For years now we’ve had waffles for Christmas breakfast/brunch. My kids always try to have chocolate (and nothing else), but we insist on adding something “real” to the mix. I know, “real” in this case includes syrup, whipped cream, or other sugary toppings…call it a compromise! This is our favorite recipe.

These are raised waffles, which is perfect because you can start them the night before (or even a few days earlier), put them in the fridge, and add the remaining ingredients just before making them. What makes them special is the zesty citrus flavor. I used to use orange zest, but now I like adding orange oil, instead. Either one is delicious.

1 pkg dry yeast (2 1/4 tsp)
1/2 cup warm water
2 cups warm milk
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 tsp sugar
3/4 tsp salt
2 eggs
2 cups flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp orange oil, or 1 Tbsp grated orange zest

Dissolve yeast in warm water. Add milk, melted butter, sugar, salt, and flour and blend until smooth. Cover mixture and let stand overnight at room temperature. If you aren’t using it the next day, you can also place it in the fridge. (To be honest, I leave mine out for an hour or two but always refrigerate overnight.)

When you’re ready to make your kids eat Christmas breakfast, prepare your waffle iron, then add the eggs, baking powder, and orange zest/oil to the batter and mix well. (The batter will be really thin.) Pour into the waffle iron (mine takes 1/3 cup per waffle, but follow the directions of your iron) and bake until golden brown. Serve with maple syrup, whipped cream, jam, or any other favorite topping. We also serve with fruit (you know, so it counts as “real” food).

What do you have for Christmas breakfast? Do you have a good waffle recipe? Any ideas for good toppings? Let us know what you think! Hope you’re enjoying the season!