I hope that you all had a wonderful day celebrating with your family and loved ones.
Christmas morning is such an exciting time. If you have younger children around, it usually means waking up early and quickly being surrounded by a sea of wrapping paper, bows, and tissue paper. With all the excitement and unveiling of the gifts that Santa left, breakfast can often get forgotten.
For most, the highlighted meal of Christmas day is probably dinner, but over the years I have noticed a trend of “Christmas breakfast” becoming more popular. This was confirmed recently when talking to some of my girlfriends about their families Christmas traditions. From cinnamon rolls, to monkey bread, to French toast the possibilities for tasty treats are endless.
My family has never been big Christmas breakfast people. In fact we usually just munch on left over cookies or tamales. But this year I want to change that. Trust me, I understand that with the excitement of presents and the preparation of Christmas dinner, breakfast is probably the last thing you want to add to your mess. It doesn’t have to be a mess though. There are several options that you can prepare the night before and then pop into the oven in the morning. By the time the last piece of wrapping paper has hit the floor your house will be filled with the sweet aromas of cinnamon rolls and you will be munching away.
Two recipes that I want to share are Cinnamon Rolls and a breakfast casserole.
I chose cinnamon rolls because it just seems like the perfect thing to eat on such a cozy and relaxing morning. Not that we need fireplaces here in the Valley, but I can just imagine myself one Christmas morning waking up and being bundled up on a couch near the fireside drinking milk and eating a hot and toasty cinnamon roll! YUM! Another reason why this dish sounded appealing is because it involves ingredients that you more than likely have around the house and will be using for various cookie recipes.
The recipe that I have chosen to share is one that has been adapted from a No Yeast Cinnamon Roll recipe online. I like the convenience of this recipe because it is quick and less sensitive than one that uses yeast.
4-6 Tblsp unsalted butter; melted
¾ -1 Cup packed brown sugar
Cinnamon to taste
1 ¾ Cups all-purpose flour; plus more for rolling
2 Tblsp sugar
3 tsp baking powder
3 Tblsp unsalted butter, room temperature
½ Cup Buttermilk (mix ½ cup milk with ½ tablespoon vinegar, let set for five minutes)
¼ regular milk
1 large egg, beaten
Cream Cheese Frosting:
2 oz cream cheese; at room temperature
2/3 cup or more powdered sugar (the amount will depend on the consistency you want)
3 Tblsp milk or buttermilk
1). Prepare the filling: In a small bowl, combine the filling ingredients. Using either a fork or your hands, mix together until a crumbly mixture is formed.
2). Prepare the dough: In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, basking powder, and salt. Using clean hands, work the butter into the dry ingredients. You want the pinch the butter evenly into the mixture and eliminate any clumps. Add the milks and egg and stir to combine.
3). Roll the dough out on a floured surface into roughly shaped large rectangle (about ¼ inch thick). Sprinkle the filling evenly over the surface of the dough, leaving ½ inch border all the way around. Carefully roll up the rectangle (the dough will be soft).
If making the night before: Cover the roll and refrigerate overnight.
If making morning of: Use a sharp knife to cut 12 rolls. Carefully place the rolls in prepared muffin tin or lay on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes. While the cinnamon rolls are baking, prepare the frosting. Combine the cream cheese, powdered sugar and milk/buttermilk in a medium bowl. Use an electric mixer to combine. Add a little more milk if you wish to have a thinner frosting. Spread the frosting on top of warm rolls or drizzle on top. Serve warm
Next: the breakfast casserole. Again this dish is appealing due to its quick and easy nature. Plus it is really easy to personalize this recipe based on what you and your family like.
1lb Italian Sausage
1 sweet onion
6 eggs lightly beaten
1 package frozen Southern-Style hash brown potatoes, thawed
2 cups shredded Colby Jack cheese
1 cup Pepper Jack cheese
1 red bell pepper chopped
1 can diced chilis and tomatoes
1). Cook sausage in skillet over medium heat. Drain grease and reserve any drippings.
2). Grease 9×13- inch baking dish with the reserved sausage drippings.
3). Combine all ingredients together in the pan. Stir.
4). Cover and refrigerate over night.
5). Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until the eggs are set firm
** If baking with the cinnamon rolls at 400 degrees then cover with foil and bake for 15-20 minutes. Check the casserole after 20 minutes, uncover the dish and bake until eggs are set.
6). Let casserole cool for 10 minutes before cutting to serve.
Serve with salsa, hot sauce, or ketchup.
I hope that you all have a very Merry Christmas and get to enjoy these quick and easy breakfast favorites!