Quick and Easy Holiday Breads
Sweet Potato-Hazelnut Scones with Nutella Glaze
Just sweet enough, these tender, nutty scones are an ideal (not to mention, deceptively simple-to-make) addition to any fall brunch or coffee hour. In addition to contributing to these scones’ delightfully tender, fluffy texture, the sweet potato delivers delicate flavor that perfectly compliments the toastiness provided by the hazelnut meal and the rich chocolate-hazelnut drizzle. For the mashed sweet potato, you can roast 1 large, skin-on sweet potato wrapped in foil at 425° for about 1 hour (or until tender), and chill in the fridge until cool. Alternatively, for an easy shortcut, simply grab a package of prepared mashed sweet potatoes, such as Simply Potatoes brand, from the grocery store; these will typically be found in the lunchmeat section. While we opted for a light drizzle of the Nutella mixture, you could easily double this mixture and completely glaze the top of each scone for a more decadent treat.
Easy Bread Recipes
Holiday meals can get a bit hectic, so make your baking a little easier with our bread recipes. For breakast or brunch, take a shortcut and use refrigerated French bread dough for these Easy Orange Rolls.
Pink Lemonade Rolls
This playful take on the classic orange roll makes for a perfect treat for Mother’s Day, a bridal brunch, baby showers, or the next time you wanna bring a little extra cheer to you weekend breakfast spread.
Spiced Pumpkin Biscuits
Transform plain biscuits into special holiday biscuits with the addition of pumpkin. These tender biscuits are wonderful topped with butter and honey for breakfast, or filled with a slice of ham for a cocktail buffet dinner.
Fresh Cranberry Muffins
Make the most of seasonal cranberries by stirring them into a muffin batter. These festive muffins will be a welcome addition to your holiday table.
Sticky Cinnamon Roll Babka Buns
If you're looking for decadence, you're in the right place. Though the dough requires multiple steps, the result is a bun that is sweeter, stickier, and more gooey than any bun you've had before. Our chefs joke about wanting to take a nap after experiencing the richness of this dessert. Saigon cinnamon is recommended for a stronger spicy-sweet flavor, but regular cinnamon can be easily substituted. Serve with coffee at brunch or as an afternoon treat.
This recipe uses a package of hot roll mix and is a great recipe for a beginning baker.
Easy Cinnamon Bread
Make a sweet breakfast bread starting with 2 (1-pouncd) packages of refrigerated pizza dough and adding cinnamon, sugar and butter.
Sticky Bun Pumpkin Muffins
The mixture of butter, brown sugar and corn syrup spooned into the bottom of the muffin pans makes these spiced pumpkin muffins extra rich and gooey.
Blue Cheese Biscuits
Pair these easy 4-ingredient biscuits with slices of beef tenderloin for a flavorful appetizer to serve at a cocktail buffet.
Pumpkin Cornmeal Muffins
The combination of whole wheat flour and cornmeal makes these sweet pumpkin muffins hearty, satisfying, and ideal for serving with a holiday brunch or dinner.
Sweet Potato Biscuits
Add flavor to basic buttermilk biscuits with mashed pumpkin. It adds a rich, hearty flavor and golden color to the biscuits and makes them ideal for serving with ham at your holiday meal.
Holiday Saffron Cake
This cake is a cross between a bread and a cake, and is a much easier version of traditional Swedish saffron buns. It's not overly sweet, but it is topped with pearl sugar, which you can sometimes find among the icing and cake decorating items in the grocery store.
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. Try this chocolate version or Citrus-Cranberry.
Bananas Foster Coffee Cake with Vanilla-Rum Sauce
Substitute extra cream for rum in the sauce, if you prefer.
Sour Cream Muffins with Poppy Seed Streusel
Keep these orange-scented muffins around during the holidays for a quick breakfast or sweet snack.
Spicy Pumpkin Bread
Let the holiday aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves fill your kitchen while you bake loaves of this spiced pumpkin bread.
Tiny Cinnamon Rolls
If you need a holiday breakfast in a hurry, these 6-ingredient mini cinnamon rolls are the perfect choice. The secret shortcut is using refrigerated crescent rolls.
Sweetened dried cranberries, grated orange rind and orange marmalade add festive flavor to this hearty quick bread. And if you prefer muffins, you can spoon this same batter into muffin pans instead of a loaf pan.
Sprinkle the tops of the glazed muffins with coarse sugar to add texture and a little sparkle.
Raspberry-Cream Cheese Coffee Cake
This is the perfect coffee cake. The lightly tangy raspberry gives a pop of flavor and the decadent cream cheese filling provides texture for a rich, moist cake. Be sure to use raspberry preserves; jam or jelly will sink to the bottom of the pan during cooking. A springform pan allows this cake to rise for a beautiful presentation. Enjoy with family and friends in the morning with coffee or as a snack in the afternoon.
Whole-Grain Spelt and Cornmeal Biscuits
Gently pat the dough flat instead of rolling with a rolling pin. Patting preserves all the pockets of fat needed for flaky biscuits, whereas rolling pancakes them into small, dense pucks. Cut the biscuits into squares to avoid any leftover scraps. Spelt flour adds a deep nutty flavor, but you can use white whole-wheat flour if you can't find spelt.