Friday 20 December 2013

Christmas Morning Wife Saver

When it comes to the holiday season, all I can say is: God bless the caker wife.

There she is on Christmas Eve, running around in her white pumps and apron, topping up eggnogs, dumping out ashtrays, keeping the shrimp ring replenished and looking pleasantly surprised when she unwraps her husband’s gift – a pink bottle of Avon bubble bath. Again.

The last thing she wants to think about is what to feed her family on Christmas morning. Thankfully, caker wives look out for caker wives. This delicious casserole is prepared the night before, so come morning, she’ll throw it down like no one’s business in her velour housecoat. If only her family thanked her.

Next time you pass a caker wife, do me a favour and high five her.

Holy crap! My annual Caker Christmas party is tomorrow night! I gotta get to the No Frills and buy some ground beef. There’s supposed to be an ice storm, so who knows if any Italians will show up? I'll post all the saturated fat details on Monday, December 23rd.

16 slices white bread, crusts removed
Slices/pieces of bacon and ham (see note)
Slices of sharp cheddar cheese
6 eggs
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon dry mustard
¼ cup minced onion
¼ cup green pepper, finely chopped
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
3 cups whole milk or cream
Dash red pepper (Tabasco sauce)
¼ pound butter
Special K or crushed Corn Flakes

Put 8 slices in the bottom of a 9x13 buttered, glass baking dish. Add pieces to cover dish entirely. Cover bread with slices/pieces of ham and bacon. Lay slices of cheddar cheese on top of bacon and ham. Cover with slices of bread to make it like a sandwich.

In bowl, beat eggs, salt and pepper. To the egg mixture, add dry mustard, onion, green pepper, Worcestershire sauce, milk or cream and Tabasco. Pour over sandwiches. Cover and let stand in the fridge overnight.

In the morning, melt ¼ pound butter and pour over the top. Cover with Special K or crushed Corn Flakes. Bake, uncovered, for 1 hour at 350°. Serve with fresh fruit and hot cinnamon buns.

Note: Make sure the bacon is cooked.

Source: A Commemorative Cookbook….with a “Pinch of History,” Whitby Psychiatric Hospital


  1. Tell me that's not Special K on top. I'm shocked that you'd let that ingredient in your kitchen after the roast debacle.

    Enjoy your big party! I can't wait to see the results.

    1. It was a bit of an issue. I'm carrying too many bad Special K memories. Would you believe I found another recipe for a Corn Flake Roast? I just can't.

  2. It is a rare and special occasion when a caker recipe calls for fourteen ingredients and more than one cooking process. You are truly spoiling us! Merry Christmas Brian - hope the Italians make it through the ice to marvel at your festive arrangements x

    1. Granted, this dish is a little more complex than most of the recipes I feature on here, but hey. It calls for 16 slices of white bread. That's a pretty big redemptive quality.
      Merry Christmas to you, as well!

  3. You pretty much described my Christmas Eve.......except nothing as good as a bottle of Avon bubble bath!

    If I was anywhere near Canada, I'd be crashing your party.....I hope it turns out great & you have a Merry Christmas!

    1. Maybe you better buy some bubble bath for yourself, Polly. It'll give you a reason to escape from everyone and soak in a hot tub.
      The party went well. I'll post the details tomorrow.
      Have a Merry Christmas!