While Christmas morning's main event is usually under the tree, a holiday family breakfast around the table can add to the magic of the morning, too. Whether your Christmas clan prefers savory egg dishes or sweet breads, these recipes will make a merry meal.
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Banana Crunch Loaf
Bake off these loaves before the holiday madness begins, then store them in the freezer. Defrost on your counter overnight and enjoy the tasty bread in the morning. Your family and friends will cherish the homemade breakfast—and you'll save your sanity by making them ahead of time.
Leave the finishing touches of these ultra-thin pancakes to everyone's tastes and offer a variety of fillings for custom creations. Make the crepes to-order or prepare them the day before and gently reheat in a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven on Christmas morning.
Stollen, a German Christmas tradition, is yeast bread studded with nuts, fruit, and citrus zest, and topped with sugar icing. The dough has to rise twice, so bake it a day ahead and enjoy toasted slices on Christmas morning.
Stuffed French Toast
This French toast puts sweet and savory into one over-the-top breakfast. Cinnamon cream cheese and crispy crumbles of salty turkey bacon fill jumbo slices of bread. Only the Christmas stockings will be more stuffed!
Chocolate Applesauce Bread
Applesauce adds moisture to this chocolate quick bread studded with peanuts. The batter comes together quickly and the bread bakes for about an hour -- while everyone sits around the tree. Round out breakfast with mugs of coffee and cocoa.
Spinach & Swiss Strata
Basically a savory bread pudding, a strata packs plenty of flavor and ingredients into an easy-to-assemble, hearty breakfast. Eggs, vegetables, sausage, and cheese tossed with cubes of bread bake while you open presents in your pj's.
These yeast dough twists require an overnight rise and a second rise just before baking so get started on Christmas Eve. Create a tradition by requesting everyone help with twisting the dough.The whole family will look forward to the way the kitchen smells on Christmas morning.