The best Christmas morning breakfast and brunch ideas

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

The best Christmas morning breakfast and brunch ideas

When do you sit down for Christmas dinner? Traditionally, it can take place any time between Christmas Eve and the evening of Christmas Day itself. If the prospect of eating meat, gravy and sprouts (washed down with half a bottle of wine) at midday has you reaching for the Rennies, perhaps you ought to schedule the main event a little later in the day. 

Christmas Day is notoriously boozy, and we all know that we shouldn't drink on an empty stomach – so gear up by way of a bolstering brunch. 

We've rounded up 12 scrumptious Christmas brunch recipes, from decadent smoked salmon and eggs to buttery pastries and seasonally-spiced porridge. Happy Christmas eating.

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.

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. And, obviously, serve with a glass of Bucks Fizz.

Eggy panettone with bacon

Traditional Italian bread meets creamy eggs and crispy bacon in this delicious eggy panettone with bacon. What better way to enjoy that Christmas Panettone?

German apple pancake

Known as Apfelpfannkuchen in Germany, these fruity baked pancakes are filled with apples and cinnamon. Serve with a dollop of crème fraîche for a beautiful tangy accompaniment.

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 ASDA Extra Special Mild & Delicate 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

Children will enjoy making and tucking into this soft Santa bread. It's deceptively simple - just grab some bread mix.

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