Popular Christmas Breakfast and Brunch Recipes

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.

Pumpkin-Cranberry Bread

Come fall, it's often pumpkin or cranberry. Why not invite both to breakfast? This moist bread bakes in the slow cooker for a no-fuss treat.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Pumpkin-Cranberry Bread

Scrambled Egg Stromboli

From Better Homes and Gardens

Scrambled Egg Stromboli

Bacon-Asparagus Strata

From Better Homes and Gardens

Bacon-Asparagus Strata

Breakfast Puffs

From Midwest Living

Breakfast Puffs

Pear-Walnut Muffins

Brown sugar and walnuts top these spicy-sweet and moist muffins.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Pear-Walnut Muffins

Potica

From Family Circle

Potica

Herb and Asiago Popovers

From Family Circle

Herb and Asiago Popovers

Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

From Family Circle

Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

Coffee Cake

Brown sugar and cinnamon make a yummy topping for this favorite breakfast and brunch recipe.

From Family Circle

Coffee Cake

White Chocolate, Cornmeal, and Almond Mini Biscotti

These mini biscotti cookies are delicious with morning coffee or evening cocoa. Glazed with white chocolate and sprinkled with jimmies, they're a sweet treat made for dipping.

From Better Homes and Gardens

White Chocolate, Cornmeal, and Almond Mini Biscotti

Sweet Potato-Cranberry Cake

Chocolate and sweet potato batters are swirled together to make this moist, tender spice cake from Patricia Polley of Columbus, Ohio. Wrap and store the cooled cake overnight for easier slicing. (It's a great alternative to coffee cake for brunches.)

From Midwest Living

Sweet Potato-Cranberry Cake

Strawberry Breakfast Bars

Fresh strawberries are the star of these gluten-free bars that will help everyone start the day on a nourishing foot.

From Diabetic Living

Strawberry Breakfast Bars

Pear Hazelnut Coffee Cake

Oats and whole wheat flour increase the fiber content of this fruity dessert-like breakfast recipe. You'll have energy to spare until lunchtime.

From Diabetic Living

Pear Hazelnut Coffee Cake

Cranberry Twist Bread

This holiday yeast bread is sweetened with an orange-flavored drizzle. Simply omit the icing to reduce the calories.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Cranberry Twist Bread

Spinach and Gruyere Quiche

Fat free half and half and refrigerated egg product make this egg dish lower in calories and fat than most other recipes.

From Diabetic Living

Spinach and Gruyere Quiche

Maple Nut & Pear Scones

Delicate pears, pecans and maple flavor make these scones really special. Our makeover of this tender, flaky breakfast pastry uses reduced-fat cream cheese, canola oil and just a touch of butter to replace 1 1/2 sticks of butter. The addition of rolled oats and whole-wheat pastry flour boosts fiber and enhances the nutty flavor. For more fruit intensity, serve with pear butter.

From EatingWell

Maple Nut & Pear Scones

Chocolate Pancakes

Chocolate for breakfast? Sure when you make these chocolate pancakes filled with chocolate chips.

From Family Circle

Chocolate Pancakes

Chocolate Pistachio Wreath Bread

For a holiday breakfast or open house, make this ooey-gooey chocolate bread. The frosting adds even more chocolate richness.

From Midwest Living

Chocolate Pistachio Wreath Bread

Stephanie Foley

Baked Currant Doughnuts

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.

From Food & Wine

Baked Currant Doughnuts

EatingWell Waffles

These healthy waffles are made from a blend of whole-wheat and regular flour plus nonfat buttermilk and canola oil. Top with fresh berries or sliced peaches and yogurt for a satisfying start to any day.

From EatingWell

EatingWell Waffles

Spiced Apple Butter Bran Muffins

These muffins are dense, grainy, fruity and delicious. A double dose of apple--diced fresh apple and dark, spiced apple butter (Smucker's brand is good)--makes them extra moist and flavorful.

From EatingWell

Spiced Apple Butter Bran Muffins

Multi-Grain Waffles

Traditional waffles are a butter-laden, high-carb indulgence, but they make the transition to good fats and smart carbs beautifully, yielding crisp, nutty-tasting waffles with all the sweet pleasure of the original. The batter can also be used for pancakes.

From EatingWell

Multi-Grain Waffles

Savory Bread Pudding with Spinach & Mushrooms

Bread pudding, an economical dish designed to use up stale bread, is most often associated with dessert. It's equally comforting turned savory, enriched with cheese and studded with vegetables.

From EatingWell

Savory Bread Pudding with Spinach & Mushrooms

Crispy Potatoes with Green Beans & Eggs

This is a one-skillet meal, reminiscent of diner fare at roadside restaurants across the U.S. It can be made with either leftover or raw potatoes. Even while making dinner in a hurry, don't rush this dish: you want to cook the potato cubes until they are crispy outside but still creamy inside.

From EatingWell

Crispy Potatoes with Green Beans & Eggs

Pear & Dried Cranberry Strudel

All across Wisconsin, Scandinavian and German bakeries start firing up with the onset of crisp, cool autumn days; the lines soon grow long for fresh fall-fruit pastries. For most of us, rich strudel wouldn't be an everyday affair. But with walnut oil (instead of copious amounts of butter) and fresh pears, it can, nevertheless, become a decadence-free indulgence, perfect for your next dinner party. Serve it with frozen nonfat vanilla yogurt or vanilla creme anglaise.

From EatingWell

Pear & Dried Cranberry Strudel

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