Category: Holiday Brunch


My sister, who has been eating gluten free for five years, was here for a visit.  What better reason to try out a gluten free banana bread mix I’ve been eyeing at Lucky’s?

King Arthur Gluten Free Banana Bread mix is amazing!  Below is how I modified the directions on the box to make it my own.  We enjoyed warm, delicious banana bread that we couldn’t believe was gluten free!

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1 box King Arthur gluten free banana bread mix

3 eggs

1 c. milk

1/2 c. melted butter

2 mashed bananas

1/2 c. chopped cashews

Mix eggs, milk and melted butter and add into mix until well blended.  Add in mashed bananas and nuts.

Bake at 350F for 50-55 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.

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This breakfast/brunch casserole is one of the kids’ favorites.  I had some apple butter on hand, had a coupon for Swirl bread, and decided to give this a try using Tofutti cream cheese substitute.  No one could tell that it wasn’t real cream cheese.  I reduced the amount of sweetener, and it was still sweet enough from the apple butter to forego putting syrup or powdered sugar on it.

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2 loaves Swirl bread (I used whole wheat cinnamon raisin, but there are some great varieties now including  a new oatmeal bread – pumpkin spice, brown sugar, etc.!)

2 containers Tofutti

1/2 c. agave (or use sugar, honey, maple syrup or natural sweeteners)

12 eggs

2 C. milk (I used unsweetened coconut/almond blend)

1/2 c. apple butter

Coconut oil spray

WARNING!  This recipe makes 10 large portions.  Leftovers are fought over!

Soften “cream cheese” and combine with sweetener.

Spray two 13 x 9 baking dishes with coconut oil and lay out bread to fit into dishes.  I cut some pieces in half to make it work.

Lay top slices of bread to the side, and spread top of bottom pieces and bottom of top pieces with “cream cheese” mixture.

Top with apple butter.

Close up “sandwiches”.

Mix eggs and milk (I use the bowl I mixed the “cream cheese” in to keep clean up to a minimum.  Pour over “sandwiches”.

Bake at 350F for 30 minutes until golden brown.

YUMMY!

If you’ve never visited Chungah Rhee’s website Damndelicious.net, I highly recommend that you do!  She is creative and features photos that make you want to try each and every recipe.  With it being pumpkin season and all –  and considering everyone’s love of donuts – this one caught my eye and I had to share!

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Baked Pumpkin Donuts with Maple Glaze
Yield: 12 donuts Prep Time: 30 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 50 minutes
These are the best Fall pumpkin donuts ever. So soft, so crumbly and so perfectly smothered in a warm maple glaze!
Ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
For the maple glaze
3/4 cup maple syrup
1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a donut pan with nonstick spray.
In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, salt and baking soda.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar on medium-high until well combined, about 1-2 minutes. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until well combined. Beat in pumpkin and vanilla until just combined. Gradually add flour mixture to sugar mixture at low speed, beating just until incorporated.
Scoop the batter evenly into the donut pan. Place into oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until donuts are slightly browned and spring back when touched.
To make the glaze, heat maple syrup in a small saucepan over medium heat until reduced to 1/2 cup, about 5 minutes. Whisk in butter, vanilla and salt until the butter has melted. Whisk in confectioners’ sugar until smooth.
When the donuts are done, cool for 10 minutes and dip the tops into the glaze. Allow glaze to set before serving.
Serve warm or at room temperature.

 

This delicious recipe brought to you by Damn Delicious
http://damndelicious.net/2017/10/06/baked-pumpkin-donuts-with-maple-glaze/

Gearing up for Thanksgiving – trolling the web for recipes of ideas.  I came across this on delish.com.  We love deviled eggs, and these will be so cute to put out!  Great for Halloween get togethers too!

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Ingredients:

  • 12 large eggs
  • 1/2 c. mayonnaise
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp. paprika
  • 4 chives, cut into small pieces

Directions:

  1. Place eggs in a single layer in a saucepan and add enough water to cover eggs with 2″ of water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cook, covered, 1 minute. Remove from heat and let sit, covered, 14 minutes, then rinse under cold water.
  2. Crack shells and carefully peel under cool running water.
  3. Halve eggs lengthwise. Spoon out yolks into a small bowl and place whites on a serving platter. Using a fork, mash yolks, then stir in mayonnaise, lemon juice, and Dijon and season with salt and pepper.  I also like to add sweet pickle relish, but that’s just me!
  4. Spoon mixture evenly among egg whites and smooth top, or if you’re really OCD use a pastry bag!
  5. Carefully dust paprika all over yolk mixture, completely covering yolk. Use a sharp paring knife to make ridges down the paprika-dusted yolk to look like a pumpkin.
  6. Place chive above egg mixture to look like a stem and serve.

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2 Immaculate pie crusts

12 eggs

1/4 c. sour cream

4 oz. diced pancetta

1/2 onion, finely diced

2 apples diced

6 oz. brie, diced

1 c. shredded cheese (I used fontina)

Pre-bake pie crusts until slightly golden at 400F.  Lower temperature to 325F.

Whisk together eggs and sour cream.

Cook pancetta until crispy, adding in onions to carmelize toward the end.

Place brie and apple in one pie crust.

Place pancetta and onion in the other.

Top both with shredded cheese.

Pour egg mixture equally into both.

Bake for 50 minutes or until knife comes out clean.

What I love about quiche is I can use up whatever is in the fridge.  Any veggie, any cheese , any meat, equals Yumm.

Serve with fruit or a salad – you can’t go wrong.

 

 

 

 

I made quiche about a week ago because I had a few frozen pie crusts on hand, and wanted to make the kids breakfast.  It was a huge hit compared to the last time I remember making it.  Maybe their tastebuds are grown up, or maybe I’ve gotten better at it.  Then, I bought Immaculate pie crust the other day to make a lemon pie for Uncle Bob (with a recipe from Molly the Baker which I will post, even though I failed to take a picture of mine)  I had one pie crust left, so I decided to make another quiche this morning.  The Immaculate crust is soooooo good, I don’t think I’ll ever make my own pie crust again or use any other brand!

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1 ready-to-bake pie crust (I used Immaculate and will NEVER use the others again!)

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7 eggs

1/4 c. sour cream

1 lb. sausage, crumbled, cooked, drained (I used Jimmy Dean  fully cooked turkey crumbles)

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1 c. shredded cheese (I used sharp cheddar)

  1.  Bake crust at 400 F for 5 minutes or so, just until slightly golden.  Remember to either pierce it with a fork or use pie weights, so it doesn’t lift up.  When you pull  the crust out of the oven, immediately turn oven temp down to 300 F.
  2. Meanwhile, mix eggs and sour cream until well blended.  I didn’t even add salt or pepper, which you could, of course, but I figured the sausage would bring the salt to the party (it did).
  3. Stir in sausage crumbles and cheese.
  4. Bake quiche at 300 F for 50-55 minutes, until set.  (check for doneness by inserting a sharp knife in the center – it should come out clean

This can easily be made ahead, and keeps well for a few days!  Add in onions, peppers, mushrooms, spinach, other meats.  Switching up the cheese will really change things too.  I’m thinking of trying a brie and apple version next week.

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A friend surprised me with a ham on Easter, so I threw together this yummy meal.

Glaze:

1/2 c. maple syrup

2 Tbsp. brown sugar

2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard

1 large can crushed pineapple in juice, drained reserving juice

Put pineapple in the bottom of a 13 x 9 baking dish, place ham cut side down on top of pineapple, and pour reserved juice over ham.

Cook ham according to package directions.   I did mine tented with foil for about an hour at 300 F before removing the foil and putting on the glaze.  Then I poured the mixture of maple syrup, brown sugar and mustard over ham and raised the temperature to 400 F.

After putting glaze on ham, cut up zucchini into cubes and toss with salt, pepper, and olive oil to taste.  Do the same with the cubed butternut squash.

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Spread vegetables on two small baking sheets and when you remove the ham from the oven, pop them in.  Lower the temperature to 325.  They will take about 20 minutes.

Put water on to boil for spaghetti.  Add minced garlic and salt to water.

The veggies and spaghetti were all done almost at the same time.

Toss the drained spaghetti with a little butter, and then toss with the zucchini and squash.  I kept them separate because I have a finicky eater who hates squash!

 

 

Since I made this the first time a couple of years ago, this easy spinach dip is my go to for large gatherings!

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2 bags spinach, chopped
2 c. shredded cheese (I used 6 Italian)
2 blocks cream cheese, cubed
1/2 onion, chopped
1 Tbsp. minced garlic
1/4 tsp. cayenne
1/2 tsp. each salt and pepper

Artichoke hearts and chopped cooked bacon – optional

Place spinach in crock pot and chop with kitchen shears.

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Combine/toss remaining ingredients in crock pot with spinach. The mixture will be dry and salad like.

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Cover and cook on low 1 1/2 hours. Stir to combine.

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Cook another 1 to 2 hours.

Pecan Pie

Donnie is going to make a pecan pie.  This is actually a picture of one Molly made a few years back that had chocolate chips along the bottom of the crust.  We’ll see if he wants to add chocolate into his.

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1 unbaked pie crust
1 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup corn syrup
1/3 cup melted butter (regular, salted)
3 eggs, beaten
1/4 teaspoon vanilla

1 heaping cup chopped pecans

Mix sugar, brown sugar, salt, corn syrup, butter, eggs, and vanilla together in a bowl. Pour chopped pecans in the bottom of the pie shell. Pour syrup mixture over the top. Bake pie at 350 degrees for 50 minutes, being careful not to burn pecans and crust.

I’m also going to make my mom’s famous apple cake for Thanksgiving.  This time, though, I will add some dried cranberries and pistachios in with the apples to give it some pizzazz.  The two cakes can bake side by side.  While they are baking, Donnie and I will be making pies, too.

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3              C. flour

2              C. sugar

1              C. oil

4              Unbeaten eggs

½             tsp. salt

7              Tbsp. orange juice

2 ½         tsp. vanilla

3              tsp. baking powder

Combine cake ingredients.

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Filling:

Mix together 4 to 5 (or more!) sliced peeled apples, 2 tsp. cinnamon and ¼ C. sugar.

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Pour half of dough into 13 x 9 dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray.

Layer apples over dough

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and top with remaining dough.

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350° oven 60 minutes until golden.

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Sprinkle with powdered sugar, top with whipped cream, and serve!

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