Breakfast and Brunch Recipes

We all love breakfast but maybe it is getting a little boring. Try these unique breakfast recipes to spice up your mornings.

Apple Skillet Cake

Apple Skillet Cake Recipe

3 large eggs
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
3/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups thinly sliced tart green apples
1/4 cup unsalted butter
Maple syrup, if desired

In a large bowl whisk together eggs, flour, and sugar, whisking until the mixture is smooth. Whisk in the milk, cinnamon and vanilla extract, until the mixture is combined well. Stir in the apples.

In a 9- or 10-inch cast iron skillet melt the butter over moderate heat. Pour the batter into the skillet, spreading the apples evenly, and bake the cake in the middle of a preheated 375 degree F oven for 30 minutes, or until it is puffed and begins to pull away from the sides of the skillet.

Serve the cake cut into wedges with maple syrup. Serves 4 to 6.

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Date Nut Muffins

Date Nut Muffins

Date Nut Muffins

2 eggs
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 tablespoons flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup chopped dates

Stir (do not beat) eggs, sugar and vanilla extract. Mix flour, salt, cinnamon and allspice. Add pecans and dates to flour mixture. Combine the two mixtures. Using miniature muffin tins, grease tins well and fill half full. Bake at 325 degrees F for 15 minutes.

Baked muffins will keep a week or more in a tin.

Makes 36.

Apricot Casserole

Apricot Casserole

Apricot Casserole

2 (16 ounce) cans apricot halves, drained
1 box light brown sugar
1 to 2 stacks buttery-flavored round crackers, crushed
1/2 to 1 cup (1 to 2 sticks) butter or margarine

In a large casserole dish, put down half the apricot halves. Sprinkle brown sugar over the apricots until they are covered (this may not take the entire box). Cover sugar layer with crushed crackers, then dab the top generously with butter or margarine. Repeat layers again, ending with butter or margarine. Bake at 350 degrees F until casserole bubbles, about 30 or 45 minutes.

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Apple Flapjacks

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup milk
1 egg
2 teaspoons butter, melted
1 apple, grated

Sift together dry ingredients. Stir in milk, egg and butter; mix until well combined. Stir in apple.

Drop by tablespoons onto hot, well-greased griddle. Cook until browned on both sides.

Baked Orange French Toast

Baked Orange French Toast

1 large orange
6 eggs
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
Butter or margarine
12 white bread slices, cut in half
1 (10 ounce) jar orange marmalade
1 cup confectioners sugar

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

Into pie plate or shallow baking dish, grate orange to make 1 tablespoon grated peel. Into measuring cup, squeeze juice from orange; add 1/3 cup juice to orange peel with eggs and cardamom; with fork or wire whisk, beat until mixed.

Melt 1/4 cup butter or margarine in the oven in a 15 1/2 x 10 1/2-inch jellyroll pan; remove from oven.

Dip half of bread slices into egg mixture to coat all sides; place in one layer in buttered jellyroll pan. Bake 5 minutes on each side until lightly browned.

Arrange on heated platter; keep warm.

Melt 1/4 cup butter or margarine in same jellyroll pan; repeat dipping and baking remaining bread.

In small saucepan over medium-low heat, melt orange marmalade with 2 tablespoons reserved orange juice, stirring occasionally. Pass warm marmalade mixture and confectioners sugar.

Makes 6 servings.

Baked German Pancake

Baked German Pancake

1 large egg, separated
1/2 cup skim milk
2 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons stick margarine, melted
1/2 teaspoon butter flavoring
3 egg whites
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons confectioners’ sugar

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Spray an 8-inch oven-proof skillet or cake pan with nonstick cooking spray.

In large bowl, beat egg yolk with milk, lemon zest and sugar. Sift flour, baking powder and salt together, and gradually whisk into yolk mixture. Add margarine and butter flavoring, and beat until smooth.

In another bowl, beat the four egg whites until stiff but not dry; fold into yolk mixture.

Pour into prepared skillet and bake 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees F and bake 7-10 minutes more, or until a wooden pick inserted near center comes out clean.

Sprinkle with lemon juice and confectioners’ sugar, and serve immediately.

Makes 4 servings, each serving 1/4 of pancake.

Diabetic Exchange: 1/2 Fat, 1/2 Protein, 1/2 Bread, 40 Optional Calories

Per serving: 134 Calories, 7 g Protein, 4 g Fat, 18 g Carbohydrate,431 mg Sodium, 54 mg Cholesterol, 0 g Dietary Fiber

Apple Gingerbread Cobbler

Apple Gingerbread Cobbler

4 medium apples, sliced
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup plus 3 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons cornstarch
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Cook apples, sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon and 1 cup of water until apples are almost tender.

Combine 3 tablespoons water with cornstarch, stirring until all lumps are removed. Stir into apples and cook until thickened. Pour into an 8-inch baking dish. Add topping. Bake 35 minutes.

Topping
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup molasses
2 tablespoons oil
1 egg
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Beat together the milk, molasses, oil, egg and sugar. Measure remaining ingredients into sifter and sift into egg mixture. Stir only until combined and pour over apple mixture.

Alaska Sourdough Pancakes

Alaska Sourdough Pancakes

These are very delicious!

1 package dry yeast
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups warm water
2 eggs
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons melted margarine

Using a glass mixing bowl and a wooden spoon only, mix yeast, flour and warm water; beat well. Let stand in warm place overnight or for 8 hours.

Add eggs, baking soda, salt and sugar. Beat well, then add melted margarine. Bake on hot griddle or in frying pan until lightly brown.

Apricot Cobbler

3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup water Apricot Cobbler
3 (15 1/4 ounce) cans apricot halves, drained
1 tablespoon butter or margarine

In a saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir in water; bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil and stir for 1 minute; reduce heat. Add apricots and butter; heat through. Pour into a greased 2-quart baking dish.

Topping
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons cold butter or margarine
1/2 cup milk

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a bowl; cut in butter until crumbly. Stir in milk just until moistened. Spoon over hot apricot mixture. Bake at 400 degrees F for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown and a wooden pick inserted into the topping comes out clean.

Yields 6 servings.

Just Baked Apple Slices

Apple Slices

2 1/2 cups flour, sifted
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup lard or shortening
1 egg, separated
2 egg whites
Milk as needed
2/3 cup cornflakes, crushed
5 cups apples, peeled and sliced
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Sift flour, sugar and salt together. Cut in shortening. Put the egg yolk in a measuring cup and add milk to make 2/3 cup total. Add to shortening mixture. Mix into a ball. Roll half into a 15 x 11-inch rectangle and place on a cookie sheet. Cover with cornflakes and apples. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Roll out other half of dough for top and pinch edges shut. Beat egg whites and spread over the top crust. Bake for 40 minutes.

Drizzle glaze of confectioners’ sugar and lemon juice (may require more lemon juice) over top after baking.Just Baked Apple Slices

Apple Pecan Dumplings

Apple Pecan Dumplings

Pastry for 3 pie shells
2 oranges
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
4 medium cooking apples
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 to 3 tablespoons cold butter or margarine
2 tablespoons broken pecans

Grate 2 tablespoons orange peel; squeeze orange juice. Measure and add water to make 1 cup.

In a saucepan, mix 1/2 cup of each sugar with flour; add grated orange peel and juice. Cook and stir until mixture thickens and clears, about 3 minutes.

Pare, core and cut apples into 3 horizontal slices. Mix 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon. Cut cold butter into 6 pieces.

Roll pastry 1/8-inch thick; cut into six 7-inch squares. Place 1 apple slice on each; sprinkle 1 teaspoon cinnamon sugar. Top with second apple slice; press 1 piece butter into center of apples; sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Brush pastry edges with water. Wrap around apples. Pinch to seal. Place dumplings in 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Bake at 400 degrees F for 10 minutes.

Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees F.

Spoon some orange sauce over dumplings; bake 10 minutes. Spoon over more sauce. Bake 10 minutes. Repeat, sprinkling with pecans. Bake 15 minutes.

Makes 6 servings.

Pastry
1 pie shell
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup cold lard or shortening
2 or 3 tablespoons chilled club soda, lemon-lime or
other flavored soda or ice water

Combine flour and salt. Cut in lard to make a crumbly mixture. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of cold soda, tossing with a fork to mix. Repeat until flour is moistened and can be pressed into a ball. Shape into 1 flat rounded ball if making 1 pie shell; 2 balls for 2 pie shells or 1 double crust pie. Wrap ball in plastic wrap or wax paper and let rest for 5 minutes.

On a lightly floured surface, roll 1 ball into an 11- to 13-inch circle to fit an 8-, 9- or 10-inch pie plate. Fold into quarters or roll around rolling pin and transfer to pie plate. Follow directions for pastry on apple pecan dumplings.

Apricot Butter Squares

12 ounces vanilla wafers, crushed
1/2 pound butter, melted
2 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pound canned apricot halves, cut and drained
4 ounces chopped pecans
2 cups heavy cream

In a 13 x 9-inch pan make a layer of half the crushed vanilla wafers. Mix together the butter, confectioners’ sugar, eggs and vanilla extract. Pour this over the vanilla wafers. Cover this mixture with the apricot halves, then sprinkle the chopped nuts over the top. Whip heavy cream until stiff and spread over apricots. Cover the top with the remaining half of the vanilla wafers. Refrigerate for at least 24 hours.

Cut into squares to serve.Apricot Butter Squares

Bacon and Cheese Breakfast Pizza

Bacon and Cheese Breakfast Pizza

1 (9-inch) single-crust pastry
1/2 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
8 ounces Swiss cheese, shredded
4 eggsBacon and Cheese Breakfast Pizza
12 ounces sour cream
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

Roll pastry to fit into a 12-inch pizza pan. Bake at 425 degrees F for 5 minutes.

Sprinkle bacon and cheese evenly over crust. In a bowl, beat eggs, sour cream and parsley until smooth; pour over pizza. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until pizza is puffy and lightly browned.

Yields 6 main-dish or 18 appetizer servings

Baked French Toast with Pineapple Cheese Topping

Baked French Toast with Pineapple Cheese Topping

Pineapple Cheese Topping
1 (8 ounce) can sliced pineapple
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Toast
4 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup orange juice
3/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1 (16 ounce) loaf Texas toast

Place all topping ingredients in blender or processor and pulse until only small chunks of pineapple remain. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Whisk toast ingredients, except bread, in a flat dish until well blended. Dip bread slices into egg mixture, coating well on both sides. Arrange on a cookie sheet that has been lightly greased.

Bake at 425 degrees F 15 to 20 minutes, turning slices over halfway through baking time.

Serve hot with Pineapple Cheese Topping.

Avocado Egg Scramble

Avocado Egg Scramble

1 avocado
Salt
8 eggs
1/2 cup dairy sour cream
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon butter

Cut avocado lengthwise into halves, remove seed and skin. Dice avocado and sprinkle lightly with salt. Beat eggs with sour cream, seasoned salt and pepper.

Melt butter in skillet, tipping to coat all sides. Add egg mixture and cook slowly, stirring now and then. When almost set, carefully fold in avocado. Serve at once.

Awesome Layered Grits

Awesome Layered Grits

1 cup uncooked grits (may use quick- cooking
grits prepared according to package directions)
1 teaspoon salt
1 (6 ounce) roll garlic cheese
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup milk
2 or 3 tomatoes, sliced
1 cup chopped fresh basil
1 large sweet onion (Vidalia preferred), shredded
2 cups shredded Monterey jack cheese
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Bring 4 cups water to a boil in a saucepan; stir in grits and salt. Cover, reduce heat and simmer until done (about 20 minutes).

Add garlic cheese, butter, eggs and milk to grits, stirring well. Transfer to a 2 1/2-quart baking dish. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes. Let cool. (Recipe may be done ahead to this point.)

Layer tomato slices, basil, onion, Monterey jack and Cheddar over grits. Bake an additional 20 minutes, or until thoroughly heated.

To serve, cut into squares.

Makes 8 to 10 servings.

Per serving: Calories 413 (66% fat) Fat 30 g (18 g sat) Fiber 1 g Chol 130 mg Sodium 714 mg Carbs 17 g Calcium 477 mg

Baked Butter Pecan French Toast

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 tablespoons honey Baked Butter Pecan French Toast
1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
1 (16 ounce) loaf French bread, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
2 cups (8 ounces) finely chopped ham
6 eggs, beaten
1 2/3 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice*
Maple syrup, if desired

Combine brown sugar, butter and honey in 1-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until sugar melts (2 to 3 minutes). Pour into ungreased 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with pecans. Top with half of bread slices; sprinkle with ham.

Combine eggs, milk and vanilla extract in large bowl; beat until well mixed. Dip remaining bread slices in egg mixture on one side only. Place over ham, dipped-side down. Pour remaining egg mixture over bread slices.

Combine sugar and pumpkin pie spice in small bowl; sprinkle over top. Cover; refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

Bake, uncovered, for 50 to 55 minutes or until golden brown and knife inserted in center comes out clean. Let stand for 10 minutes. Cut into 8 servings; invert each onto serving plates.

Serve with maple syrup, if desired.

* Substitute 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg and 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves.

Yields 8 servings.

Nutrition Facts (1 serving): Calories: 590; Fat: 29 g; Cholesterol: 205 mg; Sodium: 730 mg; Carbohydrates: 68 g; Dietary Fiber: 3 g; Protein: 17 g

Avocado Bacon Swiss Cheese Omelet

Avocado Bacon Swiss Cheese Omelet Recipe

3 eggs
3 tablespoons half-and-half
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons diced ripe avocado
1 ounce Swiss cheese, grated
1 slice crisp bacon

Combine first 4 ingredients and beat well. Pour into well-oiled omelet pan and cook over medium heat until puffy. Add avocado, cheese, and crumbled bacon. Serve either open-faced or folded over.

Serves 1.

Almond Apricot Coffee Cake

Almond Apricot Coffee Cake

1 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 cups granulated sugar
3 eggs
8 ounces (1 cup) sour cream
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup slivered almonds, divided
1 (10 to 12 ounce) jar apricot preserves

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, sour cream and almond extract; mix well.

Combine flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture and mix well. Spread half of the batter in a greased and floured 12-cup fluted tube pan. Sprinkle with half of the almonds. Spread half of the preserves to within 1/2 inch of the edges. Cover with remaining batter. Spoon remaining preserves over batter to within 1/2 inch of edges. Sprinkle with remaining almonds. Bake at 350 degrees F for 55 to 60 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted near the center comes out clean.

Cool in pan for 15 minutes. Carefully invert onto a serving platter.

Apple Fritter Rings

Apple Fritter Rings

1 egg
2/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
Dash of salt
5 large tart apples
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

In a bowl, beat egg, milk and oil.

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt; stir into the egg mixture until smooth (batter will be thick).

Peel, core and cut apples into 1/2-inch rings.

In an electric skillet or deep-fat fryer, heat oil to 375 degrees F. Dip apple rings into batter; fry, a few at a time, until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.

Combine sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over hot fritters. Serve warm.

Yields about 24.

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