Cherry Clafoutis is a sweet, creamy dish you can serve for breakfast or dessert. Easily adapt it for any seasonal fruit!
Today, we are going to expand your culinary horizons, and give you a traditional French dish, the cherry clafoutis! It’s sort of like a custard tart with fruit, but the important part is that it’s a legitimate excuse to effectively eat cherry pie for breakfast. And can we just take a moment to appreciate how fun it is just to say “clafoutis”? It sounds like something the Muppet’s Swedish Chef would bake: “Yur puurt thuur chiir-ken in da pot and herda-doudey-clafoutis!”
For this iteration, we went with cherries, as I’m told this is most traditional fruit to be used, but the recipe can easily be modified for use with other fruit. I think this would make an excellent brunch dish, because while the baking takes a little while, the prep is very simple, and it’s designed to be eaten at room temperature or cooled, so you don’t have to worry about timing as much. It’ll also make your house smell of baking fruit and sugar.
These citrus-glazed poppy seed muffins are incredibly moist with the perfect balance of sweet flavors.
I have a slightly embarrassing secret. You know those big ol’ muffins in the bakery section of Costco, that suburban stanchion of society? They come in cellophane variety packs, or you can just buy a dozen behemoths of your favorite flavor? Those muffins? I have a huge crush on the poppy seed variety. It’s been years since I’ve actually eaten one…but true love lasts.
Whenever large groups of people get together for breakfast in the city, there are bagels. Whenever the same meeting takes place thirty miles west or east, there are Costco muffins. In high school, we occasionally went on weekend retreats or early morning field trips, and Costco muffins were guaranteed to make an appearance — and I was guaranteed to be in heaven. My family never shopped at Costco (to be fair, there were only four of us), so these moments of poppy seed magic were like stolen bits of heaven.
My obsession with poppy seed is maybe even stranger, considering Costco also makes chocolate muffins. And as the world knows, (if you’ve seen our Oreo Layer Cake or our Nutella Stuffed Peanut Butter Blondies or our Rocky Mountain Chocolate Chip Cookies…) I’m alllllll about the chocolate. Yet it’s the poppy seed that stole my heart. Maybe it’s the fact that it seems more legitimately a muffin than the chocolate, and therefore I ate it with a wholly clear conscience? In spite of the fact that it’s sweet and luscious and basically a cupcake minus the frosting?
Warm weather practically begs for a good cold brew coffee. And this pick-me-up is less bitter than a traditional brew – perfect for some slow sipping on your porch – or even at your desk.
Coffee makes the world go round. Don’t believe me? Take the coffee away from your workplace and see what happens. I feel confident I will not hear the results from anyone, because they will not survive it. I know I NEED it to kick start me into being a functional human being, but sometimes a piping hot cup is just NOT what the doctor ordered. Because this is Houston. And Houston laughs at the notion of “mild” summer weather. And you know how some places cool off at night? Hahahahaha. Must be nice. Here, yes, the temperature will go down, but it tags in rising humidity so that the heat index at 4:30 am is still 92 degrees. It’s a little sweaty. Behold the glory of cold brew coffee!
This easy make-ahead recipe for cheesy sausage grits casserole will make any breakfast or brunch feel special.
“Brunch is cheerful, sociable and inciting…. It is talk-compelling. It puts you in a good temper, it makes you satisfied with yourself and your fellow beings, it sweeps away the worries and cobwebs of the week.” –Guy Beringer, “Brunch: A Plea”
Now if you can’t trust the words of 1800’s English writer, who can you trust? We love brunch. It just seems like the perfect opportunity to gather friends, food, a few drinks, and enjoy the day. It lacks the pressure of a big dinner, but has more ceremony than a quick lunch or happy hour. The fact that you can eat both savory and sweet entrees with wild abandon is also a big plus. This recipe for Cheesy Sausage Grits Casserole is super easy, leaving you with that much more time to sit back with some mimosas.
This open-face smoked salmon and avocado sandwich combines salty, creamy, zesty, crunchy goodness, for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or hors d’oeuvres!
Two things to start us off:
- This is one of my favorite things to eat. EVER.
- I struggled on the name.
Let’s go with #1 first. This recipe puts together some of the best things on God’s green earth: smoked salmon, avocado, jalapeno, and cilantro. The avocado mixture is almost like guacamole, which is obviously awesome at all times, but it’s even a tiny bit simpler and therefore quicker to throw together.
The smoked salmon is what really puts this dish over the top. You mix the salmon with some unexpected ingredients: a bit of toasted coriander and a touch of orange zest. Of course, on further thought, these seasonings make total sense. Coriander = cilantro, and orange zest is just a mild citrus flavor that complements the lime in the avocado. In fact, the odd man out might be the smoked salmon – yet we all know smoked salmon goes beautifully with avocado, so why not avocado that’s a close cousin to guacamole, and it all just turns into one big beautiful circle of life!
I could eat this not only for lunch, but also dinner, and snacks, and breakfast. More about that later. But let’s not beat around the bush and just admit we want to add an egg to this bad boy right now.
Done. BOOM. (more…)