Try this great Blackberry Orange Puffy Pancake or my sausage version for Weekday Supper as well as breakfast! To win your copy of Rise & Shine – Better Breakfasts for Busy Mornings just leave us a comment in the rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.
Who doesn’t love breakfast? Well, there are a few folks that might not enjoy eating a meal first thing in the morning and I’m one of them. However, there is no logical reason to deny myself the pleasures of eggs, pancakes or waffles at other meal times. Breakfast for dinner is something we do quite often, because just like most of you – the family is running in different directions in the morning. My son always gets a hot breakfast – it is his favorite meal of the day. For the rest of us, I cook breakfast on the weekends. Now with Katie Sullivan Morford’s new release, Rise & Shine – Better Breakfasts for Busy Mornings, I have 75 recipes for better breakfast options for busy mornings and busy evenings, too.
The author’s main focus in writing this book was to encourage readers to make sure their families face the day with nutritious homemade fuel. She states that students who eat breakfast fare better in school and are less likely to be overweight. Morford also provides options for meals that can be eaten at the table or on the go – leaving no excuse not to eat a healthy breakfast.
Recipes are organized as follows: Smoothies and Drinks; Everyday Eggs; Granola, Oats, and Breakfast Grains; Yogurt and Fruit; Sandwiches and Wraps; Toast; Pancakes, Waffles and French Toast; Make-Ahead Muffins, Breads and Bars; ending in Weekend Favorites. The author begins with a chapter entitled “Why Morning Matters” delineating the pros and cons of various breakfast staples such as orange juice, ready-to-eat cereal and setting up guidelines for optimal nutrition at breakfast time. The next chapter, “Making it Happen” guides us on planning, shopping, advanced prep and even how to get your kids cooking breakfast. I searched but didn’t see any advice on how to get them out of bed during the week and how to make them sleep in on the weekend. (That was the only con of the book.)
Smoothies and Drinks contain the usual suspects, however the Orange Almond Date Lassi really sounds great and an Almost Instant Chocolate Breakfast Drink would make my child smile. Egg-in-a-Nest Pesto Pizza, One-Eyed Jack in a Bagel, Sweet Egg Crepe with Cherry Jam and Crème Fraîche, Ham and Cheese Breakfast Polenta and Peanut Butter Raspberry Waffle Iron Sandwich are examples of the varied options Morford provides to shake up the breakfast doldrums.
Many of the recipes in Rise & Shine can be made for evening meals, even the recipe I chose to make: The Blackberry Orange Puffy Pancake. This recipe was so easy to throw together for a Sunday morning breakfast and was delicious and impressive. It will also go into my busy night rotation as well. Since the husband is not a fan of fruit, I left out the blackberries – and added breakfast sausage links that I had cooked the night before. I wanted breakfast to be quick work and for the sausage to be cooked in the allotted time without excess fat from the cooking process disturbing the balance of the pancake.
- 2 tablespoons salted butter
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour, spooned and leveled
- 1 cup milk
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- Zest and juice from ½ of an orange
- 1 cup blackberries, fresh or frozen and defrosted
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- Maple syrup, to serve (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 425ºF.
- Choose a 10-inch cast iron skillet or stainless steel skillet with an ovenproof handle. Lightly coat the pan with oil or nonstick cooking spray.
- Cut out a circle of parchment paper about 10 inches in diameter. Press the parchment into the pan so it adheres completely to the oiled bottom and sides. This will prevent sticking.
- Put the butter on top of the parchment and place the pan into the hot oven to melt the butter.
- While the butter is melting, crack the eggs into the bowl of an electric mixer.
- Beat the eggs on high until pale yellow and a little foamy, about 1 minute.
- Add the whole wheat pastry flour, milk, maple syrup, orange zest, and 2 tablespoons of juice from the orange. Beat for 30 seconds, scraping down the sides as needed.
- Remove the pan from the oven and swirl to coat the parchment paper with butter.
- Pour the batter into the pan.
- If using thawed frozen blackberries, drain off the juices and reserve. Gently scatter the blackberries evenly over the top of the batter.
- Sprinkle with the sugar and put into the oven.
- Bake for about 20 minutes, until the pancake puffs, is golden brown, and is just firm to the touch in the center.
- Remove from the oven. The pancake will quickly deflate (don’t worry, it will still be delicious).
Breakfast for Weekday Supper adaptation by Jenny Hartin. Add precooked sausages to the pancake batter.
Rise & Shine is the perfect book to up your breakfast time or any meal time – and especially if you are looking for healthier options – even the size of the book is perfect to slip on your counter for easy access in a pinch. My copy is headed there to provide more variety and nutritious options for breakfast during the week.
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Editor’s note: This recipe is printed courtesy of the publisher. The author of this review received a copy of the cookbook, Rise & Shine – Better Breakfasts for Busy Mornings. No other compensation was received from the publisher. Links to the cookbook are affiliate links.
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