Mini Breakfast Buns Are the Christmas Gift Parents Should Give Themselves
Because no one should have to miss a second of the present-opening.
As a mom of three 8-year-olds who are incapable of sleeping past 7 a.m., I'm accustomed to early mornings. So, I know that, no matter how late they stay up past their bedtime on Christmas Eve, full of excitement and sugary cookies, we will wake before the sun on Christmas Day.
We'll descend the stairs to the living room to find the stockings filled and the presents beautifully wrapped. But my secret to the perfect Christmas morning? Breakfast will be waiting in the fridge, ready to be baked.
This year I'm making Justin Chapple's Mini Blueberry-Ginger Breakfast Buns, which rely on a few pantry staples and puff pastry — no homemade dough required! They're buttery and fruity, thanks to blueberry preserves, and they can easily be made a day ahead.
"These breakfast buns are great because you can actually form them and roll them, and then pop them in the refrigerator," Justin says in his class on the Food Network Kitchen app. You don't have to worry about adjusting the cook time very much, either, as you always want puff pastry dough to be cold. (Cold puff pastry will result in a flakier product, and "flakier" definitely translates to "more delicious!")
While the kids are busy opening their presents and I'm happily sipping my coffee and snapping pictures, I'll also be making bakery-quality sticky buns. All I'll need to do is whip up a quick glaze before serving. And an easy Christmas-worthy breakfast that buys me more time with my family is really the only gift I need.