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We’ve all been there: you miss your alarm, you’re running late to work, and worst of all, you’re hungry. And even when you wake up on time, it can be hard to squeeze in a full breakfast. We’re here to help.
With quick morning-friendly recipes and a few make-ahead dishes, it’s possible to enjoy a feast in the AM and still make it to work on time. The easiest path to a quick breakfast is simply making your meal the night before: many baked goods can be stored several days. Think classic muffins, like our lemon poppyseed or banana oatmeal crowdpleasers. Toast is another popular on-the-go choice. Just spread some of our rhubarb-strawberry—made with rhubarb, strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice. Make a big batch and can it and you’ll have homemade jam anytime you want it.
If you have a few extra minutes, go savory. Fried eggs are quick and filling, and make for excellent breakfast sandwiches. Or use them to top our Philippine garlic fried rice, a hearty, savory breakfast that makes the most of your leftover rice.
Never skip breakfast for a lack of time thanks to these quick and easy breakfast recipes.
This simple yet elegant french toast, which comes from Brennan’s in New Orleans, has a rich crème brûlée base. All it needs is a sprinkling of powdered sugar on top (or, serve it with another New Orleans classic, Bananas Foster, for the ultimate treat). Get the recipe for French Toast »
Arlene’s Coffee Cake
Contributor Jamie Feldmar gave us this recipe for cinnamon and pecan-laced coffee cake; the original came from her grandmother’s neighbor, and has been passed down through the women in her family. With a tender texture thanks to sour cream in the batter, it will stay moist for several days after baking, making it a great make-ahead dessert or breakfast.
A delectable British treat, these springy pancakes are molded in a shallow ring on the griddle and pan-fried until golden. They get their distinctive nooks and crannies—ideal for a slick of jam and butter—from a yeast-based batter boosted with baking soda. Get the recipe for Crumpets »
Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
A quintessential muffin recipe combines the nutty flavor of poppy seeds with a generous hit of fresh lemon zest.
Strawberry Loaf Bread
As a kid, I wasn’t really into cooking or baking, preferring instead to be outside playing soccer. The one thing that I did enjoy helping my mom make, however, was her strawberry bread: packed with fresh strawberries, I loved to eat it hot out of the oven slathered in butter. It’s so fast and easy, I make it all the time now, with whatever fresh or frozen fruits I have lying around. —Farideh Sadeghin, test kitchen director Get the recipe for Strawberry Loaf Bread »
Classic banana-nut muffins get a tangy boost from buttermilk and a hearty dose of oatmeal for a nutritionally-packed lunchbox (or breakfast) treat.
Rhubarb, a reddish pink vegetable that grows in celery-like stalks and is harvested through the late summer, has a pleasing tartness, so it pairs well with sweet strawberries in a jam.
Nutella on Ciabatta
Nutella, the hazelnut-chocolate spread, is perfect on ciabatta toast. It’s a popular breakfast throughout Europe.
Rhubarb and Berry Compote
The sweetness of berries plays off tart rhubarb in this lightly-spiced compote, which is great over Greek yogurt.