It's not basic, it's breakfast.

By Sara Tane
September 13, 2017
Photo: Daniel Agee, Food Styling: Julia Levy, Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Because I like to consider myself a strong advocate for any and all underrated food items, it’s time that we had a serious conversation about scones. Why? Because nobody else is! I mean seriously, what gives? This delightfully crispy-around-the-edges yet soft-and-fluffy-on-the-inside breakfast pastry is the baked good that is too easily overlooked. While everyone is quick to jump on board with pancakes, waffles, muffins, and croissants, we so easily forget the simplistic beauty of a good ol’ scone. That all changes now.

As we enter fall and the days start to become shorter and chillier, cravings for a warm, indulgent breakfast goodie only grow stronger and stronger. That said, it’s only fitting that you answer this internal yearning for fall-inspired morning treat with an autumnal scone. Cinnamon, nutmeg, apple, pumpkin, craisin—you name it. There is a fall-inspired flavor out there that is just begging to be worked into a scone, and it’s time you answered the call.

Sweet Potato Hazelnut Scones with Nutella Glaze

Sweet Potato-Hazelnut Scones with Nutella Glaze image

Photo: Daniel Agee, Food Styling: Julia Levy, Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

If you’re on a desperate search to find a breakfast pastry to dunk in your coffee, look no further, because theses nutty, sweet potato scones are just the morning comrade that you need. And of course, a drizzle of nutella can’t hurt because we’re trying to get this morning off to a great start, you feel me?

Cinnamon, Apple and Oat Scones

Photo: Oxmoor House

Alt-flours give these scones a hearty, rustic character, balanced by sweet cinnamon and apples. Pro-move: Dip them in a warm mug of (spiked?) mulled cider for the most fall-forward baked treat you can possibly imagine.

Savory Ham, Cheese, and Chive Scones

Savory Ham, Cheese, and Chive Scones image

Photo: Daniel Agee, Food Styling: Julia Levy, Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Okay, so these might not scream “fall,” but you’re just going to have to take our word that they’re just the savory breakfast treat that you deserve. Don’t believe us? Whip these up for the next tailgate, and watch as your fellow tailgaters light up in awe.

Pumpkin-Parmesan Scones

Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke

For a homemade bread that flirts with the line between sweet and savory, these pumpkin-Parmesan scones are a no brainer. Crunchy pepitas add a nutty flair, making this the perfect accouterment to any hearty soup or stew.

Pumpkin Scones

James Carrier

Simple. Easy. Your new go-to. Once you exhaust your palate with PSLs, look no further than these no-fuss pumpkin scones. Drizzle them with melted chocolate, maple syrup, or nutella for an extra kick of indulgence.

Cranberry-Orange Scones

Photo: J. Savage Gibson; Styling: Mary Lyn Hill

If there ever was a breakfast bread that tasted like Thanksgiving in a bite, it’d surely be these cranberry-orange scones. The orange zest is key, as it brightens up the scone without making it overly sweet. Double the batch and stash some in the freezer for a lazy weekend brunch down the road.

Brown Sugar Pecan Scones

Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Buffy Hargett

If you are not adding toasted pecans to all your fall-inspired baked goods, then I’m here to tell you that you’re doing it seriously wrong. Paired with brown sugar, these scones are the perfect addition to a slow morning in bed. Best consumed with copious amounts of coffee.