Fresh cranberry orange muffins are a perfect festive make-ahead breakfast for busy Christmas mornings (or any other busy day)!
I’ve been seeing a lot of ideas for lavish Christmas morning breakfasts around the web. Is this really a thing?
Growing up, I doubt you could have kept me away from the tree long enough to brush my teeth, let alone sit at the table eating a fancy breakfast. After I became a grown up with *marginally* better impulse control, Christmas morning was always about rushing out of the house to another family member’s for the gift exchange.
I guess families who open gifts on Christmas Eve have all the time in the world to lounge around eating french toast and eggs Benedict on Christmas morning. But that’s just not us! If you find yourself in the same situation, I have a solution for you. And it’s in the form of these fresh cranberry orange muffins with a cream cheese glaze.
You can bake them up the night (or days) before, and eat them with one hand while you unwrap (or hold the camera) with the other. Or eat them on the go while you head off to grandma’s house.
This recipe makes 12 large, sturdy, bakery-style muffins. You could use this batter to create endless flavor combinations. But try this fresh cranberry orange take for a festive combination for the holidays.
Fresh cranberries are so underrated in my opinion. They’re pretty tart, so I wouldn’t eat them raw by the bucketful. That is, unless they’re sugared like on this fabulous gingerbread cake. But they are juicy and tangy and great in baked goods.
The cream cheese glaze is “optional” in the theoretical sense of the word, but the sweetness is a nice contrast to the tangy cranberries.
This year, we’ll be spending the day at my sister-in-law’s house unwrapping gifts in the morning, followed by a lunch of sandwiches-on-white-bread-with-the-crusts-cut-off. The sandwiches are a Christmas Day tradition in Phil’s family ;).
Christmas day is, without a doubt, one of my favorite days of the year. I’m curious, what does your Christmas morning routine look like?