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November and December are truly the most wonderful times of the year for me! I love all of the opportunities that the holidays bring for us to gather together as a family and friends, as well as all of the traditions and fun activities that we look forward to each year.
Today I’m sharing with you a holiday brunch that I put together for family, as well as a fun way to eat and serve pancakes for the holidays- a pancake wreath! I know that it can be overwhelming to host a meal for the holidays, but today I’ve got some ideas for you that will make it much less intimidating!
It really isn’t hard to put together a delicious and memorable Christmas breakfast and it’s a great way to spend time with your loved ones this holiday season.
Everyone I know loves pancakes, so I came up with the idea of a pancake wreath made by overlapping green pancakes on a cake stand, then adding edible “holly” and berries to the bottom.
I picked up some Aunt Jemima Original Pancake Mix, as well as some Aunt Jemima Original Syrup at Walmart, as well as some other tasty food for my breakfast. Walmart has the best prices and I love that I can price match there too! Keep reading for the easy recipe and directions.
Along with the pancake wreath, I made some yogurt parfaits by putting some vanilla yogurt inside some short glass cups, then adding sliced strawberries to the top. YUM!!
I also used some of the strawberries to make cute little edible Santa hats by stacking a banana slice and a strawberry (with the green top cut off). A mini marshmallow would also be cute on the top!
You can never go wrong with a holiday ham, so I purchased a fully cooked spiral sliced honey ham from Walmart for a great deal.
The ham was SO easy to prepare. I just put it in the oven for a bit, added the brown sugar glaze near the end, and placed it on a nice green cake plate. So delicious, and yet so simple.
Muffins and Danish rolls are a great way to satisfy a sweet tooth, so I was sure to add some of those to our breakfast too. I like getting the variety packs of these so that there is something there that everyone will love.
Instead of setting out a pitcher of juice, I poured cranberry juice into cleaned out frappuchino bottles.
To make the bottles a bit more festive, I die cut some snowflakes out of self-adhesive white vinyl and stuck them onto the glass bottles.
To do this I made a sandwich with a Cutting Pad, the Sizzix Snowflake Duo die face up, some white vinyl, and another Cutting Pad. I ran it all through my Sizzix Big Shot, then removed the adhesive back from the snowflakes and stuck on the glass bottles. SO easy and cute!
This is such an easy way to dress up the bottles and the table and can be done for any season, party, or theme! Red and white striped paper straws finish off the look and add more color and festivity.
Mini white powdered donuts are one of my kids’ favorite treats. They almost look like they are covered in snow!
I stacked up a couple of packages of them, making each layer a bit smaller and then stacking two donuts at the top to make it look like a snowy Christmas tree. My kids’ eyes were huge when they saw the tasty “tree!”
Here’s the simple recipe for making the holiday pancake wreath. It’s not much different from making pancakes the regular way, which makes it an easy (not to mention delicious) addition to your Christmas breakfast/brunch!
Holiday Pancake Wreath
Ingredients: (Depending on the amount of people that you are feeding, you may need to double or triple the recipe)
- 1 cup Aunt Jemima Original Pancake Mix
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1 Tbsp. oil
- 1 egg
- Green food coloring (liquid or gel)
Step 1. Heat an electric griddle to 375 degrees, or heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Mix together all of the ingredients but the food coloring, and stir until there are no large lumps.
Step 2. Add some green food coloring to the batter. Gel coloring (available at craft stores) works much better and will give you a more intense color, but you can also use liquid food coloring if you like. Stir the coloring in until you get the green color that you like. Let the batter sit for 1-2 minutes to thicken.
Step 3. Pour about 1/4 cup of batter onto the greased skillet. Turn the pancakes when they start to bubble and the bottoms are a light golden brown.
Step 4. Remove complete pancakes. When the pancakes are cool enough to touch, place them all in a ring so they overlap each other and form a wreath. Add a few mint leaves to the bottom to look like leaves, then add a few raspberries over the middle of the leaves to look like berries.
Serve and enjoy! The pancakes were such bright fun green and were so festive. They tasted great! I also had some fresh cut berries to put on top.
I hope this gave you some ideas for putting together a holiday brunch for your holiday family and friends! You’ve got to check out all of the tasty ways to make awesome pancakes here. So many yummy recipes that I can’t wait to try!!