Pear and Pepper Jelly Bagel

There is something wonderful about a warm, toasted bagel that resonates with.. well… Everyone! Pair it with cream cheese, capers, salmon, a poached egg: the list goes on and on… So here’s a new one to give a try!

Pear and pepperjelly

You could change up this pear to an Asian variety for some interesting color. Any sweet pear will do. The critical point to remember is to give the pears a squeeze of lemon juice. Then place on top of your delicious bagel. These are pretty enough and satisfying that you could even serve these for brunch. Feeling adventurous? Try grilling the pears to play up the smokey flavor of the jelly.

Pear and red pepper bagel

If you haven’t had red pepper jelly; fear not- it has a hint of spice. It’s subtle and pairs nicely with the pears. Simply toast your bagel, smear your cream cheese and add a tablespoon of red pepper jelly. Then add your pears and enjoy!

 

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Cake Batter Doughnuts

Around here weekends call for doughnuts. While I love supporting my local bakeries; there are times when a quick batch of doughnuts are necessary. Say when it’s freezing cold out, you live 20 miles from the nearest bakery, you’re tired, you simply don’t want to leave your house… The reasons why you need doughnuts at home are plenty and varied. Well, I’m here to show you how to have doughnuts in no time! Plus, you can freeze these treats to pull out on another day; when doughnuts are a must!

Cake Batter DoughnutsFirst off let’s talk cake batter. This is really a personal preference. Truly the more basic flavors work best for adding toppings: chocolate, white cake, yellow cake and spice cake. However, I think a carrot cake batter with a coconut topping would be equally delicious!

Now that you have selected your cake batter flavor let’s move on to making the doughnuts themselves. The process starts with a basic non-stick doughnut pan, yielding 6 doughnuts per pan. You will need to lightly grease the pan and preheat your oven to the temperature indicted on your cake batter box.

Next, using your cake batter box which should be a 15.25 oz box: pour into a large bowl half of the boxed cake batter and the following ingredients.

Ingredients: 

1/2 a box of cake batter

1/2 C. Water

1/4 C. Vegetable oil

1 egg whole

1 egg white

Bake until the doughnuts are firm but still have a slight spring to the touch.

Cake Batter Doughnuts

Once the doughnuts have cooled; it’s time to add the toppings.

A simple dusting of powder sugar is one option but let your imagination and taste buds guide you to the doughnut you fancy.

Note: if you intend to freeze the doughnuts do not glaze or add any toppings to the doughnuts.This recipe will yield roughly 10-12 doughnuts with half a box of cake batter.

Chocolate Ganache topping

Using semi sweet chocolate baking chips and a dash of dark chocolate; will yield the most wonderful ganache for topping your doughnuts. Create a double broiler (medium bowl over boiling water), Add chocolate and butter and whisk until smooth.

Dip your doughnuts in the chocolate and then place on parchment paper to dry. At this point in the process, you may add sprinkles to your doughnuts, chopped hazelnuts or any of your favorite toppings. Enjoy!

 

 

Cinnamon Roll Muffins

On their own these two components are great! Together: muffins+cinnamon rolls= heavenly deliciousness!!! Just look at these beauties; hot out of the oven…

Cinnamon roll muffins

I’m getting ahead of myself… First off, these are super simple to make. You’re basically using a boxed cake mix of your choice and a tube of cinnamon rolls. You can dress up your muffin mixture by adding shaved carrots and raisins to make these shall we say, “kinda healthy”? But for now, we will just keep things easy and make the recipe as is.

Cinnamon roll muffins Ingredients:

1/2 box of a 15.25 oz cake mix

12.4 oz tube of cinnamon rolls with icing

1 egg

1/4 cup vegetable oil

2/3 cup water

8 foil wrappers for muffin tin

Muffin tin

 

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Place muffin wrappers in muffin tin. In a medium bowl beat together all ingredients except the cinnamon rolls and icing. (If adding raisins or carrot shreds; gently fold them in at this time. ) Divide this batter evenly between the 8 muffin wrappers. Place in oven and bake for 8 minutes.

Next remove cinnamon rolls from tube and set aside icing. Take muffins out of the oven and place one cinnamon roll on top of each muffin. Place back in the oven and cook for an additional 12 minutes. Once golden brown, remove from oven and place on wire rack to cool. Using a fork drizzle the icing over the cinnamon roll muffins. Now, tell yourself: “I will only eat one of these with my coffee (tea)”. When no one is looking… Have another one. Your secret is safe with me!

Cinnamon roll muffins

Pizza! It’s what’s for breakfast!

Don’t think pizza can make a healthy breakfast? Well this flavorful pizza is loaded with good for you toppings. Go ahead, indulge and have a slice or two. Pizza: your new breakfast treat!

Breakfast pizza

Using 1 whole wheat pita or white pita bread: toast until lightly golden. Mix together 2 tablespoons of vanilla greek yogurt to 1 teaspoon lemon curd. Spread on top. Sprinkle a tablespoon of blue cheese. Add arugula, raspberries and a drizzle of balsamic.  Simple! Delicious! Pizza!

Breakfast pizza