Scrumptious Brunch Breads

These make-ahead breads, featuring warm spices, fruit, and hearty nuts, are easy and delicious.


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Cherry and Golden Raisin Bread

    A light lemon glaze tops this moist tea bread, filled with dried cherries (or cranberries) and golden raisins. The recipe doubles easily so you can make one loaf for family and another for friends.

Makes: 16 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Cool   10 mins 
Bake  1 hr  350°F 
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Double Decker Pumpkin Bread

    Spiced with ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and filled with plenty of pumpkin goodness, this beautiful brunch bread also makes a lovely gift.

Makes: 32 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Cool   10 mins 
Bake  1 hr  to 1 hr 10 mins  350°F 
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Two-Tone Banana Bread

    Chocolate-banana bread, served with a creamy chocolate-hazelnut spread, makes an irresistible brunch dessert.

Makes: 16 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Cool   10 mins 
Bake   55 mins  to 1 hr  350°F 
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Apricot, Pecan, and White Chocolate Bread

    Filled with chewy dried apricots, crunchy toasted pecans, and creamy white chocolate pieces, this bread makes a delightful sweet ending to the meal.

Makes: 16 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Cool   10 mins 
Bake  1 hr  350°F 
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Pear and White Cheddar Quick Bread

    This savory brunch side is delicious and simple to make. Prep takes just 30 minutes.

Makes: 16 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Cool   10 mins 
Bake   55 mins  350°F 
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Whole Wheat Apple-Nut Bread

    This nutty whole grain bread is even more delicious a day after baking it.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Cool   10 mins 
Bake  1 hr  to 1 hr 10 mins  350°F 
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Chocolate-Cherry Banana Bread

    Miniature chocolate pieces are scattered throughout this quick bread, making a little chocolate seem like a lot. Add pizzazz by mixing in red and green maraschino cherries.

Makes: 16 servings
Serving size: 1 loaf (16 slices)
Bake   35 mins  to  40 mins  350°F 
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Fruited Pumpkin Loaf

    Dried cranberries and toasted pecans fill this moist brunch bread. Apricot icing and snipped apricots make a delicious topper.

Makes: 16 servings
Serving size: 1 large or 3 small loaves (16 to 18 servings)
Prep   20 mins 
Bake   55 mins  350°F for large loaf or 30 minutes for small loaf
Stand  overnight
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Apple Butter-Banana Bread

    Ripe bananas and apple butter impart a sweet, round flavor and a moistness that can't be beat.

Makes: 16 servings
Serving size: 1 loaf (16 servings)
Prep   25 mins 
Bake   45 mins  350°F 
Cool  1 hr 10 mins 
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Cinnamon-Swirl Bread

    With crunchy goodness from your choice of pecans or walnuts, this cinnamon-spiced bread is best served warm.

Makes: 14 servings
Serving size: 1 loaf (14 servings)
Prep   30 mins 
Bake   45 mins  350°F 
Stand  overnight
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Biscuit Blossoms

    These biscuits bake up rich and fluffy, thanks to a combo of buttermilk, butter, and shortening in the batter. The surprise in the center: a juicy tomato.

Makes: 12 servings
Serving size: 12 biscuits
Prep   20 mins 
Bake   10 mins  450°F 
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Cornmeal-Blueberry Scones

    These hearty scones are chock-full of healthy blueberries and almonds. Drizzled powdered sugar adds sweetness.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Bake   12 mins  450°F 
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Orange-Raisin Brunch Bread

    This brioche has a lightly sweet and rich flavor. Braided and shaped, it encircles fruit or a container of spread for serving.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Rise  1 hr 30 mins 
Bake   25 mins  350°F 
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Lemony Scones with Dried Fruit

    Lemon-sugar glaze makes these fruit-filled scones sweet enough for a brunch dessert.

Makes: 16 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Bake   18 mins  375°F 
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Walnut-Filled Muffins

    A creamy, buttery frosting infused with orange peel tops these moist muffins.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   35 mins 
Cool   5 mins 
Bake   20 mins  350°F 
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Italian Doughnuts

    Ricotta cheese is the secret ingredient in these moist and delicious fried donut holes.

Makes: 36 servings
Serving size: 3 dozen fritters
Cook   2 mins  to  3 mins per batch
Stand   30 mins 
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Crowd-Pleaser Cinnamon Rolls

    They're big, they're gooey, and everybody loves them! Cinnamon rolls don't last long, especially when they're homemade with this delicious recipe from the Crusader Cafe in Butler, Kansas.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Rise   20 mins 
Bake   20 mins  375°F 
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Spiral Apple Dumplings

    These are not your typical dumplings. They look like cinnamon rolls, but they're really pastry wrapped around a shredded apple filling.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Bake   50 mins  350°F 
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Nutmeg Beignets

    Beignets are fritters that are typically sprinkled with powdered sugar. Be sure to use a deep saucepan for deep-fat frying, leaving about 3 inches between the fat and the top of the pan.

Serving size: 30 beignets
Prep   40 mins 
Cook   1 min 
Stand   30 mins 
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Cinnamon Fantans

    Making slits in the dough before baking not only creates a playful fantail shape for the rolls, it also gives the lucky eater a sneak preview of the scrumptious cinnamon filling inside.

Makes: 8 servings
Serving size: 8 rolls
Prep   30 mins 
Rise  2 hrs 
Bake   12 mins  350°F 
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