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8 Warm and Comforting Breakfast Breads

On a chilly morning, sometimes cold cereal just won't cut it. Good news: homemade bread doesn't need to be a special occasion breakfast. From tender cream scones to marbled chocolate banana bread, all of these recipes are easy to make and guaranteed to start your day off with a smile.
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On a chilly morning, sometimes cold cereal just won't cut it. Good news: homemade bread doesn't need to be a special occasion breakfast. From tender cream scones to marbled chocolate banana bread, all of these recipes are easy to make and guaranteed to start your day off with a smile.

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You can't beat warm scones fresh out of the oven on a cool December day. These are super light and tender -- and delicious with butter and jam. GET THE RECIPE

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Sweet, orange-scented and chock-full of cranberries and walnuts, this quick bread is perfect for the holidays. It freezes beautifully, so you can bake several loaves now and defrost as needed. GET THE RECIPE

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Rich and buttery in flavor with a fluffy interior and toasty golden crust, these are the best biscuits to ever come out of my oven. The best part: you can throw the dough together in ten minutes and enjoy them with your meal less than fifteen minutes later. GET THE RECIPE

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Chai is the actual word for tea in many countries but when we say chai in the States, we're usually referring to Masala chai, which is a smooth and calming beverage made of black tea, milk and fragrant Indian spices. Its flavor goes beautifully with banana bread, so here I've taken one of my favorite banana bread recipes and subtly infused it with warm spices like cardamom, cinnamon, ginger and allspice. GET THE RECIPE

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Perfect for a cold winter morning with a cup of coffee, these golden-orange scones are packed with pumpkin flavor and heavily spiced with cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg. The spiced pumpkin glaze is the finishing touch: it adds just the right amount of sweetness and enhances the pumpkin flavor. GET THE RECIPE

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Known in Ireland as a Spotted Dog or Railway Cake, traditional Irish Soda bread is a simple table bread leavened with baking soda, generously "spotted" with currants and caraway seeds. This version is a touch sweet -- not quite dessert but definitely somewhere between cake and bread. GET THE RECIPE

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These fluffy sweet potato biscuits are adapted from Paula Deen's Southern Cooking Bible. They're wonderful for breakfast, especially slathered with homemade honey butter.

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This quick bread is tender and sweet with a gorgeous ribbon of melted chocolate running through it. Plus, it's fun to make: you spoon the banana and chocolate batters into a loaf pan alternately, then artistically swirl the two together with a knife. GET THE RECIPE