raspberry goat cheese strata

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A Treat That'll Make Them Think, "Am I at a B&B?"
A hot, bubbling breakfast strata practically oozes comfort. This one combines tart raspberries and tangy goat cheese with plenty of rich-tasting eggs, milk and heavy cream to offer contrast, plus torn pieces of challah bread to soak everything up. Bonus: You can prepare this casserole the night before and just pop it in the oven in the morning.

Get the recipe: Raspberry and Goat Cheese Breakfast Strata
Hot Pistachio Cereal with Greek Yogurt and Honey

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A Hot Cereal That Will Surprise Them
Your friends may be used to seeing quinoa on lunch and dinner plates, but they may not realize that the versatile (and protein-rich!) food is also fantastic for breakfast. Buttery-tasting pistachios, a tiny dash of vanilla extract, sweet honey and plain Greek yogurt make this bowl taste luxurious (guests can add as much or as little of the toppings as they'd like).

Get the recipe: Hot Pistachio Cereal with Greek Yogurt and Honey
Baked Eggs in Ham Baskets

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A Glorious Way to Make Individual Eggs
This four-ingredient recipe delivers a gorgeous-looking dish with a surprisingly tiny amount of work. Simply line each cup of a muffin pan with a slice of ham, crack an egg into each and drizzle heavy cream on top. Salt, pepper and a sprig of thyme are the only additions, since the ham has so much flavor. After 10 minutes in the oven, each person can enjoy his or her very own edible breakfast basket.

Get the recipe: Baked Eggs in Ham Baskets
Pan Roasted Bananas in Coffee Maple Syrup with Yogurt Cream Cheese

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An A.M. Sundae
This indulgent dish combines some of the tastiest morning foods known to man: maple syrup, coffee, yogurt and fruit. It's surprisingly easy, too, and reminds us of an ice cream sundae with its creamy, crunchy and fruity components. You cook bananas in butter, then simmer brewed coffee with maple syrup and pour it over the fruit. Toss in some plums, spoon a cream cheese-yogurt spread over it, sprinkle with walnuts and serve.

Get the recipe: Pan Roasted Bananas in Coffee Maple Syrup with Yogurt Cream Cheese
Peach Breakfast Cobbler with Cornmeal-Thyme Biscuits

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The Breakfast Cobbler
If you (and your friends) love the idea of pie for breakfast, then this spin on the classic dessert will be a huge hit. Its filling is sweet peaches—though you could also use apples or pears—covered with mounds of biscuit dough that's been seasoned with fresh thyme. You can mix the dry ingredients for the biscuits the night before, and the next morning just combine the dry with the wet ingredients and slice the fruit. By the time your guests have finished their first cup of coffee, the meal is ready.

Get the recipe: Peach Breakfast Cobbler with Cornmeal-Thyme Biscuits