I am uncharacteristically thinking ahead this year. Probably because I’ll have a house full of family on Christmas morning, but I like to think maybe I’m turning over a less procrastinator-like leaf. Probably not, though.
I’m trying to decide which of these favorite family breakfasts I should treat mine to, and thought you might appreciate the choices, as well. There’s plenty to choose from, and no one will complain with these amazing recipes. Let me know which you choose – it might help me decide, too!
French Toast Casserole
My French Toast Casserole recipe is so easy to make (takes less than 10 minutes), and it tastes even better if you make it at night and bake it the next morning (when I’m bleary-eyed and find it hard to rally to bake for guests anyway!). Another bonus: it’s as great for breakfast as it is for dessert at a holiday gathering! The nog addition makes it super festive, so it will be perfect for all your edible holiday needs!
Sticky Cinnamon Rolls
For years (ok, decades) I thought that there was NO way I could ever replicate my Grandma’s sticky rolls. No way. And thank goodness I didn’t have to! Christmas came and went every year, and Grandma’s rolls were something we could all count on.
To me, these rolls were up there with every other Christmas tradition. Of course we would always have Grandma’s rolls! It was unthinkable to contemplate the possibility that Christmas could occur without them! … I know, I understand. This sounds really bad. Christmas isn’t about rolls!!?! What were we thinking!?? Agreed. But you know what? Looking back at my Christmas memories, my Grandma’s cinnamon sticky rolls were IT! I was with my extended family (which only happened once or twice a year), and we all congregated Christmas morning to share the ritual pecking order of who got the soft, gooey insides of Grandma’s cinnamon sticky rolls. That was our tradition.
A few years later now, I have taken Grandma’s recipe to a new level. I think she would approve, and I know that once tasted, anyone would prefer this method: the Crock Pot.
Seems antiquated, I know, but here’s the beauty of these rolls — there are no crunchy outsides! That’s right! No need to fight for your hierarchy in the family or your right to the soft centers — all can enjoy soft, melt-in-your-mouth cinnamon sticky rolls! It’s like socialism in a cinnamon roll! (odd metaphor, I know!) It’s really all about equality. That’s it. Just delicious gluten-free equality. And that’s got to be part of the Christmas message.
A good coffee cake recipe is one of life’s necessities, in my humble opinion. My family loves coffee cake, but we actually call it “Breakfast Cake.” Don’t ask me why I ever felt I had to encourage the eating of cake for breakfast, but at some point the name stuck with my kids.
This was the first cake-for-breakfast recipe that my son loved, and it’s still his favorite, so he gets it for his birthday and on Christmas morning (and other days, if he’s lucky)! It’s a wonderful dish to serve for out-of-town guests, too – I hope your family enjoys it as much as ours does!
Cinnamon Swirl Bread
This reader recipe has become a fan and family favorite. So easy to whip up, with a surprise swirl of cinnamon yumminess throughout. If you decide to make this recipe for holiday guests, you’d better double it.
One of my all-time favorite recipes is for scones. Not the dry, hard kind with no flavor (you know what I’m talking about!), but the moist, tender kind bursting with berries and crispy-topped with a light coating of cinnamon and sugar.
This is also the kind of recipe that takes about 5 minutes to make, and only 10 minutes to bake, so it’s ready when the guest roll out of bed without too much fuss on your part. Nothing not to love about this recipe, and now it’s tailored to the season!
Pancakes are the quintessential American breakfast food. Am I right? I mean, who doesn’t like pancakes?
This gluten-free pancake is like a traditional flapjack: heavenly thick, yet light and fluffy and tasty enough to eat without syrup! They’ve become a morning favorite in my house, as I know they will in yours!
For an even easier way to put delicious fluffy gluten-free pancakes on your table, just grab a bag of my Jules Gluten Free™ Pancake and Waffle Mix.
Also known as “fancy pancakes,” if Santa brought you a waffle iron this year, you’ll love every minute of sharing these beautiful waffles with your family. You can use either my Belgian Waffle recipe with my new Jules Gluten Free™ Pancake and Waffle Mix, or simply follow the directions on the mix bag for regular (but oh so delicious) waffles and pancakes!