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

Better Homes and Gardens

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

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.

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.

Sugar 'n' Spice Bagels

Better Homes and Gardens

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

Better Homes and Gardens

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

Christmas Morning Cinnamon Rolls

Better Homes and Gardens

Fresh baked cinnamon rolls are the quintessential breakfast bread. Because this recipe's make-ahead directions let you mix and shape the rolls the night before, even late-risers can enjoy them fresh from the oven.

Chocolate-Cashew Bread

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Looking for a one-of-a-kind Christmas gift idea? This fabulous quick bread is sure to delight friends, neighbors, or teachers. Wrap the loaves in red cellophane before you share it.

Spiced Pear-Cherry Bread

Better Homes and Gardens

Include a container of easy Spiced Cream Cheese Butter when giving this moist cherry- and nut-studded bread as a Christmas gift.

Date-Nut Bread

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Chewy sweet dates contrast with salty mixed nuts in this golden version of an old-fashioned favorite recipe. Be sure to buy whole dates that are not already sugared.

Breakfast Puffs

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Danish Aebleskiver

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Aebleskiver, round pancakes that resemble popovers, are baked on the stovetop in a special pan that has indented cups. Look for the pan in kitchen shops and specialty stores and catalogs. When making them, keep in mind that practice makes perfect.

Crullers

Better Homes and Gardens

The Dutch settlers in New York loved krulljes, which were crispy puffs of fried dough that we know today as crullers.

mixed citrus marmalade

Family Circle

The tart citrusy flavor of this marmalade comes from a mix oranges and grapefruit. Spread the golden marmalade on an English muffin or toast for a great wake-me-up breakfast.

Omelet

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Les Orielles de Cochon

Better Homes and Gardens

Les Orielles de Cochon (lay zaw-RE-y day kaw-SHOHN) is French for pig's ears. Why the funny name? Because as these sweet treats fry, they are twisted to resemble little ears. Drizzle them with syrup for a sweet treat.

Total: 45 mins
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