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Christmas Oat Drops

These Christmas Oat Drops are a soft, flavourful oat cookie that you can make festive for the holidays with the addition of red and green white chocolate chips!

Welcome to my Christmas Cookie Week!  Starting today, over the course of the next 5 days, I will be sharing 5 delicious Christmas cookie recipes that you can make this holiday season. All recipes are simple, use straightforward ingredients and can be frozen to enjoy later.  Just what you need during this busy time of year!

Christmas Cookie Exchange

Christmas Cookie Exchange

All of these recipes are perfect for a cookie exchange too!  Invite some friends to make 2 dozen of their favourite cookies, then exchange them amongst your party and everyone will leave with a treasure of homemade cookies. So fun!

Christmas Cookie Exchange

Set up a pretty table, put some holiday tunes on and start the coffee pot!

Christmas Cookie Exchange

Gifts from the Kitchen

Big batch cookie baking is also great for gift giving!  Wrap up little packages to share with your friends and family…there’s nothing more lovely than gifts from your kitchen.

Christmas Oat Drops

Christmas Oat Drops

Now let’s get to the cookies!  The first recipe I am going to be sharing for my Christmas Cookie week are these Christmas Oat Drops.  This is a delicious soft and chewy oat cookie made festive with some fun red and green white chocolate chips. You can find fun coloured baking chips in most baking aisles or bulk food stores during the holiday season.  They’re a really fun way to dress up a classic cookie batter.

Christmas Oat Drops

Just watch out for cookie snatchers!  😉

Christmas Oat Drops

Christmas Oat Drops

Festive, pretty and delicious!

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Christmas Oat Drops


  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Yield: 24 cookies

Description

These Christmas Oat Drops are a soft, flavourful oat cookie that you can make festive for the holidays with the addition of red and green white chocolate chips!


Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips (in Christmas colours: I found mine at Bulk Barn)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream together the butter and white and brown sugars, until smooth.
  3. Add the eggs, mixing in one egg at a time. Then mix in the vanilla.
  4. In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, oats, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  5. Add the flour mix to the butter mix and combine.
  6. Stir in the red and green chips.
  7. Roll the cookie batter into 1 inch balls, and place them on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet, at least an inch apart.
  8. Bake for 8 – 10 minutes (I do 8 because the cookies are soft).

Notes

Tip:  If you wish, you can use red and green smarties instead!

Make sure to come back all week to get more delicious cookie recipes!

Christmas Cookie Exchange

Merry Christmas!

A Tree Lot Inspired Christmas Front Porch

A Tree Lot Inspired Christmas Front Porch complete with strings of white lights, tree lot signage, flocked trees,  and snow…all of it classically Christmas.

Welcome to my Tree Lot Inspired Christmas Front Porch, part of the Canadian Holiday Home Tour!  This blog hop is hosted by the lovely Shannon of Home Made Lovely and Christina of The DIY Mommy, and includes 25 homes of beautiful Christmas decorating inspiration!  I hope you can take a moment to take a tour of the homes…all of the links are at the bottom of this post. xo

I’m so happy to have you here today!  I have been pretty excited to share my Christmas porch with you…I painted our front door and couldn’t wait for you to see it!  But before I get to that, come see what I’ve put together.

A Tree Lot Inspired Christmas Front Porch

This year I was inspired by Christmas tree lots when I decided to put my Tree Lot porch together…the strings of white lights, the signage, the trees, the trucks hauling trees, the snow…all of it classically Christmas.  There’s something magical about a Christmas tree lot, I think it’s because they hold so much nostalgia.

I thought it would be fun to capture even a little bit of a tree lot feeling on my porch…so I got busy planning.  I gathered together more white lights to hang from the porch ceiling.  I found some mini flocked trees at Winners and brought out a lot of decor that I already had in storage.  Bottle brush trees, plaid ribbon, flocked garland and my Vintage Truck Wreath.

Strung some cutie pie mitten lights.

Then I completed the look with this rug that I found at Simon’s…it’s actually what got my train of tree lot thinking going, and inspired the green of my door.  That’s a lot of responsibility on one rug hahahaha

So let’s get back to my door.  After I had everything decorated I took one look at my yellow door and decided it was time to paint it.  I loved my yellow door for a lot years, but I have been wanting to change the paint colour for a long time, and what better time to do that than now?

Anyway, the green.  I love it.  It’s a crazy colour, but where I live it’s winter for a lot of months and the bright cheery colour is a welcome view when skies are cold and grey.  Admittedly though, it is a little brighter green than I thought it would be, but that’s fine…it’s actually not as bright in real life as it appears here in pictures.  But I don’t stress about these things.  I think it’s a fun addition to my Christmas porch!

I hope you enjoyed my little porch tour!  If you want to see the rest of my holiday home, click here and come inside!

More Canadian holiday home inspiration!

Now it’s time to tour all of the other beautiful homes in the Christmas Canadian Bloggers Home Tour hop! Just click on the links below to get beautiful Christmas decor inspiration from my Canadian blogging friends. Another great way to see more is to follow the hashtag #CBHomeTour on Instagram!  So many beautiful homes…and ideas for everyone.

Home Made Lovely | The Creek Line House | Lemon Thistle | Love Create Celebrate | So Much Better With Age

Woman in Real Life | Clean and Scentsible | A Pop of Pretty | Making it in the Mountains | The Learner Observer

PMQ for Two | Joy in Our Home | Amidst the Chaos | One House 2 Barns | The Dreamhouse Project

The DIY Mommy | Life is a Party | Satori Design for Living | Rambling Renovators | This Mamas Dance

Fynes Designs | A Pretty Life | Emmett’s ABCs | Harlow & Thistle | Northern Style Exposure

Happy Holidays!

Snowball Cookies

These Snowball Cookies melt in your mouth!  They’re sweet, buttery, nutty and so delicious. A perfect treat for your Christmas cookie tray this year!

I love cookies, but at Christmas?  They’re the absolute best.  I love the ritual of baking them, of trying new recipes, and of filling my home with delicious cookie baking smells. So maybe you feel the same way too, and that’s why you’re here?  Well you’re in luck, I’m sharing a delicious and easy recipe for Snowball Cookies. These are one of those cookies that seems to appear on every holiday sweet tray, Christmas just isn’t the same without them.

Snowball Cookies

I think Snowballs are one of the most delicious Christmas cookies out there.  On first bite you get the sweetness of the icing sugar they’re rolled in, then you get the sweet, buttery and nutty flavour of the classic Snowball cookie. So good.

Snowball Cookies

And they’re so pretty too.  Just look at them all gorgeous rolled up in icing sugar.  Here’s a tip for you too…right before you serve them, give these Snowballs an extra dusting of sugar.

Snowball Cookies

Then put them out and watch them disappear.

Snowball Cookies

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Snowball Cookies


  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Yield: 3 dozen snowball cookies

Description

These Snowball Cookies melt in your mouth!  They’re sweet, buttery, nutty and so delicious. A perfect treat for your Christmas cookie tray this year!


Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup finely ground pecans
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar (confectioner’s sugar)
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cup flour
  • extra icing sugar for rolling (~ 1/2 cup)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Cream together the butter and icing sugar until smooth and fluffy.
  3. Mix in the ground pecans and vanilla.
  4. Mix in the flour.
  5. Shape the cookie dough into 1 inch balls and lay them out on a cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for 22-25 minutes.
  7. Once the balls have cooled to the touch, roll them in the icing sugar.
  8. Enjoy!

Notes

Recipe Tip!  Right before you serve these Snowball Cookies, lightly dust them with more icing sugar.

Click here for more of my Delicious Christmas Cookie Recipes!

15+ Christmas Cookie Recipes

Happy Holidays!

Decorating For Christmas

Let’s get decorating for Christmas! I’m sharing some tips and things I’ve learned over many years of holiday decorating. Come take a tour of my home, all decked out for the happiest season of all!

Today I’m once again joining Krista of The Happy Housie, as well as more amazing bloggers as part of the Seasonal Simplicity Christmas Series.  There has been all kinds of Christmas inspiration shared over the last few weeks, including handmade gift ideas, and today our holiday home tours!  If you’re coming over from House by Hoff, welcome, I’m so happy to have you here!  We all hope that you leave inspired for your own holiday decorating!  Make sure to take a tour through all the beautiful homes at the bottom of this post! xo

DIY Christmas Grapevine Evergreen Wreath

My DIY Evergreen Grapevine Wreath

Happy holidays, and welcome to my home!  I’m so happy to have you here…it means a lot to me.  I always get a little nervous about my holiday home tours because I don’t change much over here each year.  I just add a few new things here and there, so I feel a little weird sharing. But I also know that this is relatable…this is real life.  We love our traditions and heartfelt ornaments.  If the skate stockings don’t get hung, the kids get sad.  And so do I.  Christmas is about tradition, and this is ours.

Come on in, it’s cold out there!

See more of my Christmas Tree Lot Inspired front porch here

Decorating for Christmas in the Living Room

As you will see as you tour around my home, I’ve embraced everything plaid and cozy once again this year.  I just haven’t tired of it. In fact, I wonder if I ever will.  If you follow along you probably already know about my undying love of plaid.  Plaid pillows, plaid bedding, plaid ribbon…I am seriously IN LOVE with it.  I have to hold myself back from buying everything I see that has a plaid or buffalo check pattern.  I’ve even carried the plaid theme over on to my staircase this year…

Decorating for Christmas

Decorating the Staircase for Christmas

I have always hung garland on my staircase for the holidays, but this year I did something a little different.  I hung my regular faux fir garland, but this year I also added some fresh greenery to it.  I just love the way the fresh greens fill it all in.  I used mostly cedar sprigs because they tend to hold their shape and colour even when they dry out.  If they start to brown, they’re also really inexpensive and easy to switch out.  Then I finished everything off with 2 simple bows of plaid ribbon.

Decorating for Christmas

Plaid ribbon with fresh greenery?  I can’t even.  It’s the perfect combination.

Christmas in the Kitchen

Christmas in the Kitchen

Now come on into my kitchen…this is where all the delicious of Christmas happens!  I have to keep things really simple in my kitchen because I’m always in it.  I can’t have a cluttered work space with tchotchkes everywhere, but at the same time I want some Christmas magic in here.  So I just added a simple wreath over my stove, and some fairy lights along my glass canisters.

Christmas in the Kitchen

Then I decorated my eating nook with a few simple decorations.  I keep a small stock of fresh greenery around for crafts and decorating throughout the season, and I usually keep it outside, but this year I decided to keep it inside because it looks so pretty!  Pretty and practical.

DIY Fairy Light Cloche

Turn a simple cloche into a pretty light fixture

My favourite thing in my eating nook though, is this really simple little light I put together in just a few minutes. All I did was add a string of fairy lights and a few bottle brush trees to the inside a cloche (just make sure to leave the battery pack outside the glass so you can turn it on and off easily).  It looks so pretty at night.

Decorating the Kitchen for Christmas

Put a Wreath On It

I love wreaths…that is no secret.  But a wreath tied to a dining chair?  My heart skips a beat.  There’s just something so lovely about a little wreath tied with ribbon to dining chairs.  And it’s such a simple and festive touch, not to mention inexpensive.  You can make these, or buy  them…I chose to buy them because I saw them at Michaels on sale for $5 a piece!  All I did was tie each wreath to the chair with some buffalo plaid ribbon I already had at home.  Such a pretty way to decorate for Christmas.

Decorating the Kitchen for Christmas

Now all that’s left to do in here is set the table for the holidays, so stay tuned for that!  Now let’s head into the living room…

Decorating For Christmas in the Living Room

Decorating for Christmas in the Living Room

I didn’t really change much in my living room this year.  I love all the decorations I already have for this space, so I didn’t feel the need to reinvent things.  I actually couldn’t wait to pull out all of my plaid pillows!  As you can see, I *may* also have a love affair with pillows.

Decorating for Christmas in the Living Room

I’m a firm believer that you can never have too many pillows.  Especially on cold winter nights…you can just get right in there and snuggle with ’em.  No one complains.  We live in a liveable home.  Move the pillows, toss them on the floor, really just get comfortable, that’s what’s important.

Decorating for Christmas in the Living Room

A pretty plaid themed living room for Christmas

I decided to hang my Christmas Evergreen Wreath over my mantel this year.  I love it so much that I want to look at it everyday.  I think it matches perfectly with our tree!

Decorating for Christmas in the Living Room

We went with a real tree again this year…there’s just nothing like them!  I love the smell, I don’t mind the needles, I think they’re perfect.  Perfectly imperfect.  And full of love…it may not stand up straight, and the ornaments don’t match, but there are a lot of sentimental ornaments on that tree and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Pretty rustic and plaid decorated Christmas tree

Christmas Tree Lighting Tip

This is where I should also tell you that we added over 100 feet of white lights to our tree this year!  Every year I say that we need more lights on the tree, so this year we made that happen. If you want your tree to glow and really twinkle, add more lights than you think you need.  We like to wrap a couple of strands on the inside of the tree so it glows from the inside out.  All.  The.  Lights.  So pretty.  I love white lights…I actually snuck the white lights on this year and my kids didn’t even notice haha!  They usually insist on coloured lights.

Decorating for Christmas

Now there’s nothing left to do but put the Shortbread Cookies out for Santa.  I hope you enjoyed my holiday home tour, and are inspired to decorate for the holidays in your own home!

More Christmas Home Inspiration

Now head over to visit Ashley of Modern Glam, I know you’ll enjoy her beautiful farmhouse style. Then take a tour through all these amazing and festive Christmas homes throughout this week.  You’ll be sure to leave inspired for your own space…there is something for everyone here!

Wednesday

Lemon Thistle
So Much Better With Age
Taryn Whiteaker
Love Create Celebrate
Rambling Renovators


Clean and Scentsible
House by Hoff
A Pretty Life
Modern Glam

And the sharing is happening all week long!

Monday

The Happy Housie
House of Wood
Inspiration for Moms
Town and Country Living
In My Own Style

The Turquoise Home
Amber Tysl
Deeply Southern Home
Tauni Everett

Tuesday

Sincerely, Marie Designs
Satori Design for Living
Finding Silver Pennies
Willow Street Interiors
Confessions of a Serial DIYer


Happy Happy Nester
Life is a Party
Two Twenty One
Tatertots and Jello

Thursday

Rooms FOR Rent
Shabbyfufu
Stacy Risenmay
Jenna Kate at Home


Sand & Sisal
Paint Me Pink
Place of My Taste
Maison de Cinq

Friday

The Happy Housie
Home Made Lovely
Maison de Pax
Just a Girl and Her Blog
Hallstrom Home


Jamie Costiglio
Sawdust 2 Stitches
The DIY Mommy
Summer Adams
All Things With Purpose

Merry Christmas!

Slice and Bake Shortbread

These Slice and Bake Shortbread are a delicious Christmas cookie!  This is an ideal recipe for last minute cookie baking…bake half the batch now, and bake the other half later.  Or give a roll to a friend as a gift from your kitchen.

Happy holidays friends!  You stopped in here at the perfect time because you are going to leave today with 12 delicious cookie recipe ideas for Christmas! I’ve come together with 11 Canadian bloggers to bring you some delicious cookie recipes for the holiday season…you can never have too many.

So let’s get started!  I’m sharing a simple and delicious shortbread recipe that you slice and bake whenever you want fresh baked cookies.  YES.

Slice and Bake Shortbread

Shortbread cookies are a classic holiday cookie recipe.  Pretty much everyone loves them, so they’re a great cookie to make for your treat plates. 

Slice and Bake Shortbread

But the BEST thing about these shortbread cookies are that they are a slice and bake cookie.  You make 2 rolls of dough, and keep them wrapped up in parchment paper in the fridge.  Then when you want cookies, you just slice and bake them.  Make a batch today, and make a batch tomorrow.  Or make a batch after everyone goes to bed…just sayin’

Slice and Bake Shortbread

Slice and Bake Cookie Tip

At this point when the dough is wrapped up tight in parchment paper, they’re great for gift giving!  Tie some pretty ribbon on each end, and give a roll to a friend or neighbour.  Then they can enjoy freshly baked cookies too.

Slice and Bake Shortbread

When you’re ready to bake, slice the dough into 1/4 inch slices…

Slice and Bake Shortbread

Line them up on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet (use the same one the dough was wrapped up in), and add some toppings.  Our favourite toppings are the glazed red and green cherries.  These taste like nostalgia.

Slice and Bake Shortbread

But you can add any topping that you like…crushed candy canes, a small piece of chocolate…have fun and experiment.

Slice and Bake Shortbread

Then bake and enjoy.  They are rich, buttery and delicious.

Slice and Bake Shortbread

Slice and Bake Shortbread

Don’t forget to leave a plate out for Santa!

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Slice and Bake Shortbread


  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Yield: 3 dozen cookies

Description

These Slice and Bake Shortbread are a delicious Christmas cookie!  This is an ideal recipe for last minute cookie baking…bake half the batch now, and bake the other half later.


Ingredients

Shortbread Cookie:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 3 tbsp icing sugar (confectioner’s sugar)
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 cups flour

Topping:

  • red and green glazed cherries, chopped into small pieces
  • I also used some crushed candy canes for some cookies

Instructions

Making the Shortbread Cookie Dough:

  1. Cream together the butter and sugars until smooth and fluffy.
  2. Mix in the flour.
  3. Once everything is mixed together, using your hands gather the dough into 1 large ball.
  4. Then split the ball into 2 pieces.
  5. Make 2 rolls/logs that are about 1 1/2 inches wide in diameter (refer to pictures).

Baking, Storing & Freezing Options:

  1. Bake:  At this point you can slice the dough into 1/4 inch pieces and bake the cookies.  See below for instructions.
  2. BUT the cookies come out more round in shape if the dough has a chance to chill for at least 2 hours.
  3. Chill:  If you wish to let the dough chill, roll each log in a piece of parchment paper (refer to pictures), and put them in the fridge for at least 2 hours, or even up to 3 days if you want fresh cookies later in the week!
  4. Freeze:  At this point you can also freeze the dough logs and bake the cookies later.  Wrap the parchment paper rolled dough in some plastic wrap, or put them in a ziplock bag, and freeze.  Then when you are ready to bake the cookies, take the dough out of the freezer and bring it to just slightly cooler than room temperature before baking.

Baking Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Slice the dough logs into 1/4 inch slices.
  3. Line the cookies on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  4. Sprinkle each cookie with about 1 tsp of glazed cherries.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes or until the cookies are slightly golden along the bottom edges.
  6. Cool, then enjoy!

Recipe from Jean Pare’s ‘Company’s Coming Cookies’

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Now make sure to visit these bloggers for their delicious Christmas cookie recipes!  There is something for everyone here.

12 Delicious Christmas Cookies

 

Merry Christmas!

11+ Christmas Morning Breakfast Recipe Ideas

These Christmas Morning Breakfast Ideas are perfect for brunch gatherings with friends and family.  Many dishes can be assembled the night before and popped in the oven in the morning!

I always find planning for Christmas morning breakfast hard.  There’s so much planning that happens leading up to the big day, I often don’t know what to make for this important breakfast.  I thought you might share the same problem, so I decided to round up some of my favourite breakfast recipes.  Tried and true recipes my family loves. Here are 11+ recipes that would be great for Christmas morning brunch…Savoury Bakes, Puff Pancakes, French Toast Bakes, Quiche, Overnight Breakfast Casseroles, and more.  Let’s eat!

Overnight Sausage and Egg Breakfast Casserole

Make this Overnight Sausage and Egg Breakfast Casserole the night before, and pop it in the oven first thing in the morning.  It’s savoury and so delicious.

Overnight Sausage and Egg Breakfast Casserole

Eggnog French Toast Bake

This Eggnog French Toast Bake with homemade caramel sauce is a perfect recipe for Christmas morning or any brunch this holiday season!  You can make it the night before too.  Serve with fresh fruit and sausages or bacon.

Eggnog French Toast Bake

Banana Bread Pudding

This Banana Bread Pudding is the ultimate comfort food!  Rich, creamy and full of delicious banana flavour.  Serve with cream and homemade caramel sauce, and a selection of fresh fruit and sausages or bacon.  Brunch perfection.

Banana Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce

Crustless Quiche

This savoury Crustless Quiche is a simple and delicious brunch recipe.  The great thing about this recipe is that you can tailor the it by adding your favourite fillings.  We love ham, cheese and green onion.

Crustless Quiche

Eggnog Pancakes

These Eggnog Pancakes are a delicious breakfast, with all the festive flavours of the holidays!  A fun twist to the everyday pancake.

Eggnog Pancakes

Overnight Cinnamon Buns

These Christmas Morning Cinnamon Buns are a delicious treat to enjoy first thing on Christmas morning.  Put some coffee on, and enjoy!  We like to eat these while we open our gifts.

Christmas Morning Cinnamon Buns

Bacon and Cheese Quiche

This Bacon & Cheese Quiche is a delicious savoury breakfast option for Christmas morning.  Prepare the crust the day before so all you have to do on Christmas morning is add the egg filling and bake.

Bacon and Cheese Quiche

Raspberry Baked French Toast

Raspberry Baked French Toast is a perfect brunch recipe!  It’s creamy, rich and so delicious.  Serve with fresh fruit and sausages for a complete breakfast.

Raspberry Baked French Toast

Oven Baked Bacon and Egg Breakfast Cups

These Oven Baked Bacon and Egg Breakfast Cups are so simple and quick to make, in fact they’re ready in about 30 minutes. And because they’re made in a muffin tin, each cup can be tailored to what each person likes to eat.  This is especially great if you have picky eaters.

Oven Baked Bacon and Egg Breakfast Cups

Classic Dutch Baby Pancake

Make a Classic Dutch Baby Pancake for brunch.  This recipe serves up to 6 people.  Enjoy with a selection of fresh fruit and breakfast meats.

Classic Dutch Baby

Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal

This Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal can be assembled on Christmas eve, then popped it in the oven first thing in the morning!  Serve with cream or milk.

Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal

Pumpkin Pie French Toast Bake

Don’t save pumpkin for fall!  This Pumpkin Pie French Toast Bake is SO delicious any time of year.  Assemble it the night before, then pop it in the oven in the morning!  Rich, creamy and full of delicious pumpkin pie flavours.

Pumpkin Pie French Toast Bake

I hope you got some ideas for your own Christmas morning breakfast!  I’ll keep adding more recipes to this post as I make them!

Merry Christmas!

Banana Bread Pudding

This Banana Bread Pudding is the ultimate comfort food!  Rich, creamy and full of delicious banana flavour.  Serve with cream and homemade caramel sauce. 

I’m always looking for new recipes for breakfast…and new ways to use up ripe bananas, and this Banana Bread Pudding is a delicious solution to both!  This recipe is so simple to make, and I think you’re family will love it.

Banana Bread Pudding

Chunks of french bread + walnuts + bananas + cinnamon + eggs and milk = DELICIOUS

Banana Bread Pudding

This dish has all the flavours of banana bread in a soft, rich and creamy bread pudding.  Then you drizzle it with homemade caramel sauce…SO good. I also like to enjoy mine with a little cream or milk.  But wait, is this breakfast or dessert?  You decide. I say it can be both…because really, what’s the difference between homemade caramel sauce and syrup?  Nothing. No guilt here. 🙂

Banana Bread Pudding

Drizzle on my friends, drizzle on.

Banana Bread Pudding

For a well rounded breakfast, serve this bread pudding with a selection of fresh fruit and sausages or bacon.  Brunch perfection.

Banana Bread Pudding

This Banana Bread Pudding would be perfect for Christmas morning.  You can even assemble it the night before then bake it first thing in the morning.  Enjoy.

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Banana Bread Pudding


  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 - 10 servings

Description

This Banana Bread Pudding is the ultimate comfort food!  Rich, creamy and full of delicious banana flavour.  Serve with cream and homemade caramel sauce.


Ingredients

Banana Bread Pudding:

  • 1 french loaf, day old is best
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • dash of salt
  • 3 bananas, mushed (use small/medium sized bananas)
  • 1/4 cup walnut pieces

Caramel Sauce:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup half and half cream

Instructions

Banana Bread Pudding:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut the french loaf into 1 inch cubes and set aside.
  3. In a bowl whisk together the milk, eggs, vanilla, melted butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and dash of salt.  I like to use a hand blender to make it nice and smooth.
  4. Stir in the mushed bananas. Mix well.
  5. Grease a 9×13 baking dish with butter, then add the chunks of bread.
  6. Sprinkle on the walnut pieces.
  7. Pour the milk/egg/banana mixture over the bread.  Lightly shake the dish so everything settles.
  8. Bake for about 1 hour, or until the pudding is puffed and firm in the centre.

Caramel Sauce:

  • While the banana bread pudding is baking, make the caramel sauce.
  • In a sauce pan melt the butter, then add the brown sugar and cream.
  • Stir over low heat until the sauce thickens.
  • Set aside to cool slightly.

Putting it all together:

  • Serve the banana bread pudding warm or cold, and drizzle it with the warm caramel sauce.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

You can make the bread pudding the night before you want to serve it, then just pop it in the oven first thing in the morning.  The caramel sauce can be made ahead of time as well, just heat it up before serving.

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Have a delicious day!