Whatever you celebrate, it’s a memorable tradition to wake up to a special breakfast, especially one that doesn’t require mom or dad to be stuck in the kitchen.  A few years back, we chose a meal that can be made in advance and enjoyed without fuss on a special morning.  Whether your special morning is Christmas, New Year’s, your little one’s birthday, or just a Sunday, this one is sure to delight.  It’s also easy to tailor to your food needs– whether you need to avoid gluten, dairy, soy, nuts, or you can enjoy it all, there’s a version of this recipe for everyone.


Monkey Bread

Being gluten free, we turn to this recipe.  It can easily be adapted to be dairy-free, and if you’re not gluten free, there’s a plethora of recipe choices out there. Sometime during the afternoon of Christmas eve, I make a batch of the dough and leave it to rise.  Shortly before dinner, we cut out dough balls, roll them in cinnamon and sugar, and place them in the baking pan to rise. This is the fun part, as what kid doesn’t love dipping sweet dough in sugar?  When it’s risen sufficiently, we pop it into the refrigerator and leave it overnight.  On Christmas morning, I take out the pan soon as we wake up, and preheat the oven.  It cooks while the kids open their presents, and is about ready the time we’re done.  It pairs well with a fruit salad, scrambled eggs or bacon, and is out-of-the-ordinary enough to start the day on a sweet note.

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