Bread stands as one of humanity’s most universal and most loved foods. Nothing beats a loaf of bread fresh out of the oven, or tortillas fresh off of the griddle. Plus, thanks to its high-carb count, bread helps you stay full longer, meaning you don’t find yourself reaching for that mid-morning snack as often as you would. Bread usually finds itself as the base in breakfast recipes, acting as a foundation that the rest of the meal is built on. Basic breakfast breads, including toast and bagels, make up the basis of what many people think of when they think of breakfast foods, but breakfast breads are more versatile than that.
Gluten (or Gluten-Free) Goodness
Bread comes in so many different forms that it would take an article much longer than this to cover all of them. Pumpernickel, sesame, brown bread, whole wheat, white bread, and banana bread are just a sampling of some of the types of bread that can be used for breakfast. The term bread usually refers to food made out of some form of wheat or grain product, that undergoes a transformation of the gluten strands to cause it to rise. Now, this definition is a little trickier when it comes to breakfast breads like tortillas and flatbreads, as well as gluten-free recipes, but in our eyes they all count as the same delicious category that makes breakfast the best meal of the day. The recipes you can use are only limited by your imagination. Eggs on toast, toast and jam, BLT, and breakfast tacos are only a few of the many, many recipes that can include this wonderful food type.
When it comes to choosing a breakfast bread for your table, it all comes down to taste and preparation. Fresh bread made with organic or all-natural ingredients has a superior flavor to store-bought bread. However, not everyone can make their own bread, and baking bread is more finicky then picking out a loaf at your local grocery store. Whatever bread type strikes your fancy, make sure that you offset the carb count with sources of protein and other nutrients, as too many carbs can lead to a minor insulin spike. Though not dangerous by any means unless you are diabetic, it can leave you ready for a nap after breakfast, so save your carb heavy meals for a lazy Saturday.
The Best Bagels
Bagels are another form of breakfast bread that deserve recognition. Like other forms of bread, bagels come in many flavors and types. However, the one unifying factor is that they have a hole in the center. Bagels are either baked or boiled, and there are arguments over which is the correct way to make a bagel. No matter which side of the fence you fall on, bagels are a delicious base for classics like an egg sandwich or lox on a bagel with cream cheese. Whether you eat your bagels as is or toast them is also a matter of personal preference and can start many breakfast table arguments depending on where you live. No matter the preparation, bagels hold their own on any breakfast menu and are the perfect grab-and-go meal for the busy commuter. If you find yourself in a hurry preparing breakfast for yourself or for your family, a bagel with cream cheese and a side of fruit is an excellent way to start the day. If you find yourself with a little extra time, preparing bagels with cream cheese, avocado, and a fried egg makes for a filling breakfast that is delicious and largely mess-free, though we would not suggest trying to eat them on your way out the door.
Another breakfast bread is a biscuit. The perfect conduit for both savory and sweet breakfasts, the biscuit find itself at home with any meal. Biscuits and jam are a perfect side to a lighter breakfast, while biscuits and gravy will give you the energy you need to make it through a hard day in the dead of winter. Like bagels, biscuits are perfect for an on-the-go breakfast, as they make a wonderful breakfast sandwich with a slice of cheese and a scrambled egg patty. If you’re looking for an additional bit of protein, you can also add sausage or bacon to your breakfast sandwich to really take your meal to the next level. As with other breakfast breads, your imagination is the limit when it comes to breakfast meals with biscuits. You can use them as a side or make them the centerpiece in your breakfast, cover them and jam, chocolate spread, or butter, and serve them alongside any protein, vegetable, or fruit that you can imagine. Biscuits are similar to a canvas for the trained breakfast cook and can become the perfect backdrop to any meal with a little imagination.
Don’t Forget Tortillas and Flatbreads
Tortillas and flatbreads are not commonly on many breakfast menus, which is a shame. Tortillas are a wonderful serving platter for all manner of breakfast foods, from eggs, bacon, and any other type of protein you can think of to more creative breakfasts that include things like homemade salsa, fried mangoes, or even sweet meals. They are a wonderful base for breakfast tacos, huevos rancheros, or any other savory breakfast that needs just an extra hint of carbs to make a complete. Flatbreads, on the other hand, are usually considered a lunch and dinner food, although they are a wonderful base for all manner of proteins. Like any breakfast bread, the sky is the limit as long as you keep an open mind to the potential recipe combinations available for your breakfast menu.
Pancakes and Crepes: A Breakfast Staple
While an argument can be made that pancakes are not technically a bread, they’re fluffiness and wheat-based nature place them securely in the bread category. Pancakes can be topped with any number of delicious sides, from raspberries and whipped cream to the classic syrup and even bacon. Pancakes afford themselves to any number of additional ingredients, including chocolate chips, walnuts, blueberries, and anything else that adds that extra hint of flavor. Similarly, crepes are a breakfast bread that is made to showcase any number of toppings, rather than steal the show itself. Crepes are best when paper thin and stuffed with sweet or savory toppings that can range from mushrooms and sausage to fresh berries and whipped cream. While it takes some practice to master the art of the perfect pancake or the perfect crepe, the end result is worth the added effort, as your fellow breakfasters will clearly prove when they ask for seconds.
Bake Your Own
If you are the type of person who would rather bake your own bread rather than buy it, here is a video walking you through a simple breakfast bread recipe:
No matter your breakfast right of choice, no breakfast is complete without it. Whether you’re looking for a quick breakfast of toast, a to-go breakfast on a bagel, or the centerpiece to your beautiful brunch spread, you’ll never find your breakfast lacking as long as you remember to include a side of delicious bread.