Maurice Vermesch baked these waffles (properly called Brussels waffles and, in Belgium, topped with just confectioners' sugar) at the 1962 Seattle World's Fair, but only after he sold them at the 1964-65 New York fair did they soar in popularity in this country. Vermersch's daughter Mariepaule wouldn't divulge her family's recipe, but we think we've come very close. One tip she did reveal: Aunt Jemima self-rising flour produces a flavor that is the most like that of the original waffle. James Baigrie

If you’re craving the sweet side of breakfast, here’s a collection of delicious recipes to try. Nutella buns, brioche french toast, and buttermilk waffles are sure to satisfy that sweet tooth, or try sweet syrups like vanilla-thyme crème Anglaise or apricot and almond sauce to dress up plain pancakes, toast, and more.


Nutella Buns

Nutella Buns

Whole Grain Chocolate Banana Pancakes

Whole Grain Chocolate Banana Pancakes

Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls

Cream cheese is the secret ingredient that enhances the richness and moistness of these rolls. **See the recipe for Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls »**

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

A quintessential muffin recipe combines the nutty flavor of poppy seeds with a generous hit of fresh lemon zest.

Mom’s Banana Bread

Bananas and pecans come together in an exceptionally moist quick-bread from food editor Ben Mim’s mom—it’s irresistible at any time of day. Get the recipe for Mom’s Banana Bread »

Cornflake-Crusted Brioche French Toast

Brioche slices get dipped in crushed cornflakes before frying in a deliciously crunchy version of french toast. See the recipe for Cornflake-Crusted Brioche French Toast »

Caramel Apple Strata

A rich bread pudding served with vanilla cream sauce makes for an equally indulgent breakfast or dessert. See the recipe for Caramel Apple Strata »

Blueberry Pancakes

The addition of seltzer water and yogurt to the batter lends these pancakes a light texture, a mild tang, and a smooth consistency. See the recipe for Blueberry Pancakes »

Sour Cream Date Coffee Cake

This scrumptious coffee cake is made with medjool dates, which are prized for their rich caramel flavor. See the recipe for Sour Cream Date Coffee Cake »

Belgian Waffles

Classic Belgian waffles are perfect for a simple, crowd-pleasing brunch. See the recipe for Belgian Waffles »

Robie’s Buttermilk Flapjacks

Stack up a pile of these fluffy breakfast treats and top with butter and your favorite syrup or sauce. See the recipe for Robie’s Buttermilk Flapjacks »

Buttermilk Waffles

When it comes to a sumptuous, satisfying breakfast, few things match the perfection of a crisp waffle. See the recipe for Buttermilk Waffles »

Quince Pancakes

The secret to these seasonal pancakes is sweet chunks of stewed quince. See the recipe for Quince Pancakes »

Pecan Sticky Buns

Pecan Sticky Buns

Crepes with Maple Sugar & Syrup

These simple crepes, rolled up with maple sugar and syrup while still warm, make an indulgent breakfast. Get the recipe for Crepes with Maple Sugar & Syrup »

Croatian Walnut Swirl Bread (Povitica)

Croatian Walnut Swirl Bread (Povitica)

Pain au Chocolat

Beautiful homemade croissants, each containing a bar of high-quality dark chocolate, make for an impressive and indulgent addition to a breakfast spread.

Hungarian Sour Cherry Cake

Sweet and tangy, this Hungarian cake pairs perfectly with coffee. Frozen and thawed cherries can be used whenever fresh sour cherries are not in season.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Donuts with Zebra Glaze

With a dense, moist interior and slight crunch of an old-fashioned cake donut on the outside, you won’t miss the flour in these rich chocolate donuts. Get the recipe for Gluten-Free Chocolate Donuts with Zebra Glaze »

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 »

Goat Cheese and Strawberry Breakfast Tarts

A childhood breakfast treat gets an upgrade with strawberry jam and tangy goat cheese. Get the recipe for Goat Cheese and Strawberry Breakfast Tarts »

Almond & Marzipan Roulade

Chef Erez Komarovsky’s buttery almond pastry, swirled through with marzipan and toasted nuts, makes a fine breakfast or afternoon snack. See the recipe for Almond & Marzipan Roulade »

Chocolate Chile Gravy

This thick, spicy chocolate sauce is perfect spread on french toast or sliced, toasted bread. Get the recipe for Chocolate Chile Gravy »

Vanilla-Thyme Crème Anglaise

Classic crème anglaise—a vanilla custard sauce—gets a slight herbal note with the addition of a few sprigs of thyme.

Apple Brandy and Cinnamon Syrup

Reducing this brandy-rich syrup over low heat helps keep it unclouded—drizzle it over pancakes or waffles for an autumnal breakfast treat.

Apricot and Almond Sauce

This fruity purée is great swirled into ice cream or spooned atop pancakes or toast.

Coquito French Toast

Rich with coconut flavor and spiked with rum, this recipe falls somewhere between a decadent French toast and bread pudding.

Pumpkin Spice Cake with Mascarpone

This batter also makes delicious muffins, perfect for a day-after-Thanksgiving brunch.

Rhubarb Muffins with Almond Streusel

These muffins are hearty, nutty, and zesty—the perfect combination. Get the recipe for Rhubarb Muffins with Almond Streusel »

Rhubarb and Berry Compote

The sweetness of berries plays off tart rhubarb in this lightly-spiced compote, which is great over Greek yogurt.

Banana-Oatmeal Muffins

Classic banana-nut muffins get a tangy boost from buttermilk and a hearty dose of oatmeal for a nutritionally-packed lunchbox (or breakfast) treat.

Grilled Peaches with Honey-Almond Streusel

These succulent grilled peaches are topped with almond flour streusel and drizzled with acacia honey, a sweet, unexpected treat for dessert or brunch. Get the recipe for Grilled Peaches with Honey-Almond Streusel »

Gluten-Free Cake Donuts with Chocolate Glaze

Creamy with a yellow hue, millet flour is the basis for this decadent, gluten-free version of a classic chocolate-glazed cake donut. Get the recipe for Gluten-Free Cake Donuts with Chocolate Glaze »

Top Pot Triple Coconut Donuts

Coconut milk gives these donuts from Seattle’s Top Pot donut shop a super-moist interior and a gratifying crust. Get the recipe for Top Pot Triple Coconut Donuts »

Jelly-Filled Donuts (Berliners)

If piping the jelly into these donuts proves challenging, use a paring knife to hollow out the side of the donut, making a cavity for the jelly.

New England Cinnamon Sugar-Cider Donuts

A simple glaze of boiled-down apple cider, butter, and confectioners’ sugar makes for a great donut dip. Get the recipe for New England Cinnamon Sugar-Cider Donuts »