Not to deal in binaries, but there are basically two types of people when it comes to breakfast. First, the ascetic health nuts who live on non-dairy smoothies and fiber bars; second, the folks who wolf down a Denny's Grand Slam with a side of extra bacon. Breakfast pastries are the overlooked, sane middle ground. They feel sneakily indulgent, like eating dessert before a meal, but they're small enough not to require a nap before the day's even begun. Plus, for coffee and tea drinkers, they offer that necessary bite of sweetness to counteract a bitter, hot drink.
Before you go skipping the most important meal of the day, consider these eight stand-out breakfast pastries, then share your favorite morning treats in the comments.
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