Holiday Mom Savers

 Christmas Morning Make Ahead Recipes


make ahead recipies part 1

make ahead recipes part 2




Packed with wholesome Ontario Carrots, carrot cake always makes a great after-school snack.  This easy stir-together is chock full of carrots, iron-rich raisins and low-fat buttermilk.


Preparation Time:            30 minutes

Baking Time:                   1 hour

Serves 12 to 16


2/3 cup (150 mL)               buttermilk

2/3 cup (150 mL)               vegetable oil

4                                      eggs

2 tsp (10 mL)                              vanilla

1 cup (250 mL)                 granulated sugar

2¼ cups (550 mL)             all-purpose flour

1½ tsp (7 mL)                   each baking powder and baking soda

1 tsp (5 mL)                      each ground cinnamon and salt

¾ tsp (4 mL)                     each ground nutmeg and allspice

4 cups (1 L)                      grated Ontario Carrots (about 8)

1 cup (250 mL)                 coarsely chopped pecans or unblanched almonds

1 cup (250 mL)                 golden raisins


Fast Icing (Optional):

1½ cups (375 mL)             sifted icing sugar

2 tubs (each 250 g)                     spreadable cream cheese

1 tsp (5 mL)                      vanilla




In bowl, whisk together buttermilk, oil, eggs and vanilla until well blended.  Beat in granulated sugar until smooth.

In large bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg and allspice until evenly mixed.  Make large well in centre; pour in buttermilk mixture and whisk until no large lumps remain.  (Batter will be thick.)  Stir in carrots, nuts and raisins just until evenly mixed.

Pour into greased 9- x 13- in. (3 L) baking dish, smoothing top.  Bake in 325ºF (160ºC) oven for 55 to 60 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched in centre.  Let cool in pan on rack.


Fast Icing:    Cream together icing sugar, cream cheese and vanilla; spread over cake.  (Cake can be refrigerated for 1 week or frozen.)


Nutritional Information:

1 Serving:

PROTEIN:                        6.5 grams

FAT:                                 20.5 grams

CARBOHYDRATES:          53.5 grams

CALORIES:                      425




Here is a breakfast or brunch dish that can be whipped together the night before. As it is baking, sauté apple slices until tender and glazed to serve over topServe with maple syrup.


Preparation Time:             15 minutes

Chilling Time:                    Overnight

Baking Time:                   40 to 45 minutes

                                        Serves 6


6                                      thick (3/4 inch/2 cm) slices of egg or raisin bread

4                                      Ontario Eggs

1-3/4 cups (425 mL)          milk

1/4 cup (50 mL)                Ontario Maple Syrup

1 tsp (5 mL)                      vanilla

1/2 tsp (2 mL)                   ground cardamom 

Apple Topping:

1/4 cup (50 mL)                packed brown sugar

2 tbsp (25 mL)                  water

3                                      Ontario Apples, peeled and thinly sliced

Pinch                                ground cardamom

1 tbsp (15 mL)                  butter

Icing sugar


Arrange bread in single layer in buttered 9-x 13­inch (3 L) baking dish, trimming bread if necessary to fit.  In large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, maple syrup, vanilla and cardamom; pour evenly over bread.  Cover and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.


Bake, uncovered, in 375°F (190°C) oven for 40 to 45 minutes or until bread is puffed in centre.


Apple Topping: About 10 minutes before end of the baking, heat large skillet over medium-high heat; add brown sugar and water, stirring, until mixture comes to a simmer.  Add apples and cardamom; cook, stirring constantly with spatula and turning apple slices over, until tender but still have shape, about 4 minutes. Stir in butter until melted; remove from heat. Let cool a few minutes.


Remove French toast from oven; let stand for 5 minutes.  Cut into 6 servings; spoon topping over each.   Sprinkle with icing sugar to taste.



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OVEN-BAKED FRENCH TOAST WITH GLAZED APPLES                                                                                Page 2 



Nutritional Information:

1 Serving:

PROTEIN:                              11 grams

FAT:                                        9 grams

CARBOHYDRATES:                        50 grams

FIBRE:                                    2 grams

CALORIES:                           321


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