Christmas morning, to me, is all about hygge. If you aren’t familiar, hygge is a term used in both the Norwegian and Danish languages that roughly translates to a feeling of coziness or comfort. A good cup of coffee, warm pajamas, and relaxing by the fireplace with family is my idea of a perfectly hyggelig Christmas morning. One thing that helps keep Christmas morning relaxed in our home is having a plan for a simple but comforting breakfast. For today’s Friday Five, I’m sharing Simple Christmas Breakfast Ideas that will hopefully help you to have a more relaxing holiday morning.
01. Make Ahead Cinnamon Rolls
As much as I love to bake, I will fully admit that I find cinnamon rolls to be a bit of a pain in the you-know-what. So, I make them about once a year. Typically, I make a giant batch of the Pioneer Woman’s cinnamon rolls (and each batch makes about 6-7 pans of rolls!), bake them, frost them, and freeze them a few weeks before Christmas. I deliver pans to our neighbors and friends and save a few for Christmas. I grab a pan or two before I go to bed on Christmas eve and toss them in the refrigerator to thaw. On Christmas morning I simply warm them in the oven for about 20 minutes while I sit and enjoy some coffee. Wanna little twist on a classic? Try our Apple Cinnamon Rolls with a Cinnamon Glaze.
02. Not in the Mood for Rolls But Still Want Something Sweet?
Sometimes, I want a sweet treat at my holiday breakfast and sometimes, well, I just don’t want all the work. Our Cranberry Orange Make Ahead French Toast Bake is just the ticket. The recipe couldn’t be easier and is the perfect treat to assemble a day ahead of time and bake on Christmas morning. Your whole house will smell amazing as this bakes! A note on the recipe: If you can’t find orange baking emulsion, orange extract will work just fine.
Orange not your flavor? Don’t love cranberries? Why not try these Spiced Blueberry Monkey Loaves.
03. Some Savory Options
I love an egg bake for easy entertaining mornings. Sometimes you need a little something savory to go with all of those sweets. We’ve got a couple of easy egg bake options here at With Two Spoons (try our classic egg bake or our Sausage and Roasted Red Pepper version). I also like this Leek, Ham, and Cheese egg bake from Smitten Kitchen. If you’re craving a little spice our Southwestern Frittata is a fix-it-and forget option, too. I’m planning to try this Slow Cooker Hash Brown Casserole, too.
04. Don’t Forget The Bacon
I love the smoky, salty taste of bacon with brunch and while I typically just grab a thick cut applewood bacon for holidays, you can’t go wrong with candied bacon. It’s the perfect salty sweet recipe that will complement any holiday brunch.
05. A Lighter Option
If you want to keep things lighter on Christmas morning (either to recover from a big meal the night before, or to keep it simple ahead of a feast that afternoon) I think a good yogurt topped with berries and homemade granola is the way to go. We’ve got lots of options for granola here at With Two Spoons. I personally love the Maple Granola with Quinoa and Cranberries. This Cherry, Almond, and Cinnamon granola from Ina Garten would also be a great, festive option.
Put It All Together
Now that you’ve got your Christmas breakfast menu planned, sit back, grab a cup of coffee (or a glass of wine) and toast to a stress free, tasty holiday!
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Happy feasting, friends.