I eat toast with cheese and fruit for breakfast more often than I'd like to admit, but what can I say? I love it. I was thinking about ways to take the same general idea but gussy it up to make for a breakfast I'd be proud to serve in good company and this is what came to me. I swapped out my standard cheeses for creamy, luscious mascarpone, took some fruit, made it into compote and put it right into the sandwich, and then grilled it like a panini. The result is a golden and crunchy on the outside, gooey, oozing, sweet on the inside breakfast delight! —fiveandspice
thick slices of cinnamon swirl bread
or so, mascarpone cheese
apricot compote (or more if desired)
Butter one side of each bread slice and place the bread buttered side down on a piece of wax paper or another non stick surface.
Spread two tablespoons of mascarpone on 4 of the bread slices leaving a decent size border between the cheese and the edge of the bread. Spread about a tablespoon and a half of the apricot spread on the other 4 slices, leaving a border on these as well.
Unite the complementary halves with one another! Making 4 mascarpone-fruit compote sandwiches with butter on the outside.
Grill each sandwich until it is golden and crispy on the outside and the spreads are oozing - 3-4 minutes in a panini press, or 3 minutes per side if you are cooking them in a frying pan.
Allow to cool for a few minutes, then cut each sandwich in half (this is messy and requires a serrated knife) and serve, sprinkled decoratively with a bit of powdered sugar.
Dried apricot compote
Combine everything except the ginger and brandy in a small saucepan, bring to a simmer and cook gently until thick and all the dried fruits are soft and plumped, about 15-20 minutes. Then, stir in the ginger and brandy, cook for another couple of minutes, then allow to cool.
I like to say I'm a lazy iron chef (I just cook with what I have around), renegade nutritionist, food policy wonk, and inveterate butter and cream enthusiast! My husband and I own a craft distillery in Northern Minnesota called Vikre Distillery (www.vikredistillery.com), where I claimed the title, "arbiter of taste." I also have a doctorate in food policy, for which I studied the changes in diet and health of new immigrants after they come to the United States. I myself am a Norwegian-American dual citizen. So I have a lot of Scandinavian pride, which especially shines through in my cooking on special holidays. Beyond loving all facets of food, I'm a Renaissance woman (translation: bad at focusing), dabbling in a variety of artistic and scientific endeavors.