Category Archives: Brunch

Cinnamon Bread

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I have a problem with reading recipes all the way through before I make them. I repeatedly do this so who knows when I will learn. I can’t count how many times I am getting dinner together and then realize, shoot…that has to marinate for 2 hours, or oh no, the bread needs to rise. When I made the batter for this bread I thought it was an awful lot for one loaf, and it was…the recipe yields 2 loaves. When making something new I just don’t like to make a huge batch…what if we don’t like it? OR what if it just doesn’t turn out? The good news is this worked out for the best because this bread is delicious. It isn’t too sweet, but you still get a little of the cinnamon sugar mixture swirled through the loaf. I also saved a little of the sugar/cinnamon mix and sprinkled some on the top. This really was for Alex but I think I ended up eating just as much! The best part is that this is a no knead bread – just mix and bake! It freezes well, just slice and put in a freezer bag. Perfect for a treat for breakfast or a yummy snack!

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Cinnamon Bread, from Redfly Creations
Ingredients:

1 cup butter, room temperature
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 cups buttermilk or 2 cups milk plus 2 tablespoons vinegar or lemon juice
4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
Cinnamon/sugar mixture:
2/3 cups sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl combine flour and baking soda and set aside. With a whisk, cream together the butter and sugar. Mix eggs in one at a time. Stir in milk. Gradually mix in flour mixture until just combined.
Pour about half of the batter into greased loaf pans (1/4 in each pan). Sprinkle about half of the sugar mixture over the batter, then cover with remaining batter. Sprinkle most of the sugar mixture over the tops of the batter. Run a butter knife through the batter to mix in the sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle the remaining sugar mixture over the top of both loaves.
Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the loaf comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for at least 20 minutes before removing.

 

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Cinnamon Toast

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Alex has only been eating solids for about a year now, outside of boring purees, and it has been fun trying new things and seeing what he likes. We had to be really careful in the beginning because we had worries about food allergies (me and my brother were really sensitive to certain foods) so we probably introduced things more slowly than most people do. This recipe doesn’t have anything that we had to worry about as far as allergies, but it was still new and I always like to see how he reacts. It is always a good sign when he asks for more, and he did after he finished his portion of cinnamon toast. But, who doesn’t like bread smothered in cinnamon, butter and sugar? This is the perfect weekend treat for kids (and parents too!).

Cinnamon Toast

Perfection!

Cinnamon Toast, from The Pioneer Woman

Ingredients:

16 slices Bread (I used whole wheat and it was delicious!)
2 sticks unsalted Butter, Softened
1 cup Sugar
3 teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheet with foil for easier clean up.

Mash butter with fork then mix in sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. Stir until completely combined.

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Ready for the oven!

Spread the butter mixture on each slice of bread, being sure to spread all the way to the edges. Place bread on cookie sheet, then put the cookie sheet in the oven and bake for 10 minutes. Check toast and if not yet golden brown and bubbling turn on broiler and broil until toast is done (mine didn’t need to be broiled but my oven usually cooks fast). If you broil your toast be sure to watch it so it doesn’t burn.

Remove toast from the oven and slice in half, enjoy!

 

Blueberry Muffins

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Happy Memorial Day! Thank you to the service men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. I hope you are able to spend some time with your family today. We are getting together for my sweet niece’s birthday. Hard to believe she will be four this year! Alex and Abby are always buddies when we are able to get together. He thinks she is just hilarious, and she is so sweet with him. I wish my whole family could be together, but Bernie will be at work today. I look forward to the years when we can all be together on holidays! Including Willa – maybe one day she won’t be so hyper and we can take her with us!

Now, on to the food. We love berries, all three of us! Alex loves fresh berries, right now he calls any berry BBs. I can’t wait until we can go and pick our own at Huber’s Farm this year – those are the best. Blueberry muffins are Bernie’s favorite so when the blueberries were on sale at the grocery last week, I knew what I was going to make. With a name that says these muffins are “to die for,” we had high expectations, and they were met. These muffins are huge! You could definitely get more than eight servings if you want a more standard sized muffin. This recipe calls for a sugary topping and while it adds a little something extra, they are good without (Alex didn’t get the extra sugar). On that note, the original recipe calls for much more streusel topping than you need, so I halved it. This recipe is one of the reasons I love Allrecipes, with over 6,000 reviews, I knew these muffins were going to be delicious!

Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry Muffins, from Allrecipes

Ingredients:
Muffins:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/3 cup milk
1 cup fresh blueberries
Streusel topping:
1/4 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons butter, cubed
3/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease well or line 8 muffin cups.
To make the muffins: In a medium bowl combine flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. Set aside. Pour the oil into a one cup measuring cup and add the egg and enough milk to fill to the top. Mix the oil mixture into the dry ingredients until just combined. Fold in the blueberries. Pour into the prepared muffin cups, filling to the top.
To make the topping: Mix together the sugar, flour, butter and cinnamon. Mix together with a fork (or fingers) until crumbly and sprinkle over tops of muffins.
Bake for 20-25 minutes in preheated oven.
Yields: 8 large muffins

 

Monkey Bread Minis

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We really strive to eat healthy in our family, most of the time. I try especially hard to do right for Alex…who probably eats better than both Bernie and me. BUT where’s the fun if there are never any treats? We even splurged on some ice cream from the Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen this weekend. Alex got to try strawberry ice cream and ate every. last. bite.  Alex has always been a pretty good eater but can be finicky sometimes just like any other kid.  If there is one food he will never refuse, it is ice cream.

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Strawberry ice cream, yum!

He also loves monkey bread. Breakfast for Alex is usually oatmeal, muffins or pancakes…sometimes cereal when I am really in a pinch and don’t have anything in the freezer. Once a week or so I will try to make monkey bread as a treat, usually on the weekends when I have a little more time. If you want to make it even easier in the morning, make the dough the night before and put it in the fridge, then you can just assemble the next day and bake. I make these minis because I don’t have a monkey bread or Bundt pan, and it definitely works.  And who knows, maybe one day I will invest in one but for now I have other things higher on the priority list, like this pan from Williams-Sonoma.  Filled pancakes, how great does that sound?  But for now, we will stick with regular pancakes and monkey bread.

This is one breakfast I never have to worry if Alex will eat. Bernie approves too. This recipe calls for butter and sugar mixture to be drizzled over the dough but usually I bake Alex’s portion without – and he loves it just the same.

Monkey Bread Minis, adapted from Allrecipes

Ingredients:

1 recipe buttermilk biscuits
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
4 tablespoons (half stick) butter, melted

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease muffin tins with non stick spray.

Prepare biscuits as directed up to the point where you roll out the dough. If you are preparing the night before, put the dough in the refrigerator.

Roll dough into balls about 1/2 tablespoon in size. I normally end up with about 4 in each muffin tin so that is about 48 total. In a small bowl combine 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon. Roll dough pieces in sugar cinnamon mixture to coat and evenly distribute between 12 muffin cups.

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Ready to go into the oven!

Mix butter and 2 tablespoons of sugar and drizzle over dough. Bake for approximately 8-10 minutes.

Yields 6 servings (2 muffin tins)

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Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

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My husband loves blueberry muffins and while I have tried a few recipes – and they are good – I wouldn’t consider blueberry my favorite.  I wanted to try something new and stumbled upon this recipe – and I am glad I did.  These are by far my favorite muffin I have made and I can’t wait to bake another batch – maybe because I am pregnant, or maybe not, but these were gone way to fast!

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins, from Annie’s Eats

Ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tbsp. poppy seeds
1¼ tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
8 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
Zest of 1 lemon
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup plain Greek yogurt

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line muffin pan with paper liners.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, poppy seeds, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Set aside.

Using a mixer, cream together the butter and sugar, medium speed, until light and fluffy.  Beat eggs in one at a time.  Mix in lemon zest and vanilla extract.  Alternating, with mixer on low speed, add in yogurt and flour mixture – in two additions.  Mix until just combined.

Divide batter equally between paper liners, filling each about 2/3 full.  Bake for about 18-20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Let cool in pan for 5-10 minutes, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

Yields: 12 muffins

Nutrition per muffin: 237.9 calories, 9.4g fat, 5.1g saturated fat, 51.6mg cholesterol, 194mg sodium, 33.8g carbohydrates, 0.7g fiber, 17.6g sugar, 5.2 protein

Frittata

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This past weekend was my first attempt at brunch.  Overall, it was really successful.  This frittata was extremely easy to make once you get everything chopped up.  Thank you to my husband for helping me with brunch and especially with this dish.  See – I gave you credit!

Bacon Cheese and Veggie Frittata, adapted from Allrecipes

Ingredients

6 eggs
1 cup 1% milk
2 tablespoons unsalted butter or margarine, melted
dash salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 onion, chopped
1 green pepper, diced
1 red pepper, diced
5 turkey bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a bowl, beat eggs, milk, butter, salt and pepper.  Mix in peppers and onion.  Sprinkle with bacon and cheese.  Bake 25-30 minutes.
Yields 6 servings
Nutrition per serving: 243 calories, 17.7g fat, 9g saturated fat, 229.7mg cholesterol, 382.5mg sodium, 6.1g carbohydrates, 0.9g fiber, 2.9g sugar, 14.5g protein.
To make a little healthier – substitute eggs for 1.5 cups of egg substitute and use cheese made with low-fat milk.  Nutrition facts for these substitutions: 180.8 calories, 10.4g fat, 5.8g saturated fat, 38.9mg cholesterol, 463.9mg sodium, 6.2g carbohydrates, 0.9g fiber, 3.3g sugar, 14.3g protein.