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Enjoy Christmas brunch

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By Susan Lowery

This week’s recipes are great for a Christmas morning brunch. It’s good to have a couple of hot breakfast dishes on Christmas morning.
The first recipe is one from my friend Mary Jane Shockency. I found it in 1993 in a St. A cookbook, and have used it ever since.
The second recipe, Overnight Caramel French Toast, is kid-tested and Mother-approved, as they used to say on TV.
The Ham and Cheese Casserole is like a soufflé when it bakes. It is made up the night before and baked in the morning.                 
Merry Christmas from Susan’s Kitchen!

Mary Jane’s Breakfast Quiche
1 (9-in.) deep dish pie crust
1 lb. sausage, cooked and drained
1 1/2 c. grated cheese
1 (l0 oz) pkg. chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1/4 c. chopped onion
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1 - 1 1/2 c. light cream or milk
Salt and pepper to taste
Mix cheese, sausage, spinach and onion.  Sprinkle in pie shell.  Lightly beat eggs in bowl.  Combine remaining ingredients and add to egg mixture.  Pour in pie shell.  Bake in 375 degree oven for 40-50 minutes.  Serves 6-8.

Overnight Caramel
French Toast
1 c. brown sugar, lightly packed
1/2 c. butter
2 T. corn syrup
12 slices bread
6 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 c. milk
1 t. vanilla
1/2 t. salt
Combine brown sugar, butter and corn syrup in small saucepan.  Over medium heat, bring to low boil and cook until thickened, stirring constantly.  Pour into a Pam-sprayed 9x13 baking dish.  Put bread on top in two layers.  Combine eggs, milk, vanilla and salt.  Mix well and pour evenly over bread in casserole.  Cover and chill overnight.  Bake in pre-heated 350 degree oven, uncovered, for 40-50 minutes, or till lightly browned.  Serves 8-10.

Ham and Cheese Casserole
16 slices white bread, crusts removed
3/4 lb. grated cheddar cheese
1 lb. thick ham steak, cubed
4 beaten eggs
3 c. milk
Dash salt
1/2 t. dry mustard
Place 8 slices of trimmed bread in the bottom of a 3 qt. buttered casserole.  Mix ham and cheese and spread over bread.  Top with other 8 slices of bread.   Mix eggs, milk and seasonings.  Pour slowly over bread.  Cover and refrigerate overnight.  Just before baking, sprinkle with following topping:
3 c. cornflakes, crushed
2 sticks butter, melted
Mix and put on top of casserole.  Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour, uncovered.  Serves 10-12.