Category Archives: Breakfast

Crêpe Suzette filled with honey cream cheese

A non-boozy version of a delicious French Classic.

Instead of the Grand Marnier, triple sec or orange Curaçao liqueur that most Crêpe Suzette recipes call for, I have made an Orange syrup to pour over the Crêpes, perfect for the whole family. An added bonus is that you don’t have to flambé the Crêpes either, so it’s super simple. They’re also filled with whipped honey cream cheese and served with fresh Orange segments to add freshness. A true feast that the whole family will love.

Serves: 4

Prep time : 10

Total Time : 20 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

Crêpes:
• 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour or white spelt flour
• Pinch salt
• 2 eggs at room temperature
• 1 1/4 cups milk
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 2 tbsp. melted butter
• + 1/2 cup butter for baking the crepes
Orange Syrup:
• 1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed orange juice
• 5 tablespoons sugar
• 2 tsp. Cornstarch mixed with 1 tbsp. water
Honey cream cheese:
• 3/4 Cup cream cheese at room tempered
• 1/4 cup honey
• 1/8 tsp. Orange blossom extract (optional)
Extra for serving:
• 2 oranges, peeled and sectioned, skin removed

DIRECTIONS:

Crêpes:
Whisk together the flour and salt in a medium bowl. In another bowl whisk the eggs, milk and vanilla. Add to the flour slowly and whisk until combined, add the melted butter and mix. If the mixture is too thick, add a little more milk until a thin consistency is achieved. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. It’s important to let the batter rest, so the gluten can develop and the Crêpes will bake easier and they won’t tear as easily.
Heat an 20cm/8-inch skillet over medium heat for about 1 minute. Add butter to the pan and swirl it around so the butter covers the entire surface. Ladle some batter onto the middle of the pan and immediately start swirling the pan to distribute the batter over the surface. Cook for 60 seconds or until lightly golden brown. Add a little butter to the uncooked side and flip over and cook the other side for 30-60 seconds. Remove to a plate and repeat with the remaining batter.
You may keep the crepes warm on a plate set on top of a pan with simmering water or covered with foil in a low-warm oven
Orange sauce:
In a sauce pan over high heat, bring the orange juice to a boil with the sugar, reduce the heat to a simmer, add the cornstarch slurry and cook until the mixture has thickened, about 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
Honey cream cheese:
Place the cream cheese in a bowl together with the honey and whip for a few minutes until fluffy and creamy. Add orange blossom extract if desired.
To serve:
Place a crepe on a warm plate. Spoon some cream cheese down the middle and roll the crêpe into a cylinder. Top with syrup and fruit and serve immediately. Serve 2 crêpes per person.

Enjoy!

Double chocolate zucchini banana bread

Chocolate zucchini banana bread

One bowl and 15 minutes, that’s all it takes.

Death by Chocolate cake is the first thing that comes to mind when I think about this dense chocolatey zucchini banana bread.

It’s by far our favorite one.

Intensely chocolaty…with chocolate in the batter and more chocolate in the form of chocolate chunks, and plenty of them. Soft gooey puddles of chocolate throughout, a tender crumb and so perfectly soft yet firm enough to slice effortlessly.
There’s just something about homemade banana bread that I find irresistible, add chocolate to the equation and you’ve got yourself the perfect breakfast, tea or dessert loaf.
About the ingredients, when it comes to  cocoa, I like to get the best quality I can get my hands on.  It’s worth the extra money.
The yoghurt may come as a surprise but it is perfect to balance out the intense chocolate flavor. 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/2 c. grated zucchini (after squeezing dry), about 1 large
  • 1 cup bananas mashed, about 2 large
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 c coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup regular plain yoghurt
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 1/2 c all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole grain flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/3 c cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 cup chopped dark chocolate or  chips

INSTRUCTIONS:

Pre heat the oven to 180C/350F. Line a buttered loaf tin 22cm/9″ with parchment paper.

Start by grating the zucchini with a medium grater onto a kitchen towel. Bring the corners of the towel together and squeeze out all the moisture. Set aside.

In a large bowl mash the bananas with a fork, add the eggs, coconut oil, sugar, vanilla and yogurt. Beat together until well combined. Add the zucchini and stir to combine.

In a separate bowl combine the flour, salt, cocoa, baking powder and baking soda. Now add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Use a spatula to combine without over mixing.

Chop the chocolate leaving some chunks, mix into the batter. Alternatively add the chocolate chips.

Pour batter into prepared loaf tin, smooth out the top of the batter with a small spatula and place in the middle of the oven.

Bake for about 55-60 minutes, insert wooden skewer to check, if it comes out dry it’s done.

Remove from oven and let cool on a rack for about 10 minutes. Remove from loaf tin, leaving on the parchment paper and let cool completely before cutting.

This loaf will keep for 3 to 4 days, or you can slice and freeze individual portions.

Enjoy!

Spread with some extra Nutella…for a full chocolate explosion 🙂

Spelt Cinnamon Rolls

These are the Cinnamon Rolls you want to make for Valentine’s Day Breakfast. They are so delicious and everything a Cinnamon Rolls should be…soft, big and puffy, and off course slathered generously with cream cheese frosting. I’ve made these with Spelt flour, which is my favourite flour, it has a slight nutty flavor and is easier to digest. Sometimes even tolerated by people who can’t have wheat, however it does contain gluten.
These cinnamon rolls are best eaten right after they are baked but they will keep for several days in an airtight container. You can also freeze them, personally I like to freeze the rolls individually and then thaw them in the microwave at 30 second intervals until warmed through. When I plan to freeze them I leave the cinnamon rolls unfrosted.
I don’t know where cinnamon rolls come from originally or who created them first, but whoever you are, God bless you, I am so grateful because nothing beats a cinnamon roll!

Bakery-style Spelt cinnamon rolls that anyone can make at home.

Prep time : 20 min
Cooking time : 20-25 min.
Makes : 8 – 9

INGREDIENTS
For the dough:
• 3/4 cup whole milk
• 2 tsp. active dry yeast
• 1/4 cup sugar
• 3 large eggs at room temperature
• 3 3/4 -4 cups white Spelt flour (type 630)
• 1/4 tsp. salt
• 1/3 cup soft room temperature unsalted butter
For the filling:
• 1/2 cup soft unsalted butter (room temperature)
• 1/2 cup brown sugar
• 11/2  tablespoons ground cinnamon
For the frosting:
• 4 ounces cream cheese, softened at room temperature
• 1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
• 2 – 4 tablespoons milk
• 1 ¾ cups powdered sugar
• 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Warm the milk in the microwave for about 30 seconds, until it’s warm to the touch but not boiling hot.
2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, combine the warm milk with the sugar and stir until sugar has dissolved, add the yeast. The milk should not be too hot or it will kill the yeast. Let the mixture rest for about five minutes until nice and frothy.
3. Add the eggs and butter and give it a stir. Now add the flour, (start with 3 3/4 cups) and salt and mix on medium speed for around 7 minutes until a sticky dough is formed.  If it is very sticky add a little more flour. The dough will be sticky anyway but should still be malleable.
4. Shape the dough into a ball, place in a large, lightly oiled bowl, and cover with plastic wrap. Let the dough rise for about one hour or until double in bulk. Alternatively you can let it rise in the refrigerator overnight (up to 12 hours).
5. Dust a work surface and roll the dough out into a rectangle approximately 40cmx30cm/16×12 inches in size.
6. Spread the dough with butter, leaving a border at the top side so you can roll it up once filled. Combine the brown sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle the mixture over the butter in an even layer.
7. Roll the dough up tightly and try to close the seam as best as you can by pinching it together with your fingers. Place seam down on a cutting board.
8. Cut the roll into 8 or 9 equal slices.
9. Place the rolls in a greased 22cmx33cm/9×13-inch baking dish. I used an oval dish, but just use whatever you have, rectangular, oval… it’s all good.
10. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 180C/350F
10. Once the cinnamon rolls are nicely puffed up, place the baking dish on a rack in the middle of the oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden brown and the bounce back when pressed with a finger.
11. While the rolls are in the oven start making the frosting by beating the cream cheese with the butter together until nice and creamy. Add the confectionary sugar and beat to combine, add the milk by the tablespoon until desired consistency is achieved. Depending or whether you like a thick creamy frosting or a more pourable one. Remove from the oven and let the rolls cool before frosting.
12. Cover the cinnamon rolls with the frosting and serve straight away. If you intend to freeze them, wrap the cinnamon rolls individually and leave unfrosted.
13. You can re-heat frozen cinnamon rolls in the microwave

Enjoy!

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Christmas Granola

Perfect for Christmas morning!

Do you want to make your house smell like Christmas? Make some of this granola, works like a charm. You will instantly be in the Christmas spirit!

Our homemade Christmas granola is packed with holiday flavor, big clusters of chewy crunchy morsels with cinnamon,  nuts, cranberries and chocolate.

It is also a festive, edible gift when wrapped in a holiday bag and tied with a ribbon. You can also attach a hand written label with the recipe on it.


Prep time : 10 min.

Cooking time : 40 min.

Makes : 7 cups approx.


INGREDIENTS:

5 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup Pecans, roughly chopped
1/2 cup Pistachios
1/3 cup Maple syrup
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup canola oil
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup dried Cranberries
1/2 cup white chocolate chips,  (or dark)

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 320° F/ 160° C . Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Toss the oats, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl. Add the oil,  the sugar and maple syrup and stir until thoroughly combined. Make sure all of the oats are moistened.
Spread onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and add the nuts and stir to combine. Return to the oven and bake for another 20 minutes or until golden brown.
Allow granola to cool completely in order to get the crunchy clusters. Now add the dried Cranberries and Chocolate chips. Enjoy with milk or yoghurt or by the handful as a snack. 
Store in an airtight container. 

Enjoy!