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Breakfast Pastries That Make Getting Out of Bed Easier

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With breakfasts like these to look forward to, who wouldn’t want to leap out of bed? On the other hand, these mufffins, scones, and danishes are perfect for treating a special someone to breakfast in bed.

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    Honey-Strawberry Muffins Stuffed with Cream Cheese

    Spelt flour contributes to the irresistibly delicate and tender crumb of these muffins while also offering slightly sweet and nutty flavor. A surprise pocket of cream cheese tucked inside balances the honey in the batter and the sweet, juicy strawberry slices.

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    Apricot Cardamom Danish

    This recipe takes influence from Swedish kardemummabullar, or cardamom buns, a pastry featuring a cardamom-enhanced dough. The technique of incorporating cardamom into the flour gives the final product a spicy warmth—ideal for breakfast on a cold morning. This version includes apricot preserves in the filling, which balances the danish’s depth with a bit of fruity tang.

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    Lemon Raspberry Pistachio Sweet Rolls

    Sweet raspberry jam, fragrant lemon zest, and toasty pistachios make these rolls just different enough to wake up your tastebuds on a cold winter's morning.

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    Classic Croissants

    Making your own croissants is not difficult; there's no special equipment or hard-to-find ingredients required. What is necessary is good technique. Once you understand the basics of creating multilayered dough like this, you're well on your way to wowing your friends with delicious croissants.  Recipe Slideshow: Get inspired to make more homemade breads, including Authentic Brioche and Buttery, Knotted Dinner Rolls. Subscribe to Fine Cooking magazine for more recipes for bakers of every skill level.

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    Cinnamon-Raisin-Walnut Pinwheels

    These buttery, not-too-sweet pinwheels are perfect for a weekend breakfast because they come together easily and there’s no need to wait for the dough to rise, as with traditional yeasted cinnamon rolls.

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    Cream Scones

    While most scones are made with cream, the secret to this version is whipping the cream to soft peaks before folding it with the dry ingredients. The air trapped in the cream helps the scones rise, making them extra soft and light. Brushing the scones with a little extra cream and sprinkling them with sugar adds crunch and makes the tops sparkle a bit. If you prefer to skip that step, you’ll get more rustic-looking but equally tasty scones.

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    Caramel Monkey Bread

    Gooey caramel poured into the bottom of the pan creates just enough stickiness to hold together the nut-and-sugar-coated balls of sweet dough. The result is a pull-apart treat that is fun and festive to eat. It is hard to resist getting your fingers seriously sticky as soon as you see it in its glossy, bumpy glory. You’ll wind up with more caramel than you’ll need. Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, and gently reheat it in a small saucepan when you want to dress up some ice cream.

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    Butternut-Oat Morning Glory Muffins

    This is the kind of muffin you can feel good about eating first thing in the morning. Packed with shredded apple and butternut squash and studded with pepitas and dried cranberries, it’s both healthful and a treat.

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    Homemade Pop-Tarts

    Making these treats is similar to making ravioli: First, you roll out flaky, buttery dough into a big sheet and score it into rectangles. Then, you spoon jam into the rectangles, lay another sheet of pastry dough on top, and press down to make little jam pockets. Finally, you cut the pockets apart and bake them to golden brown yumminess.

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    Lemon-Glazed Banana Scones with Crystallized Ginger

    Crystallized ginger and lemon zest complement the assertive banana flavor in these scones. While scones are usually best the day they’re made, added moisture from the banana will keep these delicious for an extra day.

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    Brioche

    True brioche—the classic French yeast bread that’s rich and golden with butter and eggs, boasting a paper-thin crust and a silky, tender crumb—is a rare and wonderful thing. But as special as it is, brioche isn’t difficult to make.Extras: Watch and listen to a slideshow featuring step-by-step instructions on how to make mini brioches à tête and view a slideshow of more homemade bread recipes any baker can make.

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