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Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole with Maple Cream Cheese Filling

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Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole with Maple Cream Cheese Filling

We all know breakfast is the most important (and, in my opinion, most delicious) meal of the day, with that in mind I have a yummy french toast  casserole that you can prepare tonight, and bake when you get up in the morning.  I dub this scrumptious creation Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole with Maple Cream Cheese Filling. With thick, crusty bread, sweet, juicy apples, and tangy, sweet maple cream cheese filling, you really can’t go wrong

Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole with Maple Cream Cheese Filling

I started with some crusty pecan raisin bread from the grocery store bakery (any flavor you like is find as long as it’s a thicker, crusty bread) and cut it into cubes.

pecan raisin bread

I layered half of it in a baking dish and topped it with chopped apples (I used fuji, but any kind you have on hand is fine).

apple cinnamon french toast casserole

Then I whipped up some maple syrup cream cheese by whisking together cream cheese, syrup, vanilla, and cinnamon (try to refrain from eating this with a spoon…) and poured it over the apples.

maple cream cheese filling

I topped the apples with the remainder of the bread.  Next I beat some eggs with some milk and more cinnamon and poured the mixture over top of the casserole, making sure all the bread was coated.

Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole

At this point I covered the casserole and refrigerated it overnight, but if you’re super ambitious you could bake it as soon as you’re done prepping it (but I definitely love sleeping way too much for that).  Bake in the oven until the top gets brown and crunchy.

Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole with Maple Cream Cheese Filling

I let it sit for a few minutes and then served it with some fresh berries, let me tell you, it was divine!  The perfect balance of sweet, I didn’t even use syrup.

Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole with Maple Cream Cheese Filling

Recipe

Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole with Maple Cream Cheese Filling

Makes 1 – 8″ square baking pan

Ingredients:

1 loaf of crusty pecan raisin bread (mine was ~1 pound) – cubed

2 apples – chopped into bite sized cubes

4 ounces cream cheese – softened

1/2 cup maple syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 tablespoon cinnamon

4 eggs

3/4 cup milk

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Fresh fruit (optional for serving)

Maple syrup (optional for serving)

– Layer half of the cubes bread in the bottom of a 8″ square baking pan and cover with the chopped apples

– Whisk together the softened cream cheese, maple syrup, vanilla and tablespoon of cinnamon until smooth (microwave for a few seconds if needed) and pour over the apples

– Top with the remaining half of the bread cubes 

– Whisk the eggs, milk, and teaspoon of cinnamon until well combined and pour evenly over the casserole, making sure all of the bread cubes are coated

– Cover and refrigerate overnight (or bake immediately if desired)

– Heat the oven to 375 ºF and bake for 50-55 minutes, the top should be browned and slightly crisp and the center should not jiggle when the dish is moved

– Let stand for a few minutes and serve with fresh fruit and maple syrup as desired

 

 

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Orange Cinnamon French Toast

orange cinnamon french toast

 

 

 

Huevos Rancheros

Huevos Rancheros

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Huevos Rancheros

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Huevos Rancheros

Two of my favorite food genres (yes I describe food in genres) are Mexican food and breakfast food, so Mexican breakfast food is pretty much the perfect food combination in my mind.  A few months ago I had a craving for Mexican breakfast food so I looked around the cupboards and my house to see what I could make.  I came up with these super easy huevos rancheros that turned out to be a delicious combination of slightly crispy tortilla chips, tangy salsa, melty cheese, and hot eggs, they’re now a regular on my breakfast menu!

Huevos Rancheros

I started by making some microwave nachos, I used to make these all the time as an after school snack.  Spread some tortilla chips on a plate, top with salsa and shredded cheese, and pop them in the microwave.  You can use any kind of salsa you want, I like to use jarred southwest salsa since it has black beans in and and the jarred salsa tends to have more juice than fresh salsa.

microwave nachos

Then you fry some eggs to your liking, I usually go with over easy to over medium.  Place the eggs on top of the nachos.

nachos with eggs

Top the eggs with more salsa, then shred some cheese on top, cover with a pan lid and let sit until the cheese melts.

huevos rancheros melted

Serve with guacamole as you like.

Huevos Rancheros

Enjoy a delicious breakfast!

Huevos Rancheros bite

 

 

Recipe

Huevos Rancheros

Serves 2

Ingredients

corn tortilla chips  (about 20)

1 cup southwest salsa

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

4 eggs

salt & pepper

guacamole (optional for serving – try this recipe)

– Place a layer of tortilla chips (about 10) on a plate, cover with salsa and shredded cheese, microwave for 30 seconds or until cheese is melted, repeat with another plate

– Fry the eggs with a little salt & pepper according to your preference (I like mine over easy to over medium)

– Place 2 eggs on each plate on top of the nachos, top with more salsa and shredded cheese, cover the plate with a pan lid and let the cheese melt

– Top the eggs with guacamole as desired and serve

 

 

Orange Cinnamon French Toast

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Orange Cinnamon French Toast

I absolutely love breakfast foods, I think restaurants should serve them all day, and breakfast for dinner is one of my favorite things.  Until a few years ago I was never a big fan of French Toast.  I know, I thought it was strange too, bread, eggs, cinnamon, sugar, what’s not to like?  So I played around with different ingredients and came up with this Orange Cinnamon version.  It’s now my go to french toast recipe and it’s pretty delicious if I do say so myself!

orange french toast

First buy some cinnamon swirl or cinnamon raisin bread, this is an absolute necessity, don’t even try to make this with regular bread, it won’t be nearly as scrumptiously delicious.

Cinnamon Raisin Bread

Then cut it into thirds.  Part of the reason I was never a huge french toast fan was that I always thought the center wasn’t done right, it was too egg-y or something, but cutting it in thirds eliminates that problem.

Sliced bread

Then zest 2 oranges into a dish and then add their juice.

oranges

Crack some eggs into the dish, add cinnamon and vanilla, and whisk away.  Dip the bread slices into the mixture so that they’re completely coated and then place them in a buttered skillet.

bread in egg

Cook for a few minutes, and the flip and cook on the other side.

bread in skillet

Once cooked, remove to a plate and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

orange french toast

Serve with more powdered sugar, syrup, and fresh fruit if desired.

orange cinnamon french toast

Recipe

Orange Cinnamon French Toast

Serves: 4-6

Ingredients:

1 loaf of cinnamon raisin or cinnamon swirl bread (16 slices)

8 eggs

2 navel oranges – zest and juice

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla

powdered sugar (for serving)

syrup (for serving)

fresh fruit (optional for serving)

– Slice the bread into thirds

– Scramble the eggs in a shallow dish

– Add the orange, cinnamon, and vanilla to the egg and whisk together

– Dip the bread pieces into the egg mixture until they’re completely coated

– Place in a buttered skillet and cook for 3-5 minutes until done

– Flip and cook the other side for 3-5 minutes, or until done

– Remove from the skillet and place on a plate, sprinkle with powdered sugar

– Serve with extra powdered sugar, syrup, and fresh fruit as desired

Dutch Oven Breakfast Casserole

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Dutch Oven Breakfast Casserole

My dad absolutely loves cooking outdoors, be it on a grill, over a fire, using charcoal with the dutch oven, you name it, he does it.  One of his signature dishes is his breakfast casserole.  He makes it on holidays and every time we go camping.  I LOVE breakfast foods, and this casserole combines potatoes, eggs, bacon (a necessity for any breakfast if you ask me), and cheese, it’s pretty delicious!

in dutch oven

First line your dutch oven with a liner (or parchment paper), line the bottom with bacon, then cut up some potatoes, peppers, and onions.  Throw some more bacon on top for good measure.  The picture below is from about halfway through the cooking process (I was asleep when my dad started this…)

potatoes and bacon

Put the lid on and sit the dutch oven over some coals, making sure the coals aren’t actually touching the bottom (this causes hot spots and uneven cooking), then add more on top.  You’ll need to rotate the dutch oven 90 º and the lid 90 º in the opposite direction every 10-15 minutes.

dutch oven and coals

After about an hour and a half add in some eggs.

add eggsLet the eggs set.

eggs set

Sprinkle on some cheese and cover again for a few minutes until the cheese is melty and delicious.

cheese

Look at the gooey goodness!

in dutch oven

Serve it up on a plate along with some sour cream and salsa.

Mountain Man Breakfast

Recipe

Dutch Oven Breakfast Casserole

Serves 8

Ingredients:

8 slices bacon – cut into quarters

4 potatoes – cut into 1″ cubes

2 bell pepper – cut into 1″ cubes

1 large onion – cut into 1″ cubes

salt & pepper

8 eggs

1 cup shredded cheese

salsa (for serving)

sour cream (for serving)
– Prepare coals/embers (you can also make this in the oven, in which case you’ll need to preheat the oven to 325 ºF).

– Place a dutch oven liner in the dutch oven (we use a 12″ dutch oven) and cover the bottom with bacon

– Add in the potatoes, peppers, and onions, and sprinkle with salt and pepper (if you have left over bacon you can put it on top)

 Place the lid on the dutch oven

– Place the dutch oven over coals/embers, making sure the coals are not actually touching the bottom of the dutch oven (this causes hot spots and uneven cooking).  Place more coals/embers on the lid

– Rotate the dutch oven 90º every 10-15 minutes, and then rotate the lid 90º in the opposite direction

– After the potatoes are soft (about 90 minutes depending on your heat) beat the eggs and stir in salt and pepper, then pour them even over top of the potatoes

Cook for about 20 more minutes until the eggs are set

Sprinkle cheese over top and cook for 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted

Serve, topping with salsa and sour cream as desired