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.

Nut Bread

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

Gingerbread Loaves

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

Caramel Bubble Ring

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Refrigerated breadsticks make these sweet rolls super easy to prepare.

Best Doughnuts

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Cranberry-Orange Loaf

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

Sugar 'n' Spice Bagels

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Combine spice to sugar to sprinkle on cream-cheese-topped bagels for a super simple breakfast treat or snack.

Total: 15 mins

Sweet Holiday Fritters

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Serve these sweet dough and fruit fritters for breakfast, brunch, or as a an appetizer or dessert.

How to Make French Toast

Sometimes the simple things can seem the most indulgent. Such is the case with French toast--delectably battered and lightly fried slices of bread, dripping in maple syrup, served with a side of fresh fruit and a warm mug of coffee. It's the kind of meal that could just as well come from a fancy restaurant brunch, but can seem like even more of a treat when enjoyed in your own fuzzy slippers. Lucky for you, it's easy to learn how to make French toast.

Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding

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Chocolate chips and bread pudding go hand-in-hand at the holidays in this dessert, which is topped with a brown-sugar sauce.

Double Decker Pumpkin Bread

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A cream cheese, sour cream, and crystalized ginger filling sets this Christmas favorite recipe apart from the others.

Orange-Honey Sweet Rolls

Midwest Living

The recipe for these hearty rolls comes from Jean Hixson of the Kansas Wheat Commission. Theyll keep in an airtight container for a couple days, or you can freeze them (unfrosted) for up to 2 months. Theyre best served warm, so when ready to eat, wrap the frozen cinnamon rolls in foil and bake about 25 minutes in a 300 degrees oven. Frost as directed.

Rich Crumb Cake

Family Circle

Mini chocolate chips are a delightful addition to this sour cream coffee cake recipe. Serve for dessert or brunch.

Pina Colada Bread

Family Circle

With a toasted coconut topping, and cake-like texture, this sweet quick bread recipe could be served as a dessert. Cream of coconut adds richness to the pineapple-and-raisin-studded bread.

Christollen Bread

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Pretty as a picture in a braided loaf, this traditional Christmas bread-- studded with candied fruits and peels--is particularly good sliced, toasted, and served for breakfast or brunch.

Sweet Potato Spice Loaf

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This sweet and spicy bread combines butter, cinnamon, and sweet potatoes. Clementine peels and honey grace the top of the warm, moist loaf.

Apple Strudel Bread

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The filling in this fruit-filled bread is similar to the filling for classic apple strudel.

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