4 Do-Ahead Breakfasts

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Sometimes, mornings are just too much. They’re too early, they’re too bright, they’re too dark, they’re too hot or cold, they’re too stressful….they’re just too. But breakfast is the most important meal of the day! What’s a body to do? Well, the answer might just be these four breakfast staples, made the night before to minimize your morning pain.

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1) Brioche: Since brioche is essentially a sweet bread, it benefits from being left to rise overnight, particularly in the fridge. The long, slow rising time will make your bread softer and more fluffy in the morning.

2) Complicated muffins: By complicated muffins, we mean muffins with lots of ingredients, such as fruits, nuts, olive oil, lemon, and more. Leaving the batter covered in the fridge overnight gives all the ingredients a chance to soak into one another, so that the flavors become more coherent (and more delicious). Please note, however, that this works better with dried fruit than fresh fruit.

3) French toast: A world-wide favorite! If you bake your french toast instead of frying it, you’ll be able to do all of the prep work the night before. Simply soak your bread in the milk-egg mixture and lay it in a casserole dish, then top it with whatever you’d using (cinnamon, rum, or Nutella are a few options) and leave the dish covered in the fridge overnight. Pop it in the oven at 350F for 30 minutes in the morning, and you’ve got a perfect breakfast.

4) Lemon bread: Lemon bread, particularly the kind with a glaze, benefits enormously from sitting in the fridge for a few hours. Overnight is even better. The glaze gets a chance to seep into every nook and cranny of the bread so that your first bite is moist and soaked with lemony sweetness. This also works well for banana or pumpkin bread – the extra sitting time allows the natural flavor and texture of the banana/pumpkin to permeate all the particles of flour, giving it a richer taste.


So there you have it! Four breakfast options that you can make the night before. Your morning does not have to be a scramble to feed mouths, nor does it have to include resigning yourself to gigantic store-bought cardboard muffins.

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