Sweet Mornings: 125 Sweet and Savory Breakfasts and Brunch Recipes

I must admit, I hugged “Sweet Mornings: 125 Sweet and Savory Breakfast and Brunch Recipes” by Patty Pinner when it arrived in the mail. I loved the colorful hardcover with its raised white text box that emphasizes the title. I flipped through and immediately noticed the Sunday-Best Sausage Bread Pudding.  After several moans, I decided to prepare myself for the mouthwatering cakes, breads, muffins, and plenty of biscuits that were sure to follow. I breezed through the short introduction, glanced at the list of Miss Lillian’s Cereal Toppers and Stir-Ins, and checked off items from What Every Baker Needs and Indispensable Baking Tools. Next, I landed nose-down at the Sweet Beginnings section where I stayed for most of the time until I reached Morning Savories. I read vignettes filled with memories of the author’s family, friends, and neighbors surrounded by delectable morning foods. It reminded me of my loved ones and how important it is to capture the essence of love in a dish.

Pinner shares these succulent sentiments amongst these pages from women who cooked meals that could make modern men cry.  The Orange-Filled Crescents are a must see.  The spread of colored pictures throughout made the journey worthwhile, however, the hand-drawn images of pans, bowls, and utensils on some pages seemed unnecessary. Still, I admired the goodies such as the Chocolate Macadamia Waffle, Claudette Cotton’s Banana-Yogurt Coffee Cake with Cream Cheese Glaze, and Strawberry Bread.

Overall, the recipes seemed quick and easy. Almost all the ingredients can be found in your pantry or at the local market. Some instructions call for refrigerated biscuit dough and boxed cake mixes which surprised me. But, who has time to make homemade treats every morning? I’m already planning to whip up a Cinnamon-Pecan Sticky Bun Ring and Sherry Hannah’s Pistachio Coffee Cake just to name a few.

“Sweet Mornings: 125 Sweet and Savory Breakfast and Brunch Recipes” offers a delightful read that feels like home. I can’t wait to try my hand at these breakfast and brunch creations and share morning delicacies with my fiancé. Make your own memories by picking a copy that is available now on Amazon.


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Rekaya, aka The Food Temptress, is a freelance journalist, author and co-host of the sports podcast “Black Girls Talk Sports.” She has written content for Amtrak, Writer’s Digest Books and various lifestyle magazines. She also has penned seven books in multiple genres. In her spare time, she enjoys developing recipes and exploring Virginia’s 200+ wineries.