. So if wanting to bake right out of the fridge, be aware, you may need to adjust cooking time accordingly.
- Have fun by experimenting with the add-ons! How about mushroom & swiss, or fig preserves & goat cheese, or prosciutto, parmesan & peppers – the ideas are limitless!
The kids and I did a dry run of this breakfast bread pudding in a jar idea ((just for blog and dinner purposes)) and they LOVED adding their own combinations of cheeses and meats. For some reason, they avoided the veggies — haha! I particularly loved the zing sliced hot cherry peppers & goat’s milk cheddar added to my jar!
With the help of a delicious loaf of brioche, a set of canning jars like grandma used and a few simple ingredients, the most delicious Christmas morning breakfast tradition is possible. But after the first bite, I am guessing this one won’t be a “once-a-year” tradition!