I love a good make-ahead dish. Especially for company, events at work, potlucks, and the like. It lets you work ahead and not stress on D-day. In a hectic schedule this is a good thing, but it also can create amazing flavors which build overnight. This pancake casserole rings with that truth.
It’s lovely in both flavor and presentation. A unique way to serve those good ol’ flap jacks. Did I mention it was a hit? Yes, you’ll be scoring all kinds of brunch points, so break out that casserole dish and make something NEW for breakfast! The struesel is totally optional, nuts would be great addition and I have some other notes and ideas listed below.
So without further ado, I give you bread pudding for breakfast:
OVERNIGHT PANCAKE CASSEROLE
- 24 pancakes, store-bought buttermilk
- 1-2 Tbsp Butter
- 6 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 1 cup cream
- 1 Tablespoons sugar
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp almond extract
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/4 cup brown sugar – I use Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Light Brown
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- 4 Tbsp butter melted
Butter a large casserole dish; arrange whole or halved pancakes in dish (cut side down if using halves). I did mine ratatouille style. Make the custard filling by whisking the milk, cream,eggs, sugar, spices and extracts, and pour over the pancakes. It will not cover completely – no worries; cover and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, take casserole out of the fridge, and preheat the oven to 350. Meanwhile, prepare the streusel – combine the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg, add the melted butter and crumble atop pancakes. Bake at 350 for 45 – 50 minutes – making sure the center is set and fully cooked.
Serve with warm syrup or whipped cream and berries. I served this particular ditty with homemade whipped cream infused with maple syrup and apply brandy – TO DIE FOR. Happy baking!!!
Note: I found this lovely idea on Pinterest, here: overnight pancake casserole. I adapted it by buying pancakes, doubling the sugar in the custard and adding 1 teaspoon each of almond and vanilla extract – just to give it some richness. You could totally make your pancakes like she does. I bought the super pack from Walmart and truth be told everyone thought I made them. They raved about them even. Another fun idea would be even buy or make flavored pancakes: blueberry and chocolate chip come to mind – both would work perfectly for this dish.
So move over stacks, pancakes can be bread pudding too,