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The Monthly Breakfast Report
The Monthly Breakfast Report
Summer 2009                 Theme: Summer Breakfast Lovin'
 

Mr BreakfastHappy Summer Breakfast Lover,

We've got some great things cooking at MrBreakfast.com. We're happy to announce the launch of our new, improved website and the unveiling of The Cereal Project. Tell all your friends... and even people you don't know. Regular newsletters are set to resume this fall. Talk to you then. Have a fantastic summer.

Your pal,
Mr Breakfast
 
 
 


Recipe Of The Month:   Easy Banana Bread

This issue's featured recipe is a simple, basic banana bread that's received super high marks from the great breakfast lovers who have left comments on MrBreakfast.com. I hope you like it as much as we do.

Easy Banana BreadEasy Banana Bread

1 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 large eggs
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 medium bananas
8 Tablespoons butter or margarine
1/3 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

This recipe makes 6 servings.

Cream sugar and butter, mash the bananas and add to the mixture.

Beat and add the eggs. Slowly add the flour, salt, and baking soda. (If desired, fold in the walnuts at this point.) Pour into a loaf pan.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 40 to 50 minutes.


Easy Banana Bread


Cooking Notes:

This recipe makes one 9 1/2 X 5-inch loaf or three 6 X 3 1/2-inch mini loaves.

For an in-depth article (with video) about this recipe, please see Mr Breakfast's blog post called Banana Bread... So Easy, ItŐs Bananas!


That's all there is too it. Let me know how you liked it by leaving a comment on this recipe's page on MrBreakfast.com.



More Featured Breakfast Recipes For Summer

Let us know what you thought of the recipes by posting a note on MrBreakfast.com.

Grapefruit Crunch

This is a simple way to add spark to a healthy breakfast of grapefruit. You can use your favorite flavor of yogurt to customize it to your tastes.

Green Eggs And Ham

In this recipe, it's avocado and green onion that give the eggs a greenish hue. Fun for St. Patrick's Day or after reading the famous book to kids (please leave out the bourbon if serving to children).

Red Flannel Hash

Great for around St. Patrick's Day when corned beef brisket is easier to find and often cheaper. Top with poached eggs to make the meal complete. Very popular in New England.

Mashed Potato Pancakes

I like these with butter and maple syrup. But since they're more savory than sweet, they are also terrific with a fried egg and grated cheese on top. You can also try adding some chopped parsley or basil for color - or spice them up with jarred roasted red pepper or jalapenos! Delicious!

Flax Seed And Nut Granola (Low-Carb)

An oat-free, low-carb granola with three kinds of nuts, two kinds of seeds and shredded coconut. It is sweetened with Splenda (or similar sugar substitute).

Better Blueberry Waffles

A good reliable blueberry batter. These waffles are great with a thin spread of butter topped with a few fresh berries and a dollop of whipped cream. Great with maple syrup too.



To Find Your Perfect Breakfast:

MrBreakfast.com now has 2880 breakfast recipes. (And don't forget the 23617 restaurant reviews.)



 
 

Fast Fact
There's Over 325 Ways To Make ToastThere's Over 325 Ways To Make Toast

Over the last three years, MrBreakfast.com visitors have submitted their recipes for toast. Check it out: 326 Ways To Enjoy Toast.


 
 
 


There's Over 325 Ways To Make Toast 10 Tips To Make Perfect Waffles

  1. Respect Your Waffle Maker. Be sure to read the instruction manual for your unit thoroughly. Different waffle makers are designed to cook waffles differently. Some people may tell you to coat your waffle maker with cooking spray. There's a good chance your manual will have different advice. If you bought your waffle maker in the last 5 years, chances are you should not use cooking spray.

  2. "Non-Stick" Is In The Batter. The amount of oil or butter in your batter will determine whether or not your waffles will stick to your waffle maker. If you are consistently making waffles that stick, try increasing the oil or butter.

  3. Separate The Egg Whites From The Yolks. If a light and fluffy waffle interior is important to you, separate your eggs. Add the beaten yolks to the wet ingredients of your batter. Then, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold the eggs whites gently into the final batter using a spatula.

  4. Avoid Violent-Mixing. Waffle batter is a tricky character. It should be smooth enough to flow freely through the dimples of the waffle plate, but it should never be over-mixed (over-mixing turns the flour into gluten which produces a chewier, less-fluffy texture). The solution is gentle patience. Using a rubber spatula (or a spoon if you don have one), mix the wet ingredients of your batter into the dry ingredients as if the batter had tiny, breakable items in it that you don't want to break. Using a gentle motion and a couple extra minutes, mix the batter until smooth.

  5. No Buttermilk / No Problem. A lot of the more interesting waffle recipes you'll find ask for buttermilk. The problem is most people don't keep buttermilk around. Regular milk can always be used in place of buttermilk. The difference in the texture of the completed waffle is negligible. If your dying for that extra bit of tanginess that buttermilk adds, you can make an easy buttermilk substitute by adding a Tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice to a cup of milk. The acidic ingredient will cause the milk to curdle. Let it stand 15 minutes and there you go. Some people will probably even prefer the kiss of freshness that lemon juice can add.

  6. Don't Lift The Lid Too Early. As a general rule you should always wait until your waffle maker says it's okay, by way of its indicator light or beeping mechanism. If you have a waffle that's sticking to the plates (see tip #2 to avoid), lifting the lid too soon could cause your waffle to rip, leaving one poor half of a waffle stuck to the top and the other half sadly adhered to the bottom.

  7. Steam: A Waffle's Natural Kitchen Timer. If your waffle maker doesn't have a doneness indicator, watch the steam coming out of the unit as you cook. When the steam stops, lift the lid. The waffle should be done. Chances are that it will be well-done. On our test waffle maker, complete steamlessness matched a setting of 8 out of 10 on the doneness dial.

  8. Everybody Dig In (At The Same Time). If you're cooking for more than one person, you'll probably want everyone to eat at the same time. But your waffle maker only makes one waffle at a time. Is all lost? Is all hope gone? No way. Set your oven to 250 degrees at the same time that you pre-heat your waffle maker. As you pull completed waffles from the maker, transfer them to the oven. A short time in the oven can actually improve the crispness of a waffle. Think of it as giving your waffles a light toasting right after you make them.

  9. Don't Waste Waffles. Only wild, wacky women with weird ways and wide wallets waste wonderful waffles. If you make too many waffles, just place them in a freezer bag after they've cooled. Place wax paper between multiple waffles and squeeze as much air from the bag as possible. When you're ready to eat them, set out the preferred number of waffles and let them defrost for about 10 minutes. Then, heat the waffles in your oven at 300 degrees for about 5 minutes. If the waffles fit comfortably in your toaster, go for it. Just defrost them and toast at a medium-low setting. Note: If you're purposely making waffles for later use, cook them at a setting slightly lower than you'd ordinarily use. Then, they'll be just the way you like them when they're hit with more heat.

  10. No Mess / No Regrets. If you clean your waffle maker shortly after it's cooled, you'll guarantee your machine's future waffle success and it will be much easier to clean than if you waited. For a list of tips on cleaning waffle makers, click here.


BONUS TIPS:

  • Always have softened butter or margarine and warmed (at least room temperature) syrup ready for your waffles. There's nothing worse than sitting in front of a perfect waffle and trying to spread cold butter on it. Your picture perfect waffle will rip and tear like nobody's business.

  • Use a plastic or rubber utensil to remove your waffles from the waffle maker. A fork or knife may be more handy, but over the long haul those seemingly harmless stabs at the waffle plates will cause havoc on your waffle maker.




 
 


NEW PRODUCT REVIEWS


Cinnamon Toast Crunch Churros
From General Mills

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Churros tastes almost exactly like original Cinnamon Toast Crunch. The churro shape of the cereal pieces has a texture that feels refreshing and new. The cereal pieces are some of the biggest pieces found in any cereal today with many of them measuring slightly over an inch long.

The pieces are very crunchy when eaten dry. In milk, they stay mildly crunchy for about 6 minutes. After that, you get a combination of crunch and softness that is total enjoyable.


Cinnamon Toast Crunch Churros Cereal Product Review


I liked this new cereal a lot... mostly because I love original Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Forced to choose between Cinnamon Toast Crunch Churros and the original, I'd probably choose original Cinnamon Toast Crunch... but it'd be close. I recommend that you try this new cereal.


Bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch Churros Cereal


Review By 4 Year Old Daughter:
"I love it. I like the straight shapes. They float so good in the milk, I can hardly catch them."


Nutritional Considerations: Each 3/4 cup serving of Cinnamon Toast Crunch Churros has 130 calories, 3 grams total fat (0 saturated and 0 trans), 0 mg cholesterol, 180 mg sodium, 24 grams total carbs, 2 grams dietary fiber, 8 grams sugar and 2 grams protein.

The $0.00 price listed below indicates that the company sent us a sample box of the product for the purpose of this review.

The price we paid: $0.0


 (6 out of 7 Golden Eggs)



Pumpkin Spice Frosted Flakes
From Kellogg's

Kellogg's Pumpkin Spice Frosted Flakes look and feel just like traditional Kellogg's Frosted Flakes. When you open the box, you get a hearty whiff of pumpkin spice - the most apparent of which is ginger.

Eaten dry, you notice nutmeg and a hint of cinnamon. But mostly, you notice that the cereal is super sweet - maybe even more sweet than traditional Frosted Flakes. The texture is familiar and nice.

Eaten with milk, the pumpkin spice flavor gets toned down leaving you with the Frosted Flakes flavor you know and love with just a whisper of pumpkin spice. Personally, I kind of liked that. Pumpkin Spice is rarely enjoyable if there's too much of it. The flakes have a nice crispness which lasts for about 3 minutes in milk before becoming pleasantly limp.


Pumpkin Spice Frosted Flakes Cereal Product Review


In a world and a season where everything is suddenly pumpkin spice, this cereal offers nothing novel or new. But it will remind you why traditional Kellogg's Frosted Flakes has remained so popular for so long. This new cereal is fine. I suspect most people will enjoy it.


Bowl of Pumpkin Spice Frosted Flakes Cereal


Nutritional Considerations: Each 3/4 cup serving has 110 calories, 0 grams total fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 150 mg sodium, 26 grams total carbs, 0 grams dietary fiber, 10 grams sugar and 1 gram protein.

The price we paid: $2.49


 (5 out of 7 Golden Eggs)



Read the complete reviews for these products and more at the
Mr Breakfast Product Review Home Page.



 
Why Eat Breakfast?
Researchers at the University of Nottingham, UK found that skipping breakfast can raise cholesterol levels and diminish the body's sensitivity to insulin (the hormone that regulates blood sugar) in healthy, lean women.
 
 



Quick Breakfast For Busy MorningsQuick Breakfast For Busy Mornings
 
So you don't have time for breakfast? That's crazy talk. Check out this article for some great time-saving breakfast tips.
 
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Oatmeal Saves The DayOatmeal Saves The Day
 
Does this harsh economy have you tightening your breakfast budget? What a great excuse to find out more about the inexpensive wonder food called oatmeal.
 
Check it out.


 
 

The Spring 2009 Mr Breakfast Clothing Line
 
Research shows that 99.99999% percent of your friends don't own any of this stuff. What perfect gifts!

Sausage T-Shirt
 
Sausage T-Shirt
 
$18.99
Vote4Breakfast Underpants
 
Vote4Breakfast Underpants
 
$8.99
Eat Oatmeal T-Shirt
 
Eat Oatmeal T-Shirt
 
$9.99


Click here to see the entire Mr Breakfast Collection.


 
 
 

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