Day 13 of 20 (4/20 Foods) – Cinnamon Rolls with Bacon

Cinnamon Rolls

Here we are! Day thirteen! We’re almost there. and today we have another easy almost homemade recipe. Eventually we want to take a stab at fully homemade cinnamon rolls but until then, these will have to suffice.

I mean, is there anything better than bacon and warm cinnamon rolls? These two make a sweet and salty, deliciously warm combination that makes our mouths water just thinking about it.

You can use any brand of store bought cinnamon rolls but we highly recommended, if it’s available Pillsbury Maple Brown Sugar

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We actually have another recipe using these bad boys, but that’s not for a few more days. But until then, let our scrumptious bacon rolled cinnamon rolls tide you over.

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Breakfast Pie

It’s that time of year again and no I don’t mean the holidays so stop trying to rush Christmas! No, it’s that horrible time of year that we have to experience twice a year, it’s old and antiquated and  if you guessed Daylight Savings then you get fifty points!

While most love getting that extra hour of sleep, both of us can’t stand it. We already wake  up early so when the clocks go back and we wake up thinking it’s 6am only to realize it’s 5am you can imagine how that feels. And let’s not even talk about “spraining forward” you want us to loose an hour?! No thank you.

Anyway, we digress (as usual) and our recipe today is a good one. Sunday is all about Brunch and this is a perfect brunch recipe. It’s perfect because not only can you make the entire pie ahead of time, but you can the filling ahead of time and then make the pie the next day. It’s really up to you and how you like to brunch.

This recipe is enough to make two full breakfast pies and each pie has about 12 slices depending on how you cut them.

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Hunka Hunka Burnin’ Love French Toast

This french toast will truly rock your Sunday! It’s got everything that the King aka Elvis would have enjoyed! We took his famous peanut butter, bacon and banana sandwich and made it into breakfast, french toast breakfast!

Hunka Hunka Burnin’ Love French Toast

Hunka Hunka Burnin’ Love French Toast

Hunka Hunka Burnin’ Love French Toast

Hunka Hunka Burnin’ Love French Toast

Ingredients 

  • 1 Loaf of Challah (Sliced)
  • 6 Piece of Bacon (Chopped)
  • 3 Eggs
  • 2/3 Cup Half and Half
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1/2 Smooth Peanut Butter**
  • 3 Bananas (Sliced)

**You don’t really need that much, just to be able to spread the peanut butter on both sides of the bread.

Step 1: 

In a medium bowl, beat the eggs together. Next add the half and half, salt, cinnamon and vanilla and mix until combined.

Step 2: 

Using the peanut butter, cover two pieces of your challah bread. Continue and repeat until the bread is covered.

Hunka Hunka Burnin’ Love French Toast

Step 3: 

On one side of the bread sprinkle some of the bacon and on the other side, place a few of the sliced bananas. Sandwich both pieces together and put the sandwich in the egg mixture and let sit on one side for at least a minute.

Hunka Hunka Burnin’ Love French Toast

Hunka Hunka Burnin’ Love French Toast

Step 4: 

While the bread is “marinating” turn on your griddle to medium heat or 350°F. Flip the bread and soak the other side for another minute.

Hunka Hunka Burnin’ Love French Toast

Step 5: 

When the bread is good and soaked, place the bread on the griddle and cook for three minutes per side or until each side is golden and brown.

Hunka Hunka Burnin’ Love French Toast

Step 6: 

Sprinkle with powdered sugar and enjoy.

Hunka Hunka Burnin’ Love French Toast

Easy Homemade Biscuits

Homemade Biscuits

We have a confession to make. We don’t often eat fast food (anymore), but when we get a craving for quick and easy food we always want fried chicken and biscuits from Popeyes. But with most things, we figured if we like it so much, we could find a recipe and make it ourselves.

So we did just that, and after a day of searching and looking through recipes, this is what we came up with. They didn’t rise as much as we would have liked so we added some additional proofing time (letting it get puffy), but they taste just like the biscuits from Popeyes, and honestly, much better.

Ingredients

  • 4 Cups Bisquick Mix
  • 3/4 Cup 7-Up (not diet)
  • 1 Cup Sour Cream
  • 4 Tablespoons of Salted Butter (melted)

Step 1: 

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Step 2: 

In a medium bowl, using a wooden spoon, mix together, bisquick, 7Up, and sour cream in a bowl. Mix until everything is combined and starts to form a dough. Form into a ball, let it proof for 20-30 minutes.

Step 3: 

Transfer the dough ball to a floured surface, and gently roll the dough out.

Step 4: 

Brush the bottom of a baking stone or baking sheet with melted butter, place the biscuits on the stone or sheet. Brush the tops with the melted butter and put in the oven and bake for 11 minutes.

Step 5: 

When the timer goes off, brush the biscuits with remain butter and cook for another two minutes. Remove from oven, cool and enjoy!

Homemade Biscuits

Banana Oat Muffins

Finally! A non-lemon recipe! Today’s recipe comes from Running with Spoons, and we really, really, really, like this recipe. And it’s kind of healthy so that’s even more awesome.

There’s just something about the words: banana, chocolate and oatmeal that just sounds super comforting, and who doesn’t love healthy comfort food. These muffins are great for a quick morning breakfast or an afternoon snack.

Banana Oat Muffins


Ingredients 

  • 1 Cup Greek Yogurt (Plain)
  • 2 Very Ripe Bananas
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Cups Old Fashioned Rolled Oats (Quick is okay as well)
  • 1/4 Cup Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 Cup Chocolate Chips
  • Cooking Spray

Step 1:  Preheat your oven to 400°, then line your muffin pan with your cupcake liners. Using your cooking spray, spray the inside of the cupcake liners. I know this step seems weird, but if you don’t, the muffins will stick to the liner. TRUST US. We missed this step the first time we made them. We suggest using Pam Baking, it smells tasty 🙂

Step 2:  Put the bananas, yogurt, eggs, oats, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda in a blender and blend until everything breaks down and is smooth. Banana Oat Muffins

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Step 3:  Pour the prepared batter into the cupcake liners. You can also sprinkle the tops of the muffins with more chocolate if you wish. Banana Oat Muffins

Step 4:  Bake for 15-20 minutes. The tops will be set and the toothpick will come out clean. These can be stored in an airtight container for up to a week. Banana Oat Muffins Banana Oat Muffins Banana Oat Muffins

Paska French Toast

It’s Sunday and we all know what that means! Brunch Day! And one of our favorite brunch items is French Toast! But not that kind of French Toast that has excess eggs. That’s actually one of our breakfast pet peeves, we ordered French Toast, not egg toast.

A couple of weeks ago we had breakfast at one of our favorite deli’s, Nate and Al’s. And I (Marlee) ordered the French Toast and was totally disappointed when my French Toast had all that extra egg business. So when we came home, we wanted to make the kind of French Toast we like.

Bad French Toast:

Eggy No No

Good French Toast:

Paska French Toast

We obviously utilized our delicious Easter Bread, but you can very easily use challah, brioche, or really any bread of your choosing. But if you happen to make our Paska Bread, then you must try our Paska French Toast!


Ingredients 

  • 1 loaf of Paska
  • 1 cup milk (whole or 2%)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla or vanilla pasta
  • pinch salt
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups semi crushed Corn Flakes (optional)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons butter

**This recipe is easily halved, if you only have half a loaf don’t worry just half everything (except for the cinnamon, vanilla, and salt)!

Paska French Toast

Step 1: 

Preheat your griddle to 350°.

Step 2: 

In a bowl beat your eggs and transfer to a shallow baking dish.

Paska French Toast

Step 3: 

Next, pour in your milk, heavy cream, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt. Mix well.

Paska French Toast

Step 4: 

If your bread isn’t cut, go ahead a do that, we did about an inch, but it’s really up to you.

Paska French Toast

Paska French Toast

Step 5: 

Melt one tablespoon of butter on the hot griddle and spread around as evenly as you can.

Paska French Toast

Dip your Paska into the milk mixture and repeat on both sides. If you like the added crunch dip the Paska into the Corn Flakes, if you don’t skip this and put the Paska on the hot griddle.

Paska French Toast

Paska French Toast

Paska French Toast

Paska French Toast

(The crunch-ifed version is delicious!!!)

Step 6: 

Cook for four minutes on each side. Cook until all the bread is finished. In between batches, re-butter the grill.

Paska French Toast

Step 7: 

Serve with warm Brown Sugar Maple Butter Carmel. You’ll thank us. We promise.

Paska French Toast

Paska French Toast

Crunchy French Toast is the best French Toast!!

Brown Sugar Maple Butter Caramel

You’re welcome. If these are 5 of your favorite words, then you might be Paula Deen.

This recipe is made with love, so naturally that means it doesn’t have calories.

Brown Sugar Maple Butter Caramel


Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 7 tablespoons of unsalted butter (basically 1 tbsp short of a stick)
  • 1/4 tsp of maple extract
  • 1/2 cup of real maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla paste
  • 2 pinches of fleur de sel
  • 1/4 cup of heavy cream

Step 1:

Melt butter in a saucepan. Then add the brown sugar, keep stirring!

Step 2:

Add maple syrup and extract, cinnamon, vanilla paste, and fleur de sel.

Step 3:

Let it all meld together, then take it off the heat and let it sit for a minute.

Step 4:

Add heavy cream while stirring, then VOILA! It is done and once it’s cooled some, taste it! Don’t taste when it’s hot, otherwise you’ll be calling it your favorite mistake, yup that what Sheryl Crow’s song is about.


Brown Sugar Maple Butter Caramel