These Christmas morning muffins are made with Greek yogurt, filled with rosemary, dried cranberries, nutmeg and vanilla bean. Topped with a cinnamon crumble and vanilla nutmeg glaze they’re the perfect festive bite for Christmas morning.
Christmas morning has always meant pandoro in my family. If you’re not familiar, it’s basically panettone’s simpler cousin. No dried fruit in it, just sweet buttery (omg, so.much.butter) Italian cake/bread doused in powdered sugar. Every year since we were little, my grandmother would source about 15 of them from some legit Italian deli or Arthur Ave. in the Bronx (they come in a box, imported from Italy) and pass them out to all the family members on Christmas Eve so we’d get to wake up to deliciousness the next morning. Now that grandma is gone, my mom has dutifully taken over this responsibility and my Christmas pandoro is already sitting on the sideboard in my dining room just waiting for Christmas morning.
That said, if you try to eat just pandoro for breakfast, you’ll either a. eat about 2,500 calories worth of butter and sugar in about 5 minutes and/or b. be hungry about 10 seconds later because there’s absolutely no satiety to pandoro. Trust me on this one, after 33 years, I’ve learned.
Christmas morning is no time for eggs and other practical breakfast things though. No, no, no. It’s Christmas, it’s a magical day, it requires magical food (like this apricot brandy pound cake later on for dessert).
So, while I totally encourage you to try pandoro if you’ve never had it, I’m also going to suggest these Greek yogurt Christmas morning muffins.
Also check out this Cranberry Mascarpone English Muffin Casserole – another great option for Christmas morning!
Filled with dried cranberries, rosemary, nutmeg, vanilla bean paste, topped with a cinnamon sugar crumble and then glazed with a nutmeg vanilla bean icing, there’s no questioning their Christmas morning worthiness.
And unlike pandoro, Christmas morning muffins won’t set you back a days worth of calories and fat either.
I’m partnering with the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council (ADADC) who is supporting the Great American Milk Drive which delivers thousands of gallons of milk to families who would otherwise go without with their #GiveAGallon Milk Challenge that launched yesterday.
Milk is the no. 1 nutritious product requested by food bank clients, but it is rarely donated. Nutritionists recommend 3 servings of milk a day, which is about a gallon each week, but 46 million Americans served by Feeding America only get on average 1 gallon of milk ALL year. Of the pounds of food available in food banks, only 5.3 percent is dairy, and 95 percent of food banks say they don’t receive enough milk to meet their clients’ needs.
With the #GiveAGallon Milk Challenge, every time a photo is posted on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook of a person, group or pet wearing a white mustache with “#GiveAGallon and text “MILK” to 80077” from Dec. 14, 2015 to Jan. 15, 2016, ADADC will donate $1 to Feeding America’s Great American Milk Drive, until $25,000 is donated.
If you want to see how many gallons have been donated to food banks in your state, and/or make donations directly, check out www.MilkLife.com/give. Also, join in on the twitter party fun this Thursday, Dec. 17th, $1 for each guest will be donated to the Great American Milk Drive. Details in the graphic below!
Also be sure to check out the other dairy filled recipes from these bloggers supporting the campaign too!
Slow Cooker Snowflake Hot Chocolate | Mini Cheddar Ranch Cheese Ball Bites | White Chocolate Snickerdoodle Milkshake | Savory Coeur la Crème with Cranberry | White Hot Chocolate | Eggnog Muffins | Eggnog Dutch Baby | Blueberry Pomegranate Smoothie
*This post is sponsored by the ADADC. All content and opinions are my own.