Let's say you have friends/acquaintances stopping by to visit your apartment at 9 AM on a Thursday. What do you bake? I am leaning towards muffins but I need a solid, impressive but not fancy, reliable recipe. Help!
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hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.
How about spoon bread: https://food52.com/recipes...
or breakfast bread pudding: https://food52.com/recipes...
or scrambled egg muffins: https://food52.com/recipes... ?
when i do brunch the morning after thanksgiving or christmas day, i buy i good quality pre made quiche or alternatively, this last chrismas i made a frittata with bacon and cheeses and a few colorful veggies and put it on a festive round platter. both are good leftover and are tasty. you can serve room temperature if not all visitors show up at same time. also, some nice sweet bread/pastries, yogurt and honey and a few berries.
Nancy is a trusted home cook.
Is this a coffee + occasion or a meal? If the first, go for any muffin you like loaded with fruit &/or nuts. Or scones (muffins on their sides) with currants, butternut squash & sage (Mrs larkin recipe here), plenty of butter and cheese. If it's more a meal, I'd go with the suggested quiche, or savory waffles pancakes or French toast...top with cheese or corned beef hash to round out the meal.
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Why, Texas Breakfast Beer Bread of course! :-)
Lisanne is a trusted home cook.
A buttery German pancake with powdered sugar and lemon wedges is simple and impressive. The David Ayers pancake recipe is one version: https://food52.com/recipes...
Lemon Rhubarb Muffins are simple to make and delicious: http://www.healthline.com...
Or you could always make a quick bread like this Lemon Breakfast Bread if you'd rather not go through the hassle of making individual muffins: http://www.healthline.com...
I make a Baked French Toast-basically you butter a 9x13" pan, then line it with a good white bread (I only use Pepperidge Farm). Make a custard/French toast batter with a tablespoon or two of Cointreua/Grand Marnier added in, and pour over the bread. Wrap and into the fridge overnight, pulled out prior to your guest arrive and baked. It rises like a soufflé-served family style, it's always a hit at my weekend home with our guests and my family alike.
I do something similar to chezhenry, although I tend to use challah/brioche and to either slice or cube it. I also will add cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla -- along with Cointreau -- to my custard base. And, sometimes, I'll also add maple syrup.
Sorry, one Other thought if you want to do something less heavy, these cinnamon sugar puffs are really delicious. http://www.food52.com/recipes...
Pegeen is a trusted home cook.
May I recommend soda bread. Very easy, not too sweet, a little different than typical fare. You can use dried cherries or cranberries (or none) if you don't like raisins.
Mrs. Larkin's Royal Wedding Scones (on this site) can be made the night before and simply chilled. I make my own clotted cream, but whipped sweet cream and butter with a good jam would be awesome. If you need to provide additionally to this, I'd serve sausage, ham and/or bacon on the side with some fresh juices.
I'd make baked oatmeal or 20 min apples turnovers https://food52.com/recipes....
Do you have Rose Levy Berenbaum's Baking Bible? Her Irish Cream Scones are magic. Genius. Easy. Fabulous.
No and I need to get it!! I ended up making muffins using a very basic blank canvas recipe and tossing in fresh strawberries, a handful of cornmeal, and subbing raw sugar for white. They did the trick!
Great loaf of banana bread
I love this frittata because it's easy and it never fails. Plus ingredient list is small! bit.ly/1F2KXbx I suggest making the chorizo mixture and laying out your eggs, milk, and flour the night before. The morning of, put everything together as described in 2nd paragraph. Easy-peasy. And the best part? Little clean up. Leave the pan in the sink to soak while you're at work!
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I probably have 7 muffin recipes on this site, but these are super easy and reliable. I created them on vacation for my husband, who loves my (what I do for love) bran muffins, but I was trying to make a muffin that didn't require a million ingredients, a food processor, etc. If you don't have All Bran, they work with rolled oats or a mixed grain cereal. If you don't have blueberries, they work with bananas, applesauce, dried fruit. You can throw in some nuts if you like. I think the secret to these muffins is butter. I make them every week, and they have never come out badly.
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