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French Toast with Caramelized Pears and Apples

I wanted to make something with the remaining apples and pears that I had, so I thought what better than to caramelize them and add them to some delicious french toast. I needed the perfect bread for this since we almost never make french toast, and I knew just where to get it. Japanese bakeries always have the best white bread. They’re perfectly square, have a nice crust, and are just supreme to other types of breads. We bought ours at the local Asian mart and kept it for a couple of days. It’s best to use slightly stale bread for french toast since it won’t fall apart when you dip it in the egg batter. If you don’t have an Asian mart near you, any day old bread will work.

French Toast with Caramelized Pears and Apples

To our egg batter, we added cinnamon and cardamom. These spices paired very well with the apples and pears, and I must say it was one of the nicest breakfasts we’ve had in a while (and it was definitely a nice change from all the eggs we’ve been eating….though since there’s an egg batter does that still mean we had eggs for breakfast?)

French Toast with Caramelized Pears and Apples

This is a pretty simple recipe, but it looks super fancy. If you’re looking to impress anyone, this should definitely be on your list of things to whip up! Add a touch of whipped cream and no one will be able to resist.

French Toast with Caramelized Pears and Apples

If you have any leftover apples and pears (which we did), they make a great topping to ice cream!

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Pumpkin Pancakes

Can you tell that I love breakfast yet!?! Well…..I love breakfast for dinner at least. For some reason, at breakfast time I usually crave something like pizza or nachos or some other dinner-ish type of food. This week’s been all eggs and pancakes for dinner and I love it!!

Pumpkin Pancakes

I don’t think I’ve ever eaten so much pumpkin in my life as I have this fall, but that’s ok because it means we’re finally getting through some of the cans of pumpkin puree I bought last year in preparation for pies that never came about. And that’s a good thing because otherwise these pancakes may never have existed in my life, and I love these. We’ve had them about once a week for the past three weeks. It’s like pumpkin pie in pancake form!

Pumpkin Pancakes

I love topping these with just a bit of butter, a banana, and maple syrup! The salt from the butter really brings out the sweetness from the pancakes, and maple syrup is just a must. You could even top these with candied pecans if you had any. It would be like fall heaven…sigh now I wish I had some candied pecans handy. Go make these!! Right now! You have to enjoy fall while it lasts because before you know it winter will be here.

Pumpkin Pancakes

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 Breakfast Casserole

I’m one of those people who begins to plan for the holidays months in advance. I don’t mean that I decorate or put up a tree or anything like that, but I like to have all my shopping done before December. I’m already trying to plan when we’ll be where and what I should make for which family gathering. I’m also trying to figure out what gifts to give everyone.   Why are people so difficult to buy for?!?! I’m really trying hard not to stress over it, but sometimes it gets the better of me. Please tell me the holidays are also on your mind. No! It’s just me!? Oh well…I’ll just start my holiday meals a little earlier this year. Not such a bad thing when I think about this breakfast casserole.

Breakfast Casserole

Early morning gatherings are a tough one. Desserts are too sweet for that early in the morning. Luckily, I’m prepared with this super easy dish! I get my coffee while it’s baking in the oven. I also bought frozen hashbrowns to help cut down the prep time. I am not fully aware of my surroundings in the morning, so the less I have to do the better. Next time, I might also buy precut veggies, but that’s slightly pushing it.

Breakfast Casserole

Normally, I’m kind of weary about breakfast sausage since there are some that use a certain seasoning that I’m just not that fond of, but I really really really wanted to add sausage to this casserole. We ended up buying Bob Evan’s Natural Sausage, which turned out perfect! It’s really hard to find sausage without a lot of additives, but this one had a fairly decent ingredient list. Since the sausage itself has so many spices already included, you really don’t need to do much else to make this a flavorful dish. I did add just a bit of paprika, salt, and pepper to the eggs just to give it a slight boost.

Breakfast Casserole

Now that I’ve got breakfast covered, bring on the early morning guests! Or maybe, I’ll just save this for myself.

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Apple Cider Donuts

There’s no better way to wake up on these chilly mornings than with these apple cider donuts! It’s like the best of both worlds. You have fresh donuts and apple cider together! Not to mention the sweet maple syrup frosting on top!! I hope fall never ends.

Apple Cider Donuts

These donuts are a snap to put together and you can make the frosting while they’re baking in the oven. The best way to pour the batter into the donut pan is to cut one of the corners of a freezer sized zip lock baggie, add the batter, and pipe into the pan. The batter is thick enough that you can stand the cut tip up and everything will stay in place.

Apple Cider Donuts

The donuts have the hint of spice and apples from the cider. You really do need to top this off with the maple frosting. The sweetness of the frosting balances the spices in the donut. I froze half my batch (yes that means I ate four donuts for breakfast…don’t judge) and kept the remaining frosting in the fridge.

Apple Cider Donuts

These were my first donuts (and they came out so perfect I had to share them with you) that I found a recipe by someone I trusted and slightly adapted it. No surprise that I looked to Sally’s Baking Adiction for inspiration. I took her apple cider donut holes from one recipe and then her maple frosting from another and combined them here. I did switch up the recipes slightly, so if you want to see the originals you can go here for the donuts and here for the frosting.

Apple Cider Donuts

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Breakfast Burrito

Eggs are one of my favorite breakfast items. They are just so satisfying in the morning and you can smother them in hot sauce. I prefer hot sauce to sweet in the morning (though I’ll never turn down a pancake or French toast made by a certain someone!). While I usually prefer my eggs sunny side up, I can be persuaded to have scrambled if they’re in the form of a breakfast burrito!

Breakfast Burrito

These burritos are a great way to wake up in the morning. They’re quick and have veggies, so it’s like a win win all around. You can add your favorite veggies, but we bought a mix of sliced green bell pepper, red bell pepper, and onion. Normally, I’d never buy pre sliced veggies, but did I mention that we’ve been under the weather lately. While we’re getting back to normal now, at the time slicing things didn’t seem like such a good idea. I was all for paying someone else to do that for me.

Breakfast Burrito

We also added a blend of shredded cheese….though if I had some feta in the house, I might’ve added that. Top it all off with a spicy salsa and I’m set for the day. We bought these tortillas from Costco that you have to cook yourself. They’re delicious, but I didn’t factor in the time it took to cook those since I’m assuming most people buy cooked tortillas. I’m telling you though, if you can find Tortilla Land brand, it’s worth the bit of extra time. There is almost nothing better than a fresh tortilla. Except for fresh eggs wrapped in a warm tortilla. Life is good!

 Breakfast Burrito

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