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Thursday, January 21, 2010


I was talking to a couple friends the other day about breakfast and I promised to post some of my breakfast recipes/ideas out here. So if you are all out of breakfast ideas and you like to include a lot of cheese or chocolate in your mornings, go ahead and read on...

Raspberry White Chocolate Scones (when their underlined like this you can just click on them and it will take you to the recipe)
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread (take your banana bread recipe - forget the nuts - and add chocolate chips - they're WAY better)

Spinach Cheese Squares (From my friend, Sylvia)

12 eggs

2-10 oz. pkgs frozen spinach thawed and drained well

2 pounds small curd cottage cheese

3/4 cup butter, melted

1 pound Colby cheese, cubed in ¼ or 3/8” cubes ( I use less and often substitute grated cheddar when I am in a hurry)

3/4 cup flour

1/4 cup instant chopped onion

1/2 tsp. seasoned salt (Lawry’s)

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (fresh is best)

Optional : ham cubes or bacon crumbles

Grease 9 x 13 glass pan with butter. Beat eggs. Add spinach (squeezed well) cottage cheese, and melted butter. Add Colby cheese, flour, onion, salt, and pour into pan. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes or until golden brown. Cut into serving pieces.

Serves 12

Blueberry muffins (I can't believe I haven't posted this one yet)
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup milk
2 1/2 cups blueberry(fresh or frozen)
2 tsp. sugar for the tops

On low speed, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add vanilla and eggs, one at a time, and mix until blended. Sift dry ingredients (yes, I really do sift them) and add alternately with milk. Mach 1/2 cup berries and stir in by hand. Add the rest of the blueberries whole, and stir in by hand. Grease muffin tins well with butter and grease the top of the pan as well (I spray the pan)Pile mix high in each muffin cup. Sprinkle sugar over tops. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. Cool in pan at least 30 minutes (or until the kids wake up demanding breakfast) Makes 12

Chocolate Chip Muffins
Follow Blueberry muffin recipe, only omit the blueberries and add chocolate chips :-) Omit the sugar on top too, unless you want really squirrelly kids all day.

Lemon-Poppyseed Muffins
Follow Blueberry muffin recipe, only omit the blueberries and add a couple Tbs. of poppyseeds, some lemon zest and some lemon extract (or lemon juice).

Are you seeing a trend here with the muffins??

Bright Day Banana Muffins
1 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup white flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 cup (1 medium) mashed ripe banana
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup oil
1 egg, slightly beaten

1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 Tbls. butter, melted

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Grease bottoms only of 12 muffin cups. In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients for muffins; stir in remaining muffin ingredients just until dry particles are moistened. Fill prepared muffing cups 2/3 full.

Bake at 400 for 18 to 22 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately remove from pan. In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon. Brush tops of hot muffins with melted butter (I just use the dip-the-tops-in-the-butter method); dip in sugar cinnamon mixture. Serve warm. Makes 12

Okay, only two more recipes for today. If the outcry is great I will send some more recipes your way at a later time.

Breakfast Bake (now there's an original name for you)
1 can (8-oz) refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
1 pkg (8-oz) chopped ham
6 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Unroll dough in 13x9 inch baking dish; press to cover bottom of dish, firmly pressing holes and seams together to seal.

Sprinkle ham over crust. Beat eggs, milk and pepper with a whisk until blended; pour over ham. Top with cheeses.

Bake 25 minutes or until center is set.

Breakfast Braid (this one tastes like an egg mcmuffin)

1 can refrigerated pizza crust dough
cooking spray
2 large eggs
whatever else you want to put in here - if I was making it for myself only, I would saute some onions and peppers, but that isn't going to fly with 80% of the peeps in this house...

Preheat oven to 425. Unroll dough onto a sprayed baking sheet. Pat into a 15x10 inch rectangle. Scramble and cook eggs in a frying pan. Place cheese and ham lengthwise down the center of the dough, top with eggs and more cheese (if desired).

Make 2 inch long diagonal cuts about 1 inch apart on both sides of the dough to within 1/2 inch of filling using a sharp knife or kitchen shears. Arrange strips over filling, alternating strips diagonally over filling. Press ends under to seal. Brush with egg white. Bake at 425 for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand 5 minutes. Cut crosswise into slices. Yield 6 servings.

Okay, that's all for now folks, please forgive any typos as I really don't want to proof read this post :-)

Now, in exchange for all these lovely breakfast ideas, I would LOVE IT if you would share with me some lunch ideas :D

Oh, one more side note, for those of you saying, I don't have time to make this stuff in the morning. Here are some helpful tips on making it work - maybe.

I do a lot of prep the night before. I get out all my utensils, bowls, pans, etc. and have them ready and waiting. I combine all my dry ingredients in a bowl and leave them sitting on the counter overnight (and nothing bad has ever happened to them), I put the butter and the sugar in the mixing bowl the night before, too. If I really want to make my mornings easy, I will measure out all of my ingredients ahead of time (don't worry, I'm not leaving the milk on the counter, it's in the fridge, silly). That's all. Some things take about 10 minutes to put together, others about 20 - nothing longer than that for me in the morning :-)

1 comment:

  1. These breakfast recipes are so amazing that i can bet if someone who is not interested eating breakfast, would also start having breakfast.So I loved it.
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