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Our Best Holiday Brunch Breads

Nothing brings family to the holiday breakfast table quicker than the smell of fresh-baked bread, so we gathered our favorite from-scratch brunch breads. These goodies, like tender cranberry bread and golden-brown challah, put some extra spring in a brunch-eater's step. Read on for loaves, braids, muffins, rolls, pastries, and even biscuits!


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    • Cranberry Twist Bread

      Special occasions call for special bread. And this gorgeous, twisty loaf, with its nutty, spiced cranberry spirals, certainly fits the bill.

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    • Creamy Caramel-Pecan Rolls

      A holiday classic, these decadent pecan rolls can be prepped the night before and baked in the morning. For fluffiest results, let them rise for at least 30 minutes before baking.

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    • Spicy Apricot and Sausage Braid

      Crushed red pepper and andouille sausage adds a touch of heat to this gorgeously browned bread, while apricots and honey lend sweetness. The result? An irresistible addition to your holiday breakfast table.

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    • Cranberry-Nut Bread

      Holidays without cranberry bread would be simply unthinkable! And when every slice of that tender bread is marbled with cinnamon-sugar pecans -- well, then it's doubly true.

    • Make Savory Special-Occasion Muffins!

      Smoked salmon, hardboiled eggs and a crispy potato chip topper combine in these holiday-worthy muffins. Bake them in parchment paper for extra-special presentation!

    • Best Basic Challah

      Be prepared to make this recipe every year, once your family tastes this gorgeously braided and browned bread. You can enjoy this rich, tender bread as is, or try one of our five flavor variations!

    • Overnight Pull-Apart Cinnamon Loaf

      This cinnamony loaf is a bit like monkey bread -- if monkey bread were fluffy as a cloud and drizzled with sweet vanilla glaze. It's also the ultimate brunch bread for all you holiday planners: You can prep it two days ahead of time!

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    • Sweet Dark Cherry and Almond Scones

      Dried cherries, almonds, and a hint of extract give these sweet, tender scones their distinct flavor. And if you're not sure you'll have time to make them Christmas Eve or morning, not to worry -- they freeze beautifully, up to a month ahead of time.

    • Aged-Cheddar Biscuits with Peppered Ham Gravy

      Biscuits and gravy for Christmas brunch? When those biscuits are speckled with aged sharp cheddar cheese and served alongside peppery, herbed gravy: yes. And pass the tea, please.

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      Apple Cider Doughnuts

      Topped with an apple-spice glaze, these doughnuts are better than any you could buy in a bakery. We think your holiday guests will agree.

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      Manchego and Brandied Cherry Scones

      Scones make any occasion special, and that's definitely the case for these cherry-dotted, cheese-enhanced wedges. Serve 'em to guests with jam for slathering!

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      Peach-Prosciutto Cornmeal Muffins

      Use frozen peaches to make these delicious, prosciutto-dotted muffins during the winter holidays. Then save the recipe to try when fresh summer peaches are in season!

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      Gingerbread Pear Muffins

      Need a show-stopper of a brunch bread? You've found it! Soft, spiced, gingerbread muffins cradle a pear slice and a puddle of melted chocolate. Sound good? Oh, it is.

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      Chocolate-Filled Doughnuts

      Bursting with chocolate-hazelnut filling, these Hanukkah sufganiyots are equally as special filled with jam.

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      Spectacular Cinnamon-Almond Ring

      This festive twist on classic cinnamon bread is sure to impress your brunch guests. Save time by making the dough ahead and letting it chill overnight in the refrigerator.

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      French Market Beignets

      Famous in New Orleans coffeehouses, beignets (ben-yayz) are delicate and airy doughnuts sprinkled with powdered sugar. Add a platter to your holiday table, and keep the cafe au lait flowing!

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      Freezer-Friendly Holiday Cookies

      These Christmas cookies don't mind waiting around in the cold one bit. Get a leg up on holiday preparations by taking advantage of Christmas cookies' affinity for freezing. Each Santa-special treat can freeze for up to three months.
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