Whether you want a hearty meal ready to roll on January 1st, want to treat your family over the holidays, or have a slew of loved ones coming over, have a few make-ahead breakfast recipes up your sleeve.
These are a few of your favorites. If you’re hosting a crowd, we recommend making two—one sweet and one savory—so everyone can find her morning respite. Make plenty of coffee, have tea bags set out, and maybe have cocoa available for any tiny ones (or tiny ones at heart). No one ever turned up her nose at “breakfast dessert,” either, so if you’re up for making three recipes, all the better. (Check out these cinnamon rolls!) Read on to find the right recipe(s) for your crew.
Got challah kicking around from holiday celebrations? Hold the phone! You’re one festive armful of spices away from some of the best French toast you’ve ever had. Look around your kitchen, because this recipe comprises the pantry staples you already have: nutmeg, vanilla extract, a handful of eggs, sugar, milk, and—thrillingly—a splash of bourbon. Make it in advance, bake it the day of the party, and have your home smell fabulous as guests walk in.
Whatever’s the matter, fix it with strata! This dish would look pretty gorgeous nestled on a trivet alongside the French toast above; guests will feel like they’ve stumbled into a formal hotel brunch. This is quiche done one better: We’ve eliminated the crust and folded in a sweet loaf of bread, cubed. Ham, eggs, nutty Gruyère and half-and-half all tumble into the strata baking dish, which you can assemble the night prior. The day of your feast, bake it up, and notice how wonderfully gooey some bits are while others are crunchy. This is a literal hangover helper.
Got a holiday table that’s red and white all over? Then these raised waffles will be just the thing to match your color scheme. Bright as can be in every sense, they mingle rhubarb with its buddy the strawberry to delightful effect. The waffle batter is yeasted and made the night before you pour it into the irons; it makes for an earthy taste to the finished dish. Everything can be done in advance, and no one would judge you for a snowy dollop of whipped cream or crème fraîche to finish. (If you’d prefer to stick with the seasons, consider waffles with cranberries and apples instead.)
Make and bake the simple crust in advance for this yummy vegetarian quiche. Gruyère, Swiss chard, sautéed red onion and plenty of thyme play very nicely together. Once you’ve finished baking the crust, the hearty, eggy filling is a snap to pull together. We love that you can cut this into squares, a pretty presentation and a departure from the typical triangle.
We’re just going to go ahead and say it: There is nothing in the world like a homemade cinnamon roll. Think about all it can do: It perfumes the house as it bakes, delights children and adults, and gives you a buzz like no other sweet as you unwrap layers of cinnamon and sugar. Do everything in advance except bake and apply a—wait for it—cream cheese frosting. This is the sort of indulgent, meditative treat that leisurely holiday and weekend mornings deserve.