8 Essential Breakfast Baked Goods to Make This Weekend

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Unlike those hurried weekday mornings, the weekend is the perfect time to tackle your craving for a sweet, freshly baked breakfast. Whether you’re just getting the hang of baking, you’ve got a few batches of muffins under your belt, or you’re a seasoned pro, there is a recipe that’s just right for you.

From basic muffins to super-flaky croissants, here are eight essential baked goods to make this weekend.

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1. Muffins

If you’re new to baking up breakfast, muffins are the best place to start. A basic batch comes together with a few staple ingredients, is super versatile, and, best of all, is a blank canvas for your favorite mix-ins.

Essential Muffin Recipes

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2. Quick Bread

If you’ve mastered muffins, quick bread will be a cinch. After all, it’s everything you love about muffins, just in a different shape. Quick bread ditches the muffin tin for a standard 9×5-inch loaf pan.

You can even convert your favorite muffin recipe into a quick bread — it’s just a matter of upping bake time and lowering the oven temperature.

Essential Quick Bread Recipes

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3. Biscuits

For a buttery baked good with a tender crumb and flaky layers, turn to a batch of biscuits. These irresistible rounds of baked dough are a quick everyday bread made from a few staple ingredients, and they come together with minimal fuss. Your egg sandwich will thank you.

Essential Biscuit Recipes

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4. Scones

Scones are buttery baked biscuit-like treats, made from a flaky dough that can be left plain or mixed with fresh or dried fruit. If you’ve ever baked biscuits, this process is pretty similar. For the best results start with cold butter and be sure not to overwork the dough. You’ll be rewarded with a melt-in-your-mouth breakfast treat.

Scone Recipes We Love

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5. Coffee Cake

This is the sweet, buttery, streusel-topped breakfast cake that will take you a step beyond the muffins and quick breads you’re already familiar with. It’s baked in a 9×13-inch baking dish to feed a crowd.

Coffee Cake Recipes We Love

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6. English Muffins

English muffins are a breakfast workhorse. Once split in half to reveal their nooks and crannies, they can be buttered, swiped with jam, or used to make a homemade breakfast sandwich. Making them requires a bit more of your time (they make a wonderful weekend project), but rest assured they’re surprisingly easy to make.

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7. Cinnamon Rolls

If you know your way around yeasted bread dough, or are ready to start working with it, sticky-sweet cinnamon rolls are the breakfast baked good for you.

Cinnamon Roll Recipes We Love

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8. Croissants

If you’re a seasoned pro when it comes to baking, croissants are the breakfast baking project for you. Think of this baked good as a cross between puff pastry and yeast bread. It’s a wonderful baking project for the weekend warrior — with a reward you get to enjoy all week long.

Get a recipe: How To Make Croissants

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