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Make Ahead Breakfast Recipes
Breakfast For A Group
There have been many occasions at my house where a special breakfast is called for but I do not want to spend the morning slaving away in my kitchen. Whether we have guests staying at our house or it is a holiday morning such as Christmas, at these times I would much rather be socializing than working.
Luckily, I have found several breakfast casserole recipes that can be made ahead of time and then just popped in the oven in the morning. My favorites are a variety of egg casseroles and french toast casserole.
Of course homemade breads are a great breakfast addition that can also be made ahead of time. I have a favorite banana bread and an awesome almond paste twirl that is great for a Christmas morning breakfast.
A bowl of fresh fruit and some juices or maybe even some mimosa for extra holiday cheer are must have accompaniments to any group breakfast.
Almond Paste Twirl- Yeast Bread
I have to start off with my favorite bread to make especially for Christmas breakfast. I like to make this bread in circle form and then add a little holly and berry garnish so it looks just like a Christmas wreath. It is a little time consuming but you can make it a few days ahead of time and it will stay fresh.
In mixing bowl mix 2 cups all-purpose flour and 1 package active dry yeast. Heat together 1 cup milk, 6 tablespoons butter, 1/3 cup granulated sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon salt just until warm (115 to 120 degrees), stirring constantly. Add to mixture in mixing bowl; add one egg. Beat at low speed of electric mixer for 1/2 minute, scraping bowl. Beat 3 minutes at high speed. By hand, stir in 1 to 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour to make a soft dough. Knead on floured surface until smooth (3 to 5 minutes), Shape into a ball. Place in greased bowl; turn once. Cover; let rise in warm place until double (1 hour). Punch down. Cover, let rest 10 minutes. Roll to 18x12 inch rectangle. Spread with Almond Filling. Starting at long end, roll as for jelly roll. Seal edge. Place seam side down diagonally (or shape into a ring) on a large greased baking sheet. Cut bread every 1/2 inch to within 1/2 inch of bottom. Pull slices alternately to the left and right. Let rise in warm place until double (45 minutes). Bake at 375 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.
Almond Filling: Cream 1/3 cup sugar and 2 tablespoons butter. Stir in 1/4 cup ground almonds and 1/4 teaspoon almond extract.
Oven Baked French Toast
This recipe is so yummy and I have included a few variations for your personal preference. The best part is that you can quickly make this the night before and enjoy the great fresh baked smell in the morning when you pop it in the oven.
- 8 1/2 thick slices French bread
- 1/2 cup raisins (optional)
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)
- 6 eggs
- 2 cups half and half
- 1/2 cup orange or raspberry flavored liqueur
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Sifted confectioners sugar or Orange Syrup or Raspberry Syrup
Arrange bread slices in a single layer, with sides touching, in a greased jellyroll pan. Sprinkle raisins and pecans over bread. In a medium bowl, whisk eggs, half and half, liqueur, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg. Pour egg mixture over bread. Cover and refrigerate eight hours of overnight.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Uncover and bake French toast 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean and toast is light brown. To serve, dust with confectioners sugar or pour Orange or plain maple syrup over slices of toast.
Orange Syrup: 1 12 oz. bottle pancake syrup plus 1 teaspoon orange extract
In a small saucepan, heat syrup until hot. Remove from heat; stir in orange extract.
Yummy Overnight Coffee Cake
Here is a super easy recipe that looks like you spent a lot of time preparing! This is another good one to do for Christmas morning. You can garnish it like a Christmas wreath as well but it is a whole lot simpler than the almond paste twirl.
1 cup chopped pecans
- 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1- 4 oz. box instant vanilla pudding
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1- 2 1/2 oz. package frozen white dinners rolls, thawed
- 3/4 cup melted butter or margarine
In a small bowl, combine pecans, sugar, pudding mix, and cinnamon. Sprinkle 3 tablespoons sugar mixture in bottom of greased 10 inch tube pan. Dip each roll in butter and place in sugar mixture in bowl; spoon sugar mixture over, covering each roll completely. Place rolls in pan in a single layer with sides touching. Sprinkle remaining sugar mixture over rolls. Pour remaining butter over rolls. Cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.
Remove pan from refrigerator. Thirty minutes before baking, leave covered and place in a warm area (80 to 85 degrees) to allow rolls to rise. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Uncover and bake 40 to 45 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan 15 minutes. Remove from pan and serve warm.
Sunday Brunch Egg Casserole
Most anyone will like this recipe. It is a good basic ham and potato - egg casserole. I have made this plenty of times for guests, for bridal showers, for Sunday brunch and for Christmas brunch. I love it!
- 1/2 lb bacon or chopped ham (or ground sausage)
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
- 12 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 1- 16 oz. package frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed (or 2 cups chopped potatoes)
- 1 - 4 oz. shredded Cheddar cheese
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
In skillet, cook bacon until crisp or sausage until brown; remove with slotted spoon. If you are using ham, cook in 1-2 tablespoons of butter to brown slightly. For bacon, crumble and set aside.
In drippings, saute onion and green pepper until tender; remove with slotted spoon. Beat eggs and milk in large bowl. Stir in hash browns, cheese, salt, pepper, onion, green pepper and meat. Transfer to a greased 9x13 pan.
In the morning: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake casserole, uncovered, for 45-50 minutes or until knife comes out clean.
Scrambled Eggs With Smoked Salmon
If you have a little bit of time in the morning to make a truly special dish, you just have to try this one. It is not a make ahead recipe but it is very simple and only takes about ten minutes if that. I like this one for the holidays as well.
- 4 oz smoked salmon slices
- 6 large eggs
- 3 tablespoons light cream
- 3 tablespoons butter
- salt and pepper
- 2 slices of toast, buttered and cut into 8 triangles
Chop the smoked salmon using a sharp knife. Lightly beat the eggs and the cream together until just combined.
Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat. When it starts to foam, pour in the egg mixture and cook, stirring constantly, until creamy and just starting to set. Turn off the heat and stir in the smoked salmon. Remove the pan from the stove and season the eggs with salt and pepper to taste.
Divide the scrambled egg mixture and serve at once with the toast triangles.
Make Ahead Granola Fruit Parfaits
In lieu of doing a fresh fruit bowl, you might want to go a step further and serve a nutrition packed granola fruit parfait. These can be made ahead of time and look so pretty as a colorful side dish.
- 2 cups low-fat granola cereal
- 1/2 cups chopped walnuts or almonds
- 4 kiwifruit, peeled and cut into pieces
- 1 20 oz can pineapple chunks, drained
- 1 8 oz fat free cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup fat free vanilla flavored yogurt
Mix granola and nuts. Spoon half of granola mixture into six parfait glasses. Arrange half of kiwifruit and pineapple over granola. Repeat layers with remaining granola and fruit.
In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and yogurt until smooth. Cover cream cheese mixture and parfaits and refrigerate until ready to serve.
To serve, spoon the cream cheese mixture over parfaits.
Best Banana Bread
I have tried several different banana bread recipes. When I found this one, I knew I had a hit. I just tweaked it a little bit and added a topping and it is wonderful!
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1/3 cup buttermilk
- 1/2 cup applesauce
- 1 cup mashed bananas
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 325 degrees and grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan.
Blend together the eggs, buttermilk, applesauce, bananas and vanilla.
Sift together the sugar, cinnamon, flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to banana mixture and stir in pecans. Mix well.
Pour into prepared loaf pan and sprinkle with topping mixture. Bake 1 hour and 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.
Topping: 2 Tablespoons finely chopped nuts, 2 Tablespoons sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg.
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