5 French Christmas Breakfast Pastry Recipes

Celebrate the holiday with any of these special sweets

These French Christmas breakfast pastry recipes are the perfect treats to snack on while opening presents on Christmas morning. Some of them can be prepared the night before and rest in the refrigerator as you sleep. Others are quick and easy to prepare as the coffee brews. Whichever you choose, they are a great way to start the day. 

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    Pain au Chocolat

    Easy pain au chocolat

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    Imagine this pain au chocolat recipe, fresh from the oven. It's golden and just slight crispy on the outside, with melted chocolate swirled throughout the buttery pastry. These delicious treats, also commonly known as chocolate croissants, are a delight with coffee for a simple, yet luxurious breakfast.

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    Pain au Cinnamon Raisin


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    One of the most popular breakfast foods of all time, cinnamon raisin rolls, can be made in your own kitchen with this pain au cinnamon raisin recipe. Sweet vanilla filling–or a vanilla crème patisserie–plump Cognac-soaked raisins, and a dusting of fragrant cinnamon are layered into the rich dough for an amazing pastry you won't soon forget.

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    Brioche Doughnuts Recipe

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    Brioche itself is an extravagant treat, but these brioche doughnuts take the legendary dough to a whole new level. Dense and light at once, and altogether rich and aromatic, these doughnuts are the ultimate confection. Pastry connoisseurs search high and low for brioche doughnuts, which patisseries usually sell out of within hours of making. 

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    Quiche Lorraine Recipe

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    This quiche Lorraine recipe yields a rich egg pie and hails from the mountainous region of Lorraine in northern France. Sufficient for a filling meal in itself, quiche Lorraine has been adapted over the years from a humble custard and bacon pie to the substantial cheese, bacon, and egg creation that it is known for today.

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    Belgian Waffles Recipe

    Belgian Waffle With Strawberries

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    True Belgian waffles use yeast to get their signature airy interiors. Try this authentic version with whipped cream and strawberries or a simple dusting of powdered sugar.