Of all the joy-filled days each year, Christmas Day may be our favorite. The excitement often draws us from our beds as we look forward to the happy memories sure to fill the day. For those of us with children and grandchildren, the day may be ever sweeter as we observe the festivities through their eyes. Seeing them bubbling with excitement over Santa makes us remember our own childhood Christmases, and imagine Christmases to come when they’ll fondly recall the times they’ve spent with us as they celebrate with their children and grandchildren.
In the midst of memory making, no one wants to spend a whole morning making breakfast, especially if there’s a big dinner planned for later. Here are some of our quick and delicious favorites to enjoy for breakfast Christmas morning (or any morning where cereal and juice just aren’t enough).
Start Your Christmas Breakfast the night before!
Our cinnamon swirl wreaths are full of rich, gooey goodness, and are perfect Christmas morning treats. Made with melty butter and maple cinnamon sugar, our recipe is perfect for wreaths or individual sticky buns. The dough can be made the night before, placed in a tightly covered, greased bowl, and refrigerated overnight. In the morning, let it rest at room temperature while you unwrap presents, and then follow the instructions in this recipe to make sweet, irresistible cinnamon treats for the whole family to enjoy.
Bake your bacon!
Making bacon for a crowd can be time consuming if you’re using a griddle or a stovetop pan. Instead of taking up valuable cooking space, bake your bacon in the oven! Lay a single layer of bacon on a parchment lined, rimmed baking sheet, and bake between 375-400 degrees for about 30 minutes, flipping halfway. (If you’re using thick cut bacon, you may need to adjust the time and temperature to get your desired crispness).
Want to make your bacon just a little healthier? Place a cooling rack in your rimmed baking sheet and lay the bacon on top. This will let the bacon grease drip away instead of pooling on your bacon, making this savory breakfast item just a little bit healthier.
Make extra special pancakes:
Whether you make pancakes from scratch or use a boxed mix, adding a few extra ingredients to your basic mix will make your pancakes extra light and fluffy an day of the year. Here’s how:
- 2 cups pancake mix
- 1 cup milk
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 eggs
- Maple syrup
- Whisk the extra sugar and baking powder into your dry pancake mix.
- Add milk, eggs, and lemon juice, and whisk until just combined. (Don’t over mix or your pancakes will come out rubbery!)
- Add a dab of butter to your hot griddle or pan.
- Spoon or pour batter into your desired pancake size and shape (pancake snowmen anyone?)
- When the batter begins to bubble and the edges are set, flip your pancake and cook for a few moments more.
- Remove from the pan, and repeat until you’ve made enough pancakes for everyone.
- Serve with warmed maple syrup.
Make the fluffiest scrambled eggs
Scrambled eggs are a quick and easy way to fill everyone’s plate. Try our quick tips to make a cheddar scramble everyone will enjoy.
- 4-6 eggs (2 per person)
- 1 tablespoon milk
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Shredded cheddar cheese
- Heat your pan on medium heat while you prepare your eggs.
- In a bowl, whisk together your eggs, milk, and salt and pepper. Whisk for about 30-60 seconds until the eggs are all broken up and the eggs are slightly foamy.
- When you pan is hot, melt a pad of butter to coat the bottom (do this even if you’re using nonstick pans!) and slowly pour in your eggs.
- Using a wooden or silicone spatula, pull the eggs from the edge of the pan towards the center. This will keep the cooked eggs moving, and allow the uncooked eggs to reach the hot pan, so everything will cook evenly.
- Add the shredded cheese when the scramble starts to take shape in the middle of the pan. When the uncooked eggs no longer flood to the outside of the pan, begin breaking up the scramble; quickly turn under-cooked areas and keep the scramble moving to make sure that all surfaces cook evenly.
- Remove the eggs from the heat when they are about 90% finished. Serve immediately with your choice of garnish and an extra sprinkle of cheese.
Quick tip: You can bake your bacon and cinnamon wreath at the same time. When they are about half done, start cooking your pancakes. Your eggs will cook in just minutes, and should be the last item to come off the stove. If you time it right, everything will be ready to eat at the same time.
With a little preparation the night before, and some helping hands on Christmas Day, you can get a full breakfast for your whole family on the table in about 45 minutes. Serve with some fresh fruit, coffee, and your favorite juice for a Christmas breakfast no one will forget.
Eat, drink, and be merry. After all, it is the most wonderful time of the year!