Saturday, March 08, 2008

A week of breakfasts: The weekend

It is the weekend! Do you have a waffle maker in your cabinet collecting dust? Well, now is the perfect time to GET IT OUT! Weekends call for leisurely family breakfasts and meals that take a little longer. Why not start a family tradition of a Saturday morning family breakfast? Set the table, have a nice breakfast, enjoy your time together. Saturdays are a day that we do that. Why not make it a tradition to serve waffles or french toast on Saturdays? I know for most of you, Sunday mornings are too busy to do a breakfast like this. (They are for me.) So--make the waffles on Saturday, and make extra for Sunday morning. (Or get your husband to make his famous french toast. :) Or serve yogurt and crunchies. But back to Saturday. Waffles with FRESH whipped cream and some sort of berries are delicious. If berries are not in season, you can always use frozen. Heat them up first--so yummy on top of waffles. Make your Saturday morning breakfast an excuse for celebrating--celebrating the weekend with your family. Make it a time where your children will remember and yearn for those Saturday morning breakfasts.
Now, do I do this every Saturday? No way! Sometimes we go out, sometimes we just have yogurt and crunchies, but the key is Consistency to what you are able to do.

So...Saturday or Sunday: get out that waffle maker and make waffles. French toast is also a yummy weekend breakfast. 

The Recipes:
Waffles are another great way to use different grains in feeding your family.

Contessa's Challah French Toast

6 extra-large eggs
1 1/2 cups half and half or milk
1 t. grated orange zest
1/2 t. pure vanilla extract
1 T. good honey
1/2 t. kosher salt
1 large loaf of challah or brioche bread
Unsalted butter
Vegetable oil

To serve: Pure maple syrup, Good raspberry preserves, Sifted confectioners' sugar

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

In a large, shallow bowl, whisk together the eggs, half-and-half, orange zest, vanilla, honey and salt. Slice the challah in 3/4 inch thick slices. Soak as many slices in the egg mixture as possible for 5 minutes, turning once.

Heat 1 T. butter and 1 T. oil in a very large saute pan over medium heat. Add the soaked bread and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side until nicely browned. Place the cooked French toast on a sheet pan and keep it warm in the oven. Fry the remaining soaked bread slices, adding butter and oil as needed, until it's all cooked. Serve hot with maple syrup, raspberry preserves, and/or confectioners' sugar.

And that concludes this breakfast series! Ok.....who wants to tackle lunch?

image from h2okatcher


Anonymous said...

I had to look at this before running to my Farmer's Market (an all purpose store..amazing though). I am so inspired to add some eggs/grits and pancakes to our week. Amazingly, my homemade bread with fresh ground wheat makes great french toast. It used to be a staple for us. thanks so much, Mary Brooke in Atlanta
Ps, Saturday mornings w/Daddy are a cherished time..we usually don't eat with him all week. We are at the table FOREVER. maybe we will get out the waffle maker :-)

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the breakfast series. It encouraged me to do something new. I found a recipe out of the LaLeche League recipe book called Bread Spornge. Sounds ugly, looks ugly, but tastes good! It's basically toasted bread in a heavily buttered skillet (bite size pieces) with beaten eggs and crumbled cooked bacon pieces poured on top of it. The eggs cook up very quickly so the toast stays crisp. I found out it's a Scandinavian (spelling?) dish.

I really hope you do and lunch AND dinner series! Barbara in AR

Beck said...

My husband makes waffles every weekend while I sleep in! I am obviously very, very lucky.

tonia said...

i could eat a whole bowl of FRESH whipped cream.

by myself. no waffles.


Ann Kroeker said...

Yum, yum, yum, yum, yum, yum, YUM.

I think that adds up to 7 yums, one for each breakfast of the week!

I love breakfasts, so it's fun to see all these yummy ideas. We do an overnight oatmeal in the crockpot with our steel-cut oats and oh, boy, those are soooo good.

And pancakes--I'm eager to try your buttermilk version.

And waffles are a happy breakfast for my kiddoes. And me, too. With blueberries.

Have you ever tried Dutch Baby Pancakes (sometimes called German Pancakes)? That's one of our super-special breakfast treats.

And I do love grits.

Mmm...what can I make tomorrow morning? So many options....

(p.s. regarding your comment at my blog--I find it very hard to get out in this cold weather, too. Hang in there. Surely spring is just around the corner, right?)

Sara said...

Ok...I can't even look at your blog lately with all this delicious COOKED food :) You're purposely trying to torture me! Although if I was ever to come back to your lovely abode and you made me some of those waffles, I would eat them. Most definitely. :) With coffee too. Miss you!

sara said...

(a different sara than the last one)

I'm inspired by this breakfast list; thanks! Usually around here my kids eat cold cereal an average of about 6.5 mornings/week - I know I need to spend more time fixing them better breakfasts :) I myself have been loving oatmeal lately and I'm going to try some of those great oatmeal variations.

Great blog!

Terry said...

The recipes look wonderful. I'll have to try them. Saturday morning is big breakfast day at our house, too!

dorothy said...

That's so funny. We just bought a waffle maker with a gift card we'd had forever and I used the waffle recipe you posted last - delicious!! I really enjoyed this series. How 'bout one on lunch?:)

AIMEE said...

love waffles but haven't had a waffle iron in years! I'll have to be on the thrift hunt for one!

I am a "freshly" whipped cream snob :) It's just so light and creamy and wonderful. I always make enough to have it on my coffee for the days following!

L.L. Barkat said...

My spouse is also the weekend waffle maker (I only do pancakes or French toast, or muffins). Soon, though, the Farmer's Market will begin again. And then it will be fresh whole wheat donuts at the Market (while the Waffle Maker enjoys an apple turnover!)

Stacy said...

I loved your week of breakfasts series. What a great idea! :) You've inspired me to try oatmeal, again... :) I keep trying it and no one seems to like it around here (except for me and one of my boys). There must be that *perfect* recipe out there somewhere, though, right? And that picture with the bananas and walnuts topping the oatmeal literally made my mouth water. Mm!
We do the whole assigned breakfasts for each day of the week, too. I can't believe how satisfying that is, just to know what we're having and to avoid the issue of different children wanting different things to eat! :)

Thanks for these posts!

Beverly said...

Andrea - my mouth is WATERING. What a wonderful idea - this week of breakfasts. And they all look scrumptious. And I love grits :-) I like mine with cheddar cheese mixed in (sigh). I may have to make some now. Thank you for all the wonderful ideas.

kari jo said...

i'm coming for breakfast!
any day of the week
looks delicious
in your house, andrea.