The BEST Pancake Casserole EVER…..!

The BEST Pancake Casserole EVER…..!

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Ahem….if we do say so ourselves!

Every Christmas morning I do a brunch. Out of all the meals in a day, breakfast and brunch are my “thing!” This year I wanted to try something with our pancake and waffle mixes because – you know – its what we are doing, but was looking to do something that wasn’t just pancakes or waffles – know what I mean!?

I usually have a bit of leftover homemade eggnog and it has been used in the past for over night French toast casserole or straight up dipping french toast in the morning. But I knew I could do better, go further, be resourceful! So pancake casserole it was to be……something sorta different!

A quick search on Pinterest, I discovered I wasn’t so unique after all and I stumbled upon Well Floured – a beautiful blog I must say! Her overnight pancake casserole inspired me to try a version of it for Christmas Day brunch using our pancake mix and the left over eggnog I made on Christmas Eve morning. And she has WAY nicer photos than I do btw!

Here was our final brunch menu:

Cranberry White Chocolate Pancake Bake
with Toasted Walnut Streusel 
topped with Cran Apple “Marmalade”
& choice of Apple Pie Buttermilk Syrup
or Vanilla Bean Buttermilk Syrup
Crispy Canadian Bacon
& Scrambled Eggs
French Pressed Banff Roasting Co. Coffee
with Irish Cream
Mimosas with Cranberry Garnish

SIDE NOTE:  Yes – you read that right – Cranberry White Chocolate Pancake & Waffle Mix! We are still in research and development with that flavour and hope to launch it in time for Valentine’s Day! XO


All set for deliciousness! The white spots on my table is paint splatter….not dirt!

HERE’S THE RECIPE:

Feel free to check back a couple of blog posts and make the Vanilla Bean Buttermilk Syrup to serve over top of this casserole! We also made a quick cranberry apple “marmalade” to add to the plethora of toppings, but any compatible berry / fruit combo mixed with a jam (like apricot jelly) will do! To be fair I ran out of time to make whipping cream….. 😉 

Pancake Casserole
Print Recipe
Scrumptious, hearty, and filling! This is rich when all said and done so the servings need not be large! Serve with sides to round out a brunch menu!
Servings Prep Time
8 - 9 robust servings 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
50 minutes 1 overnight
Servings Prep Time
8 - 9 robust servings 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
50 minutes 1 overnight
Pancake Casserole
Print Recipe
Scrumptious, hearty, and filling! This is rich when all said and done so the servings need not be large! Serve with sides to round out a brunch menu!
Servings Prep Time
8 - 9 robust servings 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
50 minutes 1 overnight
Servings Prep Time
8 - 9 robust servings 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
50 minutes 1 overnight
Ingredients
The Pancakes
The "Leftover" Eggnog - need about 3 cups!
Spiced Walnut Streusel Topping
Servings: robust servings
Instructions
Prep the pancakes
  1. Mix the pancake mix according to the instructions on the back of the package. (extra ingredients per the package: eggs, choice oil, choice milk - we used buttermilk) Cook on a preheated grill - we got 20 4 to 5" round pancakes. Allow cooked pancakes to cool - about 10 minutes.
  2. Cut all the pancakes in half and place cut side down in an oven safe casserole dish or pan. The dish / pan should be tall enough to contain the pancakes and also big enough to contain them squashed altogether. We ended up squishing all 20 pancakes in there!
Prep the Eggnog
  1. See the image for the full preparation of the eggnog!
  2. Pour approximately 3 cups of eggnog over the entire side stack of pancakes. Be sure to cover as much of the pancakes as possible. This is leftover eggnog remember! If you don't have any leftover eggnog you know you can just make more for this and then drink the leftovers! Ha! Or add in more cream or milk. Cover the casserole and place overnight in the fridge until you are ready to pop it in the oven.
The Streusel Topping
  1. About an hour before you plan to serve brunch, preheat your oven to 350 F and then prepare the streusel topping. Combine all the topping ingredients adding the melted butter last and crumble overtop of the pancake casserole. Place in preheated oven for approximately 45 to 55 minutes or until the centre is no longer gooey and is set.
  2. Serve warm! Top with syrup, berries, jam, whipping cream....you get the idea! We garnished with orange infused apple pie buttermilk syrup and cran apple "marmalade" a slice of orange and a gingerbread heart - all the love and feels!
Recipe Notes

While we did this with LOTS of dairy - from buttermilk to heavy cream.....I imagine that this could very well be fully done with a dairy free alternative. Our pancake mixes work with a variety of different milk alternatives. For the sake of doing this recipe, replace the heavy cream in the eggnog with coconut milk for example. Will it be a great eggnog to drink? I don't know and I likely won't try it, but I can't see why it couldn't work for this casserole!

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