{For the video scroll down to the recipe. It is right above.}

Oh um, hi! I have the bestest recipe to share today!

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Like the BEST. Custard. Waffle French Toast. Gingerbread…ALL IN ONE.

So much to love. Thank God it’s Friday so we can all make this Baked Gingerbread Custard Waffle French Toast for breakfast this weekend. Yesss!

I’ve been dying to share this recipe with you guys for the longest time. I am so pumped the day is finally here and that I have a fun/crazy/cheery video to go along with it!

But first can we talk about serious things?

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Serious things like molasses dumped all over my pantry shelves. Plus other things like Red’s Backyard.

UGH. Mice and brothers!

Yeah, mice… the mice are back. Double UGH.

So let’s start with the mice and the molasses. You know, I love molasses, I should really use it more often. Not only does it MAKE these waffles into gingerbread perfection, but it’s good for so many other recipes too. AND I believe there are many health benefits as well! What molasses is good for you?? Well maybe my little mouse figured that out too and decided he wanted to try some, because sometime in the middle of the night he tipped over a bottle causing it to leak out EVERYWHERE. Yep, this little mouse somehow managed to knock the honey onto the floor and tip over my sealed jar of molasses. Well, I guess it wasn’t really “sealed”, because it dripped down between three different shelves and made one giant mess.

My little cat, NEEDS to get on this mouse situation ASAP. Just sayin.

So yesterday, my 15-year-old brother Red, who lives the most amazing life any kid could possibly dream of, and his snowboard buddies stopped in for their four o’clock chocolate chip buttermilk waffles stop. You see, my brothers…and Blake (aka the kid who’s always around + his cat, Benny) turned the backyard into a mini snowboard park again (#redsbackyard). It’s full of rails, jumps…and a homemade, 100% hillbilly tow rope. Oh my gosh, you walk outside my front door and um, there are giant jumps, rails and a tow rope! Geez, this tow rope, it’s completely Gerard family style, but yet genius? The boys took apart the family’s 1999 Honda 50 dirt bike, took the back wheel off, added a rope and somehow manage to turn it into a homemade tow rope. And you guys? The thing like REALLY works! Red had pretty much the entire U.S Snowboard team over here on Wednesday. They rode that park all day long and then, yup, managed to stumble into my little barn and talk me into making them waffles. Red knows how to sweet talk me…as does Kai, and most of their friends. Man, these little brothers! The older brothers just can’t “sweet talk” like the younger ones can. What gives?

Unfortunately, their little “visit” caused me to miss my last thirty minutes of daylight to shoot photos?!? My sweet little Christmas treats had to wait until morning to be photographed. 🙁

I’m turning into a sucker, or maybe it’s just cause it is December and I’m feeling extra jolly. I dunno.

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So anyway, those are my stories for the day. I promise no more.

Let’s talk waffles!!

Gingerbread waffles!! With eggy custard baked into them. YUMMMM! These waffles are everything, think french toast bake, but on another level. You start out by making fresh homemade gingerbread waffles. I mean, these waffles alone are crazy awesome. But then you pour an eggy vanilla custard all over them and bake them just like you would a french toast bake. It’s just kind of amazing, that’s really all I have to say.

Well, I clearly have lots to say, but you know, that’s all I should say.

This is the ULTIMATE Christmas breakfast or brunch. You can prepare it ahead of time and let the dish sit overnight in the fridge. Then, you can choose to bake as single waffles so you can stack them like I did, OR, you can just bake the waffles in a 9×13″ pan like you would a french toast casserole. Any method you choose will be delicious!!

Once the waffles come out of the oven all they need is a pat of butter, a dollop of whip cream and a generous drizzle of maple syrup.

Obviously.

And then EAT.

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{THAT GIF. Doesn’t just make you feel happy inside!? 🙂 }

Hehe – got to love Christmas time!

ALSO, below is my video for this recipe. You have to watch it!! If not for the recipe than for the cuteness that is little Asher. I know I am her sister, but really, is she not the cutest thing ever? She has been wearing that outfit for the last two weeks. If you think I am dork, you haven’t seen anything yet.

You gotta watch! And then tell me what you think in the comments. KKK?? Cool! 🙂

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The Recipe

Baked Gingerbread Custard Waffle French Toast.

*Waffles adapted from [Rachel Ray | http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/rachael-ray/gingerbread-waffles-recipe.html].
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 0 SERVES 4-6

Ingredients

Custard

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the eggs, brown sugar, pumpkin, milk, molasses, vanilla and butter until fully combined. Stir in the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and salt until just combined. It is OK if the batter is a little lumpy. Allow the batter to sit 5-10 minutes before cooking.
  2. Meanwhile, make the custard. In a medium size bowl whisk the whole eggs, egg yolks and granulated sugar until the yolks are pale yellow.
  3. Place the milk and cream in a large pot and place on the stove. Bring to a simmer, immediately remove from the heat and carefully pour about 1/3 cup of the hot milk into the egg mixture, whisking constantly to temper the eggs. Next, add the milk/egg mixture back into the pot of the remaining hot milk, whisking constantly. Place the pot back on the stove and stir the custard over low heat until thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon, about 5 minutes. Do not let the custard get too thick or you will not be able to pour it over the waffles.
  4. Place a fine-mesh sieve (strainer) over a large heat proof bowl and immediately strain the custard into the bowl. Stir in the salt and vanilla.
  5. Preheat your waffle iron. Cook the waffles as directed by your waffle Iron. I was able to make 9 square waffles with my batter and iron.
  6. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a large cookie sheet with sides.
  7. To make the waffle french toast as single pieces: Line the waffles in a single layer on the cookie sheet. Pour the custard over the waffles making sure the custard covers the entire surface of the waffles. At this point you can cover the waffles and store in the fridge overnight or bake as directed below.
  8. To make the french toast as a Casserole: grease a 9x13 inch pyrex pan and then layer 6-8 waffles in the pan, pour the batter over over the waffles. You can now bake as directed below or cover and store in the fridge overnight.
  9. For either method, bake the waffle french toast for 25-30 minutes (closer to 30 minutes for the casserole) or until the custard is just set and light golden on top.
  10. Serve the waffle french toast warm with maple syrup, whipped cream and fresh fruit if desired. ENJOY!! 🙂
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But I mean, really… gingerbread heaven here.

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