Monday, July 29, 2013

Two Quick and Easy Breakfasts

Before I get into today's actual post, I wanted to share this pancake recipe for a special family friend. One of my mom's closest friends from Georgia called right after I made a batch of these Nutella pancakes. I had the idea for them after the Parade of Pancakes was over, so they are stragglers. Sorry. I wanted to post them anyway because they are just so stinking good.
Nutella Pancakes with Cream Cheese and Strawberry Jelly
serves 1-2
½ cup flour
½ tsp baking powder
1 tbsp oil
½ cup buttermilk
2 egg yolks
4 tsp sugar
3 tbsp Nutella
dash of salt
3 tbsp cream cheese
1 tbsp strawberry jelly

Mix together the flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar. Add in the egg yolks, buttermilk, and oil. Stir well. Swirl in the Nutella. Preheat a nonstick pancake pan to medium heat. Scoop out 3 tablespoons of batter at a time onto the pancake pan. Flip once the tops look dry and bubbles start to form. Cook the other side until golden. Top the pancakes with cream cheese and a dollop of strawberry jelly.

French toast, bread pudding, homemade bagels... These things are Sunday morning breakfast dishes that will feed the whole family, not meant for early weekday mornings when you are rushed for time and cannot think straight, or for when it is just you.

That is until now. French toast can be made faster than ever, and bread pudding is ready in just minutes. Now how is that for a busy morning? They are also only meant to serve one, so you don't have to eat the same dish of bread pudding every day for a week.

microwaved bread pudding (2)
Microwave Bread Pudding
2 slices bread
1 egg
6 tbsp milk
1 tbsp honey or brown sugar (optional)

Whisk the egg and milk together in a microwave safe mug or bowl. Stir in the sugar or honey if using. Cut the bread into bite sized chunks. Stir it in with the egg and milk mixture until the bread is completely covered. Cover the mug with a towel and microwave for 2 minutes.
microwaved bread pudding
And as for the bagels, either make them the night before or buy them at Panera on your way to work/ school. I don't think I will ever be able to perfect a two minute bagel recipe. (But they are worth all the time and effort.)
peanut butter french toast
Peanut Butter Stuffed French Toast for One
1 sandwich thin or two slices of any other bread
2-3 tbsp peanut butter
1 egg yolk
2 tbsp milk

Whisk together the egg yolk and milk. Spread the peanut butter inside the bread to make a sandwich. Soak each side of the sandwich in the egg mixture for 3 minutes. Preheat a pan to medium low heat and oil the bottom. Cook each side of the French toast until it is lightly browned.
I originally had a whole tutorial on video on how to make this card. For some reason the video would not work, so you will just have to live with looking and not making the card. Unless you can figure out how to do it yourself.
I love how you have to open it twice to get to the card. It's like a hidden message.

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