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Lemon Raspberry Streusel Muffins

Lemon Raspberry Streusel Muffins

If you’re in need of a little comfort right now, grab a whisk and whip up a batch of Lemon Raspberry Streusel Muffins. Now you can enjoy light and fluffy, bakery-style muffins at home. These delicious muffins are lightly flavored with lemon, chock-full of sweet […]

The BEST Rhubarb Meringue Pie

The BEST Rhubarb Meringue Pie

I’ve got pretty high standards especially when it comes to desserts. So when I tell you this is The BEST Rhubarb Meringue Pie out there you better believe it’s the truth! Rhubarb Meringue Pie is a Springtime favorite in these parts. The base is a […]

Bananas Foster French Toast Bake

Bananas Foster French Toast Bake

Bananas Foster French Toast Bake combines three of my favorite things from New Orleans, brunch, booze and dessert! Mardi Gras season is here and it’s leaving me with some major NOLA daydreams. We spent 5 days in the Big Easy last Spring and like any first time visitor I quickly fell in love with the city, it’s culture, and of course the cuisine. This mouth watering creation transforms the iconic, NOLA born dessert, Bananas Foster, into an indulgent, sticky sweet breakfast bake. You can find similar versions on the brunch menu at Stanley or Surrey’s and now in your own kitchen. The flavors will exceed all of your expectations. But what I love most about this recipe is that it’s make ahead and insanely easy. Serve it up on Fat Tuesday or a Mardi Gras inspired brunch…and don’t forget the beads!

Here’s all you’ll need: butter, brown sugar, heavy whipping cream, cinnamon, allspice, pecans, bananas, challah bread, milk, eggs, sugar, vanilla extract, and rum extract.

Bananas Foster French Toast Bake ingredients list. #bananasfosterfrenchtoast #neworleansfood #neworleansrecipes #frenchtoast #brunchrecipes #brunchcasserole

Place the butter in a microwave safe dish. Heat in the microwave in 30 second intervals until the butter is melted. Add the brown sugar, cream, cinnamon, allspice and pecans. Stir to combine. If you’re looking to lighten up this dish, you can most definitely substitute half and half for the heavy cream. The recipe as it’s written is a totally splurge-worthy but absolutely worth it!

Melted butter, brown sugar, cream, cinnamon, allspice and pecans mixed together in a microwave safe bowl. #frenchtoastbake #bananasfosterfrenchtoast #mardigrasbreakfast #neworleansrecipes #nolafood

Next cut the bananas into 1/4-inch slices. Fresh bananas work best in this recipe since it sits overnight in the refrigerator. The fresher the better. Save those overripe nanners for our Best Ever Frosted Banana Bars!

Bananas cut into 1/4-inch slices on a cutting board. #neworleansfood #neworleanscuisine #frenchtoastbake #breakfastbake #frenchtoastcasserole #bananasfosterfrechtoast

Add the banana slices to the brown sugar mixture and gently toss to coat.

Banana slices are gently tossed in the brown sugar mixture to coat. #banansfosterfrenchtoast #breakfastrecipes #neworleansrecipes #neworleansfood #frenchtoastbake #brunchrecipes #brunchforacrowd #holidaybreakfast

This casserole is fun to make because it’s assembled upside down style. Spray a 13X9-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Pour the banana mixture into the casserole dish. Top with bread slices. You can cut the bread to fit if necessary. Challah bread is ideal for Bananas Foster French Toast Bake because it’s a little spongy, a bit crusty, and infused with a slight sweetness. It comes in a braided loaf which makes it feel a little bit fancy and special too. If you can’t get your hands on a good challah, a great substitute is Texas Toast or French bread.

The banana mixture is added to a 13X9-inch casserole dish and then topped with Challah bread slices. #bananasfosterfrenchtoast #bananasfosterrecipes #breaskfastrecipes #neworleansrecipes #frenchtoastcasserole #fattuesdaybreakfast

Place the milk, eggs, sugar, vanilla and rum extracts in a blender and process until blended. Of course if you want to get physical you can whisk this up by hand as well. Pour the egg mixture over the bread slices. Cover the casserole with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.

Milk, eggs, sugar, vanilla and rum extracts processed in a blender. #bananasfosterfrenchtoast #breakfastrecipes #makeaheadbreakfast #breakfastcasserole #neworleansfood #mardigrasfood #nolafood

When you’re ready to bake pre heat the oven to 375 degrees. Remove the casserole dish from the fridge while the oven heats. Bake, uncovered, for 40 minutes or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.

Bananas Foster French Toast Bake hot out of the oven. #bananasfosterfrenchtoast #frenchtoastbake #neworleansfood #neworleansrecipes #makeaheadbrunchrecipe #brunchfood #frenchtoast

Cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes. When ready to serve, run a knife around the edges of the casserole and invert the dish on a cutting board or serving platter. Slice into six pieces and enjoy! Bananas Foster French Toast Bake is perfect for me as is but if you need a little something for dipping try a caramel syrup or rum sauce.

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Bananas Foster French Toast Bake

February 23, 2020
: 6 servings
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 3 large bananas, sliced
  • 6-8 slices egg bread or challah
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon rum extract
Directions
  • Step 1 Place the butter in a microwave safe dish. Heat in the microwave in 30 second intervals until the butter is melted. Add the brown sugar, cream, cinnamon, allspice and pecans. Stir to combine.
  • Step 2 Cut the bananas into 1/4-inch slices. Add the banana slices to the brown sugar mixture and gently toss to coat.
  • Step 3 Spray a 13X9-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Pour the banana mixture into the casserole dish. Top with bread slices. Trim the bread to fit if necessary.
  • Step 4 Place the milk, eggs, sugar, vanilla and rum extracts in a blender and process until blended. Pour the egg mixture over the bread slices. Cover the casserole with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
  • Step 5 When ready to bake pre heat the oven to 375 degrees. Remove the casserole dish from the fridge while the oven heats. Bake, uncovered, for 40 minutes or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Step 6 Cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes. Run a knife around the edges of the casserole and invert the dish on a cutting board or platter to serve. Slice into six pieces and enjoy!

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Chocolate Raspberry Puff Pastry

Chocolate Raspberry Puff Pastry

What if I told you that you could whip up dessert that looked like it came straight from a restaurant? Well Chocolate Raspberry Puff Pastry is all that and more! This elegant dessert combines not one but two kinds of chocolate as well as pecans, […]

Pumpkin Scones

Pumpkin Scones

We are smack dab in the middle of Fall and I am absolutely loving it. Give me all the Fall things!!! I want the leaves, and the weather, and the sweaters, and the baking of all things pumpkin of course. Our Pumpkin Scones will give […]

Cornbread Waffle BLT Sandwiches

Cornbread Waffle BLT Sandwiches

Gimme a “B”…..Gimme an “L”…..Gimme a “T”. What’s that spell??? Well, the BEST sandwich of summer of course!!! I’ve gotta admit that Cornbread Waffle BLT Sandwiches took me by surprise. Waffles and BLT’s might not seem like the obvious pair, but oh my goodness they most definitely are. Cheesy, golden delicious waffles make the absolute perfect vessel for crispy bacon, juicy tomatoes, and crunchy lettuce. This savory sandwich is great for a quick dinner, a hearty lunch, or even a game day tailgate brunch. You’ll love this unexpected twist on a true classic!

Here’s all you’ll need: all-purpose flour, cornmeal, baking powder, sugar, salt, eggs, milk, butter, shredded cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, bacon, tomatoes, lettuce, salt and pepper.

Cornbread Waffle BLT Sandwiches ingredients list

First things first, like any BLT we’re going to need bacon, lettuce and tomato to make our Cornbread Waffle BLT Sandwiches. Go ahead and prep that lettuce, slice those tomatoes into thick, hearty slices, and cook the bacon. I almost ALWAYS use this No Mess Bacon method! So easy!! Then let’s get those crispy, crunchy, golden delicious waffles started. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, sugar, and salt.

Flour, cornmeal, baking powder, sugar, and salt mixed together in a large bowl.

Next we’ll want to separate the eggs. Crack open those eggs and carefully separate the egg yolks and place them in a small bowl. Set the egg whites aside for now. We’ll be using them in a minute. Add the milk and melted butter to the egg yolks and whisk to combine.

Egg yolks, milk, and melted butter whisked together in a small bowl.

Add the egg yolk mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Stir into the dry ingredients until everything is just moistened. No need to over mix! Now stir in that cheddar cheese. The more the merrier in my opinion!!! We cut it off at 1-1/2 cups but if that whole 2 cup bag just happens to fall in there I won’t be upset about it either.

The wet ingredients are added to the dry ingredients and mixed until just moistened. Cheddar cheese is then added to the bowl.

In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks begin to form. I’m usually not into recipes that dirty a lot of dishes but just stick with me on this one! Stiff peaks can be a little tricky but I’ve got ya covered. First off make sure there’s no shells or yolks in there cause that’ll really ruin our mojo. Room temperature eggs will work better than cold ones. Beat with a hand mixer, gradually increasing to the very highest speed. The higher the speed, the better!! Move the beaters in a back and forth motion to help the process along. You’ll also want to occasionally scrape the sides of the bowl.

You’ll know you have stiff peaks when you can remove the beaters from the bowl (while the mixer is turned off of course!) and the egg peaks stand straight up. Add the egg white mixture to our waffle batter and gently fold to combine. You’ll know it’s mixed well when you can’t see any more white foam in the batter.

Egg whites mixed in a mixing bowl with a hand mixer to form stiff peaks.

Spray a waffle iron with cooking spray and preheat. Pour a small amount of batter in the tray. This big guy takes close to half a cup of batter (for reference). Close the lid and bake. Most machines will have a timer or light to let you know when the waffle is done. Carefully remove the waffle with a spatula. A square waffle maker will work just as well, the only difference is that you’ll have a different shaped waffle.

Freshly cooked waffle sitting in a round waffle maker.

Got a little crazy with that waffle batter?!? No worries! Just trim the edges with a knife. I’ll never tell! You’ll also need to cut each round waffle into fourths. I mean unless you’re really, REALLY hungry and plan on making a giant Waffle BLT.

Oh and for the record those tomatoes are homegrown. I know…I’m so proud!!

Round waffle cut into fourths on a cutting board.

Spread a little bit mayo onto the top of a waffle, then stack with bacon slices, tomato, and lettuce. Spread more mayo on the underside of a waffle to top off the sandwich. How do you layer your BLT’s? Do you go bacon, tomato, lettuce or tomato, bacon, lettuce? Really there’s no wrong way…both roads lead to happiness!!

Cornbread waffle spread with mayo.

Nothing beats a Cornbread Waffle BLT Sandwich hot off the press! I’ll race ya to the first bite. Looking for more great ideas to use up that tomato harvest? Try our Roasted Tomato Salsa or Slow Roasted Tomato Sauce next.

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Cornbread Waffle BLT Sandwiches

August 30, 2019
: 8 sandwiches
: Medium

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Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cornmeal
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, separated
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1-1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 6 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 8 bacon strips, cooked and drained
  • 2 small tomatoes, sliced
  • 8 lettuce leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Directions
  • Step 1 Prep that lettuce, slice tomatoes, and cook bacon. Set aside.
  • Step 2 In a large bowl whisk together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, sugar, and salt.
  • Step 3 Separate the eggs. Add the yolks to a small bowl and set the egg whites aside. Add the milk and melted butter to the egg yolks and whisk to combine.
  • Step 4 Add the egg yolk mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Stir into the dry ingredients until just moistened. Stir in the cheddar cheese.
  • Step 5 In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites for 3-5 minutes at a high speed until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the egg whites into the waffle batter.
  • Step 6 Spray a waffle iron with cooking spray and preheat. Pour a small amount of batter in the tray. Close the lid and bake. Carefully remove the waffle with a spatula. Cut each waffle into fourths.
  • Step 7 Spread mayo onto the top of a waffle, then stack with bacon slices, tomato, and lettuce. Spread more mayo on the underside of a waffle to top off the sandwich. Enjoy!

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Creamsicle Mimosas

Creamsicle Mimosas

We all love a good mimosa with brunch but if you really want to up your brunch game then you NEED Creamsicle Mimosas in your life! This easy mimosa recipe is anything but basic. Your favorite boozy champagne cocktail just got a major upgrade. It’s […]

Puff Pastry Eggs Benedict

Puff Pastry Eggs Benedict

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. My hubby’s a morning person but me…eh….not so much. I’m more of a brunch gal. But I’ll tell you what! You can drag me out of bed any day of the week for this […]

Snowflake Bread

Snowflake Bread

I’m taking a different approach to winter this year. Instead of dreading it, I’m going to celebrate it. And I’ll start by making this gorgeous Snowflake Bread! This spectacular star shaped bread looks tricky but I think you ALL can handle it. It’s basically a pull apart bread but with a major upgrade! Layers of filling are twisted together to create the most stunning and indulgent sweet bread. Snowflake Bread makes a wonderful addition to breakfast or brunch. And it’s also great for gifting too! Who wouldn’t love to receive this masterpiece?!? Plus winter baking helps to keep the house warm. If you need me, I’ll be hanging around the oven…until about March.

Here’s all you’ll need: yeast, warm water, milk, an egg, butter, sugar, salt, flour, jam, and confectioners’ sugar. Snowflake Bread ingredients listFirst dissolve the yeast in warm water until nice and foamy. Slowly sprinkle the yeast across the surface of the water to prevent it from clumping. Set aside.

Yeast dissolving in warm water.

Next in a large bowl, combine the milk, egg, 1/4 cup melted butter, sugar, and salt. Then add in the yeast mixture. Gradually beat in 3 cups of flour (or as much as you can) to form a soft dough. It helps to mix in the flour about a half a cup at a time. Knead in the remaining flour by hand.

Milk, egg, 1/4 cup melted butter, sugar, and salt in a mixing bowl.

Turn the dough on a lightly floured surface and knead for 6-8 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Gather the dough in a ball and roll it around in the flour until the dough is no longer sticky. Press down and outwards with the heels of your hands until the dough is springy. Fold the dough in half, press down with the heels of your hands to press it flat. Repeat for 6-8 minutes. You’ll know you’re done kneading when the dough is smooth and shiny and holds its shape. Cover with plastic wrap and let the dough rise for about an hour. The dough will double in size.

Of course if you are lucky enough to have a bread machine on hand, you can add all the ingredients to the pan and mix on the dough cycle to save yourself a couple of steps.

Bread dough after its been kneaded.

Punch the dough down and divide it into 4 equal portions. Roll each portion into a ball and slightly flatten. Using a rolling pin on a lightly floured surface, roll each portion into a twelve inch circle. Wanna know an easy way to get all of your circles the exact same size? Use a dinner plate as a cutting guide! Sometimes you’ve gotta improvise with what you’ve got.

Dinner plate used as a cutting guide for dough.

Voila! A pizza cutter or a knife works best for cutting dough. Repeat with all four portions.

Bread dough rolled out into 12 inch circle.

Next place one of your circles on a 14-inch pizza pan lightly coated with nonstick cooking spray. Spread 1/3 of your jam all over the dough, leaving about 1/2″ around the edges. I got a little crazy with the jam! You might wanna go a little less than the picture.

Or try some of these Snowflake Bread variations. Swap out the jam for cinnamon and sugar or even Nutella! Oh. My. Yum!!! Repeat this process twice. So you want to add another layer of dough, then another layer of jam (two more times) and then finish with your last layer of dough on top.

Bread dough circle placed in the center of pizza pan. Jelly spread over the top with a basting brush.

Place a 2-1/2″ round cookie cutter (or a small round dish) directly in the center of your dough. Do not press down, we’re just going to use it as a cutting guide. Using a sharp knife (or a pizza cutter), cut 16 evenly spaced cuts from the round cutter to the edge of the dough to form a starburst. I find it easiest to start with 4 cuts, top, bottom, left, and right. Then add another cut in the middle of those four cuts (now you’ll have 8 cuts total). And then one last time, cut in between each of those 8 cuts and you end up with 16 evenly spaced cuts. I’ll do the math, you do the cutting.

2-1/2 inch bowl placed in the middle of layered dough circles and used as a cutting guide.

Ok hopefully you didn’t get scared off yet and you’re sticking with us! Cause this next part can be a little…tricky-ish. But you can do this! I promise you it’s literally so simple once you get the hang of it. Grab two strips of dough, one in your right hand and one in your left hand. Twist outwards. Twice! Practice makes perfect so don’t give up on this one.

Or think about it this way. Place your index finger on top of the strip and your thumb on the bottom. Now twist your hands outwards so that your thumb is now on top and your index finger is now on the bottom. Repeat the process to form two complete twists. Pinch together the edges of the two strips to seal. Repeat with the remaining strips. Stop overthinking it and just do it! For real, when I tried to picture it in my head it totally kept messing me up. You really just have to go for it on this one. And remember, just like real snowflakes, every Snowflake Bread is beautiful and unique!

Two strips of the dough twisted outwards to form the star shape.

Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes or until doubled in size. Bake in a 375 degree preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.  You’ll really want to keep an eye on it for those last 5 minutes. Snowflake bread dough on a pizza pan ready to go into the oven.

Remove the bread from the baking pan, brush with 2 tablespoons of melted butter, and lightly dust with confectioners’ sugar.

Snowflake bread dough brushed with melted butter.

YOU DID IT!!! I’m so proud of your culinary creation! If we’re talking Snowflake Bread, then I’ll take a blizzard any day! We’ve got a whole winter wonderland of snowy treats. Try our Snowman Pancakes or Polar Bear Marshmallows next!

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Snowflake Bread

January 11, 2019
: 16
: Medium

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Ingredients
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 3/4 cup warm milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup seedless strawberry jam
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Confectioners' sugar for dusting
Directions
  • Step 1 Dissolve the yeast in warm water until nice and foamy. Set aside.
  • Step 2 In a large bowl, combine the milk, egg, 1/4 cup melted butter, sugar, and salt. Then add in the yeast mixture. Gradually beat in 3 cups of flour (or as much as you can) to form a soft dough. Knead in the remaining flour by hand.
  • Step 3 Turn the dough on a lightly floured surface and knead for 6-8 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Cover with plastic wrap and let the dough rise for about an hour. The dough will double in size.
  • Step 4 Punch the dough down and divide it into 4 equal portions. Roll each portion into a ball and slightly flatten. Using a rolling pin on a lightly floured surface, roll each portion into a twelve inch circle.
  • Step 5 Place one of your circles on a 14-inch pizza pan lightly coated with nonstick cooking spray. Spread 1/3 of your jam all over the dough, leaving about 1/2″ around the edges. Repeat this process twice. So you want to add another layer of dough, then another layer of jam (two more times) and then finish with your last layer of dough on top.
  • Step 6 Place a 2-1/2″ round cookie cutter (or a small round dish) directly in the center of your dough. Do not press down. Using a sharp knife (or a pizza cutter), cut 16 evenly spaced cuts from the round cutter to the edge of the dough to form a starburst.
  • Step 7 Grab two strips of dough, one in your right hand and one in your left hand. Twist outwards twice. Pinch together the edges of the two strips to seal. Repeat with the remaining strips.
  • Step 8 Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes or until doubled in size. Bake in a 375 degree preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Step 9 Remove the bread from the baking pan, brush with 2 tablespoons of melted butter, and lightly dust with confectioners’ sugar. Enjoy!

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Easy Tuscan Roasted Asparagus

Easy Tuscan Roasted Asparagus

Easy Tuscan Roasted Asparagus is not only the perfect Spring side dish, but also one of our favorite recipes to make year round! Oven roasted and flavored with lemon and garlic this family friendly vegetable is something that everyone can agree on. This simply irresistible […]