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Monday, April 29, 2013

What's Cookin' in the Parsonage?

We all know we should eat breakfast to jump start our day, but do you find yourself in a breakfast rut?   To me planning dinner meals is much easier than thinking about what I'll fix for breakfast. I find it too easy to eat the same thing for breakfast and it gets boring!

I've made a couple of new breakfast recipes in the recent past that were a little out of the norm without being too complicated or time consuming.

Instead of just plain old bacon and eggs, I made these Bacon and Egg Toast Cups:



How cute are those?  The neat thing is that they're made in a muffin tin and baked in the oven.  No need to stand at the counter with bacon hitting you in the face first thing in the morning!  These have it all - Bacon, eggs and toast all in one cute little cup! The addition of the cheese is a lovely punch of flavor!   I found this recipe on Pinterest.  There's nothing new under the sun - the recipe was passed from blog to blog to now my blog!

Bacon and Egg toast Cups
Ingredients
  • 6 slices of bacon, uncooked or precooked (I precookekd mine in the microwave just a little)
  • 6 slices of bread
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 6 eggs
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400° F. Spray large muffin pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a frying pan, cook bacon about 3-5 minutes, until partially cooked but not completely crispy (if using precooked bacon skip this step). Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Cut out circles (about 3 1/2 inches) in each piece of bread using a cookie cutter or a drinking glass turned upside down.
  3. Press the bread rounds into the greased muffin wells. Curl a piece of bacon around the periphery of each piece of bread, positioning it between the bread and the muffin tin to help keep it in position. This can be a little tricky until you get the hang of it. Sprinkle a small amount of shredded cheese in the center of each piece of bread. Crack one egg over each piece of bread being careful not to break the yolks. You may not want to use all of the egg white. If you do you may need to adjust the cooking time to a little longer.
  4. Once all the bread pieces have been topped with eggs, bake until eggs are cooked through to your liking (about 15 minutes for me) and bacon is crispy. Run a knife around the edge of each muffin well and pop the egg cups out. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately.


I served this with yogurt and fruit and it made a delicious breakfast!



French Toast is my favorite breakfast food.  This recipe combines bananas and nuts - does that mean it's healthy?  =)  I think so!  Please don't tell me otherwise; it will ruin my day.


You can choose to do this as an overnight method, which I love.  That means the morning prep is zero for the toast!  Just slide it into the oven!  Then just caramelize the bananas.


Caramelized Banana French Toast
Ingredients:
For the French Toast
  • 12 ounces Challah bread (preferably a day old) or French Bread, cut into 8 slices
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups plain light soy milk (or skim dairy milk) I used 2% milk
  • 5 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
For the Caramelized Banana Topping
  • 3 ripe bananas, sliced 1/4 inch thick rounds
  • 3 tablespoons chopped pecans, toasted
  • 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • dash of salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vegan butter (or dairy butter)
Preparation:
  1. FOR OVERNIGHT FRENCH TOAST – Coat a 9X13 inch pan with cooking spray. Set aside. Combine sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and soy milk in a medium bowl. Whisk to combine thoroughly. Add eggs and vanilla and continue to whisk until well combined. 
  2. Place challah slices in a single layer along the bottom of the prepared pan. Pour the soy milk mixture over the bread, making sure to evenly coat each piece. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  3. The next morning – preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake 38-40 minutes, or until puffed and lightly golden. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
  4. While the french toast is in the oven, make the Banana Pecan Topping (this only takes about 10 minutes so try and time it with the last few minutes of the french toast baking so it stays warm) - Combine sliced bananas, sugar, maple syrup, and salt in a medium bowl. Stir to combine. Heat a large nonstick pan over medium-low heat. Add banana mixture to pan and cook 3 minutes, or until the sugar is dissolved and the bananas are soft. Stir in butter. Top baked french toast with banana compote. Serve immediately.
  1. FOR SAME DAY FRENCH TOAST - Combine sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and soy milk in a large bowl. Whisk to combine thoroughly. Add eggs and vanilla and continue to whisk until well combined. Working in batches, drop a few challah slices at a time into the mixture, turning to coat. Let sit in liquid 10 minutes to absorb mixture.
  2. While you’re waiting for the sitting bread, make the Banana Pecan Topping - Combine sliced bananas, sugar, maple syrup, and salt in a medium bowl. Stir to combine. Heat a large nonstick pan over medium-low heat. Add banana mixture to pan and cook 3 minutes, or until the sugar is dissolved and the bananas are soft.  Stir in butter. Set aside while you finish the french toast.
  3. Heat a large nonstick skillet, coated with cooking spray, over medium-high heat. Add 4 slices of challah, cook about 2 minute son each side, or until lightly browned. Repeat with remaining four pieces. Top cooked french toast with banana pecan topping. Serve immediately.


The bacon and eggs would make a great weekday breakfast; the French Toast perhaps for the weekend.  No matter, when you choose to make these, just try them!  It will get you out of your old breakfast groove!

What is your favorite breakfast food for weekday and weekend?

From my parsonage kitchen,

P.S.  Today and tomorrow are it for the House-Cleaning challenge.  Today's job is to clean all the floors in the house.

2 comments:

Alli Cunningham said...

How about you make both of those recipes for breakfast while we're at the beach? =)

Denise said...

Sure, because I'll have you there to help! =)