By Katherine Frelon
Can you believe that it’s already December? Join me as I share 12 Days of Christmas Tips to make for a divine holiday free of stress this year!
Christmas is one of my absolute favorite times of the year. It truly is. One of the loveliest parts of Christmas is waking up and enjoying a festive breakfast. This doesn’t have to add stress during the day as there are several lovely menu options that can be prepared prior to the holiday. No worries for you as everything will still taste fresh and delicious!
Muffins and brioche are ideal for Christmas breakfast as they can be prepared in advance but baked fresh in the morning, with the divine smell filling the house.
I recommend my tried and true recipes for a delicious brioche and chocolate pecan muffins that everyone will love!
Mix up a dry bowl and a wet bowl the night before and combine in the morning before baking. Serve with salty butter and sweet jam for an addictive flavour combination.
- 15g fresh yeast
- 70ml warm milk
- 15g salt
- 500g flour
- 6 eggs
- 350g soft butter
- 30g sugar
- 1 egg yolk, lightly beaten with 1tbsp milk
- Place yeast and warm milk in the mixing bowl, stir with a fork and add the salt.Add the flour and eggs and knead with a dough hook until smooth and elastic, approx 10 mins by machine, 20 by hand.
- Beat the butter and sugar together and gradually add to the dough.
- Continue to mix for 5mins by machine, 15 mins by hand.
- The dough should be smooth and glossy.
- Cover the bowl with a clean cloth and leave to rest in a warm place for 2hrs.
- Knock back the dough briskly in swift flipping motion no more than 3 jests.
- Cover and leave in fridge for several hours, but no more than 24.
- Place dough on lightly floured surface and shape into ball, or balls.
- Glaze with egg wash and leave to rise for 1 ½ hrs for large brioche 20 mins for small
- Preheat oven to 220°C gas 8 425F
- Glaze again and bake for 40/45 mins for large, 8-10 mins for small.
Chocolate Pecan Muffins Recipe
Makes 12 fancy muffins, 14/16 normal sized muffins
- 400g sr flour
- 2tsp baking powder
- 150g ground almonds
- 2 large free range eggs
- 320g caster sugar
- 150g melted, unsalted butter
- 350ml milk
- 200g melted dark chocolate
- 100g chopped pecan nuts
- Icing sugar to dust
- Preheat oven to 190C.
- Get the muffin tins ready with some paper muffin cases
- In one bowl add the flour, baking powder, ground almonds
- In another bowl whisk sugar, eggs and melted butter, and chocolate
- Stir through the chopped pecan nuts
- Then add all the dried ingredients to the wet mix
- Stir swiftly in sweeping movements until it is just about mixed, but still has lumps.
- Don’t over mix, you’re not making a cake.
- Spoon into muffin cases, and bake for 25/30 mins
With everything planned and prepped, once the turkey is in the oven, it’s time to just relax and enjoy your guests, family, kids and Christmas pressies!