Thanksgiving morning will be here before you know it. Yes, the holiday is coming. You want it to be special, but hey, there's a lot of cooking to be done. No one wants to start with a complicated breakfast! Here are three suggestions for some special breakfast items that you can make ahead. That way you can relax a little and have a special Thanksgiving breakfast without throwing off your dinner schedule.
Fall Breakfast-Cranberry Bread, Cran-apple Muffins, Pumpkin Scones
#1 Cranberry BreadServes 12
|Cranberry Bread Ingredients|
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup shortening
- 1 cup fresh cranberries, chopped
- 3/4 cup fresh orange juice
- Zest of one orange
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 1/2 cup chopped nuts
- Raw sugar, for topping, optional
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a standard loaf pan. In a medium bowl mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir with a whisk to combine well. Cut in the shortening until the mixture resembles cornmeal.
|Here We Go...Ready for the Oven|
Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely before serving.
|Sweet and Tart Cranberry Bread|
Get the printable Cranberry Bread recipe.
#2 Cran-Apple MuffinsMakes 10
|Cran-apple Muffin Ingredients|
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup light sour cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 medium unpeeled apple, diced
- 3/4 cup fresh cranberries
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease your muffin pan. Whisk the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt together in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl mix together the eggs, brown sugar, oil, sour cream, and vanilla until combined.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until just combined. Fold in the apples, cranberries, and walnuts all at once. Don't over mix.
|Cran-Apple Muffins Ready for the Oven|
Bake for 20 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes in the pan and then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
Get the printer-friendly Cran-Apple Muffin recipe.
#3 Pumpkin SconesMakes 12 scones
304 calories per scone, with chocolate chips
|The Pumpkin Scone Ingredients|
- 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 Tablespoon baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/2 cup cold butter
- 2/3 cups canned pumpkin
- 2 large eggs
- Turbinado sugar, for topping
- Milk or cream for brushing the tops of the scones
- 1 cup chocolate chips, optional
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and spices. I use my electric stand mixer to mix these scones. Cut the butter into small chunks and add to the flour mixture. Mix with the paddle attachment to incorporate the butter into the flour mixture. Don't worry about getting all the chunks the same size.
|Use Your Mixer|
In a separate bowl, whisk together the pumpkin and eggs until smooth. Add this mixture to the dry mixture. Stir until the batter holds together.
Divide the dough in half. On a lightly floured surface, roll into two 6 inch rounds. (5-inch rounds without the add-ins.) Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut each round into six wedges. Place on the baking sheet. Brush the tops with milk or cream and sprinkle with sugar.
|The Scones Topped with Cream and Turbinado Sugar|
Bake the scones for 22 to 25 minutes, until they are golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Serve warm.
|Fresh from the Oven Scones|