News – “Settle in for comfort and joy with these Christmas food ideas”

tbo.comAfter the presents and the cheer, you need something comforting to round out Christmas Day.

When it comes to food on Dec. 25, I always err on the side of being indulgent and lazy, choosing things that can be made in advance so that not much prep needs to be done amid the gift-giving commotion. All of these dishes fit that bill. It’s a collection of pure comfort food that can be enjoyed throughout your Christmas celebrations. You could serve all of this as one big festive meal, or parcel it out during the day: bread pudding for breakfast, hot dish for dinner.

Or use one of these recipes to bolster your Christmas Day traditions. On this day intended for joy, there can never be too much food.

Michelle Stark, Times food editor

Croissant Chocolate Bread Pudding

Unsalted butter for the baking dish

6 large egg yolks

2 cups whole milk

1 cup heavy cream

1 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

½ teaspoon kosher salt

½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

6 croissants, cut into 1-inch pieces (about 1 pound)

4 ounces chocolate, cut into chunks

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Butter an 8-inch square or other shallow 2-quart baking dish.

In a large bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, milk, cream, sugar, vanilla, salt and nutmeg. Add the croissants and chocolate and mix to combine.

Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish and bake until set and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, 30 to 40 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Source: Real Simple

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