Christmas 2023: 7 Brunch Recipes For A Festive Celebration

Christmas is the ideal time for a festive gathering and nothing sets a relaxed and cosy atmosphere quite like a leisurely brunch. But making that a special event without making too much work for yourself is an art in itself. After all, even as the host, you want to enjoy the magic of Christmas too!

Since Christmas is a holiday that’s all about the food, a great way to keep people engaged and having fun is to set out a delicious spread. Brunch is all about the social element and interactive elements plus easy-to-eat statement dishes are a great option to keep people happy and keep them circulating. 

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Here are a few interesting ideas you can try to amp up the vibe at your Christmas brunch. 

1. Mulled Wine Welcome:

What’s brunch if it isn’t a bit boozy? Welcome your guests and set a casual relaxed tone for the event with a glass of mulled wine on arrival. This classic Christmas beverage, infused with spices and citrus, sets a cosy and festive flavour palate. Since it’s usually served warm, you could set out a large punchbowl that people can help themselves to or you can opt for elegant glassware, garnished with a cinnamon stick or orange peel for an extra touch of sophistication.

2. Eggnog Pancakes:

Although it’s a bit of a love-it-or-loathe-it drink, there’s no denying that eggnog is an iconic Christmas flavour. So for those who want to indulge in eggnog magic in a more subtle form, making these pancakes is a perfect solution. Infused with the rich, creamy flavour of eggnog, with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and a hint of rum, these pancakes are a delightful twist on a classic breakfast favourite. Top them with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of cocoa powder for an extra festive touch.

3. Smoked Salmon Charcuterie:

Smoked salmon is a common part of the Christmas breakfast fare for many European countries. It stems from the fact that many Christians opt to avoid meat on the days leading up to Christmas and that preserved smoked salmon is much more easily accessible than fresh fish. A smoked salmon platter makes it an easy, sharing dish and sets up an interactive food station. Arrange thinly sliced smoked salmon on a bed of cream cheese-spread bagels or blinis. Garnish with capers, fresh dill, and lemon wedges for a refreshing and indulgent appetizer.

4. Festive Frittata:

No brunch is complete without an egg dish and a frittata offers the perfect solution since it can be made in advance and kept warm until you’re ready to serve it. To appease the christmas colour combos, use spinach, and cherry tomatoes to create a festive frittata. The red and green ingredients make it a visually striking dish, while the eggs provide a protein-packed start to your Christmas brunch.

5. Gingerbread Waffles:

Gingerbread men or a jawdroppingly beautiful gingerbread house might be on your wishlist, but the reality is that they’re very fiddly to bake and decorate, especially for a large group. Instead, give your brunch a hint of that experience with gingerbread waffles. The warm aroma of ginger and cinnamon will fill your day with an equally festive atmosphere. Serve these waffles with a drizzle of maple syrup and a dusting of powdered sugar for a delightful treat.

6. Christmas Pudding Flair:

No Christmas brunch is complete without a sweet treat, and what is more traditional than a Christmas pudding? An easy way to create an exciting moment during your party is to douse your pudding with rum or whisky and then (carefully) set it on fire. Aside from being a visual delight for your guests, indulging in individual portions of Christmas pudding with a dollop of brandy butter or vanilla custard afterwards is a gastronomic delight as well.

7. Hot Chocolate Bar:

Winter is synonymous with hot chocolate so you can’t skip out on this cosy drink at your brunch. End on a sweet note with a DIY hot chocolate bar. Provide a selection of toppings such as whipped cream, chocolate shavings, marshmallows, and cinnamon sticks. Guests can customise their hot chocolate for a delightful and comforting conclusion to the festive feast.

With these simple tips and ideas, you can go forth and conquer the concept of a Christmas brunch and give your guests a day to remember.