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10 decadent breakfast ideas for Christmas Day

by Malou Herkes

published on 3 December 2018

Aside, of course, from the presents, Christmas morning is all about the Buck’s Fizz and a good breakfast. This round-up of our favourite indulgent breakfast recipes will be sure to kick the big day off with a bang. From blueberry and cream cheese pancakes to creamy baked eggs, there’s something here for everyone.

breakfast yorkie

Nadiya Hussain’s Breakfast Yorkie

Nadiya’s sweet twist on a Yorkie is topped with crunchy granola and zesty marmalade, and lightly dusted with icing sugar.

Chocolate Orange Knot Buns

by Jack Sturgess

There’s something particularly festive about the combination of orange and chocolate. Here, the two flavours combine in a sweet bread topped with pumpkin seeds and cacao nibs for a wonderfully decadent Christmas breakfast or snack.

Sweet Potato Shakshuka

The Ottolenghi Test Kitchen’s Sweet Potato Shakshuka with Sriracha Butter and Pickled Onions

by The Ottolenghi Test Kitchen Team

The Ottolenghi Test Kitchen transform the classic shakshuka into something entirely new, with cheddar, garlic, and hearty sweet potato. Pink pickled onions add a touch of vibrant colour to this brunch dish.

From the book

Yotam Ottolenghi, Noor Murad

Panettone Perdu

Panettone Perdu

by Sarah Rainey

Elevate eggy bread to a whole new level by swapping in slices of festive panettone, soaked in sweet, slightly spiced custard. Fry until crisp and golden, then serve with an orange and cranberry syrup. 

Stewed Spinach Eggs (Ägg med stuvad spenat)

Stewed Spinach Eggs (Ägg med stuvad spenat)

Creamy, herby and with just a touch of spice, Rachel Khoo’s stewed spinach eggs from The Little Swedish Kitchen are a wholeseoma and hearty way to start Christmas Day.

Blueberry Cream Cheese Pancakes

Blueberry Cream Cheese Pancakes

by Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy Teigen’s blueberry cream cheese pancakes are the ultimate comfort food breakfast. Chrissy says; “Little bombs of cream cheese melt into the batter as it oozes across your griddle [and] the little bit of vinegar makes the pancakes puff”. You can swap the blueberries for dried fruit, like cranberries or raisins, and serve the pancakes up with seasonal fruit, such as pomegranate seeds or stewed apples. 

Turkish Eggs

Turkish Eggs

With whipped yoghurt, poached eggs, and dill, Nigella’s Turkish-inspired egg dish from At My Table: A Celebration of Home Cooking is a breakfast dish to die for. 

Baked French Toast with Candied Bacon

Baked French Toast with Candied Bacon

by Roy Levy

Breakfast doesn’t get much more indulgent than this baked French toast with candied bacon from Gail’s Artisan Bakery Cookbook. Glaze the bacon with honey and cayenne, sprinkle with chopped pecans, and bake until candied, then serve on rich French toast.

Welsh Rarebit

Welsh Rarebit

by Trevor Gulliver, Fergus Henderson

This Welsh rarebit is made with Guinness, cayenne, mustard powder and mature strong Cheddar cheese for an indulgent savoury breakfast. 

Christmas Morning Sweet Cranberry Pancakes

Christmas Morning Sweet Cranberry Pancakes

by Marika Gauci

Get your kids in the kitchen on Christmas morning with Marika Gauci’s simple recipe for sweet cranberry pancakes – it will provide at least a short-lived distraction from the present opening. 


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