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Best Christmas breakfast ideas

Published: December 10, 2020 at 1:52 pm

Wake up to a feast on Christmas morning with our best Christmas breakfast recipes – fluffy pancake stacks, boozy bagel French toast and a bloody mary (or two!)

Looking for the perfect Christmas breakfast to kick off Christmas Day celebrations? We've created the best recipes for breakfast and brunch over the festive season. Whether you want to start the day with fluffy pancakes, French toast or Full English croissants, we've got you covered.


Fill your plate with even more stunning dishes from our best ever brunch recipes and indulge in one of our easy brunch cocktail recipes for the festive season.

Christmas breakfast ideas

Ham and cheese croissant traybake

Start Christmas Day with this cheese-packed, no-fuss, show-off brunch idea – super indulgent!

Ham and Cheese Croissant Bake Recipe

Christmas French toast with blueberry and sage compote

Try this quick and easy buttery Italian-style French toast for a Christmas breakfast idea. Our alternative French toast uses pandoro (similar to panettone) for a more decadent breakfast recipe.

French Toast Recipe with Blueberry Compote

Smoked salmon breakfast flatbread

Start the day over the festive season with this no-fuss sophisticated brunch recipe.

Breakfast Flatbread Recipe with Smoked Salmon

Christmas breakfast tacos

Try our super easy breakfast tacos for a hearty way to start your Christmas Day. Use eggs with deep yellow yolks, like Burford Browns, so you get a nice colour contrast with the beans and chorizo.

A tray of breakfast tacos holding scrambled egg, chorizo and beans

PB&J French toast with peanut brittle

Our recipe for peanut butter and jelly French toast with peanut brittle takes inspiration from America for a truly indulgent Christmas breakfast idea. Keep any leftover jam covered in the fridge for up to four days, and use throughout the festive season.

Peanut Butter French Toast Recipe

St Clement's Christmas pancakes

Oranges and mandarins give these thick, American-style breakfast pancakes a sweet and zesty festive finish. Throw in some traditional spices to the batter mix, such as cinnamon, cloves and allspice, just to remind you it's Christmas morning. Serve with crème fraîche or yogurt and you've got another easy Christmas breakfast idea.

American Style Breakfast Pancake Recipe

Tex-mex baked avocados

Start Christmas Day off with a bang with this no-fuss show-off brunch, packed with juicy tomatoes, eggs and avocados.

Easy Baked Avocado Brunch Recipe with Eggs

Full English croissants

Make our epic Christmas Day breakfast croissant recipe packed with super crispy bacon, baked beans and runny fried eggs for an indulgent way to start your morning.

Croissant Sandwich Recipe with Bacon and Eggs

Posh Christmas breakfast muffins

Make festive brunch easy with our quick and simple breakfast muffins packed with avocado, smoked salmon and frittata – ready in 30 minutes.

Breakfast Muffins with Smoked Salmon

Boozy bagel french toast with maple butter

Want a boozy way to start your Christmas Day? Make our cinnamon raisin bagels with boozy bourbon and sweet maple butter – perfect for an indulgent Christmas morning brunch.

French Toast Bagel Recipe

Cranberry and almond muffins

Packed full of seasonal produce, these wintry muffins are guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit. The perfect mix of sweet and sour, they're great to make ahead and grab-and-go on the big day or over the festive season.

Try our other breakfast muffin recipes here...

Cranberry And Almond Muffin Recipe

French toast with sticky toffee walnuts

Whether you call it French toast or eggy bread, the main thing is that it's drenched in sugar. Add some allspice and cloves to the cinnamon if you want make your French toast extra festive.

Here's how to make the best French toast and some more easy recipes

French Toast Recipe with Sticky Toffee Walnuts

Fluffy ricotta pancakes with whipped honey butter

Serve a stack of fluffy ricotta pancakes for a festive feast. The whipped honey butter has a subtle sweetness and is great with these airy pancakes.

Plenty more pancake recipes to try here, too...

Christmas morning cranberry butter

Our cranberry butter is a festive topping for Christmas morning waffles or pancakes. It's fuss-free, and once you've whipped some up you'll want to use it all year round.

Waffle Recipe with Cranberry Butter

Bacon and egg crumpet melts

Our quick and easy brunch recipe is also a perfect lazy Christmas breakfast idea. Spoil yourself with bacon, eggs AND crumpets, it's Christmas after all!

Bacon and Egg Easy Crumpet Recipe

Triple cheese crumpets

How do you make fresh crumpets taste a bit more special for Christmas morning breakfast? Add three types of cheese, a teaspoon of mustard powder and slather on a good helping of butter, of course!

Crumpet Recipe with Cheese

Avocado on toast with smoked salmon

Avocado on toast with smoked salmon and a tomato dressing – a recipe that's bound to get you out of bed on Christmas morning. Creamy avocado and silky smoked salmon feels like an indulgent way to start your Christmas Day.

Check out our quick and easy avocado on toast recipes here...

Avocado Toast Recipe With Smoked Salmon

Gruyère, fig and prosciutto croissants

Straight from the oven, these hot and toasty butter croissants with melting cheese make a really quick and easy Christmas breakfast idea.

Ham and Cheese Croissant Recipe

Cinnamon buns

We are BIG fans of cinnamon buns, so we got the recipe for this chocolate-drizzled Scandi classic from East London’s Danish bakery, The Bread Station. Enjoy Christmas morning breakfast the Danish way with these delicious cinnamon buns. Alternatively, take a moment of calm from the chaos and enjoy a bun with a coffee for brunch. Plenty more cinnamon bun recipes here...

Two cinnamon swirls on plate, drizzled in chocolate

Mix and match Christmas brunch waffles

Our mix and match brunch waffles are a little more work but are the perfect recipe for an indulgent Christmas morning. Serve the toppings in bowls and the waffles in a pile and let everyone build their own.

Try our other crowd pleasing recipes here...

Easy Waffles Recipe

Eggs and ham baked in croissant cups

Use croissant dough to make these cute breakfast cups filled with ham and eggs – perfect for Christmas morning breakfast in bed.

Breakfast Croissant Recipe with Ham and Eggs

Espresso pancakes

Coffee and chocolate is a quick and easy way to make pancakes feel more grown-up, and the hazelnuts provide a great bit of texture. A great Christmas breakfast idea if you want a sweet Christmas brunch.

Easy Pancake Recipe with Espresso

Roasted tomatoes and avocado on toast

Take Christmas morning breakfast or brunch up a few notches with this fresh recipe. Ripe tomatoes, avocado and salad leaves on toast are a great vegetarian breakfast combination.

Avocado Toast Recipe with Roasted Tomatoes

Best ever bloody mary

If you've over indulged on Christmas Eve, make this ultimate hangover cure. Our recipe for this classic cocktail combines vodka, tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, port and sherry with a few dashes of Tabasco to turn up the heat. Garnish with a celery stick and some tomatoes and olives to serve.


Here's our guide to the perfect bloody mary...

Bloody Mary Recipe

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