Easy Spanish Christmas Breakfast Menu

Churros, Torrijas, Spanish Hot Chocolate and Fruit

Everyone wants a special breakfast menu on Christmas morning, but nobody wants to spend all their time in the kitchen. So, prepare a Spanish breakfast including thick and rich Spanish hot chocolate, churros or torrijas, fresh juice and a tropical fruit salad. Want to include something more? Prepare a Spanish cheesecake ahead of time, or make a quick baked scrambled egg dish.
  • 01 of 08
    Spanish Hot Chocolate - Chocolate Caliente
    Spanish Hot Chocolate - Chocolate Caliente. (c) 2007 L. Sierra Licensed to About.com
    The Spanish have been locos for chocolate, since they “discovered” it in the New World 500 years ago. As in centuries past, today the Spanish drink rich hot chocolate for breakfast, so thick that you can stand a churro in it! Perfect for warming up on a chilly Christmas morning.
  • 02 of 08
    Churros - Spanish Fritters
    Churros - Spanish Fritters. Lisa Sierra (c) 2008 Licensed to About.com
    "Churros" are simple fritters that look something like a big “French fry,” but taste nothing like one. They are the Spanish equivalent of doughnuts. Eaten while warm and sprinkled with sugar or drizzled with honey. They are quick and easy to make.
  • 03 of 08
    Torrijas - Spanish Bread Pudding
    Torrijas - Spanish Bread Pudding. (c) 2008 Lisa Sierra Licensed to About.com
    Torrijas are a popular breakfast food all over Spain. The British call it bread pudding, while Americans would probably call it "French Toast." Although torrijas are popular for breakfast, they may be eaten anytime. There are many variations and we've included some at the end of the recipe.
  • 04 of 08
    Ensalada Tropical - Tropical Salad
    Ensalada Tropical - Tropical Salad. L. Sierra (c) 2007 Licensed to About.com Inc.
    The mixture of light cheese, mango, kiwi and apple, topped with cinnamon and honey is unusual. Drizzle with fruit-avocado dressing to create a fresh taste, that cleanses the palate, too. Make this salad the night before and dress it just before serving. (The original recipe includes a touch of salmon and anchovies – so, just leave those out when serving for breakfast.)
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  • 05 of 08
    Swiss Chard and Egg - Menestra de Acelgas (c)
    Swiss Chard and Egg - Menestra de Acelgas. Lisa Sierra (c) 2009 Licensed to About.com Inc.
    This baked egg "menestra" is moist, but not soupy, making it equally good for breakfast or brunch. Scrambled eggs, Swiss chard, ham and potatoes are mixed and then baked in the oven.
  • 06 of 08

    Asturian Cheese Cake Recipe - Quesada Asturiana

    Quesada Asturiana - Cheese Cake from Asturias
    Quesada Asturiana - Cheese Cake from Asturias. Lisa Sierra (c) 2010 Licensed to About.com Inc.
    This traditional cheesecake recipe is simple. It's made with fresh goat cheese, or substitute ricotta cheese. Quick and easy to prepare in a single bowl, this cheesecake is baked for approximately 30 minutes.
  • 07 of 08
    Espresso Maker
    Espresso Maker. (c) 2007 L. Sierra Licensed to About.com
    Make strong coffee using an electric coffee maker or a stove-top espresso maker. Add hot milk and you have a Spanish favorite, "cafe con leche."
  • 08 of 08
    Blood Oranges - Naranjas Sanguinas (c)
    Blood Oranges - Naranjas Sanguinas. Rodrigo Martinez (c) 2009 Licensed to About.com Inc.
    Fresh-Squeezed Valencian Orange Juice is served all over Spain and is a real treat on a festive morning. Make plenty of juice using a juicer ahead of time and store in an air-tight container until you are ready to serve. Make sure to shake or stir vigorously in case the juice settles. If you can’t make fresh squeezed juice, look for the freshest cartons in your grocery store. For a truly Spanish touch and festive color, try using blood oranges or "naranjas sanguinas."