There's something distinctly comforting about breaking into a warm, freshly baked breakfast treat in the morning. Whether it's a fluffy scone or a delicious muffin, starting your day with a homemade bake can be a joyous experience. In this article, we explore the enticing world of breakfast bakes - from scones to muffins and everything in between. And we'll also share some fantastic recipes for you to try at home.
Scones: A Classic Breakfast Treat
Scones are a traditional British baked goodie that has taken the breakfast world by storm. They're delightful, buttery pastries that are usually served with clotted cream and jam. Whether you prefer your scones plain, filled with currants, or glazed with a sweet topping, there's a scone variety for every palate.
Here is a basic scones recipe you can try at home:
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 5 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup butter, cubed
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Combine all dry ingredients, then cut in butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. In another bowl, whisk milk, egg, and vanilla; add to crumb mixture just until moistened. Turn onto a floured surface; knead gently 10 times. Divide dough in half. Pat each portion into a 6-in. circle. Cut into wedges. Place on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 425° for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
Muffins: A Versatile Morning Favorite
Muffins are another breakfast staple that can be enjoyed in a myriad of ways. From classic blueberry muffins to savory varieties packed with cheese and vegetables, they're incredibly versatile. Plus, they're perfect for on-the-go mornings when you're in a rush.
Here's a classic muffin recipe to get you started:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 cup milk
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
Stir together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar in a large bowl. Make a well in the center. In a small bowl or 2 cup measuring cup, beat egg with a fork. Stir in milk and oil. Pour all at once into the well in the flour mixture. Mix quickly and lightly with a fork until moistened, but do not beat. The batter will be lumpy. Pour the batter into paper lined muffin pan cups. Bake for 25 minutes, or until golden.
Beyond Scones and Muffins
While scones and muffins are absolute breakfast classics, there's a whole universe of other delightful breakfast bakes out there. Think danishes, croissants, cinnamon rolls, and so much more. Exploring these delicious options can make breakfast the most anticipated meal of the day.
Remember, the secret to delicious bakes is high-quality ingredients and a passion for baking.