Cool autumn days signal a change in setting for getting together, whether you're settling indoors for coffee and tea with friends or circling around the fire pit for a backyard brunch with the family. The drop in temperature calls for warm spices captured in creative baked goods that have no greater purpose than providing sweet satisfaction. Running out to your neighborhood bakery can cost you more than you're ready to spend in time and money, just to have treats similar to what you could make in your own kitchen. Wouldn't it be nice to have a virtual cookbook filled with simple baked dishes you can throw together quickly and inexpensively to take advantage of the sweet morning moments?
We've gathered a list of our favorite recipes for the best café-quality breakfast bakes to bring the taste of fall to your table. In addition to the usual bakery suspects like muffins and scones, there's also an array of smart savory dishes that help add range to your breakfast table, no matter the occasion. With so many great options to add to your menu, you might find yourself wishing the quick autumn days would last just a little longer.
Crustless Ham And Cheese Quiche Muffins
For a bite that's a bit more substantial, these muffins do double-duty by merging ham and cheese in a quiche-like bake. A dash of Dijon mustard ramps up the umami notes, while diced ham and melted cheddar bring a fun blend of tastes and textures. A dozen of these silver dollar-size muffins come together in less than 30 minutes, providing a quick and easy weekend breakfast treat.
Balance out the richness of your cute quiches by serving them with a fresh fruit salad or sliced garden veggies.
Breakfast in Paris may sound like a delicious adventure, but with homemade chocolate croissants on your home menu, you can leave your passport in the drawer! All it takes to create your own curls of crisp, flaky dough filled with melted chocolate is a box of pre-made puff pastry, chocolate chips, and an egg. You'll spend 10 minutes rolling your pastries and 30 minutes more waiting for them to bake, but these tender treats are worth the wait.
Brew a pot of cinnamon coffee to enjoy them with for a flavor pairing that can't miss.
Recipe: Chocolate Croissant
Chocolate Chip Mini Muffin
Who says muffins have to be cupcake-sized to be enjoyed? These chocolate chip mini muffins are the ideal size for a snack on your way out the door or for a fun weekend treat to surprise your littlest breakfast fans. Sour cream is the secret ingredient that lends a rich layer to the batter. Mini morsels ensure a fun surprise in every nibble, even if you happen to snap them up in a single bite.
Surprise your little diners with spiced hot chocolate to go with their mini muffin morning feast.
Recipe: Chocolate Chip Mini Muffin
Quick Baked Eggs In A Basket
What breakfast fan could resist toast nests cradling baked eggs and melted mozzarella? If you have white bread, eggs, and a bag of shredded cheese in the fridge, you have everything needed to assemble this quick and convenient bake. With 5 minutes of prep time and 15 minutes in the oven, there's no reason not to try thinking about serving up breakfast in this café-style creation.
Take a little extra time while your baskets are baking and make fresh hash browns as a tasty traditional side dish.
Recipe: Quick Baked Eggs In A Basket
Coffee Cake Muffin
Coffee cake captures the cinnamon-buttery beauty that all fall treats aspire to. Instead of creating a single cake that requires slicing, craft a muffin that transforms coffee cake into portable portions. The cake is a tender crumb indeed, but the magic is in the buttery brown sugar streusel topping. Add a generous sprinkle on top of each muffin to bring the bakery-level goodness to a sweet pinnacle.
There's no rule that says you have to serve coffee cake with actual coffee, so try a little spicy chai for a warm and tasty twist.
Recipe: Coffee Cake Muffin
The bright flavor of blueberries brings a burst of sunshine to your fall breakfast table in these magnificent muffins. This recipe calls for fresh berries to maximize the taste factor, so be prepared to hit the produce aisle or farmers market to find some. Rolling your blueberries in a bit of flour before adding them to the mix will keep them from dropping to the bottom of the baking pan.
With delicate streusel crowning these tempting noshes, you have an elegant and familiar tea cake to make turn fall morning into a festival of flavor.
Recipe: Blueberry Muffin
5-Ingredient Mini Quiches
Who could pass up a mini quiche that includes a simple set of five wholesome ingredients? Eggs, cream, grated cheddar, cherry tomatoes, and cubed ham transform into bite-sized soufflés bursting with flavor. They're packed with protein for the kind of clean energy you need to get through your morning to-do list without crashing. Settle into your favorite spot to enjoy a few or grab them on your way out the door for a take-along treat that eats like a meal.
Have a little extra baking time? Pair your pocket-size quiches with roasted red potatoes.
Recipe: 5-Ingredient Mini Quiches
French Ginger And Lemon Scone
A blend of warm ginger — one of fall's quintessential flavors — and zesty lemon create an inspired flavor duet in these sensational scones, the combination creates a soothing essence that brings to mind herbal tea. If your morning menu is more likely to resemble an English breakfast than an American spread, this is your go-to bake.
The trick to achieving a tender scone is avoiding overmixing your dough. Be sure to pre-mix your dry ingredients before adding your wet elements to keep things the dough light and lovely.
Recipe: French Ginger And Lemon Scone
Mini Egg Soufflé
Similar to the egg cream cups in Starbucks' bakery cases, mini egg soufflés are bite-size beauties that capture all the fluffy texture and fresh flavor of your favorite egg dishes. They're loaded with bacon and ham and topped with aromatic green onions. This is a great breakfast bake that fits easily in a lunch bag or bento box for on-the-go enjoyment.
If meal planning is part of your weekly process, bake up a batch of these miniature munchables over the weekend, then freeze and thaw as needed for fast breakfasts or easy snacks.
Recipe: Mini Egg Soufflé
Who would've thought it was so easy to create your own homemade copycat of the beloved PopTart? Skip the boxed version with its strange additives, and make an elevated stand-in you can feel good about. With fresh strawberries inside and sprinkle-studded birthday cake-pink frosting on top, these fresh and flavorful hand pies are a perfect choice for a bright breakfast after a child's slumber party.
This bake uses a handmade dough and takes over an hour between prep and cooking. Shop ahead for ingredients to avoid a last-minute dash to the store once you begin.
Recipe: Copycat PopTart
Your autumn baking won't be complete without a pumpkin treat of some sort in the mix. These pumpkin scones provide a sophisticated sweet that brings just the right amount of pumpkin flavor to the breakfast party. Though the triangular treats look tricky, they're really a quick 30-minute project that will get you into the fall spirit before your family makes their way downstairs.
Self-rising flour in the recipe means there's no need for baking soda or powder — one less ingredient to have on hand when you're struck by an appetite for something from the home cafe!
Recipe: Pumpkin Scones
3-Ingredient Apple Cinnamon Pastries
Think of these homestyle treats as an apple pie baked in individual slices! Each pastry comes with its own buttery crust, tender slices of fresh apple, and a swirl of decadent glaze. Three ingredients are the perfect count for a handcrafted bakery creation that rivals the finest patisseries in town. You'll be out of the kitchen and at the breakfast table savoring your treats in 30 minutes flat.
Bring in additional flavor notes by trying them with a ginger root tea that balances out the sweetness with its enticing, woodsy spice.
3-Ingredient Savory Breakfast Puffs
Become a master of the hearty breakfast bake by bringing these quick and tasty rectangles to the table. By using refrigerated puff pastry dough instead of a frozen option, you'll have a ready base to hold a jammy soft-cooked egg sprinkled with shredded cheese. A two-step baking process will finish off your clever creations, perfect for fans of personal-sized pastries that tend toward the savory side.
Dress up your Sunday brunch by serving roasted asparagus alongside your puffs. It's a perfect flavor accent and lends a luxe touch to your menu.
Easy Cinnamon Roll
Cinnabon has nothing on this home-baked batch of sweet breakfast enchantment. Rather than cracking open a prepackaged roll purchased from the refrigerator section, you can test your baking magic while whipping up your own dough and dense filling of butter, dark brown sugar, and spicy cinnamon. Cream cheese frosting is the crowning glory for a pan of rolls that will rock your world!
If you're up for a breakfast with the grown-ups, craft some Irish coffees to make the good times even better. Since the rolls are mighty sugary, adjust the sweetness accordingly.
Recipe: Easy Cinnamon Roll
There's no excuse for not making homestyle biscuits when three easy ingredients are all it takes for this brilliant bake. A little self-rising flour, a bit of cold butter, and some buttermilk in the bowl are the makings of a delicious accent for strata or scrambled eggs. They're also a prime canvas for a swirl of butter, a swash of jelly or preserves, or even a splash of chocolate sauce to bring in bursts of colorful flavor.
Want to impress your guests even more? Make your own honey butter and show them who bakes best.
Recipe: 3-Ingredient Biscuit
Homemade Pumpkin PopTart
Early fall mornings were made for harvest-style pastries like these pumpkin PopTarts. There's nothing artificial in the bakery-fresh dough or the rich filling, just wholesome ingredients that prove café-quality goodies are a cut above anything you'll find in the snack aisle. A healthy dose of pumpkin purée and brown sugar will bring to mind the joy of a holiday pumpkin pie.
If you have 40 minutes free during your morning tasks, you can turn out a quartet of freshly-baked pumpkin PopTart copycats tasty enough to convince your family of your bodacious baking abilities.
Recipe: Homemade Pumpkin PopTarts
Easy Caramel Pecan Sticky Buns
Sticky buns topped with gooey caramel and crunchy pecans are essentially your permission slip to eat pecan pie for breakfast. Using pop-and-bake pizza dough as a crust will take you from making to baking in short order. The sugary, nutty glaze at the bottom of the pan turns into a tempting topping when you flip the finished rolls out of the pan.
Rolling your filled dough tightly and using unflavored dental floss to achieve sharp, even cuts for every bun will make your work even easier. Hashtag baking hacks!
Recipe: Easy Caramel Pecan Sticky Buns
With crumbly streusel, drizzly glaze, and a tender crumb to carry it all, this coffee cake is the grand master of the autumn breakfast array. It might look like a complicated affair, but it takes just 15 minutes to assemble and another 30 to bake. The lumpy, bumpy beauty of the topping is made even more special with a trail of simple powdered sugar glaze. A square of this decadent recipe on your breakfast plate is your reward for a café-level job well done.
For crunch, add crumbled candied pecans in place of glaze.
Recipe: Coffee Cake
The simplicity of a buttermilk biscuit invites a variety of toppings to take your breakfast in all sorts of delicious directions. Add eggs and a slice of ham to make your own single-serving sammies or experiment with sausage, potatoes, and roasted red peppers for a spicier option. And of course, adding fresh berries and homemade whipped cream will turn your biscuits into a stack of early-morning shortcakes, no griddle required!
A single recipe of dough will turn out 10 biscuits, leaving plenty for serving with later meals if you're cooking for a small crowd.
Recipe: Buttermilk Biscuit
Chunky Apple Streusel Bread
You'll be hard-pressed to find a more rustic take on breakfast bakes than this winsome classic. This quick loaf has so much happening between the tender apples, bread-like cake, and supreme streusel topping, you'll swear you're serving three café creations in one recipe. Now that's top-notch café quality baking!
How about a breakfast sandwich that tends toward the sweet side? Cut a slice in half, spread peanut butter on one side, mash the two halves together, and toast until crispy. Take a crack at homemade peanut butter for an ultra-fresh spread.
Recipe: Chunky Apple Streusel Bread
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