Christmas Breakfast and Brunch

Tumbling out of bed in the wee hours of Christmas morning means that by the time all of the gifts are opened, most of the family has worked up an impressive appetite. Refuel for the day ahead by serving up a traditional Christmas breakfast. With just a little planning, you can do most of the menu as a make-ahead, so you can give your loved ones a delicious spread on this iconic holiday morning -- streusel coffee cake, a cheesy sausage and egg breakfast casserole or a hash-brown strata -- without any early morning stress. Just wade through the discarded wrapping paper, pour yourself a cup of coffee, and enjoy.

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Fast, Fun Christmas Recipes for Breakfast & Brunch

The perfect Christmas breakfast and brunch recipes weigh heavily on my holiday shoulders. "They have to be something anyone can put together the night before," I tell myself. But what if you're heading off to midnight mass?

Holiday Hosting: 10 Fantastic Christmas Brunch Recipes

Brunch is a great choice for entertaining around the holidays. Not only is it festive, but many of the dishes can be made in advance. Setting up a buffet-style meal keeps guests mobile and ready to socialize, and as an added bonus, with the feast laid out in front of them, they can pick and choose their favorites!

Nut Bread

Better Homes and Gardens

Stir together basic ingredients to create this tender, nutty bread. Add blueberries or cranberries for a fruity bonus.

The Ham & Cheese Breakfast Casserole That Saved Christmas!

It's not too late to save Christmas! No matter how many relatives and unexpected guests are sleeping on your couches (the spare bedrooms filled up long ago), you can have a gorgeous Christmas brunch tomorrow morning, thanks to this make-ahead Ham and Cheese Breakfast Casserole from the blog Foodie Crush. Here's the secret of this gooey, cheesy, Italian-like holiday strata, right from the blogger herself.

Christmas Morning Casserole

Smithfield

A hearty brunch dish that is lightening fast to make!

Total: 1 hr

Rum Raisin Crepes

The Food Channel

These delicate and delectable crepes would be a welcome delight whether served for breakfast, brunch or as a dessert.

Total: 1 hr 12 mins

Gingerbread Loaves

Better Homes and Gardens

These mini quick breads are loaded with fall's favorite flavors.

Caramel Bubble Ring

Better Homes and Gardens

Refrigerated breadsticks make these sweet rolls super easy to prepare.

Apricot, Almond and Brown Butter Tart

Food & Wine

This dried-apricot tart is crispy and tender, tangy and sweet all at the same time. The recipe also works with fresh apricots; just omit the poaching step.

Total: 3 hrs 20 mins

Stuffed Breakfast Torte

Smithfield

Colorful layers of sausage, cheese, eggs and vegetables baked inside a puff pastry crust.

Total: 1 hr 15 mins

Ginger Carrot Marmalade

The Food Channel
Total: 1 hr

Apple-Pear Butter

The Food Channel

Tangy-sweet apples and ripe orchard pears are slow-simmered until thick and bubbling-hot. Flavored with apple cider, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, this easy-to-prepare variation on traditional apple butter will be a hit with everyone.

Total: 1 hr 10 mins

Best Doughnuts

Better Homes and Gardens

Cranberry-Orange Loaf

Better Homes and Gardens

Filled with dried figs or apricots, pistachios, and cranberries, this loaf is a Christmas recipe favorite.

Cherry Pecan Bread

The Food Channel

Homemade fruitbreads add a festive and delicious touch to your breakfast table. Use a lovely decorative mold to take things up another notch.

Total: 1 hr 20 mins

Baked Currant Doughnuts

Food & Wine

Christy Timon opened her bakery in 1982, hiring Abram Faber to help with deliveries. The now-married couple are revered as early champions of classic European baking. They continue to hunt down rare recipes, like these light doughnuts adapted from Robert Jorin, a third-generation Swiss baker at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone.

Total: 5 hrs
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