It’s become our tradition to host Christmas morning breakfast at our house. I love having family over that morning because it’s more than nice to be able to relax at home and watch the girls enjoy their new stuff and their family at the same time. No one has to get dressed, pack up and rush out anywhere, and we can all enjoy each other’s company with no timeline.
In years past, I’ve cooked everything in a kind of frenzy right before we were going to eat- eggs, hashbrowns, bacon and sausage, etc. But this year, I don’t want to be standing in the kitchen that morning at all so I’m going with a completely make ahead menu. Brandon has to work in the morning on Christmas Eve and I plan on having a very low key nap and movies day so the girls are rested for late night Christmas Eve festivities. This will be the perfect day to prep and cook anything I want to have for the next morning’s breakfast.
Hopefully this will be stress free and delicious at the same time. I’m going with two savory options and two sweet. There will be something for everyone. To find these and other wonderful recipes from the blogging universe, please click the bolded titles.
First up is something I’ve been wanting to try that’s been floating around on Pinterest lately…
Quiche is a definite must and this one looks really good. I like the addition of corn… gives it a little something different.
And now for the sweet options. My friend, Hil, and I were talking about baked french toast the other night. I’ve never personally tried it but I absolutely love french toast and this recipe from the Pioneer Woman looks perfect. There’s nothing weird in it (cream cheese or anything like that)- just classic french toast flavors. Love that she serves it with blueberries but any berry would do just fine. I’ll make it with day old Challah from Loafer’s Bread Co. (for any local Northern Pittsburghers). It’s the perfect bread for French Toast. And since Ree says letting it set up in the fridge overnight is actually crucial to the success of this recipe, it’s great for make-ahead menus.
Baked Cinnamon French Toast via FoodNetwork.com (Pioneer Woman)
Last but not least, a sweet treat that can be picked up and eaten. No fuss, no heating. Just eating.
Blueberry Scones from Garnishwithlemons.com
I must admit that if I am feeling lazy, or tired, or tired and lazy, or lazy and tired, or stressed or any other emotion that keep me from enjoying my holiday baking- I might possibly consider picking up scones from Whole Foods. They are my absolute favorite. Soft and fluffy, sweet crunchy sugary coating, giant tart berries inside… so good. We’ll see.
This is will serve up beautifully with hot cocoa, coffee and perhaps spiked hot mulled apple cider depending on our moods. For that, just simmer a pot of apple cider on the stove. When ready to serve, ladle a glassful into a mug. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and a splash (maybe an once or so) of rum or whiskey.
Hopefully this gives you some great recipes to try or at least gets your wheels turning in the make-ahead direction. No one wants to be slaving away in the kitchen, cooking breakfast while the present chaos and family visiting times have commenced.
Unless you are my Dad and breakfast chef extraordinaire… then maybe being in the kitchen is exactly where you want to be?