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  • What could be better than waking up on Christmas morning? Everyone's up with a spring in their step, the kids can’t wait for the celebrations to start and you catch yourself humming your favorite Christmas tune. There’s a long merry day ahead and the whole family needs a good breakfast to fuel their day. Keep the Christmas excitement going by whipping up these festive breakfast recipes!

    1. Bibingka

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    This Simbang Gabi favorite is not to be missed during the holiday season. You can even make this comforting Filipino rice cake with kesong puti and itlog na maalat at home using your oven. With the made-easy recipe below, you’re sure to amaze dad and the kids! 

    Makes 3

    What you'll need
    1 cup rice flour
    1/2 cup all-purpose flour
    2 teaspoons baking powder
    1/2 cup water
    2 eggs, beaten
    1/2 cup sugar
    2/3 cup coconut cream, room temperature
    2 teaspoons butter, melted
    75 grams cheese, grated
    2 salted eggs, sliced

    Recipe instructions are at Yummy.ph.

    2. Gingerbread Flapjacks

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    Do the kids love pancakses? Give pancakes a Christmas twist by turning them into gingerbread flapjacks! These are a little healthier as well as there's ginger and whole-wheat flour in the batter. You can make them in holiday shapes using Christmas-themed cookie cutters. If you don't have any, it's alright, we promise these will still taste wonferfully festive. 

    Makes 1 dozen

    What you'll need
    1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
    1/2 cup flour
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1 teaspoon ground ginger
    1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
    1/4 teaspoon cloves
    1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
    2 tablespoons brown sugar
    3/4 cup milk
    1/4 cup freshly brewed dark coffee
    1/4 cup melted butter
    1 tablespoon molasses
    2 small eggs 

    Recipe instructions are at Yummy.ph

    3. Christmas Ham and Potato Cakes

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    One of the best things about Christmas is the food that only come out during this time of the year. Christmas ham is definitely one of them. Upgrade your usual Christmas ham and white bread sandwich with this recipe. 

    Makes 1 dozen

    What you'll need
    2 1/2 cups potatoes, shredded 
    1/4 cup flour
    1/4 cup ham, shredded 
    1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
    1 large egg
    chopped basil
    sour cream or applesauce (optional)

    Recipe instructions are at Yummy.ph

    4.  Christmas Fried Rice
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    Incorporate Christmas into everything, even the rice! Turn the quintissential Filipino bowl of rice into a holiday sidedish cheer using the classic merry Christmas colors, red and green. This will go great with some Christmas ham if you still have some leftover from the Christmas Ham and Potato Cakes recipe. 

    Serves 4 to 6  
    Prep Time 10 minutes  
    Cooking Time 5 minutes

    What you'll need
    1/4 cup butter 
    1/2 cup finely chopped onions
    1/2 cup finely chopped celery
    1/2 cup chopped red bell peppers
    1/2 cup chopped green bell peppers
    3 cups cooked rice
    salt and pepper, to taste

    Recipe instructions are at Yummy.ph.  

    5.  Dark Chocolate Champorado

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    If it happens to be a bit chilly on Christmas morning, a bowl of champorado is a sure fire way to warm everybody up. The dark chocolate can be switched with tablea chocolate for the classic champorado or white chocolate (making a white chocolate champorado) for those looking for a white Christmas in a tropical country.  

    Prep Time 5 minutes 
    Cooking Time 15 minutes

    What you'll need
    2 1/2 cups water  
    1 cup glutinous rice 
    3/4 cup chopped dark chocolate (we used Hershey's) 
    1/2 cup granulated sugar 
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 
    sweetened condensed milk, to serve (optional)  

    Recipe instructions are at Yummy.ph.  

    6.  Mock Sangria 

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    For morning juice, a tall ice-cold glass of Sangria would be perfect on Christmas morning. Don't worry, this one's non-alcoholic and very easy to make. All you need are sliced oranges, finely chopped apples, grape juice and sparkling grape juice. The kids are going to love it! Watch the video to see how to it's done.  

    7.  Cinnamon Hot Chocolate with Dulce de Leche Whipped Cream

    Christmas is the perfect season for hot chocolate. This one's even made more special with cinammon and dulce de leche whipped cream. Perfect as a sweet after-breakfast treat over light-hearted family dinner table conversation.  

    Serves 3

    For the dulce de leche whipped cream
    1/4 cup condensed milk 
    1 cup whipped cream

    For the hot chocolate
    2 cups milk
    1 cup vanilla ice cream
    1/2 cup water
    1/8 cup sugar
    2 cinnamon sticks
    1 cup grated good quality dark chocolate

    Recipe instructions are at Yummy.ph.  

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