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Posted on Fri, Dec 23, 2011 : 9:20 a.m.

Make-ahead Christmas breakfast ideas

By Jessica Webster


These apple, cheddar and bacon scones are my current favorite make-ahead brunch recipe.

Jessica Webster |

The tree is up, the lights are strung, the packages are wrapped, and the dinner menu is set. But what's for breakfast? No one wants to be stuck cooking up pancakes or eggs on Christmas morning while everyone else is unwrapping presents.

The solution? Try making your breakfast the day before. The food blog has some suggestions in a new entry: 7 Make-Ahead Christmas Breakfasts. From "Cinnamon Sugar Breakfast Puffs" to "Don't Hold the Anything Breakfast Bread Pudding," you can find some excellent ideas for your Christmas morning meal.

We've also got some suggestions from the Food & Grocery archives. If you're craving something sweet and have leftover bread, try this virtuous (but not too virtuous) bread pudding. Breakfast or brunch can be a cinch with this easy make-ahead breakfast casserole.


You can make this quiche with a traditional pastry crust or with mashed potatoes.

Jessica Webster |

Quiche is always an easy do-ahead breakfast option. This Quiche Lorraine recipe can be made with a mashed potato crust, or with a your favorite homemade (or store-bought) pastry crust.

My personal favorite brunch item of late has been the Sunday Morning Apple, Cheddar and Bacon Scone recipe I adapted from Smitten Kitchen. Served warm with a hot cup of coffee or hot cocoa, it's a perfect balance of savory and sweet. The bonus is that they're portable and easy to eat, you don't have to pull anyone away from their favorite new toys to eat breakfast.

What's your favorite make-ahead holiday breakfast tradition? Share your recipes and tips below!

Jessica Webster leads the Food & Grocery section for You can reach her at


Elaine F. Owsley

Tue, Jan 31, 2012 : 3:38 p.m.

Christmas is 11 months away. Will these last that long in the freezer?