With all the menu planning, Pinterest pinning, grocery lists and shopping that go into hosting a holiday dinner it’s easy to forget about breakfast. You don’t have to go overdo it to make a special breakfast. My mother, every year, makes French toast for Christmas breakfast. It’s the perfect dish to make for a morning occasion when you don’t want to stand at a hot stove flipping pancakes or scrambling eggs.
On Christmas Eve she soaks bread in a citrus-flavored egg and cream mixture overnight in the refrigerator then bakes the next morning while we open presents. To minimize my hands-on cooking time, I bake my favorite French toast recipe, sweetened with a little orange zest and maple syrup, above a tray of thick-cut bacon in the oven at the same time. I serve the French toast with whipped cream and my 10-minute cranberry compote (which I also make the night before) and keep plenty of fresh orange juice and ice-cold bubbly nearby for mimosas.
Below is my make-ahead Christmas Breakfast menu. I’ve not included a recipe for the mimosas – I’ll let you responsibly decide the perfect ratio of bubbles to OJ (but find, I’ll tell you I like just a splash of juice)!
Happy Holidays from Crate Cooking!
1 Day Ahead
You can easily use this menu to build a holiday brunch. Add December Granola, Rosemary Applesauce, hard boiled eggs and Candied Maple Pecans – all items you can make in advance! – to easily serve 8 to 10 guests. It’s perfect for an open house-style brunch on a buffet, table or island.