Very Merry Breakfast Muffins & Breads
Round out a complete holiday breakfast spread with these quick bites.
Substitute extra cream for rum in the sauce, if you prefer.
Be sure to soften butter until it's spreadable. The silky dough is a dream to work with, so even beginning bakers can make this beautiful wreath.
Recipe: Chocolate Breakfast Wreath
This deliciously dense cake uses ground heart-healthy nuts and cornmeal for structure. It actually tastes better as it sits and can be made up to 4 days ahead. Just whip the cream and serve.
Recipe: Gluten-Free Buttermilk-Pecan-Walnut Cake
Sprinkle the tops of the glazed muffins with coarse sugar to add texture and a little sparkle.
Recipe: Cranberry-Orange Muffins
These aren't ordinary blueberry muffins! The tart-and-sugary glaze turns plain blueberry muffins extraordinary blueberry muffins.
These rolls feature a buttery, brown sugar-pecan filling as well as a rich and creamy vanilla glaze. Better yet, the easy yeast-roll dough rises in just 30 minutes.
- Recipe: Cinnamon-Pecan Rolls
Your family will definitely want to rise, shine, and dine when they smell these rolls baking in the oven.
- Recipe: Easy Orange Rolls
Sweetened dried cranberries, grated orange rind and orange marmalade add festive flavor to this hearty quick bread.
- Recipe: Cranberry-Orange Bread
This miniature twist on sticky buns delivers big homemade flavor in little time. The refrigerated cresent-roll dough, combined with a decadent caramel-pecan topping is ready to bake in 15 minutes.
- Recipe: Bite-Size Cinnamon-Pecan Twirls
This indulgent bread tastes as good as it looks. Don't skip the quick step of whipping the cream before stirring in the brown sugar—that's the secret to the smooth texture of the caramel-flavored sauce.
- Recipe: Praline Pull-Apart Bread
This bread has the hearty taste and texture of a fancy artisan bread yet stirs together in a matter of minutes. Baking soda, rather than yeast, gives rise to terrific flavor.
- Recipe: Whole Wheat Date-Nut Bread
Sour cream is the secret to the rich, moist texture of this praline-apple quick bread recipe. There's no butter or oil in the batter—only in the glaze.
- Recipe: Praline-Apple Bread
These muffins, topped with pecan streusel, will surely be a crowd pleaser.
- Recipe: Peach-Pecan Muffins
This wintery roll is perfect for sharing. And you can easily change up the recipe to include your favorite flavors.
- Recipe: Dried Cherry-Walnut Sweet Rolls
Enjoy banana bread without all the guilt with this healthy banana bread recipe.
- Recipe: Cream Cheese-Banana-Nut Bread
Mix up the dry ingredients and the streusel topping for these up to two days before you bake them, and store in zip-top plastic bags.
- Recipe: Lemon-Raspberry Muffins
Cranberries and a citrus glaze add a sweet-and-tart note to this delicious bread. The recipe makes five mini loaves—great for hostess gifts!
These brown sugar-banana muffins are so yummy, it'll be hard to eat just one!
- Recipe: Brown Sugar-Banana Muffins
This aromatic recipe adds a twist to classic carrot cake with pecans and peaches.
- Recipe: Spiced Peach-Carrot Bread
Reader Martha Foose uses a locally produced honey-infused pepper jelly; we added honey to regular pepper jelly for a similar taste.
- Photo: Pepper Jelly Danish
If you like coffee cake you'll love these muffins. They are delicious and great for brunch or as a gift.
- Recipe: Sour Cream Coffee Cake Muffins
No Southern breakfast is complete without flaky, buttery biscuits.
- Recipe: Buttermilk Biscuits
These muffins will become your most requested breakfast recipe. To make them even more delicious, just add this sweet drizzle over them when they are warm: Stir together 1 cup powdered sugar and 1 1/2 Tbsp. lemon juice.
- Recipe: Lemon Muffins
Make these muffins into loaves! Spoon batter into 2 greased 8- x 4-inch loaf pans, and bake 55 minutes.
- Recipe: Pumpkin Streusel Muffins
The Calas Women, as they were called, peddled these hot breakfast fritters—whose name comes from the African word "kárá"—each morning in the French Quarter. The street vendors have vanished, so we honor them here with a classic rice-dough recipe too delicious to ever disappear.
- Recipe: New Orleans Calas
Customize your coffee cake topping with any fruit-nut combo. We like plum preserves, sliced plums, and almonds, or strawberry jam, sliced strawberries, and pecans.
Stuff the dough deep into the muffin cups so that the tops rise into a cheesy dome while baking.
- Recipe: Ham-and-Swiss Sticky Buns