Wednesday, April 29, 2009

A Breakfast Treat - Part 2

As promised yesterday, here are the recipes from our recently hosted breakfast. We'll start with the two made by my friend, Tracy.

Poppy Seed Bread with Orange Glaze

3 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups veg. oil
1 1/2 cups milk
3 cups flour
1 1/2 teas. baking powder
1 1/2 teas. salt
3 Tablespoons poppy seeds
2 teas. almond extract

Orange Glaze
1/4 cup orange juice concentrate, thawed
3/4 cup 10X sugar
1/2 teas. vanilla
1 teas. almond extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease two loaf pans . Beat together eggs, sugar, oil and milk in a medium bowl. Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Beat into egg mixture. Stir in poppy seeds and almond ext. Divide batter into loaf pans. Bake for 1 hour or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Leave in pan while mixing the glaze. Run a bread knife around each loaf to loosen the sides from the pan. Pour glaze over the warm loaves. With the bread knife pull the sides of bread away from the pan to let the glaze run down into the pan. Let cool completely in the pan. Slice and enjoy! Freezes well!

Cinnamon Rolls (bread machine recipe, dough cycle only)

1 cup water or milk
2 Tablespoons butter, softened
1 egg
3 1/3 cups bread flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons yeast

1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2-3 Tablespoons butter, melted

1 cup powered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1-2 Tablespoons milk

1. Place all dough ingredients in machine bread pan in order listed. Select dough cycle and start.
2. Grease 9x11 pan. Mix 1/3 cup sugar and cinnamon. Flatten dough into 18 x10 rectangle on lightly floured surface. Spread with melted butter; sprinkle with cinn. sugar mixture. Roll up tightly beginning at ten inch side. Pinch edge of dough into roll to seal. Cut roll into 1" slices. Place in pan. Cover; let rise in warm place until double, about 1 hour.
3. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Bake about 20 - 25 min. until lightly browned. Remove from pan; drizzle Glaze over warm rolls. approx. 12 rolls

Tracy's Note: You can roll the dough from the long end and make mini-rolls; great for breakfast buffet when serving many. =)

Here are the dishes I prepared. We'll start with one of our family favorites. Nearly 20 years ago, our law firm published a great little in-house recipe book. That's where I found this one and I've been using it ever since.

Breakfast Casserole

1 lb. bulk sausage
6 eggs
Shake of oregano
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese
2 cups milk
1 tsp. dry mustard
1 tsp. salt

Crumble sausage and brown in skillet. Drain well. Beat together milk, eggs, dry mustard, oregano and salt. Pour into 13 x 9 inch glass baking dish. Sprinkle sausage and cheddar cheese over egg mixture. Refrigerate several hours or overnight. Bake at 350 for 45-60 minutes. (Let sit for five minutes before serving.)

I found the next recipe at "" a couple of years ago. It's incredibly easy and has a wonderful, buttery flavor.

Baked French Toast

3 eggs
2/3 cup milk or cream (I use cream)
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
8 slices of Bread (I typically use Pepperidge Farm Cinnamon Raisin)
1/4 cup real butter

Mix eggs, milk, vanilla and cinnamon and pour into large, shallow pan.

Place bread slices in a single layer in pan and allow them to soak up liquid. (I usually turn them over, after soaking the first side. Also, sometimes my edges overlap slightly.)

Can be refrigerated overnight at this point.

Melt butter and pour into pan, lifting bread so butter can run underneath.

Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown.

Serve with confectioner's sugar & syrup or sweetened strawberries & whipped cream.

Baked Oatmeal

A few months ago, I found this recipe on my friend Judy's blog (Just a Little Something for You). I made it soon thereafter and discovered it was just delicious! Tom and I had Baked Oatmeal for the first time two years ago when we stayed at a Bed & Breakfast. We thoroughly enjoyed it then, but liked this recipe even more.

In the microwave, melt 1 stick of butter in a large bowl.

Add the following ingredients:
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon
3 cups oatmeal (not instant)
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 cup of milk

Stir until blended. Put into a greased 9 x 13 pan or baking dish. Sprinkle with cinnamon/sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes (or until slightly firm to touch and a golden brown). Serve warm with milk, chopped walnuts, craisins, raisins or chopped apples.

Incidentally, Judy has a wonderful way to use this dish as a hostess gift. (I made up two of them over the Christmas holiday and they were a big hit!) Visit her blog here for details.

Finally, we also served sausage and fruit, but according to my Mom, breakfast is not complete without biscuits. ; ) Of course, her biscuits are legendary. (Friends and relatives will drive two hours out of their way for the promise of breakfast with her biscuits!) They are truly a little taste of heaven. Mine? Not so much. She insists the secret is White Lily flour, however I've tried and tried to master her recipe yes, using White Lily flour with no success. Would you believe just a few months ago (to my complete and utter delight), I found White Lily Frozen biscuits in the freezer aisle of our grocery...I was THRILLED! They are truly, the next best thing to Mom's and they could not be simpler. Needless to say, I bought plenty for our breakfast so I'm sharing the recipe only for those of you who might like a challenge. (Otherwise, head to the nearest freezer aisle!)

Mom’s Biscuits

2 Cups White Lily Self-Rising Flour
1/4 cup shortening
2/3 to ¾ cup of milk

In medium size bowl, combine flour and shortening.
Take fork or pastry cutter and work shortening into the flour until it resembles pea-size lumps
Add milk all at once and stir quickly until well blended.
Sprinkle flour onto surface and place dough on top.
Sprinkle flour on top of dough and knead gently until smooth

Roll out and cut with biscuit cutter or pinch off portions of dough and roll into a ball and flatten gently in place on greased cookie sheet.

Bake at 475-500 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes. Serve immediately.

Makes about 12 - 2” biscuits

I'd love to hear if you try any of these recipes. (Thank you Google Images for these photos...we were a little too busy to take photos!) Bon Appetit! = )


Becky said...

MMmmm...everything looks delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipes.

Queen B. said...

I WILL most definitely make some of boys are huge 'breakfast' eaters on the weekends..........

Just a little something from Judy said...

Tracy, I am thrilled with these new recipes! Thank you for taking the time to share all of them. Thank you for your kind reference to my baked oatmeal. You continually bless my life in many ways. I am looking forward to many good breakfast meals.

alihsee said...

These all look so so yummy. I might have to take one or two of the recipes & try them! Blessings Tracy friend!

Debra said...

Wow....these all look so awesome! I must say the biscuits made me yearn for home!

Blessings to you today!

Daddy's Chick's said...

thanks for visiting me today. I just love your blow and the recipes are AWESOME. I must try some soon . . .have a blessed day.

ellen b. said...

wow thanks for sharing all these great recipes :0)

Peggy said...

WOW! I'll be back for these!!! You are quite the hostess!

Blessings Tracy!!! Love French toast! No oven...what am I to do?

Laurie Ann said...

I can't wait to try some of these! Yummers!

Tricia said...

Wow! Thanks for all these yummy breakfast recipes! I try to make an extra special breakfast on Saturdays, and now I have lots of new recipes to try out! Thank you!


Christina said...

Oh yummy. I'm going to have to try the baked oatmeal. My son loves oatmeal of any sort. The poppy seed bread looks great too.

Joyfulsheep said...

They all look and sound wonderful. It's too bad it's too late to get the ingredients and make them tonight!

jen said...

Did you have to go and make hungry at this time of night!! MMMM, I'll have to try one or two of these this weekend!!



melissa said...

I really shouldn't be reading this right now~I'm hungry and everything sounds sooo good. It looks like a wonderful time!

Amydeanne said...

i was looking for a baked oatmeal recipe! so thanks! okay, now i'm really hungry!

Anonymous said...

Thanks a bunch for sharing these! They all look great. And, I'm totally impressed with the "home~madeness" of your breakfast. :)

Sondra said...

Thanks for sharing.
I've been craving cinnamon rolls and these look really good!

L.H. said...

mmmmmm...Yum! it all looks so good! Thanks for sharing!