I grew up in Pigeon Lake, Alberta, where we knew this as the Lazy Wives Breakfast. My Mom has been making it every Christmas morning since I was about 15, when it first came into vogue with the local homemakers.
Happily for me, because I LOVE this dish, my husbands family had the same tradition, with one exception. His Mother insisted on calling it The Crazy Wives Breakfast and that name has stuck with me.
Whatever you choose to call it, it really is quite brilliant; assemble the day before, pop it in the oven when you get up and after all the fun of opening the gifts Santa left under the tree, breakfast is ready to be served.
Crazy Wives Breakfast
12 slices white bread (yes, the unhealthy kind. Some things should not be messed with.)
1/2 pound sliced bacon, cut into 1′ pieces
1 onion, diced
1 stalk celery, thinly sliced
3 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
1 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 cup corn flakes, lightly crushed
1/2 cup butter, melted
Generously butter a 9×13 baking pan. Lay 6 slices of bread in pan. Set aside.
In medium saucepan saute bacon, onion and celery until onion is translucent and fat in bacon has started to render. Spread evenly over bread in baking pan and top with remainig 6 slices of bread.
Whisk eggs, milk, salt, pepper, mustard powder and Worcestershire Sauce together until well blended. Pour over bread slices.
Cover and refrigerate overnight.
In the morning – top with crumbled corn flakes and drizzle melted butter over all. Place in cold oven, then set oven temp to 325F. Bake 1 hour.
Let stand 10 minutes before serving.