Overnight Caramel Strata

Beach house, lake house, getaway weekend, or weekend guests?  This is the recipe for you.  Easy to prepare, make ahead the night before and you have a delicious breakfast in the morning.  This strata begins with a caramel layer that you pour into the pan, top with slices of ciabatta bread, pour over the egg custard, and bake.  Easy as one, two, three.  In the morning, bake 40 minutes and breakfast is ready. Perfect to serve with a side of fresh fruit.  Just get the coffee brewing!

 

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Overnight Caramel Strata

Ingredients

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 12 slices ciabatta bread, sliced one inch thick
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 6 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Combine brown sugar, butter, and corn syrup in a small saucepan.  Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.  Pour mixture into a 9 x 13 glass baking dish, rotate pan to coat the entire bottom with the caramel sauce.  Whisk together the milk, eggs, vanilla and salt in a medium bowl.  Arrange six of the bread slices in the prepared pan, cover with 1/2 of the egg mixture.  Repeat with the remaining slices of bread and remaining egg mixture.  Cover and refrigerate overnight.  In the morning, preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Bake the strata uncovered for 40 - 45 minutes or until puffed and golden brown.  Let stand for five minutes.  Cut into portions and invert onto plates, serve warm.

    Can't find ciabatta bread?  You can definitely substitute any bread of your choice.  A hearty bakery style bread works the best.

Blueberry Crumb Cake

I keep finding blueberry recipes in my recipe stash from my mom.  If there is any time of year perfect for blueberry recipes, I think spring is the one. It also helps that almost every produce department is running a sale on blueberries this time of year.  Blueberry Crumb Cake is quick and easy to assemble cake;  perfect for breakfast with coffee, tea or as a dessert.   

 

 

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Blueberry Crumb Cake

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups blueberries
  • Crumb Topping
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease and flour one 9 inch square baking pan.

    Combine Flour, baking powder and salt, set aside.  Cream butter and sugar.  Add egg and milk, beat until smooth.  Add flour mixture (reserve 1/4 cup) and beat until well combined.  Toss the blueberries with the remaining 1/4 cup flour mixture and fold into the batter.  To prepare topping, combine sugar, flour and cinnamon, cut in butter until it resembles coarse crumbs.  Sprinkle over cake batter in pan.  Bake at 375 degrees for 40 - 45 minutes.

Cinnamon Waffles – I wish I was still at The Homestead!

My husband and I spent last weekend at The Homestead in Hot Springs, VA.  We wanted a weekend getaway and decided to head to The Homestead after many great reviews from friends.  After a long and winding journey through the western part of Virginia, we drove into the small town of Hot Springs and was greeted by the massive resort on our left.  I must tell you, after driving many miles through the country roads, I thought I had put in the wrong address into our GPS, because I just could not believe there would much civilization, no less a resort in the mountainous remote area we were driving through.)  How wrong I was, the town of Hot Springs and The Homestead are beautiful.  As you know, I am always looking for great food and interesting finds, I had to go no further than their breakfast buffet on Saturday morning.  Before we headed out for a round of golf, we had the most delicious breakfast buffet in their main dining room.  So many delicious choices, I could hardly decide what to select.  It didn’t take me too long to find Roderick making Cinnamon Waffles, a specialty at The Homestead.  What a delicious breakfast treat, along with a vegetable omelet and grits, a breakfast of champions for these golfers!  So, back to reality today and back to my kitchen.  I decided to make my own Cinnamon Waffle recipe this morning, what a great way to remember a great trip.  

Our view from the 14th tee box on the Old Course at The Homestead.

Roderick making Cinnamon Waffles

 

 

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Cinnamon Waffles

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 3/4 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat waffle iron.  Beat eggs until fluffy.  Add remaining ingredients and beat just until smooth.  Pour batter into waffle iron and bake until steaming stops, approx. 4 1/2 - 5 minutes.  Remove carefully.  Makes 3 - 10 inch waffles.

 

 

Bacon Pops

What I thought would be a great addition to brunch turned out to be so successful I would add this to any breakfast, brunch or tailgate.  I always knew cooking bacon in the oven when preparing large quantities was easy.  However,  this time I  wanted bacon to be finger food and decided to thread the bacon on a stick.  I cut each piece of thick cut bacon in half, then threaded each piece on a six inch wooden skewer.  Brushed them all with maple syrup (you will see the syrup on the first piece on the top row), then I sprinkled the bacon with a brown sugar,ground  nuts and cayenne mixture.  In the oven it went …

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and out came the most delicious bacon pops…

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Bacon Pops
Yields 22
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Ingredients
  1. 18 oz. package, thick cut bacon
  2. 22 six-inch wooden skewers
  3. 1/3 cup brown sugar
  4. 1/3 walnuts or pecans, ground
  5. 4 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  6. 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Soak skewers in water for 15 minutes. Cut bacon in half crosswise. Thread each piece of bacon on one skewer. Place skewers on rack in a foil lined cookie sheet. Combine brown sugar, nuts, and cayenne pepper. Brush each skewer of bacon with maple syrup. Try to avoid getting the end of the skewers coated (the skewers will be easier to serve when not sticky). Sprinkle each slice of bacon with brown sugar combination. Bake in preheated oven until the bacon is golden, approximately 35-45 minutes. Remove from rack when cool. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Notes
  1. These would also be a wonderful addition to a Bloody Mary bar.
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Overnight Blueberry Sausage Breakfast Cake

While sorting through my recipe file; I came across this recipe that I received from a dear friend years ago.  I was once a member of a neighborhood quilting group that would get together frequently and work on combined quilting projects.  It was at one of these meetings that one of the members brought this breakfast cake.  One of the reasons we all requested this recipe is that you make it the night before, refrigerate overnight and bake in the morning.  With the holidays approaching, I thought this would be the perfect recipe for all busy cooks.  I have even made this one step easier, I used precooked turkey sausage crumbles that you can buy in the grocery next to the breakfast sausages.  I like using turkey sausage since it is leaner and precooked makes it even easier to use and a time reducer.  Having overnight guests?  This is the perfect make ahead breakfast treat.   

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Overnight Blueberry Sausage Breakfast Cake
Serves 10
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups flour
  2. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  3. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  4. 1/2 cup butter, softened
  5. 3/4 cup sugar
  6. 1/4 cup brown sugar
  7. 2 eggs
  8. 1 8 oz. container sour cream
  9. 1 # turkey sausage precooked crumbles or pork sausage, cooked and well-drained
  10. 1 cup blueberries
  11. 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
  12. Blueberry Sauce
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder and baking soda, set aside. In a large mixer bowl, beat butter and sugars on high speed until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, mix well after each addition. Add flour mixture and sour cream alternately to egg mixture, until all is just combined. Fold in sausage and blueberries. Pour batter into a lightly greased 9 x 13 inch pan. Spread batter evenly and sprinkle with nuts. Cover and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, remove from the refrigerator while the oven is preheating. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 35 - 40 minutes or until a toothpick or cake tester comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 8 -10 minutes, serve warm. Top with blueberry sauce.
Notes
  1. Blueberry Sauce
  2. 1/2 cup sugar
  3. 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  4. 1/2 cup water
  5. 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  6. 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  7. In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch, water and blueberries. Cook over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Stir constantly. Cook and stir two more minutes. Stir in lemon juice and serve. If mixture seems too thick, add water one tablespoon at a time until it reaches your desired consistency. This sauce can be made the day before and refrigerated. The sauce can be reheated in the microwave.
  8. Serving a smaller crowd? You can easily make 1/2 of the recipe, bake as above in a 9 inch pie pan.
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Baked Oatmeal

This is a perfect breakfast or brunch dish.  You can make one batch and have oatmeal all week or freeze portions for later.  If you are an oatmeal lover you will love this recipe.  If you are not an oatmeal lover, you will become a fan after trying this oatmeal.  Trust me on this one!

 

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Baked Oatmeal
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  2. 3 cups milk
  3. 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  4. 1 teaspoon salt
  5. 1 egg, beaten
  6. 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  7. 1/2 cup fresh red raspberries
  8. 1/2 cup fresh strawberries, diced
Instructions
  1. In a large heavy bottomed saucepan, combine oats, milk, brown sugar, salt and eggs. Mix well and cook over medium head, stirring frequently, until thickened - 15 - 20 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8 inch square pan. When the oatmeal mixture in thick, stir in the berries. Pour mixture into prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes or until oatmeal is set. Let cool for 5 minutes prior to cutting into squares.
  3. You can serve this oatmeal plain or with warm milk over the top or top will a dollop of butter. Also great sprinkled with confectioner's sugar or brown sugar.
Notes
  1. The baked oatmeal is great reheated in the microwave.
  2. You can freeze the baked oatmeal after it is cooked. It works well cut into squares after it is cooled, wrap it in plastic wrap or a freezer bag and freeze. Then you can just take it out and heat it as needed.
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Baked Doughnuts

Every once in awhile it is fun to make something unexpected.  Baked Doughnuts are the perfect thing to make when you want to experiment in the kitchen and serve an unexpected delight.  I want to think these are a bit healthier than traditional fried doughnuts since these are baked.   So, when you want to make something special, these are the perfect treat!

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Baked Doughnuts
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Ingredients
  1. 2 packages active dry yeast
  2. 1/4 cup water
  3. 1 1/2 lukewarm milk
  4. 1/2 cup sugar
  5. 1 teaspoon salt
  6. 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  7. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  8. 2 eggs
  9. 1/3 cup shortening
  10. 4 1/2 - 5 cups flour
  11. 1/4 cup butter, melted
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add warm milk, sugar, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, eggs, shortening and two cups flour. Blend 1/2 minute on low speed, scraping bowl frequently. Beat for 2 minutes. Stir in remaining flour until smooth (start with 4 1/2 cups flour and add additional until you have a smooth dough). Cover and let rise in a warm place or until double (50 - 60 minutes). Turn dough onto floured board, knead lightly until smooth. Dough will be soft. Roll dough out to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut out with doughnut cutter or two different sizes of round cutters (inside cutter should be about the size of a thimble). Lift cut-out doughnuts to a parchment lined baking sheet. Brush with melted butter. Cover and let rise until double in size approx.20 minutes. Heat oven to 425 degrees. After doughnuts have doubled in size, bake 8 - 10 minutes. Brush with additional butter after baking and shake in cinnamon sugar, plain sugar or confectioner's sugar. Makes approx. 2 dozen.
Notes
  1. Bake your doughnuts holes too, just watch when baking and remove from the baking sheet as soon are they are golden brown. They will cook much quicker than your doughnuts.
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Gingerbread Waffles

Looking for a special breakfast treat.  These waffles are so different and delectable.  Perfect to serve with maple syrup, but especially delicious if you serve them with fig jam.  Superb with crisp bacon and fresh fruit – a breakfast to remember!

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Gingerbread Waffles
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups flour
  2. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  3. 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  4. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  5. 1 cup molasses
  6. 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  7. 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  8. 1 cup sour cream
  9. 1 egg, beaten
Instructions
  1. Preheat waffle iron. Combine flour, salt, ginger and cinnamon, set aside. Heat molasses and butter in a large saucepan over low heat, just until butter is melted. Remove from heat. Whisk in baking soda. Stir in sour cream and egg. Mix in dry ingredients. Bake in waffle iron. Serve with fig jam or maple syrup.
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Orange Date Crumble Cake

Put the coffee pot on!  This cake is just perfect to serve for breakfast or brunch.  The brown sugar crumble tops a moist orange cake studded with dates.  Just too good to pass up.  Time to sit, relax and enjoy this wonderful cake with friends and family.

As a side note – I sent this crumble cake to my husband’s office – First comments on the coffee cake, “These are ridiculous!” and “Best coffee cake – ever!”

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Orange Date Crumble Cake
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups flour
  2. 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  3. 1 tablespoon baking powder
  4. 1 egg, beaten
  5. 1/2 cup milk
  6. 1/2 cup canola oil
  7. 1/2 cup dates, diced
  8. 3 teaspoons finely grated orange peel
  9. 1/2 cup orange juice
  10. 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  11. 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  12. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  13. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl combine flour, sugar and baking powder. Mix well. Add egg, milk and oil, stir just until all dry ingredients are incorporated. Add egg, orange juice and dates. Stir until batter is just blended. Pour into a greased 9 inch square pan. Combine brown sugar, butter and cinnamon with a pastry blender or 2 knives until the butter is cut into small pieces. Stir in the walnuts. Sprinkle over batter. Bake 375 for 30 minutes.
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Easy Egg Souffle

If you are ever looking for a quick egg recipe for breakfast or brunch, that does not require overnight preparation or separating eggs and beating egg whites, this recipe is for you.  Quick to prepare, made with ingredients you probably have on hand, and delicious served piping hot out of the oven.  As the souffle bakes, it will puff and turn golden brown.  Serve immediately.  A dramatic and delicious presentation for your breakfast table.

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Easy Egg Souffle
Serves 6
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Ingredients
  1. 6 large eggs
  2. 1 cup heavy cream
  3. 1 teaspoon salt
  4. Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  5. 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  6. 1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  7. 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Beat eggs with a wire whisk until thick and light. Mix in cream, salt, pepper and nutmeg, beat well. Fold in the cheeses. Pour into a well buttered 1 1/2 quart baking dish. Bake 35 - 40 minutes or until puffed and golden brown. Serve immediately.
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