Homemade Bread Recipes For The Holidays

Homemade Bread Day Is November 17

November 17th is National Homemade Bread Day.  So, I thought I’d share with you some of my very favorite holiday bread recipes.  These are all quick breads – meaning they don’t require yeast or hours of waiting for dough to proof.  In every instance, the batters can be used to make mini-loaves (or even muffins) to give out a gifts.

Every bread here has been tested by me personally.  If you click through to see a recipe, please be sure to read the notes so you know exactly what to expect.  Happy holiday baking!

Homemade Apple Bread

Apple Bread -  This quick bread is exceedingly moist.  I suggest drizzling each loaf with vanilla icing for added beauty and to bring out the sweetness of the apple.

Carrot Cake Breakfast Bread

Carrot Cake Breakfast Bread – If you’ve ever wanted to indulge by eating carrot cake for breakfast, this is the bread for you.  Top with cream cheese icing for the ultimate carrot cake breakfast experience.

Easy Banana Bread

Easy Banana Bread – You won’t believe how easy this bread is to make.  Chopped walnuts are optional but recommended.

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread – If you held a bread knife to my neck and made me choose my favorite bread on this page, it would be this one.  The combination of pumpkin and chocolate is a perfect holiday treat.

Pineapple Bread

Pineapple Bread – Did you ever wish you had a Hawaiian grandma to bake you holiday bread?  Close your eyes and take a bite of this bread. It’s the next best thing.

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Cranberry Sauce For Breakfast

Cranberry Sauce For Breakfast

It’s there for every Thanksgiving dinner and it’s there after every Thanksgiving dinner.  It’s the one holiday staple you can count on being in your refrigerator the next day.  The concept of having cranberry sauce with meat and potatoes is cemented in our holiday traditions.  It’s on the table.  It’s pretty.  But, it’s often unused.  Maybe it’s a matter of tradition not keeping up with tastes.  I’ll have gravy on my turkey and potatoes for Thanksgiving.  If I want a berry compote with my meat, I’ll go to IKEA later.

You know what I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving? Leftover cranberry sauce!  I’ve begun watching it during holiday dinners – eyeing it like the last piece of of chocolate in the box – hoping that nobody takes too much.  Because I know… cranberry sauce is better for breakfast than it is for dinner.  There are few hard truths you can rely on in this life.  That’s one of them.

So whether you’re reading this the day after a holiday or you’re finally ready to use that can that’s been in your cupboard for two years… get ready.  These are the 10 best ways to use cranberry sauce for breakfast.

Cranberry Sauce In Oatmeal

#1. Swirl it into your oatmeal.

Cranberry Sauce On Pancakes

#2. Put it on pancakes. (Recipe: Cranberry Sauce Pancake Topping)

Cranberry Sauce In Pancakes

#3. Put it in pancakes. (Recipe: Cranberry Sauce Pancakes)

Cranberry Sauce On Toast

#4. Mix it with cream cheese to make a tasty topping for toast.

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Candy Corn For Breakfast?

Candy Corn For Breakfast?

In all good conscience, I can’t recommend actual candy corn for breakfast.  Instead, I’ve put together a collection of breakfast dishes that will hopefully bring the classic candy to mind.

The good news is that the “candy corn” you find here is a bit more healthy than actual candy corn which is made of sugar, corn syrup, confectioners wax, food coloring and binding agents.  You’ll find no confectioners wax in these breakfasts.  Sugar and food coloring?  Perhaps.

I’ve tested most of these recipes so I can attest that they also taste better than candy corn.


Candy Corn Waffles

Making Candy Corn Waffles

Candy Corn Waffles are pretty fun to make.  You can use any waffle batter.  You just divide it, color it and pour the batter on your waffle iron.  Get more detailed instructions here.  The whole waffle looks kind of funky, but when you separate it into quarters, you’ll see that each segment resembles candy corn.  Take note that you could use the same basic technique to make Candy Corn Pancakes.

Candy Corn Waffles

If you don’t want to mess with food coloring, an alternative way to make Candy Corn Waffles is to arrange toppings on each waffle piece.  For the waffles below, I dipped the end in whipped cream then spread some Pumpkin Maple Topping over the middle.  The yellow is just the natural waffle color.  For the orange, you could also use orange marmalade.

Candy Corn Waffle Toppings


Candy Corn Fruit Parfaits

Candy Corn Fruit Parfaits

This one isn’t just fun, it’s genuinely healthy.  I used pineapple pieces, mandarin oranges and vanilla yogurt to make my layers.  For other fruit suggestions, check out the recipe for Candy Corn Fruit Parfaits.


Candy Corn Pebbles

Candy Corn Pebbles

If you don’t feel like cooking, Post Cereals has a solution.  This year, they came out with Candy Corn Pebbles.  I’m happy to report that it tastes great.  The colorful pieces have notes of caramel. The flavor might not remind you of candy corn exactly, but that’s probably for the best.   For more about this cereal, check out it’s profile page in the Cereal Project at MrBreakfast.com.

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Monster Cereals Get Comic Book Makeover

2014 Monster Cereal Boxes

I was very excited to open my mail this morning.  General Mills sent me this year’s boxes of Count Chocula, Franken Berry and Boo Berry Cereals.  The cereals themselves haven’t changed since last year, but the packaging is updated in a great way.

The cereals partnered with artists from DC Comics to give each monster a fresh look.

My favorite is Count Chocolate who is more expressive than in the past.  His huge nose and big buck teeth are less goofy and more menacing than past renditions.  The artists for that box were Terry and Rachel Dodson, a husband and wife pencil and ink team known for work on DC’s Wonder Woman and Marvel Comics’ Spider-Man.

2014 Count Chocula Box By Terry and Rachel Dodson

Franken Berry has his familiar look but is a bit rougher around the edges. If you’ve never noticed his fingernails which are polished to look like individual strawberries, they’re emphasized in this illustration.  Strawberry fingernails might feminize other men, but Franken Berry makes it look tough.  The artist for this rendition was Dave Johnson who some may know for Marvel’s Captain America and DC’s Detective Batman series.

2014 Franken Berry Box By Dave Johnson

Probably the most notable artist involved, Jim Lee (X-Men, Superman and many, many more) did the illustration of Boo Berry. While cool, it was my least favorite of the three because it looked so similar to Boo Berry boxes from previous years.

2014 Boo Berry Box by Jim Lee

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A Is For Apple Breakfast Ideas

A Is For Apple Breakfast Ideas

This article presents 34 of my favorite apple breakfast recipes.  Most use fresh apples with a handful that require applesauce.  We’ve got apple waffles, apple pancakes, apple oatmeal, apple cereal, apple crepes, apple muffins… think of a breakfast food and put “apple” in front of it and it’s probably here.

If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, try these recipes and keep that pesky medic off your back for over a month.

34 Apple Breakfast Recipes

Apple Granola

Apple Granola -  This flavorful granola includes apples, walnuts, cinnamon, vanilla and maple.  Substitute chopped pecans in place of the walnuts for a different taste.

Apple Cinnamon Waffles

Apple Cinnamon Waffles – Diced apple in the batter makes every bite special.  For the best experience, top with real maple syrup and some chopped nuts.

Homemade Apple Bars

Homemade Apple Bars -  These bars are perfect for breakfast on the go.  They’re comprised of mostly oats and apple, but still somehow taste like an indulgent cookie.

Applesauce Oatmeal Pancakes

Applesauce Oatmeal Pancakes – The applesauce in the recipe make these pancakes more dense and filling than traditional pancakes.  Whole wheat flour and oats add bonus fiber.

Cinnamon & Honey Apple Breakfast Treat

Cinnamon & Honey Apple Breakfast Treat -  The simplest recipe on this list, it’s just apple, whipped cream, honey and cinnamon.  Serve it as slices or core the apple to make a cute apple bowl.

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Cuckoo For Coffee Cake: 32 Great Recipes

Cuckoo For Coffee Cake: 32 Great Recipes

When you want a baked good for breakfast or brunch, you can’t beat a nice coffee cake.  They’re easy to prepare and ready within an hour. As they bake, your kitchen smells like a bakery.  If you have guests over, someone will always ask, “What smells so good?” If you need a dish to take somewhere, a coffee cake is the perfect, portable, party pastry.

The recipes here are all “quick bread” coffee cakes. That is to say, they don’t use yeast (which takes more time), but are made from scratch using flour as a base and baking powder or baking soda as their leavening agent.  (A couple of the recipes call for a store bought-baking mix like Bisquick which is basically flour plus baking powder.)

In a later post, we’ll address yeast-risen coffee cakes and short-cut coffee cakes (those which use dinner rolls, biscuits in a tube or some other time-saving base).  But for now, grab a coffee, sit back, relax and get ready to be hungry.  I present to you…

32 Favorite Coffee Cake Recipes

Strawberry Jam Coffee Cake

1. Strawberry Jam Coffee Cake – You can use any flavor jam that you like.  I’ve tried this recipe with both strawberry and raspberry jam and loved the results.

Mud Pie Coffee Cake

2. Mud Pie Coffee Cake – A very unique coffee cake with a center that’s so soft, moist and tender… it might remind you of bread pudding.

Overnight Coffee Cake

3. Overnight Coffee Cake -  A good, solid standard coffee cake with a brown sugar and pecan crumb topping.  This one is especially good with… you guessed it… coffee.

Blueberry Coffee Cake

4. Blueberry Coffee Cake – The inside is fluffy and loaded to the max with blueberries.  The top is surprisingly crisp.  This is my personal favorite of the many kinds of blueberry coffee cakes I’ve tried.

Apple Coffee Cake

5. Apple Coffee Cake – By volume, this coffee cake has more apples than flour which makes it extremely flavorful and moist.

Pineapple Coffee Cake

6. Pineapple Coffee Cake – A very easy recipe.  Each bite has just the right amount of pineapple.  A simple sugar and walnut topping adds flare but keeps the focus on the tropical flavor inside.

Starbucks-Style Cinnamon Coffeecake

7. Starbucks-Style Cinnamon Coffeecake – I experimented with cakes, crumbles and fillings until I came up with a recipe that’s just as good, if not better, than the notable coffee cake from the famous chain.

Blueberry Oatmeal Breakfast Cake

8. Blueberry Oatmeal Breakfast Cake – An egg-free coffee cake that includes whole wheat flour, oats, applesauce and lots of delicious blueberries.

Cinnamon Flop (Coffee Cake)

9. Cinnamon Flop (Coffee Cake) – This easy-to-make coffee cake features soft fissures and cracks loaded with buttery brown sugar and cinnamon.

Butterscotch Coffee Cake

10. Butterscotch Coffee Cake – This coffee cake uses butterscotch chips and more butter than I’d like to admit to give it a sweet, indulgent flavor.  This one got 20 thumbs-ups from the 10 people I had try it.

Blitzkuchen (German Coffee Cake)

11. Blitzkuchen (German Coffee Cake) – A basic coffee cake with a delightful walnut crumble topping.  FYI… Kuchen is the German word for “cake” and Blitz is German for “lightning.”  Who’s in the mood for Lightning Cake?

Crunchy Kuchen (German Coffee Cake)

12. Crunchy Kuchen (German Coffee Cake) – Like a blitzkuchen (above), but with a crunchy topping thanks to crushed corn flakes.

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Fast Food Cronut? No Thanks!

Croissant Donuts from Jack In the Box - In Promos

Just as the Cronut fad seems to be fading, Jack In the Box has jumped on the bandwagon to offer their version of the pastry.

The Cronut was originally created by pastry chef Dominique Ansel in 2013 for the Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York City.  The name Cronut is trademarked, thus Jack In The Box’s decision to use the innocuous, descriptive name Croissant Donuts.

The Jack In The Box website describes their Croissant Donuts as, “The perfect hybrid of two delicious sweet treats – croissants and donuts; this pastry is a donut made with buttery croissant dough rolled in cinnamon sugar to create a decadent pastry treat.”

Perfect? They are most definitely not.

Croissant Donuts from Jack In the Box - In Reality

The outside of the pastry is chewy and tough.  The inside has a nice, soft texture but the overriding flavor is that of artificial butter.  If you’ve ever had real butter before, you’ll notice something fishy.  Also note that these Croissant Donuts are much smaller than you’d probably assume from ads.  They’re just a little bigger than a golf ball.

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Vive la French Toast: 15 Favorite Recipes

Vive la French Toast: 15 Favorite Recipes

There’s nothing quite like a perfectly prepared piece of French toast.  The outside is ever so crisp and the inside is moist and tender.   Ordinary bread suddenly becomes a playground for maple syrup and other toppings. Use extraordinary bread and you’re in for a guaranteed breakfast bonanza.

Here’s 15 of the best French toast recipes on MrBreakfast.com:

Basic French Toast

#1.  Basic French Toast

Everybody needs a good go-to French toast recipe.  This is mine.  The custard that you dip the bread into is a simple combination of milk, beaten eggs, sugar and a hint of salt.  If you’re craving no-frills, classic diner-style French toast, this is a recipe you should try.  Get the recipe here.

Crunchy French Toast

#2. Crunchy French Toast

I can still remember the first time I tried Crunchy French Toast.  It was several years ago at a restaurant in Los Angeles called Fred 62.  I took a bite and was an immediate fan.  A crisp French toast exterior is great.  A crunchy exterior is even greater.  The trick is dragging your bread through crushed corn flakes after you dip it in an egg and milk mixture. Get the recipe here.

Cinnamon Crunch French Toast

#3. Cinnamon Crunch French Toast

Once you try Crunchy French Toast (#2), you might want to explore other ways to achieve a crunchy French Toast exterior.  In this recipe, the crushed corn flakes from the previous recipe are replaced with crushed Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal.  Get the recipe here.

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