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Dec 23, 2007 05:17 PM

What are you making for Christmas breakfast?

Looking to be inspired by your great recipes, that I can make ahead and pop in the oven Christmas morning, to feast upon after present-opening-or, if they're really simple, whip up after presents. What is your family having this year?

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  1. For the past two years we've had delicious (and easy) banana pancakes with caramel-banana syrup; the recipe was in the November 2005 Bon Appetit and can be found on

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    1. re: zorra

      We do two dishes at once. The night before, I put together a baked french toast dish that has a brown sugar-butter-Karo syrup mixture on the bottom, with french bread layered over that, and then an egg-milk-vanilla topping over it. That sits in the fridge overnight. Next day, I put together an egg souffe with eggs and milk (whipped for 10 minutes) and three kinds of cheese over it.

      The two dishes bake about 30-40 minutes, and come out together. With fruit salad, it's a great post-present breakfast.

      1. re: brendastarlet

        I'm making two casseroles, a Sausage & Egg Scramble, a dish we've been making on a regular basis for Christmas brunch for about 15 years now. Bread cubes, eggs, milk, seasonings, NY sharp cheddar, sausage. All glopped into casserole, into fridge overnight. I'm also making Paula Deen's Baked French Toast Casserole with a praline topping, a layered dish like mentioned by brendastarlet above. I love these put together the night before then put in the fridge dishes. So convenient, and yummy!

    2. 3 different types of friands. Chocolate chilli, white choc and raspberry and orange poppyseed

      1. Christmas Breakfast is a special tradition in our home. We'll have twelve over this year. My menu:

        -Baked Apple Pancake (Can mix the dry ingredients the night before, Christmas morning add the wet ingredients, peel a couple apples and bake)
        -Crepes, I have two crepe pans and I'll make a bunch, guests can fill them with a choice of blueberries cooked with water sugar, and a little lemon and thickened with cornstarch and water; or cherries cooked and thickened like the blueberries.
        -A platter of hot, moist scrambled eggs
        -Bacon, sausage and Canadian bacon
        -Fresh berries/fruit
        -Fresh squeezed orange juice (I'll get it from Stew Leonard's the day before), Prosecco for mimosas in flutes by itself.
        -French press coffee, Hot Chocolate

        1. We always have raised waffles. Delicious and fairly easy. You make up the batter for the most part the night before.

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          1. re: Euonymous

            we are having tamales, beans and rice. fresh salsa and guacamole with chips.

            1. re: Euonymous

              I love raised waffles...and we got an insanely high tech looking waffle iron for Christmas this year, that we have dubbed Wafflestar Galactica (it's a cuisinart).

              Everyone's recipes sound fabulous...and it makes me even more sad that I, the original poster here, got sick and didn't make anything for Christmas breakfast. My mother in law gave us the waffle iron Christmas Eve, along with a basked of homemade syrups and other things, including the Barefoot Contessa waffle mix. So we made those Christmas morning, and fried some Canadian bacon. Nothing fancy, but it was good and easy-though the waffles don't come close to the raised ones.

            2. I've always preferred a simple and light breakfast, what with all the food later, I also keep light snacks around. Breakfast is almost always a stollen that I've made some days earlier, and an ambrosia salad, made the night before. The snacks I keep available are usually crudites....just about any fresh raw vegetable that I can find. This way, depending when dinner is served, the kitchen is kept for feast preparation, and no one is filling up on heavy carbs or rich foods. If heading out to family for dinner, I'll make more of an effort, keeping the breakfast the same, but adding a quiche or tourtiere and salad for lunch, knowing that family prefer to eat MUCH later than we do. I like to have the time to spend with family, rather than be in the kitchen, so salad could be a cole slaw made the day before, or a packaged salad, with some tomato and other fresh, added.