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“Overnight” Christmas Breakfasts We Love to Wake Up To

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Scott Phillips

Give yourself a gift on Christmas morning with these make-ahead breakfast and brunch recipes.

  • Brown-Butter Waffles
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    Brown-Butter Overnight Waffles

    Brown butter and malted milk powder enhance the warm, rich, toasted flavors in these crisp yeast-raised waffles. Make most of the batter ahead, then cover and refrigerate overnight. The next morning, while your waffle iron is heating, simply whisk in a couple of eggs and a dash of baking soda, and these crunchy-on-the- outside, fluffy-on-the-inside waffles will be ready in minutes.

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  • French Toast Muffins
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    Overnight French Toast Muffins

    A true crowd pleaser, this dish offers the best of two breakfast favorites: the classic flavor of French toast packaged in the easy grab-and-go shape of muffins. Since the preparation can be done the night before, all you need to do in the morning is pop the muffin tin in the oven.

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    Overnight Gingerbread Steel-Cut Oatmeal

    Rich with molasses and warming spices, this oatmeal brings to mind old-fashioned gingerbread. A quick boil at night and an overnight lounge in the fridge means the notoriously slow-cooking grains need only 10 minutes of simmering. Serve with a drizzle of cream and, if you like, chopped, toasted pecans or walnuts.

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    Overnight Banana Sticky Buns with Pecans

    Ripe bananas make this dough moist and fragrant and infuse the caramel-pecan sauce with rich flavor. Preparing the dough and the filling the night before means the buns just need to rise and bake in the morning.

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    Baked Apricot French Toast with Crunchy Corn Flake Streusel

    An overnight soak in apricot-almond custard creates a meltingly soft, creamy interior for this baked French toast dish, while the corn flake crumb topping offers a crisp contrast.

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  • Potato Pancetta Turnover
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    Sweet Onion, Gruyère, Pancetta, and Potato Turnover

    Puff pastry always feels special. Here, it’s paired with potato and pancetta for a breakfast turnover that will turn heads. You can assemble the pastry the night before and bake it in the morning.

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    Chai-Spiced Fruit Compote with Yogurt

    Chai, the Indian tea made with a blend of spices including ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, and black pepper, lends a pleasant, subtle aroma to this sweet compote.

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    Lemon Raspberry Pistachio Sweet Rolls

    Sweet raspberry jam, fragrant lemon zest, and toasty pistachios make these rolls just different enough to wake up your tastebuds on a cold winter's morning.

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    Sausage and Pepper Quiche

    Quiches are not often thought of as make-aheads, but they're actually perfect when refrigerated overnight, then sliced while the custard is firm, and rewarmed in the oven.

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    Peach French Toast Bake

    You put this casserole together the night before and while you sleep the eggy goodness seeps into the bread and all the flavors meld together. In the morning you just need to pop it in the oven. It comes out fragrant, with juicy, brown sugar–laced peaches atop tender vanilla and cinnamon–scented bread that has just the right amount of chewiness from the baguette crust. A drizzle of maple syrup and a dollop of cool, creamy yogurt complete the picture.

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