Your Favorite Easy Breakfasts for Guests

February 28, 2015

There are so many great conversations on the Hotline -- it's hard to choose a favorite. But we'll be doing it, once a week, to spread the wealth of our community's knowledge -- and to keep the conversation going.

Today: Meals for guests shouldn't be stressful. Here are your best suggestions for simplifying breakfast.

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Breakfast: You already know it’s the most important meal of the day. But it becomes even more important when you have guests dropping by at 9:00 AM… and you have to feed themPosie turned to the Hotline for suggestions, noting: “I am leaning towards muffins, but I need a solid, impressive-but-not-fancy, reliable recipe. Help!” 

Luckily, our community knows a thing or two about a good breakfast, and you all were more than happy to chime in with ideas from savory to sweet:

Savory breakfasts

Banana Bread

Quick breads, muffins, and scones 

  • Robin White insists that you can’t go wrong with Banana Bread, while Pegeen recommends her grandmother's soda bread, saying: “[It’s] very easy, not too sweet, a little different than typical fare."
  • Drbabs offers her favorite Buttery Blueberry Bran Muffins, beloved for their versatility: "If you don't have All Bran, they work with rolled oats or a mixed grain cereal. If you don't have blueberries, they work with bananas, applesauce, dried fruit. You can throw in some nuts if you like. I think the secret to these muffins is butter. I make them every week, and they have never come out badly."
  • Chef Lisa loves mrslarkin's Royal Wedding Scones and aargersi swears by the Irish Cream Scones from The Baking Bible, calling them: “Magic. Genius. Easy. Fabulous." 

Apple Turnovers

Other sweet fare

What are your favorite baked goods to whip up when company comes calling? Tell us in the comments below!

First photo by Nicole Franzen, second and final photos by James Ransom, and third photo by Alpha Smoot.

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Let's have dinner sometime. There will be champagne and ice cream for sure; everything else is up in the air.


Fran M. March 4, 2018
I like quick, Delicious and easy.
Rye bread toasted with butter then mayonnaise a slice of tomato and slices of avocado. It is healthy also, starting your day with vegetables and it lasts me until around 1 pm.
Susan H. March 6, 2016
i would have several choices...fresh fruits and egg dish... a meat dish and a sweet offering...i like abundance...
Erin February 28, 2015
Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day! That's why we wrote a breakfast cookbook. Everything is nutritious and delicious and easy. Check out U Rock Girl's "No Excuses! 50 Healthy Ways to ROCK Breakfast!" At Eggs, smoothies, muffins, quick breads, oatmeal, homemade jam. U name it, we made it!