Christmas Breakfast

My Oldest Goddaughter LOVES Chocolate Breakfast Muffins! When she was in High School, Goooo Del Oro!! We would make these for her leadership groups, Senior Sunrise and Memorial day events, awww I miss those days, can’t believe that little bug will turn 20 in 2016!! Anywhooo these muffins also get baked Christmas morning around here, they are a must, sooooo good!

The other must Christmas morning is Christmas Breakfast Bake. Been making this for years after my mother in law brought over a recipe for it from Bashas, a grocery store chain in Arizona. We’ve changed a few things here and there to make it just the way we like it!! It’s easy to make, takes just about an hour or so to bake. I love waking up a couple of hours before everyone Christmas morning, making some yummy coffee, get the muffins going and then start on the breakfast bake. By the time everyone gets up to open presents they can munch on some breakfast muffins while the breakfast bake is in the oven. Once we are done opening gifts and hanging out a bit the breakfast bake is done!! For the adults throw in some bloody mary’s and we have had the perfect Christmas morning!!!

You can start a family tradition this Christmas with these recipes, they are sure to please..Yummo and Merry Christmas!!!!!

Chocolate Breakfast Muffins (from King Arthur Flour, this recipe makes 12 muffins otherwise if you fill halfway makes about 20….)

2/3 cup dutch-process cocoa

1 ¾ cups King Arthur Unbleached All- Purpose Flour

1 ¼ cups light brown sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

¾ teaspoon espresso powder, optional (we don’t use it)

1 teaspoon baking soda

¾ teaspoon salt

1 cup chocolate chips ( we use ½ cup semi sweet and ½ cup milk chocolate chips)

2 large eggs

¾ cup milk

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 teaspoons vinegar

½ cup butter melted, or 1/3 cup vegetable oil

Coarse white or pearl sugar for topping or you can use red and green sugar(optional)

Preheat oven to 350. Line muffin pan with muffin cups.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the cocoa, flour, sugar, baking powder, espresso powder, baking soda, salt and chocolate chips. Set aside.

In a large measuring cup or medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla and vinegar. Add the wet ingredients, along with the melted butter or oil to the dry ingredients, stirring to blend; theres no need to beat these muffins, just make sure everything is well-combined.

Scoop the batter into the muffin tin, sprinkle with sugar, if desired. Bake the muffins for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a cake tester (or toothpick or fork) comes out clean from the center of the muffin. When done remove from oven and cool.

Breakfast Bake

1 pound bacon

1 pound ground breakfast sausage

12 – 15 eggs

3 ½ cups whole milk

1 ½ teaspoons ground mustard

1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt

1 ½ teaspoons pepper

3 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese

½ cup green bell pepper, diced

½ cup red bell pepper, diced

½ cup white onion, chopped

2 cups cut up into pieces of French bread baguette

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cook bacon, set aside and let cool. In a large sauté pan cook sausage, set aside.

In a large mixing bowl whisk the eggs, milk, ground mustard, salt and pepper. In another large bowl add the cheese, bell peppers, onion, sausage and crumble up the bacon and add that too.

Spray a baking dish with cooking spray. Layer half of the bread pieces, then half of the meat mixture. Layer the other half of the bread pieces and then the other half of the meat mixture. Then pour the egg mixture on top of it all. Bake for about an hour, let rest for about 10 minutes. Then enjoy!

Merry Christmas!!!!

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