Easter bunny eggs

Pinterest is filled with holiday decorating and food presentation ideas.  Most of the time there are not complete directions included with the ideas, but this one was posted on a variety of sites.

This would be a cute idea to serve to children for a holiday breakfast.  If I was making quite a few of these, I would use an electric skillet to be able to make all of the eggs at one time and have them ready to serve.

I used microwave bacon for the ears, blueberries for the eyes, and sliced green onions for the whiskers.  Very creative idea I would say, and easy to prepare. Picky eaters may even enjoy this easy breakfast.

Breakfast fruit crepes

So this is the best crepe recipe ever which I use with my Cuisinart International Chef Crepe maker.  It works every time and has become a classic in my home.  Each person can choose what they would like to enjoy with their crepes.  Options include: strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, bananas, flavored syrups, chopped sliced almonds or other nuts, Nutella, whipped cream or anything else desired.

Here is how I prepare the batter:  I use 3/4 cup fat free milk and 1/4 cup fat free half and half in a saucepan with 4 tablespoons margarine or unsalted butter.  I melt those together and allow them to come to room temperature.

When ready to prepare, I mix 3/4 cup flour, 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt, and 3 large eggs together in a bowl and whisk in the butter and milk mixture until the batter is smooth and thin.  Chill this batter for at least 30 minutes and up to two days in the refrigerator, covered.

Preheat the crepe maker and prepare each crepe. I keep them warm in the oven until all of them are cooked.  This recipes makes 8 crepes.

Note: For years I prepared these crepes in a crepe pan on the stove top. Either technique will result in a delicious breakfast for the family.

Tomato and Cheese Tart

Inspired by the Food Network magazine, September 2016 issue, I made this tart last week.  This is a great recipe, as the puff pastry works perfectly to create a tasty savory tart.  This could be a wonderful Super Bowl appetizer, or could be used alongside an arugula salad for a delicious lunch entrée.  This tart will provide four generous servings.

To make this appetizer tart, gather these ingredients.  One frozen puff pastry sheet, thawed less than 20 minutes–1 1/4 cups Fontina cheese, 5 slices of crumbled microwave bacon cooked, 3 medium Roma tomatoes sliced, dried thyme, Kosher salt, ground pepper, 2 Tablespoons Egg Beaters.

First, roll out the thawed puff pastry on a silpat mat or parchment lined cookie sheet.  Sprinkle with cheese, keeping a nice border edge for folding later.  Top with the bacon and tomato sliced in three rows, slightly overlapping.

Next, season with thyme, salt and pepper.  Fold in the long ends first and slice with a knife in one inch apart vents.  Then, fold in the smaller ends.  Brush with Egg Beaters.  Place in a pre-heated 400 degree oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes until lightly browned and puffed. Slice and serve warm.  Easy and quite delicious.

  

Baked pears

Throughout the winter months, I enjoy baked fruit.  First of all, I really enjoy a nice breakfast during the coldest of winter weather.  Also, I think warmed fruit is a nice option and great alternative to a cold fruit platter.  I like to serve cold fruit during the warmer months instead.

So, here is another basic recipe for baked fruit. This year, I made this recipe for baked pears on Christmas day for a breakfast side dish.  It was very tasty. The recipe can be increased based on the number of guests expected at your meal.

Gather these ingredients:  2-4 pears-peeled and cored, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg, 2 tablespoons margarine, and 1/4 cup brown sugar

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Prepare a baking dish with cooking spray.  Place the pear halves and sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg.

In a small bowl, mix the margarine and brown sugar together.Spread the mixture over the pears.

Bake for 20 minutes.  Just before serving, add blackberries if desired.  Serve warm.

 

 

Bagel breakfast casserole

Cold weather is a great time to serve a hot breakfast to family and friends. Everyone just wants to gather around and drink a hot beverage while taking their time on a weekend morning.  Here is a great recipe that is a twist on the standard breakfast egg casserole.  I tried it with plain bagels, but sesame or other flavored bagels would also be worth a try. This dish will easily serve 6-8 people, especially if served with fruit or muffins.

Gather these ingredients:  4 toasted and chopped plain bagels, 6 eggs (I used 3 eggs and 3/4 cup Egg Beaters), 2 cups half-half or milk, 4 ounces shredded Monterey Jack cheese, 4 slices bacon chopped, and 4 green onions.

Place the bagels in a large 2 1/2 quart baking dish. In a bowl, mix eggs, milk, cheese, bacon, green onion, salt and pepper to taste.  Pour over the bagels pressing down to cover all the surfaces.  Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least one hour or overnight.

    

When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Uncover the dish and bake for 50 minutes or until puffed, browned and set.  Allow to cool a bit before serving.  Garnish with parsley flakes or chopped green onion.

 

Pumpkin Popovers

So, I found this recipe back in October for pumpkin popovers, and boy are they delicious. Just the perfect blend of the pumpkin taste with the ever popular popover experience. I have to admit that popovers are my all-time favorite item from the bread basket. Somehow, I always hope since they are hollow in the middle, that they really don’t count for a full bread exchange.  And, these just use the ever popular pumpkin pie spice–not what you might have first thought–ugh, not that canned pumpkin again.

So, here is a great recipe that started me thinking about just adding different spices to this popover recipe–so stay tuned for other ideas.  From the pages of Good Housekeeping, October 2016, comes this recipe, with my modifications.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees along with a popover pan.  When heated, melt a bit of margarine in each cup and swirl around to coat the pan. Meanwhile, mix 3 eggs, 1 cup milk, 3 Tbsp melted butter together in a bowl.  Stir in 1 cup flour, 1 1/4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.  Blend well, and divide into 6 large popover cups until each is 2/3 full.

    

Bake 50-60 minutes until browned.  Remove from the oven and tap to hear the hollow sound that the classic popover will make, signifying that the center is fully cooked.

If possible, serve warm, but they are tasty when cooled as well.  These can be dusted with powdered sugar, if desired. Serve popovers with soup, salad, or any breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner entree.  A great alternative to a roll, biscuit, or other types of bread choices.  This recipe makes six large popovers.

 

 

Crepes

I have been making crepes for years on the stove top with a traditional crepe pan.  It works very well, but I decided to purchase a crepe maker to make the process easier for me.  I love my new Cuisinart Crepe pan.  The electric maker will also prepare pizzelles, pancakes, blini, waffle cones, tortillas, pita bread, and even sugar cones.

After trying out the crepe making process, I can’t believe why I waited to make the purchase.  Cuisinart provides a recipe booklet for all of these uses, and also gives many suggestions for serving.

I used their recipe for crepes, which is a bit different than mine, and had excellent results. Each crepe took 1 1/2 minutes to prepare, and I was able to serve them immediately.

I did substitute margarine and fat free milk for my crepes.  Here is their recipe:  1 cup whole milk, 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, 3/4 cup flour, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, 3 large eggs.

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Melt the butter and milk in a saucepan on the stove.  Allow to cool to room temperature.  Mix the flour and salt in a bowl, add eggs.  Gradually add in the milk and butter mixture.  Cover in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or overnight.

Preheat the maker, using the scoop, add one scoop of batter.  Close the maker and crepe will cook.  It was amazing to use this product, and I am looking forward to some of the other recipes as well. I simply served them with powdered sugar.  They can be filled with fruit or topped with fruit syrups.  They could also be served as savory brunch dishes with vegetables or chicken.

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If you would like to read my previous blog posts on crepes, search for crepes on the site, or here is one link to another recipe for stovetop crepes, written by me back in 2011.

https://angelfoodgarden.wordpress.com/2011/12/18/crepes/