A Is For Apple Breakfast Ideas

A Is For Apple Breakfast Ideas

This article presents 34 of my favorite apple breakfast recipes.  Most use fresh apples with a handful that require applesauce.  We’ve got apple waffles, apple pancakes, apple oatmeal, apple cereal, apple crepes, apple muffins… think of a breakfast food and put “apple” in front of it and it’s probably here.

If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, try these recipes and keep that pesky medic off your back for over a month.

34 Apple Breakfast Recipes

Apple Granola

Apple Granola -  This flavorful granola includes apples, walnuts, cinnamon, vanilla and maple.  Substitute chopped pecans in place of the walnuts for a different taste.

Apple Cinnamon Waffles

Apple Cinnamon Waffles – Diced apple in the batter makes every bite special.  For the best experience, top with real maple syrup and some chopped nuts.

Homemade Apple Bars

Homemade Apple Bars -  These bars are perfect for breakfast on the go.  They’re comprised of mostly oats and apple, but still somehow taste like an indulgent cookie.

Applesauce Oatmeal Pancakes

Applesauce Oatmeal Pancakes – The applesauce in the recipe make these pancakes more dense and filling than traditional pancakes.  Whole wheat flour and oats add bonus fiber.

Cinnamon & Honey Apple Breakfast Treat

Cinnamon & Honey Apple Breakfast Treat -  The simplest recipe on this list, it’s just apple, whipped cream, honey and cinnamon.  Serve it as slices or core the apple to make a cute apple bowl.

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Cuckoo For Coffee Cake: 32 Great Recipes

Cuckoo For Coffee Cake: 32 Great Recipes

When you want a baked good for breakfast or brunch, you can’t beat a nice coffee cake.  They’re easy to prepare and ready within an hour. As they bake, your kitchen smells like a bakery.  If you have guests over, someone will always ask, “What smells so good?” If you need a dish to take somewhere, a coffee cake is the perfect, portable, party pastry.

The recipes here are all “quick bread” coffee cakes. That is to say, they don’t use yeast (which takes more time), but are made from scratch using flour as a base and baking powder or baking soda as their leavening agent.  (A couple of the recipes call for a store bought-baking mix like Bisquick which is basically flour plus baking powder.)

In a later post, we’ll address yeast-risen coffee cakes and short-cut coffee cakes (those which use dinner rolls, biscuits in a tube or some other time-saving base).  But for now, grab a coffee, sit back, relax and get ready to be hungry.  I present to you…

32 Favorite Coffee Cake Recipes

Strawberry Jam Coffee Cake

1. Strawberry Jam Coffee Cake – You can use any flavor jam that you like.  I’ve tried this recipe with both strawberry and raspberry jam and loved the results.

Mud Pie Coffee Cake

2. Mud Pie Coffee Cake – A very unique coffee cake with a center that’s so soft, moist and tender… it might remind you of bread pudding.

Overnight Coffee Cake

3. Overnight Coffee Cake -  A good, solid standard coffee cake with a brown sugar and pecan crumb topping.  This one is especially good with… you guessed it… coffee.

Blueberry Coffee Cake

4. Blueberry Coffee Cake – The inside is fluffy and loaded to the max with blueberries.  The top is surprisingly crisp.  This is my personal favorite of the many kinds of blueberry coffee cakes I’ve tried.

Apple Coffee Cake

5. Apple Coffee Cake – By volume, this coffee cake has more apples than flour which makes it extremely flavorful and moist.

Pineapple Coffee Cake

6. Pineapple Coffee Cake – A very easy recipe.  Each bite has just the right amount of pineapple.  A simple sugar and walnut topping adds flare but keeps the focus on the tropical flavor inside.

Starbucks-Style Cinnamon Coffeecake

7. Starbucks-Style Cinnamon Coffeecake – I experimented with cakes, crumbles and fillings until I came up with a recipe that’s just as good, if not better, than the notable coffee cake from the famous chain.

Blueberry Oatmeal Breakfast Cake

8. Blueberry Oatmeal Breakfast Cake – An egg-free coffee cake that includes whole wheat flour, oats, applesauce and lots of delicious blueberries.

Cinnamon Flop (Coffee Cake)

9. Cinnamon Flop (Coffee Cake) – This easy-to-make coffee cake features soft fissures and cracks loaded with buttery brown sugar and cinnamon.

Butterscotch Coffee Cake

10. Butterscotch Coffee Cake – This coffee cake uses butterscotch chips and more butter than I’d like to admit to give it a sweet, indulgent flavor.  This one got 20 thumbs-ups from the 10 people I had try it.

Blitzkuchen (German Coffee Cake)

11. Blitzkuchen (German Coffee Cake) – A basic coffee cake with a delightful walnut crumble topping.  FYI… Kuchen is the German word for “cake” and Blitz is German for “lightning.”  Who’s in the mood for Lightning Cake?

Crunchy Kuchen (German Coffee Cake)

12. Crunchy Kuchen (German Coffee Cake) – Like a blitzkuchen (above), but with a crunchy topping thanks to crushed corn flakes.

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Fast Food Cronut? No Thanks!

Croissant Donuts from Jack In the Box - In Promos

Just as the Cronut fad seems to be fading, Jack In the Box has jumped on the bandwagon to offer their version of the pastry.

The Cronut was originally created by pastry chef Dominique Ansel in 2013 for the Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York City.  The name Cronut is trademarked, thus Jack In The Box’s decision to use the innocuous, descriptive name Croissant Donuts.

The Jack In The Box website describes their Croissant Donuts as, “The perfect hybrid of two delicious sweet treats – croissants and donuts; this pastry is a donut made with buttery croissant dough rolled in cinnamon sugar to create a decadent pastry treat.”

Perfect? They are most definitely not.

Croissant Donuts from Jack In the Box - In Reality

The outside of the pastry is chewy and tough.  The inside has a nice, soft texture but the overriding flavor is that of artificial butter.  If you’ve ever had real butter before, you’ll notice something fishy.  Also note that these Croissant Donuts are much smaller than you’d probably assume from ads.  They’re just a little bigger than a golf ball.

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Vive la French Toast: 15 Favorite Recipes

Vive la French Toast: 15 Favorite Recipes

There’s nothing quite like a perfectly prepared piece of French toast.  The outside is ever so crisp and the inside is moist and tender.   Ordinary bread suddenly becomes a playground for maple syrup and other toppings. Use extraordinary bread and you’re in for a guaranteed breakfast bonanza.

Here’s 15 of the best French toast recipes on MrBreakfast.com:

Basic French Toast

#1.  Basic French Toast

Everybody needs a good go-to French toast recipe.  This is mine.  The custard that you dip the bread into is a simple combination of milk, beaten eggs, sugar and a hint of salt.  If you’re craving no-frills, classic diner-style French toast, this is a recipe you should try.  Get the recipe here.

Crunchy French Toast

#2. Crunchy French Toast

I can still remember the first time I tried Crunchy French Toast.  It was several years ago at a restaurant in Los Angeles called Fred 62.  I took a bite and was an immediate fan.  A crisp French toast exterior is great.  A crunchy exterior is even greater.  The trick is dragging your bread through crushed corn flakes after you dip it in an egg and milk mixture. Get the recipe here.

Cinnamon Crunch French Toast

#3. Cinnamon Crunch French Toast

Once you try Crunchy French Toast (#2), you might want to explore other ways to achieve a crunchy French Toast exterior.  In this recipe, the crushed corn flakes from the previous recipe are replaced with crushed Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal.  Get the recipe here.

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Red, White And Blue Breakfast Ideas

Red, White And Blue Waffle

Happy Independence Day!  Today’s ideas are all about adding some red, white and blue flare to your morning meal.  If you have some berries and bananas, you have the power to transform an ordinary breakfast into an All-American Fourth of July Spectacular Breakfast.  Add some whipped cream or yogurt and the patriotic possibilities are endless.

The easiest (and maybe most fun) thing you can do is arrange berries to make an American flag pattern on waffles, pancakes or French toast.

4th of July Waffles

Here, you can see combinations of blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, banana slices and whipped cream.  Those are Apple Cinnamon Waffles in the pictures.  The warm apple pieces in the waffles tasted amazing with the fresh berries on top.  For standard waffles, I’d recommend the following recipes: Best Waffles Ever (quick waffles without yeast) or Overnight Waffle Batter (yeast waffles from a batter that needs to rest at least 7 hours).

American Flag Toast

In a matter of seconds, you can turn ordinary toast into USA-mazing toast.  A spread of cream cheese gives you a white canvas to work with.  Strawberry jam is used to make the red stripes of the flag which are offset by banana pieces to make the white stripes.  I especially love this idea because it’s so kid-friendly. Wee ones will have a blast making a flag out of a piece of toast.  You don’t really need a recipe for this, but here’s one anyway:  American Flag Fruit Toast.

Fourth of July Berry Bites

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How to Make A Basic Breakfast Strata

Basic Breakfast Strata

A breakfast strata is just a breakfast casserole with layered ingredients.  It’s best when you assemble it the night before and refrigerate it overnight.  The next morning: pop it in the oven, take a shower, watch a little George Stephanopoulos* and then… wham, bam, thank you ma’am… breakfast is ready.

Think of a simple farmhouse breakfast of sausage, toast and cheesy eggs with onions and peppers.  Now, imagine what it would be like to have all those wonderful flavors mingled together in a single, delicious bite.  That’s a breakfast strata.

This recipe features one of the non-glamorous superstars of breakfast… day-old bread.  You probably already know that day-old bread makes the best French toast.  It’s a little dry so it retains its structure but it’s also thirsty to absorb the egg, milk and other good stuff that make up French toast.  It’s the key to French toast that’s firm but pleasantly moist inside.   The same principal works for a strata.  After we assemble our strata (which includes slices of bread), we drown it in a French toast-like egg and milk mixture.

This dish elicited enthusiastic comments from the people I tested it on.  My Italian friend Pete said, “Dude, this is great. Is it cool if I get some more?”  My fiance Kellie said, “Tell me about this.  What’s in here? I’m gonna have another piece.”

Nobody is 100% sure who coined the the phrase “leave ‘em wanting more.” It was likely either Walt Disney or P.T. Barnum.  Whoever it was, let’s just assume they were talking about a good Breakfast Strata.

Ingredients For Basic Breakfast Strata

Let’s assemble a strata…

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How To Make Excellent French Toast

The best French toast is golden brown on the outside with an inside that’s soft and tender, moist but not wet.  The flavor should enhance the bread you decide to use. Any spices or added flavoring should be subtle yet noticeable.  French toast should be a welcoming platform for syrup or other toppings, as if to say, “Hello maple syrup.  I’ve been waiting for you.  I’m your soul mate.”

Basic French Toast Done Right

The following article should give you everything you need to know to make successful French toast every time.

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How To Make Donuts In The Microwave

How To Make Donuts In The Microwave

If you’ve been on social media in the last year, you’ve probably encountered enticing, single-serving, microwave recipes for brownies, cakes and other desserts. They usually look amazing and always promise to be fast and easy.  I went to baking school, but I still became temporarily obsessed with the idea of making my favorite desserts in minutes in the microwave.  I tried several of the recipes and they we’re mostly satisfactory, if not stellar.

Throughout this quick-fix phase, I pondered how I could make a satisfying donut in the microwave.  I tweaked and tested recipes until I came up with a microwave cake that tasted similar to a chocolate cake donut.  Coming up with the recipe was the easy part.  Making a donut out of it was another matter.

I played with thicker batters piped in the shape of donuts.  That didn’t work.  The batter fused together in what was supposed to be the hole.  Plus, the cake was too dry from having to add extra flour.  I knew I had to find a way to stick to the recipe I liked, yet still create a donut shape.

Having no luck, I decided to drink my troubles away.  I was pouring bourbon into a shot glass to make a Manhattan.  The answer was in my hand.  I took the shot glass and rested it in a glass cereal bowl.   There it was… a donut mold.

I whipped up another batch of the cake batter, greased my makeshift mold and gave it a try.  It worked!  I realized on subsequent attempts that works best if the shot glass is right-side-up in the bowl with the smallest part of the glass touching the bowl.

Holding A Microwave Donut

In a reality, these donuts are just cakes in funny shapes.  But isn’t that what donuts are?  They need icing to make them really feel like donuts.  Without icing, they look kind of like sad, little, porous Bundt cakes.  But once you add icing, you get the donut experience.  At least, you get the best donut experience you can get in a couple of minutes from your microwave.

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