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Do you have a favorite holiday tradition that you look forward to every year? My family has a Christmas morning tradition that has been happening since before I was born. A recipe that has been handwritten on post it notes, note cards, stapled into recipe books, and copied down more times than I can count. Grammy’s Puffed Pancakes. Even thinking about this special breakfast treat makes me salivate. It’s a holiday MUST, and is the perfect Christmas morning meal.
Christmas morning puffed pancake breakfast brunch
For an easy but impressive Christmas morning brunch, look no further. This treasured family breakfast centerpiece is the perfect way to treat your family to a special dish. I’m no Julia Child, but even my 3.5-year-old can whip these puffed pancakes up. And I can almost 100% guarantee that you have all the ingredients to make this sweet breakfast treat in your kitchen. Your refrigerator and pantry basics are about to make a lot of happy bellies this holiday season.
My only request of you this holiday season – please use your own homemade whipped cream for these puffed pancakes! With a handful of ingredients and 5 minutes of your time, it’s a million times better than anything store bought. And trust me, I’ve tried at least a dozen different varieties. Nothing compares to homemade whipped cream atop puffed pancakes and sprinkled with berries.
Traditional puffed pancakes recipe:
- 1/4 c butter
- 1 1/2 c milk
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 c sugar
- 3/4 c flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- heavy whipping cream
- fresh strawberries
- Turn oven on to 425 and preheat.
- Put 1/4 cup butter in the bottom of a 9" pan, and place in the oven while preheating.
- As the pan and butter preheats, prepare the batter. Mix milk, and eggs very well in a bowl. Add sugar, flour, then salt and mix well.
- Once the oven reaches 425 and as soon as the butter is melted - pull out oven rack and add batter. DO NOT take pan out of the oven, and DO NOT mix the batter into the melted butter.
- Bake for 30 minutes, or until the edges are puffed and browned.
- Serve immediately with berries of your choice and whipped cream.
Homemade whipped cream recipe:
- 1 c heavy whipping cream
- 2 tbs sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla (optional)
- 1. Place metal mixing bowl and metal whisk into freezer for 15 minutes.
- 2. After at least 15 minutes, add sugar and then whipping cream.
- 3. Whisk for approximately one minute, or until cream yields stiff peaks.
- DO NOT OVER BEAT!
I like to leave the puffed pancake as the superstar for this breakfast brunch.
That means keeping the rest of the Christmas breakfast simple. My personal favorite additions to the puffed pancake is a little dollop of the homemade whipped cream with sliced strawberries and blueberries sprinkled on top. Not only is it delicious, but it’s also really pretty too!
Because the Christmas merriment requires all-day energy, I always make sure we add in some slightly less sweet breakfast fare. Scrambled eggs and bacon round out the meal. And of course, one can’t forget about the other Christmas breakfast necessity – champagne. With orange juice, of course. Mimosas are the quintessential brunch beverage, and always have a place on our table.
Decorating your table for the holidays
As a lover of holiday magic, I’m a definite fan of having a special holiday table set up. As I mentioned in my last post, Big Lots has been my go to lately. I picked up all my holiday mantel decor from my local store, but I didn’t stop there. I spotted a pre-seasoned cast iron pan for $15, and had to check out more of their kitchen goods.
The seasonal decor didn’t stop at the deer and candles!
You know I love me some plaid, and these plaid placemats are perfection. And at only $4 a piece I think they’re even more perfect. Because the placemats are definitely a pretty bold statement, I wanted to keep the rest of the table simple. Much like my minimalist approach to decorating a holiday mantel, such was my take on our holiday table setting.
I couldn’t get over the glitter pinecone garland and decided to have it act like a table runner. I love how it ties in the mantel and keeps the red rustic holiday decorations going throughout the house. Plus, the little bit of sparkle adds the perfect amount of holiday happiness and makes me feel fancy.
Keeping with the festive holiday feel, I was elated when I saw the Master Cuisine White Porcelain with Gold Dots 16-Piece Dinnerware Set. How fun are these metallic gold dots?! Plus, for $30 I was able to get an entire 16-piece place setting for four! Big Lots has a ton of super affordable dishware, and so many holiday friendly options.
Budget friendly holiday decorating
Big Lots makes hosting and entertaining this holiday season SO easy. Regardless of your budget and decorating style, there are endless options available! Rustic holiday decor has my heart, and it’s been wonderful to be able to set up our home for the holidays. Living in temporary housing during this time of year can be hard. I want to make sure my family feels the holiday joy while we’re in this in between phase, and it’s been so fun to get everyone involved. I love keeping my family’s traditions alive while also creating new memories with my boys.