Crustless Bacon, Potato, Mushroom and Leek Quiche

It’s a breakfast recipe kind of week around here! Like I said in the muffin post, I’m always looking for new breakfast treats. Quiche has long been a favorite of mine. It’s deceptively light, not like other obviously heavy breakfast foods. It’s versatile, you can have it warm or cold, for breakfast or for lunch. And it’s so, so adaptable, endless ingredient combinations.

This particular weekend I was craving quiche. I had made a big produce purchase at the market, the girl that works at the stand I go always gives me a little something for free and this time she gave me leeks. And these leeks were just screaming to be made into a quiche. From there I added a little of this and a little of that, took away the crust…. The name of this recipe is a little out of control, but the flavor was perfect! If you really want you can add a pie crust, you can, but it was great without it and saves a few calories!

 

 

Applesauce Oatmeal Muffins

I’m a big fan of breakfast. I’ve even been known to be a little grumpy in the morning before I’ve eaten. Breakfast is a little trickier in China because I don’t love the milk here. It’s fine when used in baking or as an ingredient in sauce, but on it’s own and cold – there’s just something weird about it. In an effort to mix-up my morning routine I’ve been on the search for new muffin recipes.

I think I found a winner in these Applesauce Oatmeal Muffins. They are dense and light at the same time with a hint of spice from the cinnamon. I especially love the crunchy oatmeal topping, I knew I would so I automatically doubled it and I’m glad I did and I’m keeping it that way in the recipe below! Oh, and even if sounds a little weird, I really like them with a little pat of cream cheese.:)

 

 

Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Muffins

Oh man, I’m excited about this one!

First, I love re-purposing foods. I knew that cranberry sauce would go over like a lead balloon with my Thanksgiving crowd, but I like it and it’s traditional so I made it. As much as I love it, I can only handle a few spoonfuls with my meal. Needless to say, I had a ton left over! But I didn’t want to throw it away so I needed to come up with a new way to use it. I asked around for ideas and then overnight I had a very vivid dream about turning it into muffins.

Which brings me to the second reason I am so excited about these. I couldn’t find a recipe that matched what I had been dreaming of. So I headed to the kitchen with the goal of making my own. And it was a success! Score!

I should also mention that everyone that turned their nose up at the cranberry sauce at dinner, gobbled up the muffins and said they were awesome.

Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Muffins

Ingredients
1 1/4 cup flour plus 2 Tbsp, divided
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1-2 tsp orange zest
3/4 cup sugar
6 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 large egg
1/4 cup greek yogurt
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup cranberry sauce*

*I only used 1/3 cup but once they baked it like they could use a little more, so I recommend a full 1/2 cup. Also, I’m sure you could substitute cranberry sauce from a can, especially if you can find some with whole cranberries in it.

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degree. Line a muffin pan with paper liners.

In a medium bowl, whisk together 1 1/4 cup of flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside. In glass measuring cup stir together the greek yogurt and milk; set aside.

In another medium bowl (or a standing mixer with paddle attachment) beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and egg and beat until combined. Next, alternate adding the dry ingredients in 3 additions and wet ingredients in 2 additions, beginning and ending with the dry. Mix just until incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, making sure there are not patches of unmixed dry ingredients. Toss the white chocolate chips with 2 tablespoons of flour then use the spatula to mix them into the batter. Next, carefully fold in the cranberry sauce, so it creates a marbling effect in the batter.

Divide the batter into the 12 muffin cups. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Yields 12 muffins

Sunny Side Up original, with the muffin base adapted from Sunday Nite Dinner as I previously posted it here.

Cinnamon Crumb Cake

If you “like” my page on Facebook, then you might remember last weekend when I posted about my perfect weekend morning. I was cozy on the couch with a freshly brewed cup of coffee in my hand and the smell of cinnamon crumb cake filled the apartment as it baked. OK, first I have to tell you how exciting the coffee part is. I finally broke down and bought a Keurig and I can not believe it took me this long. Yes I know, to some people it might seem silly, but Jesse doesn’t drink coffee and I usually only want one or two cups. So for me it’s perfect. And I bought the Kcup that I can fill with my own coffee when the samples run out. As you can probably tell, I’m more excited than I should be about coffee. 🙂

Now we can talk crumb cake. Or do you call it coffee cake? I searched both names to find a recipe that matched the vision in my head, and then I finally came across the perfect one, called a New York Style Coffee Cake. It was probably the inch and a half thick crumb on top that drew me in (and made me decide that Crumb Cake was a more fitting name). Man, I am so glad I came across this recipe. It was so so so good. The cake was moist and tender and the crumb topping was sweet, buttery, cinnamony, and just crunchy enough. By the way, do you like how I just add a “y” to words if I can’t figure out a better way of describing something? 🙂

Cinnamon Crumb Cake

(Adapted from Fake Ginger)

Ingredients

Crumb Topping

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon
3/4 cup butter, cubed

Cake

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) butter
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/4 cups plain yogurt *
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

*I’ve been on a huge greek yogurt kick, so that’s what I used.

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare a glass/ceramic 9×13 dish with butter.

Mix together all of the dry crumb topping ingredients (flour through cinnamon). Drop cubes of butter into the mix. Start by using a pastry cutter, or two knives, to cut in the butter. When the butter is evenly distributed, use hands to squeeze it together then break it into crumbs. Do this until it seems well combined and you are making crumbs that are mostly about the size of peanuts. Set aside. **

In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a paddle, cream the butter. Add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Then add the eggs, one at a time, scraping down the sides bowl before each addition and beating until fully incorporated. Add the yogurt and vanilla and beat until combined. Finally, add the dry ingredients in 3 additions, beating just until combined without lumps.

Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish. Smooth out the batter with a spatula. Scoop up the crumb topping with your fist and drop clumps of it onto the the batter until all of the crumb topping is used. It will seem like a LOT of crumb topping.

Bake for 45-65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and the middle of the cake seems solid.***

Cool on a wire rack for 30 minutes before serving. If you like, mix together some milk and confectioners sugar and make a glaze.

**The original recipe called for melting the butter and stirring together, then drying out the mixture. I was already mixing my crumb topping when I realized this, but the way I did it worked out really well. I also decreased the amount of flour and butter.

***I know this seems like a wide spread for baking time, but the recipe called for 45-55 minutes and mine took an hour and 5 minutes. My oven can be weird. Check yours at 45 and just keep in mind that it can take up to an hour. If the edges seem to be getting overdone reduce the oven temperature to 325.