How about a nice warm muffin for breakfast? You’ll find more than 600 recipes in “The Ultimate Muffin Book” by Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough. Ginger, tea, coffeecake, fig, pear, Parmesan, macaroon, and Pina colada barely touch the surface of the varieties in this book.
“Bread for Breakfast” by Beth Hensperger contains recipes for many different kinds of morning delights. Sweet rolls, holiday breads, scones, muffins, coffee cakes, even pancakes and waffles. Also included are recipes for butters, jams, fruit and cheese spreads. Some of those are so tasty, you may not limit yourself to having them just for breakfast.
“The Ultimate Peanut Butter Book” by Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough uses the ingredient in recipes for every meal of the day and more. For breakfast try peanut butter granola, coffee cake ring, peanut butter johnny cakes, waffles or pancakes, scones, french toast, breads, and more. And if you really like peanut butter, don’t miss some of the other goodies such as peanut butter potstickers, peanut butter malt and more.
Calorie conscious? “Good Housekeeping Light & Healthy Cooking” has all kinds of recipes in a chapter for breakfasts and brunches. Low-fat granola, apple-fig compote, frittatas that use egg whites to replace many full eggs, pancakes and muffins that have been calorie reduced, and a french toast that has been reworked to make it healthy are just a few for you to sample. These and others will help get your day off to a good start without busting the calorie counter.
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Marie Bruni is director of Huntington Memorial Library in Oneonta. Her column appears in the community section of The Daily Star every Thursday. Her columns can be found online at www.thedailystar.com/librarycorner.