Don’t even think about spending Christmas morning flipping pancakes. Instead, turn them into a bread pudding-like casserole. Prepare the recipe at least eight hours ahead so the pancakes absorb the egg-and cream-mixture. There’s no easier way to serve brunch to a crowd than with a breakfast casserole, but they’re usually savory and egg-based. This pancake bake is for the brunch-goers with a sweet tooth, and there won’t be a streusel crumb left.
2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
3 cups whole buttermilk
3 large eggs
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
Casserole And Streusel
6 large eggs
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 cup whole milk
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup roughly chopped pecans
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup cold unsalted butter, cubed
Pure maple syrup
How to Make It
Prepare the Pancakes: Stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Whisk together buttermilk and eggs in a medium bowl; gradually stir buttermilk mixture into flour mixture. Gently stir in butter. (Batter will be lumpy.) Let stand 5 minutes.
Pour about 1/4 cup batter for each Pancake onto a hot (350°F) buttered griddle.
Cook until tops are covered with bubbles and edges look dry, about 3 minutes. Turn and cook until golden brown, about 3 more minutes. (You should make about 30 Pancakes.)
Prepare the Casserole: Cut each Pancake in half. Lightly grease a 13- x 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Arrange halves, cut sides down and overlapping slightly, in 3 rows starting at 1 long end of prepared baking dish.
Whisk together eggs, cream, milk, granulated sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl. Slowly pour egg mixture over Pancakes; cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Make the Streusel: Combine flour, pecans, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl; cut butter into flour mixture with a pastry blender (or use your fingers) until mixture is crumbly.
Uncover Casserole, and sprinkle Streusel mixture over the top. Bake, uncovered, in preheated oven until center is set, 50 to 55 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Drizzle each serving with maple syrup.