I took the kids to the library Monday after school. I had a few things that I wanted to check on myself so while the kids were browsing I took my own sweet time. I asked about some lunch idea books. As I searched for the titles I wanted I happened on some other gems. About Breakfast.
There was no time until the next day to sit down with my heap of books. I opened the most delicious looking one first.
The most-delicious-one in my stack was titled:
"Breakfast in Bed
more than 150 recipes for delicious morning meals."
It hooked me with the first quote, and then captured me with the introduction.
I was instantly in love. With a cookbook. About breakfast.
All the recipes originate from bed-and-breakfasts. I kept gasping and reading them out loud. "Oh! Listen to this" and "Doesn't this sound like the best breakfast ever?" or variations of those phrases were heard over and over. I grabbed the closest bookmarks I could find, a few stray Skip-Bo cards, to mark the recipes I wanted to try. Soon I ran out of cards. I was too lazy to get up, so I reached for the next closest thing, Finding Nemo Crush's Crazy 8's. The book was soon filled with new ideas for breakfast.
I took the book with me to the store to double check a few ingredients off my grocery list. I was standing in line and another mom that I know came up behind me. She had a chuckle over my "placeholders."
This book just seems too good not to share. I think I might have to buy my own copy. (or keep this one and get a new one for the library-seeing as how I already have spilled orange zest all over its beautiful pages!)
So as I make my way through recipe-after-recipe that I have marked, I will highlight them here. A little Julie/Julia Project like, without the swearing and probably a little less entertaining writing.
Today's breakfast was not picked because it looked like it would be a favorite, (although it was one of the first ones I marked) but because I happened to have all the ingredients. Well, almost all of them.
2 cups cottage cheese
2/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
1/4 teaspoon orange extract
9-inch deep-dish pie shell, thawed if frozen
(I did not have any orange extract, and I subbed a little orange juice concentrate for the tablespoon of orange juice)
Pre-heat oven to 350. In a large bowl, beat cottage cheese with an electric mixer on high speed for 1 minute. Add eggs, sugar, flour, orange zest, orange juice and orange extract; blend well. Pour mixture into pie shell and bake for 50 minutes, or until a knife inserted comes out clean. Refrigerate overnight; serve chilled the next morning.
(The Blair House Bed & Breakfast Inn Friday Harbor, Washington)
An interesting thing about cooking blindly from a cook book is that you have no idea what the recipe is really supposed to taste like in the end. And since there were so few photos in the book I really did not know what it was supposed to look like either. It took much longer to cook than 50 minutes, and I found myself impatient- hoping that it would be worth it to stay up so we could eat the pie for breakfast.
I have never had flan. I am wondering if that is what this is like. It was sweet (surprise to anyone?) and I kind of wondered about the choice of feeding it to my kids for breakfast on a school morning. It seems like more of a dessert, or something that you would serve with breakfast. Not as breakfast.
The whole family loved it, no tears from a single person. In fact I was the one who liked it the least! I will make it again, but this recipe would take a back seat to some of our other favorites.
I wonder from a nutrition standpoint how this would rank? What if I made this as a dessert- would it be better nutritionally than some other sweet thing?