Breakfast

Feb. 9: Raspberry-Swirl Sweet Rolls

The most important meal of the day merits the best recipes. Whether you're more inclined to guzzle an almond butter smoothie rich in antioxidants or prefer savory huevos rancheros, these satisfying meals will kick off your day just right.

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Salami-and-Egg Mishmash

Salami-and-Egg Mishmash

"I do love breakfast for dinner—for the record, I highly recommend it," says Noah Bernamoff. According to him, this dish of scrambled eggs with strips of house-cured fried salami and watercress is best served as a sandwich.

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Pecan-Honey Buns

Pecan-Honey Buns
© Quentin Bacon

The honeyed glaze on these sticky, nutty breakfast rolls is luscious and soft when warm, then turns nicely chewy when cool.

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Glazed Cinnamon Rolls with Pecan Swirls

Glazed Cinnamon Rolls with Pecan Swirls

Megan Garrelts needs at least two days to make the rolls. She heats and serves them in mini cast-iron skillets. Baking these cinnamon rolls in big batches makes the effort worth it—they take time but are so satisfying.

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Breakfast Biscuit Sandwiches

Breakfast Biscuit Sandwiches
© QUENTIN BACON

A giant step up from a fast-food breakfast sandwich, this biscuit is topped with eggs, cheese and country ham, jam optional.

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The Breslin's Ricotta Pancakes with Orange Syrup

The Breslin's Ricotta Pancakes with Orange Syrup
© Lucy Schaeffer

While April Bloomfield's pancakes are delicious on their own, they're exquisite with the soft ricotta topping, crunchy sliced almonds and ingeniously vibrant (and neon-bright) orange syrup.

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Cornmeal-and-Ricotta Waffles

Cornmeal-and-Ricotta Waffles
© Frances Janisch

When Michael Mina was a boy, his parents used to take him to the now-defunct Four Seasons hotel in Seattle for Christmas brunch, where he always ordered waffles. "They were dynamite," he recalls. This recipe is as close to the one of his childhood as he could get it. Cornmeal makes the waffles crispy; ricotta keeps them moist.

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Apple Crumb Coffee Cakes

Apple Crumb Coffee Cakes
© Con Poulos

"I add everything from fresh blueberries to chocolate chips," says Spike Gjerde of his delicious crumb coffee cake. "Of course the cakes are great with just diced apple, too."

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Peanut Butter Crunch French Toast

Peanut Butter Crunch French Toast

This decadent version of French toast, a Jamie West creation, is made with two slices of buttery brioche that are filled with creamy peanut butter, coated in crunchy cornflakes, toasted until crisp and topped with maple syrup and fresh berries. F&W's Grace Parisi adapted the recipe to make it easier and cheaper.

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Breakfast Burrito

Breakfast Burrito

"How many lunchrooms have disgusting Taco Tuesdays?" asks chef Spike Mendelsohn. As an alternative, he stuffs burritos with scrambled eggs (lightened with egg whites), feta, turkey bacon and spinach.

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Strawberry-Almond Scones

Strawberry-Almond Scones

When baking these scones, be sure to use whole wheat pastry flour, which is less dense than whole wheat flour. Mixing in some all-purpose white flour also lightens the texture of the scones, so they're more delicate and tender.

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White Bean Huevos Rancheros

White Bean Huevos Rancheros

This is a lighter take on classic huevos rancheros, which can include plenty of refried black beans. In his version, Neal Fraser uses simmered whole white beans; here, the beans are mashed with ham to form the base of the dish, then piled with corn tortillas, fried eggs and queso fresco before broiling. A warm tomato salsa tops it all off.

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Sweet Potato Doughnuts

Sweet Potato Doughnuts
© Con Poulos

Baking the doughnuts and tossing them with a little butter, cinnamon and sugar makes them healthier than fried doughnuts. The sweet potato in the dough adds a lovely, earthy flavor. Instead of slowly baking the potato in the oven, microwave it for just 10 minutes.

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Spiced Yogurt Muffins

Spiced Yogurt Muffins

The good news? These ingeniously moist muffins from baker Jennifer Musty are rich in calcium and low in fat.

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Three-Grain Cereal with Dates and Cinnamon

Three Grain Cereal with Dates and Cinnamon
© David Malosh

Chef Quinn Hatfield cooks big batches of pearled barley and quinoa to keep in his refrigerator for this hot cereal, which comes together in minutes. He also uses the grains in salads. The mixture of cinnamon and chopped dates makes this breakfast nicely sweet—no extra sugar needed.

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Steel-Cut Oatmeal with Soy Milk

Steel-Cut Oatmeal with Soy Milk
© John Kernick

Art Smith of Washington, DC says that eating breakfast speeds up his metabolism and also fuels his intense workouts. He swears by steel-cut oatmeal, which has an appealing chewy texture.

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Spinach Bread Pudding with Lemon and Feta

Spinach Bread Pudding with Lemon and Feta. Photo © Antonis Achilleos
© Antonis Achilleos

Healthy food blogger Heidi Swanson shares this lightened bread pudding in her cookbook, Super Natural Every Day.

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Strawberry, Banana and Almond Butter Smoothie

Strawberry, Banana and Almond Butter Smoothie

Chef Nate Appleman lost lots of weight by running. After a morning workout, he often makes this smoothie, which gets a dose of protein from almond butter.

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Blueberry-Banana Pancakes

blueberry-banana pancakes
© John Kernick

Tyler Florence made these pancakes at home one weekend morning with his son Hayden. They're a slight variation on a recipe from his book, Tyler Florence Family Meal.

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Ricotta Blintzes with Lingonberry Syrup

Ricotta Blintzes with Lingonberry Syrup

Tory Miller uses a blast freezer to preserve local produce in the summer and fall. The device rapidly freezes foods before large ice crystals form, minimizing damage to fresh vegetables and fruits, including the lingonberries he simmers in maple syrup for these blintzes. Lingonberry jam makes a fine and much easier-to-find substitute.

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Eggs Baked Over Sautéed Mushrooms and Spinach

Eggs Baked Over Sautéed Mushrooms and Spinach

Drinking wine with eggs at lunch always feels so French to Kristin Donnelly, likely thanks to Elizabeth David's famous essay, "An Omelette and a Glass of Wine."

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Kaiserschmarrn with Peaches

Kaiserschmarrn with Peaches
Tina Rupp

Kaiserschmarrn is a popular Austrian dessert that can also be eaten for breakfast. It's a light pancake, cut up while it's frying and topped with fruit and confectioners' sugar.

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Yeasty Waffles

Yeasty Waffles
© Kate Mathis

Jeff Potter offers a waffle recipe made with yeast instead of baking powder in his book, Cooking for Geeks. A yeast enzyme called zymase helps make the waffles rich and sweet.

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Cinnamon-Raisin Bread Custard with Fresh Berries

Cinnamon-Raisin Bread Custard with Fresh Berries

Chef Bradley Ogden's 1987 recipe for ultrarich bread pudding is perfect for dessert or brunch. It can be made with store-bought bread, but it's best made with a fresh bakery loaf, sliced 1/2 inch thick.

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Raspberry-Swirl Sweet Rolls

Feb. 9: Raspberry-Swirl Sweet Rolls

In the winter, Individually Quick Frozen (IQF) fruit, like the kind sold by Cascadian Farm, is often a superior alternative to fresh fruit shipped to the US. IQF raspberries are terrific in these soft, puffy yeast rolls—a fun twist on a cinnamon bun.

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