Top Ten Pastries for Brunch — because whoever said to save dessert for last

Let’s face it, everyone has a sweet tooth. And even though brunch is known for the delicacy of combining breakfast and lunch (duh!), many people also know that brunch is  an excuse to dive into the ooey-gooey goodness of some delicious pastries. After going to house-hold brunches and venturing to restaurants for brunch, I have came across some of the best pastries to feature on your next menu or try at your next outing. So drum roll please… here are the top ten pastries for brunch.

1) Monkey Bread

monkey bread

Monkey bread is possibly my favorite brunch pastry. Originating from the US, it is a combination of soft pieces of bread, cinnamon, and some even throw in pecans. It is served hot so it can easily be pulled apart by hand, and who doesn’t love licking the gooey, sugary sweetness off their fingers.  Click here for an easy recipe.

2) Beignet

Beignets

Originated in France, the beignet is made from deep-fried ‘choux’ (light, airy French) pastry. The pastry includes variations of fried dough and powdered sugar. To make things interesting, many people stuff the beignet with fruit, like bananas, apples and peaches. They are light, fruitful, and sweet! Click here for bite-size banana beignet recipe…say that three-times fast.

3) Kolach

Kolach

Funny enough, at almost every holiday party my big Italian family serves these. I though it was an Italian cookie, but sure enough this small pastry originates from Czechoslovakia. These pastries are light, puffy pillows of dough, stuffed with smashed fruit (usually jam). And of course to make it look fancy, topped with powdered sugar. Click here for some ‘jammin’ recipes.

4) Bear Claw

Bearclaw

So besides monkeys, we have  bears. Bear claws originated in the US during the mid 1920’s. Bear claws are known for their shape — a bear claw·y look. It is a thicker pastry consisting of an almond paste and baked almonds inside. Some even throw in raisins for additional taste. Click here for a ‘beary’ exciting recipe.

5) Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Roll

I may have an obsession with cinnamon rolls, but they are just that good. Originating from Sweden, the cinnamon roll is more commonly known for being served in Northern Europe and North America for breakfast. Besides the flour, cinnamon, and sugar, the real signature ingredient is the cream cheese icing. It is sticky, sweet, and delicious! Although Pillsbury offers pretty good pre-made cinnamon rolls, click here for a homemade recipe.

6) Nutella Puffs

Nutella Pastry

Nutella is an Italian sweetened hazelnut chocolate spread, and even though the product has been around since 1964, I feel as though the spread reached its peak within the last couple years. People put Nutella on everything! But hey, there’s no shame. So of course, some one already created a Nutella puff pastry. It consists of a light, airy pastry and exploding with delicious Nutella spread. Click here for the recipe.

7) Coffee Cake

Coffee Cake

Coffee cake has a variety of meanings because the name was first coined whenever people offered guests the treat as a gesture of hospitality. Actually, many coffee cakes do not have coffee in them. Today, the US’s coffee cake consists of a yellow cake topped with walnuts, pecans, and cinnamon. It sure goes great with coffee though. Click here for the deluxe coffee cake.

8) Tart

Tart

The tart, originating from France, is a baked dish consisting of a filling over a pastry base.The shortcrust pastry serves as a nice base for the meatier filling on top — usually fruit. The pastry consists of either a jam, jelly, cream cheese, or thicker substance baked inside the pastry’s crust and to hold the fruit. Mom always said to make your plate colorful, so here’s a nice change for a pastry. Click here for a mixed-berry cream tart.

9) Scone

Scone

The scone’s origin is Scotland and consists of either wheat, barley, or oatmeal. It is often lightly sweetened and occasionally glazed. It has a much more grittier texture than other pastries, but still has a sweet taste. Many people throw in fruits for a sweeter taste and consistency. Click here for the cranberry scones.

10) Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry Muffin

Although I don’t really like blueberries, once they are baked inside a muffin, my opinion changes drastically. Muffins originate from Wales, but America has modified the original muffin. Muffins were much more flat-shaped, similar to an English muffin as we know. American muffins are cupcake-shaped and includes a variety of flavors like blueberry, banana, chocolate, butter pecan, and the list goes on and on. For an awesome blueberry muffin recipe, click here.

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