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Dec 20, 2013
Holiday Brunch Recipes to Prepare Ahead of Time
Take a break from cooking and relax Christmas morning with these do-ahead dishes – including a French toast bake and a sausage casserole
Want to spend less time in the kitchen Christmas morning? Then make your breakfast brunch beforehand! From drinks to sweets, here's the complete menu. Start with mugs of warm, decadent Christmas morning hot chocolate. Serve up slices of baked French toast topped with fruit or make-ahead breakfast casserole. Hey, as long as you're doing this the day before – make 'em both! Serve with little baskets of hash browns layered with breakfast goodies like bacon and cheese – they're called brunch cups. Finish off the meal with a piece of overnight buttery streusel coffee cake and a chocolate-almond croissant. Now the only thing you'll have to do on Christmas morning is reheat the dishes and have the kids set the table. Now who's ready to open presents?
No need to start from scratch! Make this Christmas morning hot chocolate from Kitchen Counters the day before. Start with heavy cream (that's always the secret ingredient to incredibly rich hot chocolate) and heat in a pot – to steaming. Mix in unsweetened cocoa powder, sugar, vanilla and then a generous helping of semi-sweet, milk chocolate and cinnamon chips. Cool the hot chocolate goodness and it's ready to reheat Christmas morning.
French toast can be a lot of work to make – especially if it's for your whole family. Instead of individual slices make this baked French toast with fruit recipe from Real Housemoms. It's more like a French toast casserole topped with sliced peaches.
Cheesy, creamy and kid-sized, these clever little breakfast bites are fun to make. There are only six ingredients to make 24 make-ahead brunch cups from Betty Crocker. Coat the muffin cups with cooking spray, add hash browns, then cheddar cheese soup, top with scrambled eggs, crumbled bacon and shredded cheddar cheese. Make room for seconds!
The taste of scrambled eggs, sausage and cheese all mixed in one dish – that's what you get with the make-ahead breakfast sausage casserole recipe from Nestle Kitchens. To keep this casserole moist overnight, evaporated milk is mixed into eggs and egg substitute. Add ciabatta bread cubes, sausage, bell pepper and cheese for a complete breakfast all in one do-ahead dish.
Butter melds into each bite of this rich overnight buttery streusel coffee cake from theKitchn. The coffee cake has yeast in the mix to lighten the texture while the streusel topping has an added layer of butter (yup, more butter!), brown sugar and granulated sugar.
Finish off your brunch with these easy chocolate-almond croissants from Better Homes & Gardens. These are so easy your kids can make them. Unroll refrigerated crescent rolls and fill them with almond paste that's been whipped with cream and dark chocolate. Brush the rolls with egg that's been whisked with water then sprinkled with sliced almonds. Viva la France! And breakfast!