Do-Ahead Christmas Breakfast

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Christmas breakfast is a wonderful meal, especially if it's done ahead of time! I have good memories of digging into hot cinnamon rolls and strong black coffee as I watched my siblings open gifts. Here's a few more ideas for Christmas breakfast dishes that can be prepared ahead of time and still served piping-hot on Christmas morning.

Deep-Dish Brioche French Toast, from Leite's Culinaria. This French toast can be made the night before and baked in the morning. It's rich, cinnamon-y and gooey-delicious.

Almond croissants, from Chocolate and Zucchini. This recipe uses day-old bakery croissants. They can be filled and glazed ahead, and then popped into the oven in the morning. These are also very rich and sweet, with a crispy sugar-glazed top. My favorite!

Crockpot Ham and Egg Casserole, from About.com. This sounded scary at first, but after I read it I was intrigued. With good ham, a mix of cheeses, and the fluffiness of slow-cooked eggs it could be really good.

Easy Crepes, from Epicurious. Crepes can be made ahead of time and stored, well-wrapped, in the fridge for a day or the freezer for longer. Set out jam, mascarpone, yogurt, whipped cream, or fresh fruit to roll up in the crepes for a lighter Christmas breakfast.

Any other ideas?

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.

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