The best Christmas morning breakfast (or brunch) ideas

Start your Christmas Day off with a bang with these brilliant recipes

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The best Christmas morning breakfast (or brunch) ideas

While a big lunch on Christmas Day may be customary, it often doesn't fit in with your schedule, particularly if children are involved. So, instead of a huge midday feast, why not start the day with some brunch instead?

We've rounded up 12 mouth-watering Christmas brunch recipes that mix sweet with savoury and elegant with rustic, so that there's something for every taste.

Cheat’s cranberry Danish

Made with tangy cranberries, aromatic spices and easy puff pastry, these seasonal Danishes are a real treat - and can be on the breakfast table in just 30 minutes. Serve with warmed croissants, pains au chocolat and brioche with a selection of jams and marmalade.

Cheat's cranberry Danish

Bucks Fizz smoked salmon with root vegetable mini rostis

Looking for an elegant adults-only brunch recipe? Guests will love this Bucks Fizz smoked salmon with root vegetable mini rostis recipe. The silky texture and zestiness of the fish works perfectly with the crispy potato cakes. 

Eggy panettone with bacon

Traditional Italian bread meets creamy eggs and crispy bacon in this delicious eggy panettone with bacon!

German apple pancake

Known as Apfelpfannkuchen in Germany, these fruity baked pancakes are filled with apples and cinnamon.

Eggy bread bagels

This variation on French toast uses bagels, which are soaked in egg before cooking in the oven, then served with cinnamon sugar and berries. Eggy bread bagels are perfect for Chrismas morning.

Fluffy potato cakes with smoked salmon

Wow guests with these luxurious potato cakes topped with smoked salmon. You can also use leftover potatoes for the potato cakes, making this an easy Christmas brunch option.

Mince pie porridge

Creamy, spicy, fruity and utterly delicious, this mince pie porridge has a festive twist on your morning breakfast. All you need to do is mix together oats, spices, lemon and orange zest with milk and water the night before and then stir it into your regular bowl of hot porridge on Christmas morning. 

Cinnamon eggy bread (Rabanada)

A treat at Ceia de Natal - Christmas supper eaten after Mass - this sweet dish, like many Brazilian dishes, has Portuguese roots.

Christmas tree crumpets with smoked salmon

These festive crumpets (which the whole family will love) might be great simply spread with butter, but are even better topped with softened cream cheese and slices of Extra Special Maple Syrup Scottish Smoked Salmon.

To finish, scatter with a few chopped chives, sprinkle with cracked black pepper and finish with a squeeze of lemon juice. 

Cherry & pistachio pastries

Made with cinnamon, marzipan, crunchy pistachios and juicy cherries, these buttery pastries are sure to go down a treat.

Santa bread

Ho! Ho! Ho! Children will love making and tucking into this soft Santa bread.

Brioche roll with smoked salmon & scrambled egg

Want to whip up a filling brunch dish in no time? These buttery brioche rolls with salmon and egg are a perfect combo and so easy to make.

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