Very Merry Breakfast Muffins & Breads
A yummy Christmas morning spread in the South wouldn’t be complete without an array of muffins and quick-breads. During this festive time of year, we all like to show off our baking skills a little more, so this is the perfect time to break out all of those Christmas muffin and Christmas bread recipes that just don’t seem appropriate any other time of year. We’ve collected a few of our favorite holiday breads and Christmas muffins, so if you’re looking for something special to serve for Christmas breakfast this year, look no further. From decadent Bananas Foster Coffee Cake with Vanilla-Rum Sauce to blueberry muffins made extra-special with a bright lemon cream cheese glaze, we’ve got your holiday bread and muffin game covered. We’ve even included a decadent butter-pecan walnut cake that not only gets better as it ages (make it up to four days ahead), it’s gluten-free, to boot.
Apple-Pecan Streusel Muffins
Recipe: Apple-Pecan Streusel Muffins
These muffins are simple enough to make with kids. Reheat by wrapping in foil and popping into a 325° oven for 15 minutes.
Cream Cheese Pastries
Recipe: Cream Cheese Pastries
Pam found this recipe in an old issue of Southern Living and was making this family favorite long before joining the staff in 2003.
Bananas Foster Coffee Cake with Vanilla-Rum Sauce
Substitute extra cream for rum in the sauce, if you prefer.
Chocolate Breakfast Wreath
Recipe: Chocolate Breakfast Wreath
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.
Gluten-Free Buttermilk-Pecan-Walnut Cake
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: Cranberry-Orange Muffins
Sprinkle the tops of the glazed muffins with coarse sugar to add texture and a little sparkle.
Blueberry Muffins with Lemon-Cream Cheese Glaze
These aren't ordinary blueberry muffins! The tart-and-sugary glaze turns plain blueberry muffins extraordinary blueberry muffins.
Sticky-Bun Pumpkin Muffins
Recipe: Cranberry-Orange Bread
Sweetened dried cranberries, grated orange rind and orange marmalade add festive flavor to this hearty quick bread.
Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing
Mini Banana-Cranberry-Nut Bread Loaves
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!
Applesauce Muffins with Cinnamon Streusel Topping
Cranberry-Orange Tea Bread Muffins
Spiced Peach-Carrot Bread
Recipe: Spiced Peach-Carrot Bread
This aromatic recipe adds a twist to classic carrot cake with pecans and peaches.
Scrambled Egg Muffin Sliders
Sweet Potato Coffee Cake with Caramel Glaze
Recipe: Lemon Muffins
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.
Cream Cheese-Filled Wreath
Pumpkin Streusel Muffins
Recipe: Pumpkin Streusel Muffins
Make these muffins into loaves! Spoon batter into 2 greased 8- x 4-inch loaf pans, and bake 55 minutes.
Recipe: Cinnamon-Pecan Rolls
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.
New Orleans Calas
Recipe: New Orleans Calas
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.
Any Flavor Buttermilk Coffee Cake
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.
Breakfast Bread Dough
Caramel-Glazed Monkey Bread
Recipe: Buttermilk Biscuits
No Southern breakfast is complete without flaky, buttery biscuits.
Ham-and-Swiss Sticky Buns
Recipe: Ham-and-Swiss Sticky Buns
Stuff the dough deep into the muffin cups so that the tops rise into a cheesy dome while baking.
Gingerbread Muffins with Spiced Streusel and Spiced Hard Sauce
Easy Orange Rolls
Recipe: Easy Orange Rolls
Your family will definitely want to rise, shine, and dine when they smell these rolls baking in the oven.
Recipe: Lemon-Raspberry Muffins
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.
Sour Cream Coffee Cake Muffins
Recipe: Sour Cream Coffee Cake Muffins
If you like coffee cake you'll love these muffins. They are delicious and great for brunch or as a gift.
Pepper Jelly Danish
Photo: Pepper Jelly Danish
Reader Martha Foose uses a locally produced honey-infused pepper jelly; we added honey to regular pepper jelly for a similar taste.
Brown Sugar-Banana Muffins
Recipe: Brown Sugar-Banana Muffins
These brown sugar-banana muffins are so yummy, it'll be hard to eat just one!
Dried Cherry-Walnut Sweet Rolls
Recipe: Dried Cherry-Walnut Sweet Rolls
This wintery roll is perfect for sharing. And you can easily change up the recipe to include your favorite flavors.
Recipe: Praline-Apple 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.
Praline Pull-Apart Bread
Cream Cheese-Banana-Nut Bread
Recipe: Cream Cheese-Banana-Nut Bread
Enjoy banana bread without all the guilt with this healthy banana bread recipe.
Whole Wheat Date-Nut Bread
Recipe: Whole Wheat Date-Nut 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.
Bite-Size Cinnamon-Pecan Twirls
Recipe: Bite-Size Cinnamon-Pecan Twirls
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: Peach-Pecan Muffins
These muffins, topped with pecan streusel, will surely be a crowd pleaser.