There's no better morning than Christmas Day morning to spend a little extra time making a spectacular breakfast or brunch dish. This cinnamon Christmas breakfast wreath not only looks beautiful, but it tastes delicious too! The ingredients in this sweet bread recipe are ones that most people enjoy - including young children - so it's a great item to serve to the whole family on Christmas morning. Read on to learn how to make this beautiful cinnamon Christmas breakfast wreath, and make sure to visit all of the other delicious Christmas breakfast recipes by my blogging friends at the end of this post.
Whether you decorate it with icing and glace cherries or leave it plain, this sweet bread wreath is a sight to behold! I won't lie - it did take me a few tries to get this recipe right, but when I finally baked the winning version I knew it was well worth all of the work.
To make this cinnamon breakfast wreath, you start by making your favourite sweet bread recipe. Mine is this cinnamon bun dough recipe. When it's ready, you roll the dough out and put the cinnamon & brown sugar on top as you normally would for cinnamon buns. Then, you roll the dough & filling up lengthwise in the same way, too.
The fun part about this recipe, is that instead of cutting cinnamon rolls from width-wise as you normally would, you cut the whole tube in half lengthwise.
Then, you twist the two layered strips together like this and form them into a wreath shape on your pan.
The result is a beautiful display of layers of dough, pops of filling, and a lovely swirling wreath shape.
The baking time of the wreath is similar to regular cinnamon buns, and it looks lovely & rustic plain...
... or decorated with cream cheese glaze, chopped pecans and glace cherries.
You could make this dough in advance and put it together & bake the wreath on Christmas morning so that you can enjoy it fresh out of the oven.
Ready for this delicious recipe?
- 1 cup warm milk
- 2½ tsp. yeast
- 2 eggs at room temperature
- ⅓ cup margarine, melted
- ½ cup white sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 4½ cups all purpose flour (OR use 2½ cups whole wheat flour + 2 cups all purpose flour)
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
- 2 Tbsp ground cinnamon
- ½ cup chopped pecans
- ⅓ cup butter, softened
- 3 oz. cream cheese
- ¼ cup butter
- 1½ cups icing sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ¼ tsp salt
- glace cherries for decorating
- chopped pecans for decorating
- Dissolve the yeast in the warm milk and let stand for 5-10 minutes to proof.
- Mix in eggs, margarine, sugar and salt. Mix in flour a cup at a time with a spoon, then by hand.
- Knead the dough for about 5 minutes until it forms a smooth, round ball. Place in a greased bowl, cover and let it sit in a warm place for an hour or two until it’s almost doubled.
- Roll the dough out into approximately a 12″ by 24″ rectangle. In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar & cinnamon together. Spread the softened butter on it, then sprinkle it with the brown sugar & cinnamon mixture, making sure it’s spread evenly and reaches to all of the edges.
- Roll the dough up (starting on one long side) tightly, patting as you go.
- Cut the tube in half vertically with a sharp knife.
- Gently wrap the two halves around each other to create a spiral shape.
- Place the spiral on a greased cookie sheet and shape into a circular wreath shape. Pinch the ends together.
- Bake at 350 degrees C for 25 minutes, or until the wreath is deep golden brown and the filling is bubbly.
- Make the cream cheese icing by whipping together the cream cheese, butter, icing sugar, vanilla and salt.
- Pour the icing on the cinnamon wreath and decorate with glace cherries and chopped walnuts.
- Serve immediately. Cut portions off the wreath with a knife and serve with extra icing if desired.
Now, head on over to my friends' blogs to see the Christmas morning recipes they have for you:
Christmas Morning Smoothie by Alex of Northstory
Cinnamon Christmas Breakfast Wreath by Christina of The DIY Mommy
Overnight Sausage and Egg Breakfast Casserole by Jo-Anna of A Pretty Life
Eggnog Brioche French Toast Bake Recipe by Janella of Ma Belle Vie
Breakfast Toast Bar by Brittany of My Daily Randomness
Pomegranate Cranberry Mimosas by Krista of Happy Housie
Christmas Morning Cinnamon Buns by Ashlea of This Mamas Dance
Christmas Apple Cranberry Cobbler by Robin of Frugal Family Times
Candy Cane French Toast Kabobs by Jenn of Clean & Scentsible
Swedish Tea Ring by Rita of Harbour Breeze Home
Cranberry Banana Muffins by Shannon of AKA Design
Breakfast Enchiladas by Tara of Suburble
Cranberry Pear French Toast with Vanilla Cream Sauce by Kendra of Joy In Our Home
Christmas Morning Breakfast Quiche by Sara of The Project Pile