Breakfast, Brunch

Gluten-free Blueberry Corn Muffins

  • 1 1/4 cup stone ground cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup oat bran
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup (one 6-ounce cup) vanilla yogurt Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • Blueberries (fresh or frozen ones that have been thawed)
  • sugar for sprinkling.
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Grease a 12-cup muffin tin. (You can use liners, but I find the muffins can stick to the papers.)
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the cornmeal,GF  flour, oatbran, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  4. In a medium bowl or a large measuring cup, beat the eggs, yogurt, milk, honey, and  oil and whisk to combine well.
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and fold together until just incorporated. Add the zest and mix again.
  6. I like to use my ice cream scoop to fill the 12 muffin cups easily and without mess.
  7. Add  4-6 berries into each cup.
  8. Sprinkle sugar over each cup.
  9. Then bake 12-15 minutes or until the muffins are just cooked through. As all ovens vary, check a few minutes early; they will cook quickly at the high oven temperature and over-baking will create a dry baked good.   
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Breakfast, Brunch

Blackberry Almond Breakfast Custard

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Another delicious breakfast recipe ! Perfect warm or cold and a healthy yet decadent looking change from that boring bowl of oatmeal

Ingredients:

1/2 cup liquid eggs

1/2 cup almond milk

1 pint blackberries

2/3 cup of slivered almonds

1/4 cup honey

1Tbsp of coconut sugar

Method:

Blend honey, milk and eggs in a blender

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Spray a 9″pie plate with non-stick cooking spray and pour in the custard

arrange the blackberries all around the plate, so that each slice gets 2-3 berries

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top with almonds and coconut sugar

bake for 40-45mins in 350F oven till the top is golden and the custard has set.

enjoy warm or cold.

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Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch

Frittata of Ham, Mushrooms and Roasted Red Peppers

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Happy New Year ! With the holidays behind us, I am sure we all trying to eat a little better–however, our fridge is probably still full of leftovers.  Ham and eggs are sure to found in the fridge or positively on sale at the market.  With help a jar of store bought marinated mushrooms and peppers you can whip up this super healthy, speedy meal suitable for breakfast, brunch or lunch.

Ingredients:

16 oz of liquid egg whites

1 jar of marinated mushrooms and roasted red peppers

1 ham steak, cubed

1/2 tbsp of dried parsley

1 tsp of olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

Method:

Preheat oven to 350F

Saute the cubed ham steak in oil till brown in a oven proof skillet

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Add the jar of peppers and mushrooms and sauté till most of the liquid is drained.

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Add the eggs, parsley, salt and pepper and finish the dish by baking in the oven, for 25-30 mins or till the eggs are set.

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Serve hot or room temperature !

 

Breakfast, Brunch

Whole Wheat Mixed Berry Muffin

 

This muffins were created after I finished making the pie recipe (scroll down).  Granted I could just eat my berries with granola and yogurt but since I won’t be home for a few days, I decided to make these muffins and bring these with me for breakfast !

Ingredients:

8oz finely chopped strawberries
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 pint of blueberries
1 large egg, beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp melted unsalted butter

Method:

Preheat oven to 325°.

In a blender, puree strawberries until smooth, you should have 1 1/2 cups when done. If you have more, discard the rest.

Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Mix well.

In a medium bowl, mix eggs, melted butter, vanilla and strawberries. Add to the flour mixture and stir until just blended. Gently fold in remaining berries.

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Pour batter into 12 lined muffin tins and bake at 325° for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for about 10 minutes.  Enjoy !

 

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Breakfast

Ham and Egg cups

 

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Hello everyone ! Long time no see ! Well, as all the other PhD students might sympathize with me, I will be qualifying this semester so I have not had a minute to myself.  I also realized that I have not been eating right too ! Lots of saltines, soda and microwave dinners—everything I dislike about being a student and why I started the blog a year ago in the first place !!!! Anyway, I am trying to cook again so the upcoming recipes will be super quick and super simple ! This is what I made for myself Easter morning since I did not have time to celebrate Easter !

You will need:

Ham slices–the thicker rounds cut in half.  You can you deli meat, just use 4 or 6 slices so that you can generously line the ramekins.

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Once the ramekins are lined, crack one egg into the center.

season with pepper and tarragon.  No salt since the ham tends to be salty.

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Place the ramekins  ( I made a batch of 6) in a baking dish and fill with water.

Bake in a 325 preheated for 15-20 min till the egg sets.

Enjoy hot or warm.

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Breakfast, Pastry, Treats

Doughnut Muffins

This is a super quick recipie that you can whip up even on the busiest weekday mornings.  The muffins are buttery, moist and rich and where originally made in a shop in Rockport, Maine.  I got the recipie from “The New Boston Globe Cookbook”.

Ingredients:

2 cups of flour

1/2 cup sugar

1 Tbsp ( yes Tbsp) of baking powder

1/2 tsp of salt

1 egg

3/4 cup vegetable oil

3/4 cup buttermilk

1/4 cup sour cream ( I used greek yogurt)

Method:

Preheat oven to 375F

In a bowl whisk together all the dry ingrdients and set aside

In a separate bowl, whick together egg, sugar, buttermilk, oil and yogurt ( or sour cream).

Now, mix the dry and the wet ingredients together with a wooden spoon.

Divide the batter among 12 muffin cups and bake for 20mins.

Sprinkle a mixture of cinnamon and sugar on the muffin tops as soon as they come out of the oven.

Cool in the muffin tin for 5 mins and then take them out.

Serve warm with a cup of coffee ! They do tast like doughnuts !!! No more drive through breakfasts !

Breakfast, Treats

Baked Custards

This a take on a microwave pudding my mother would make.  I am lactose intolerant in  weird way.  I can have single slice of pizza and be fine, but slice to would kill me.  Yogurt is ok, only if I a stick a single serving cup ice cream is a sugar bowl of death for me.  However, milk cooked down in custards and puddings never bothered me and once my mother figured that out she would always make this pudding ! It was her super quick way to get me to ‘drink my milk’.  I took the basic recipe and instead of microwaving the mixture I bake it in ramekins and store it in the fridge–it makes breakfast for the week-cold with a drizzle of maple syrup or a dollop of fruit preserves is a perfect protein packed breakfast.  This is also a good go to for an after dinner sweet treat.  Enjoy !

Ingredients:

10 eggs

1 cup Almond milk

1/4 cup sugar ( This will not make it sweet, just enough to add a little flavor to the eggs)

A dash vanilla extract and nutmeg

Method:

This is the simplest recipe ever.  Preheat the oven to 350 and wait till the oven is ready.

Get your ramekins ready.  I only own 5 ramekins which is perfect for the 5 days of the week !  Arrange them in a 9×13 baking pan.

Blend all the ingredients thoroughly and immediately transfer to the ramekins, filling them up to the top.

 

Fill the 9×13 pan with warm water, about half way up the ramekins.

Top with some more nutmeg ( or other warm baking spices) and bake for 30 min or till custard set in the center.

Cool and enjoy !

 

Pastry

Hot Cross Buns !

Nothing says Good Friday Breakfast like warm Hot Cross Buns. Whether or not you are familiar with the nursery rhyme or whether its a long standing tradition (as for me) this is a recipie that will bring back happy memories or help you create some new ones !!
My mother made these every Good Friday, and I did not realize how much I missed them till I did not get them for 4 years in college. But now with a fully equipped kitchen I set out to bake and carry on a family tradition! I hope you like it !

Ingrediants:

• 1 cup warm milk (105°–115°F.)
• 5 teaspoons active dry yeast
• 1/2 cup plus 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
• 4 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 1/2 teaspoons ground allspice
• 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 1/4 sticks (1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons) cold unsalted butter
• 1 large eggs
• 1/2 cup dried currants
• 1/3 cup raisins

Method:
In a small bowl stir together milk, yeast, and 1 teaspoon granulated sugar. Let mixture stand 5 minutes, or until foamy.
Into a large bowl sift together flour, allspice, cinnamon, salt, and remaining 1/2 cup granulated sugar. Cut butter into bits and with your fingertips or a pastry blender blend into flour mixture until mixture resembles coarse meal. Lightly beat 1 whole egg. Make a well in center of flour mixture and pour in yeast and egg mixtures, currants and raisins. Stir mixture until a dough is formed. Transfer dough to a floured surface and with floured hands knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. Transfer dough to an oiled large bowl and turn to coat. Let dough rise, covered with plastic wrap, in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1 1/2 hours.
Butter 2 large baking sheets.
On a floured surface with floured hands knead dough briefly and form into two 12-inch-long logs. Cut each log crosswise into 12 equal pieces. Form each piece into a ball and arrange about 1 1/2 inches apart on baking sheets. Let buns rise, covered, in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 45 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Bake buns for about 12 minutes. Transfer buns to a rack to cool slightly.
Fill in the Milk glaze into a pastry bag ( or a make shift piping bag made out of a Ziploc bag ) and pipe a cross onto the buns and let the glaze set. Serve warm!!!