Posts Tagged ‘bread’
Happy Christmas Eve! Here’s a great breakfast recipe to prepare for breakfast tomorrow morning – eggnog french toast. Substituting eggnog for milk makes this fresh toast festive and perfect for Christmas morning (or any winter morning).
One year ago: Turkey Sloppy Joes with Kale Chips
Did you remember to turn back your clocks yesterday? I changed mine right before I went to bed Saturday night which made me feel like I was going to bed crazy early. Although it will now get darker earlier, at least waking up early is a cinch. I find it difficult to wake up before the sun rises (and sleep when it up) so this will be good for me. But on to the food!
When it comes to comforting soup and sandwich pairings, tomato soup and grilled cheese is my go-to. So that slow cooker tomato-basil soup I shared last week? You better believe there was some grilled cheese action going on there too. But not just any ol’ grilled cheese, grilled cheese stuffed with macaroni and cheese! You can use any leftover (or fresh) macaroni and cheese you have on hand, but I used a spicy version and it was excellent.
This whole writing business is slowly coming to an end. My advisor told me that the first draft of my my intro was “exceptionally well written” and did not have many suggestions or comments (he cannot actually edit anything since it’s my dissertation). All I have to do now is clean up one more research objective chapter and then compile my discussion chapter. Oh but then I have to do all the annoying formatting! I purposely scheduled my defense for the end of September in order to give me the recommended 5 weeks for format reviews, as the finished product is due November 1st.
I know you are probably thinking, “how bad can it be?” but it really does involve a lot of tedious work that takes a lot of time. So much so that I know several students who pay to have it done for them, saying that the $45/hour (averaging around $400) they paid was worth every dollar. I will admit that if I had an extra $400 lying around, I would do it in a heartbeat. Imagine how much more time I could dedicate to applying for jobs during the month of October instead of fiddling with all that formatting? Consider this rant my not-so-subtle graduation present hint.
But I digress… let’s make breakfast. French toast waffles are exactly what they sound like: French toast cooked with a waffle iron. just the kind of simplicity I need these days. And you can use any kind of bread you prefer, in fact next time I am going to use cinnamon-swirl bread. I do what I want!
P.S. It’s have to believe it has been 12 years since the attacks on September 11th, 2001. I can only imagine the pain that lingers for those who lost loved ones on that day.
Don’t get bummed out by another review, because there’s a great recipe along with this wonderfully healthy bread! Food for Life introduces their new Ezekiel 4:9® Sprouted Flax Bread, made with freshly-sprouted, certified organic live grains and sprouted flax seeds throughout. It provides an excellent source of Omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids (the “good” fats). And the 6 grains, legumes and seeds combine to create a complete protein containing all 9 essential amino acids, while decreasing the calories and carbohydrates found in the original grain.
Ezekiel 4:9® Sprouted Flax Bread is 100% flourless and free of conditioners, additives, artificial flavors, colors and preservatives. It is also made with filtered water with no added fat and is low-glycemic, diabetic-friendly, pH-balanced and kosher-certified. Each slice of contains 90mg of Omega 3, 5g of protein, 4g of dietary fiber and 18 amino acids from vegetable sources.
The bread itself was quite enjoyable. I especially liked the seeds around the crust as well as within the bread, but I couldn’t just stop there and eat bread just as bread. Continuing with the spirit of November’s “Better Nutrition Month”, I chose to make a healthier bread pudding along with the good-for-you seasonal flavor of pumpkin. The resulting mixture was so good I convinced myself it was healthy enough to each for breakfast instead of dessert. But for once that concept was not much of a stretch. Add maple syrup and pecans on top to seal the deal!
I am really enjoying overnight breakfast recipes that you bake in the morning. Check out my latest favorite over on Beantown Baker today. I am guest posting for her while she is off on an adventure and soon I will be on my own with guest posters for you to enjoy as well!
BAKED BLUEBERRY FRENCH TOAST WITH STREUSEL TOPPING
Source: The Yummy Life
One year ago: Chick’amole Salad Sandwich
Did you hear that Alex of Yums and Loves just had a baby girl?! While she and her husband celebrate their new little one she has a few guest posters lined up, including myself. Head on over to her blog today to find out more!
BANANA PEANUT BUTTER BREAD PUDDING
Source: Adapted slightly from The Kitchn.
Back in the fall, Katie made the most yummy two-serving bread pudding, which we devoured while watching a movie (I cannot for the life of me remember which though). When I asked her for the recipe, she said it was from Taste of Home and that she used the pumpkin cinnamon swirl bread which was in stock at the grocery stores at the time. Unfortunately I never got around to scooping up a loaf of that bread for myself, but did finally get around to making this bread pudding. Of course, once I started to make it I realized there were no raisins to be found in the kitchen. Good thing there are several varieties of dried fruit in my pantry! Blueberries seemed like a fair trade and a good match for some cinnamony-ness.
They were quick to make too. I paused the yoga DVD I was doing in my living room to pour the milk mixture over the bread, let it soak for 15 minutes while I did more bendy things, paused again to pop in the oven, and by the time my workout was over I had hot steamy bread pudding begging to be scarfed down – complete with a burned tongue. By the way, I have a serious problem waiting for things to cool down enough to eat; which is where the ice cream comes in handy
Now what to do with the remaining loaf minus two slices? Any suggestions?
CINNAMON-BLUEBERRY BREAD PUDDING
1 cup cubed cinnamon-swirl or cinnamon-raisin bread (approximately two slices)
2/3 cup 2% milk
3 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp butter, melted
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/3 cup dried blueberries (or favorite dried fruit)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees*. Lightly grease two 7-oz. ramekins and distribute bread cubes between them.
- In a small bowl, whisk the egg, milk, brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt until blended. Stir in dried blueberries. Pour over bread; let stand for 15 minutes or until bread is softened.
- Bake at 35-40 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Serve warm – with ice cream!
*You could also bake these in a toaster oven since they are small enough to fit.
Source: Adapted slightly from Taste of Home.
After the peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch, I figured out another reason why you should make peanut butter bread = peanut butter french toast for breakfast! And while I was at it, how about some chocolate maple syrup to pour over the top? I think I hear an unhesitant yes. So come on over, I’ll cook you breakfast.
I almost made a Nutella maple syrup, but I kept true to the chocolate and peanut butter marriage instead. Darn, guess that means I’ll have to come up with something else for the Nutella syrup O:-). Someone’s gotta do it.
8 (1/2 inch) slices day old peanut butter bread (left out overnight)
1 cup milk
1/4 tsp cinnamon
4 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 recipe chocolate maple syrup (below)
Dry roasted peanuts, garnish
- In shallow bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, and cinnamon. Dip bread into mixture, allow to soak momentarily.
- On a flat pan over medium-low heat, melt 1 Tbsp butter. Place two slices of bread at a time into the pan and cook until golden brown, approximately 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove from pan and repeat with remaining slices. Serve immediately with chocolate maple syrup.
1 cup real maple syrup
4 Tbsp cocoa powder
4 Tbsp unsalted butter
- In a small saucepan over medium, heat the syrup until hot. Remove from heat and whisk in cocoa powder and butter until cocoa is incorporated and butter is melted. Serve warm.
Source: The Spiffy Cookie original