Category: BREAKFAST AND BRUNCH

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French Toast Casserole

French Toast Casserole

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of HolidayBaking at Publix. All opinions are entirely my own.

French Toast Casserole

French Toast Casserole is most definitely a staple food to bake during the joyous holiday season at my house.

We use so many amazingly appetizing toppings, and truly love them all. This is such a versatile and satisfying breakfast or brunch dish, which I adore the most.

To be completely clear, we arealways looking forward to a Thanksgiving or Christmas family brunch all yearlong. It might sound a bit strange, but we talk about it often during ourSunday family meals.

As much as we agree and strenuously disagree about foolish things, food brings us together. The saying could not be truer, food does unite people in the most delicious way.

French Toast Casserole

We create beautiful, sweet memories during holidays, especially over a tasty and warm dinner.

We all know that the holidays can be the busiest and stressful time of the year, but it doesn’t have to be.

For example, the exclusive Publix Holiday Baking promotion makes it so very easy to bake all of my personal favorites during the holiday season.

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Don’t forget to check your local Publix between November 9 and November 22 for savings on a variety of products featured in the Holiday Baking promotion!

French Toast Casserole

Much like in my house, you can actually make baking around the festive holidays a fun family event.

Holiday Baking promotion! Much like in my house, you can actually make baking around the festive holidays a fun family event. Thanks to the Publix Holiday Baking event, I can get everything I need… ON SALE

I can always count on Publix,especially during the holidays. The quality of ingredients is constantly onpoint.

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That being said, I picked up Nestlé® Coffee-mate® Creamer to serve with the morning coffee. Also, typical groceries such as eggs, milk, bread, Pyure® Organic Stevia, and Blackberry Patch Syrup to make my delicious French Toast Casserole.

Anna, my lovely daughter, and I prepped this casserole the night before for the easiest brunch ever.

My husband made coffee while the casserole was baking. Daniel, my youngest, set up the table, which was enormously helpful, of course.

The deliciously warm aroma from the kitchen wrapped our heart and soul with joy. We could not wait to dig in and share this yummy meal.

We all heartily wished my oldest boy, Aleks, and his girlfriend was home from college to enjoy our weekend tradition. That is mainly why I am looking forward to Thanksgiving because my ducklings are all home and with me.

Some of the deals I scored at Publix during the event are:

  • $4.49 Blackberry Patch Syrup (8–12-oz your choice)
  • $2 off any 1 Pyure Organic Stevia (any size)
  • $1 off any 2 Nestlé Coffee-mate Creamer (16-oz) (refrigerated) or Nestlé natural bliss creamer (16-oz) (refrigerated) (mix or match)

If you make this tasty and unbelievably easy French Toast Casserole, please tag me on Instagram. @sandraseasycooking.

French Toast Casserole
French Toast Casserole
Yield: Serves 8

French Toast Casserole

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Additional Chill Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes

An easy and tasty way to enjoy stress-free holidays.

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf French or other crusty bread 14-16 ounces, day or three-day-old bread
  • 8 large eggs
  • 240 ml (8oz) heavy whipped cream
  • 240 ml (8oz) whole milk
  • 65g (1/2 cup) Pyure Organic Stevia= 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Dash salt
  • 1 teaspoon unsalted butter

Cinnamon Apples

  • 2 lbs Apples (Honeycrisp), peel and core
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup Pyure Organic Stevia= 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Topping options

  • Blackberry Patch Syrup
  • Fresh Blackberries or any other fruit
  • Powdered sugar
  • Maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Slice bread into half lengthwise slices, if necessary, or slice French bread into slices, 1-inch each.
  2. Using a larger baking pan with deeper sides, butter well with on the bottom and the sides.
  3. Mix the eggs, heavy cream, sugar, pinch of salt, cinnamon.
  4. Dip each slice of the toast into the French toast mixture, then arrange slices in a generously buttered 9 by 13-inch flat baking dish in 2 rows, overlapping the slices. You may use two smaller pans as well.
  5. Pour the rest of the mixture over the bread slices, making sure all are covered pretty evenly with the creamy mixture. Cover with foil or plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours to Overnight.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  7. Cover with foil and bake for 40 minutes at 350F. After 40 minutes, add cinnamon apple over the casserole and bake uncovered for additional 20 minutes.
  8. Drizzle French Toast Casserole with Blackberry Patch Syrup, garnish with some fresh fruit such as blackberries, and dust with a generous amount of powdered sugar, if desired.

HOW TO MAKE CINNAMON APPLES:

  1. Peel apples, core, and dice. It doesn't have to be small chunks.
  2. Add sugar and cinnamon and cook on low medium heat for 10-12 minutes or until the apples are your desired tenderness. You do not want mushy apple sauce so just make them until they are tender but still hold their shape.
  3. Take off the heat and set aside until ready to be used.

Notes

You may use any bread that you wish to use. The best one is French toast or pre-sliced cinnamon bread
for example.

I used cinnamon gourmet toast for this recipe, however, any a day or three days old bread would
work perfectly. It just tastes so much better when the bread is a bit stale.

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Fluffy Cream Cheese Blueberry Pancakes

Fluffy Cream Cheese Blueberry Pancakes

Fluffy Cream Cheese Blueberry Pancakes

School is in a full session for over two months now, so these delicious and Fluffy Cream Cheese Blueberry Pancakes make an appearance on our table quite often.

We are almost at the Fall break, but temperatures are not getting any better. We are still in the ’90s and that’s really not good. You see, I am a big fan of comfort food, cooler weather, autumn, so these summer temperatures are not fun to me at all.

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Fluffy Cream Cheese Blueberry Pancakes

Anyhow, my boys always loved a good hot breakfast before school. Most of the time, I would prep ahead so they could have a quick meal in no time. Sometimes, I also make waffles which we really love.

To make these yummy pancakes you really do not need to be a rocket scientist. Just a bit of time and they are done quickly. You may add any other berries as well, or chocolate chips.

Fluffy Cream Cheese Blueberry Pancakes

However, during summertime, I get the best berries just like these blueberries and freeze them so I could make this all year round.

Blueberries, especially frozen wild blueberries produce such a pretty color and they are amazing for us. Do you like organic wild blueberries? You can get them frozen in the grocery store and they are an absolute delight.

You guys going to love these scrumptious pancakes because my family and I just adore them for breakfast, brunch or a quick snack.

Fluffy Cream Cheese Blueberry Pancakes

I have several dinner pancakes on my blog as well as waffles and wonderful breakfast ideas. If you search my blog, you’d probably need more than an hour. I have so many amazing recipes for you to try.

If you try my tasty Fluffy Cream Cheese Blueberry Pancakes or any other recipe from my site, please tag me on Instagram. @sandraseasycooking #sandraseasycooking Thank you in advance!

Fluffy Cream Cheese Blueberry Pancakes
Yield: Serves 6

Fluffy Cream Cheese Blueberry Pancakes

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Delicious and easy blueberry pancakes with tasty homemade blueberry sauce.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons Sugar or any other sweetener I used Swerve
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 Pinch Kosher Salt
  • 2 large eggs separated yolks, and egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 6 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • Ghee or unsalted butter for the skillet
  • 1/2 cup Blueberries

Blueberry Sauce

  • 2 cups Blueberries, fresh or frozen (You can use even wild frozen blueberries)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 tbsp Cornstarch or any other thickener (no flour)

Instructions

    1. Whisk together dry ingredients: all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl.
    2. In a separate bowl, whisk together wet ingredients: egg yolks and the buttermilk. Add the cream cheese and mix until combined (the mixture will look broken). Stir in the melted butter and vanilla extract. Combine everything together by adding the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir to combine. I like to use an electric mixer to make these as smooth as possible
    3. Now, In another bowl, using electric mixer mix the egg whites with a splash of apple cider vinegar until soft peaks form, then gently fold into the pancake batter. This will make pancakes fluffy.
    4. Heat a cast-iron pan or a skillet over medium heat then brush with melted butter or ghee.
    5. Drop the batter into the pan by 1/3-1/4 cup, leaving space between each pancake. It's good to have measuring cup close and use it as a ladle.
    6. Add blueberries, one at the time and slightly push down into pancake. No need to over crowed the pancake.
    7. Cook until golden brown on the bottom and just starting to dry a bit on top, adjusting the heat as necessary so the pancakes do not get too dark about 2 minutes.
    8. Flip and cook until the reverse side is golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer the finished pancakes to the baking sheet or a platter. You can keep warm in the oven or microwave until ready to serve. I even heat them up in the microwave for 30 seconds just before serving,
    9. Drizzle a bit of sauce over ir and enjoy, You may also add whatever you desire; fresh fruit, whipped cream, maple syrup or honey, jam, etc.

    Blueberry Sauce:

    Place one and a half of blueberries in a saucepan and reserve half o the cup for later. Cover with sugar and pour water over it a good squeeze of lemon.

    Then, cook over medium-low heat until mixture comes to a slight boil.

    Meanwhile, dissolve cornstarch in the cup with a few tablespoons of water, mix until smooth. Then dissolved cornstarch to the blueberries and bring mixture to a boil again.

    Continue simmer ing on low heat for a few more minutes, or until sauce reaches thicker consistency. Add water, one tablespoon at a time, if the sauce gets too thick.

    Add that half of the cup of reserved blueberries, stir and enjoy.

Notes

If I am eating pancakes or waffles I usually do gluten-free and sugar-free, however, sometimes I even use almond flour to make it just to keep it low carb. Just to add that Almond flour will not give you the fluffiest pancakes, but they are low carb so no complaints here.

Just use whatever you feel is right for you. I use sugar-free sugar as I like to call it, which is most of the time either monk fruit sweetener or Truvia. Also, "maple syrup" sugar-free. Which is not maple syrup just taste a bit like it. What I wanted to say that you can make it meet your dietary needs, it might not be exactly the same but you don't have to restrict yourself too much.

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Brownies and Yogurt Summer Parfait Recipe

Brownies — a scrumptious, mouthwatering, enticing dessert that leaves all with nothing but a smile. The chocolaty goodness bestowed by this sweet treat is definitely a personal favorite in my family!

Not only are they delightful to eat, but they are just as pleasing to make! The memories created with the people you love when baking brownies are truly unforgettable.

Brownies and Yogurt Summer Parfait

That being said, I went a step further and surprised my family one late afternoon with the most delightful brownies and yogurt summer parfait. Everyone loved it so much.

Every now and again I like to splurge on my eating, and these Pillsbury Place & Bake Brownies are my new tasty treat when choosing what to satisfy my sweet tooth with.

Brownies and Yogurt Summer Parfait

The steamy, aesthetically pleasing appearance combined with the powerful rich and gooey flavor leave these brownies irresistible.

When my kids come home from a long day at school, I’ve never seen them happier than when a plate of delicious brownies is presented to them at the table after a hearty meal.

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Now that summer has kicked in, and their two-month break as commenced, all they ask for are these parfaits. These sugary treats are nothing but satisfying, and never disappoint consumers.

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You can purchase the new Pillsbury Place N Bake Brownies at Publix.

I got them on aisle 16, where you would usually find other Pillsbury goodies just ready for you to bake them. These Pillsbury Place & Bake Brownies come in Chocolate Fudge, Peanut Butter Chip, and Marshmallow.

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Brownies and Yogurt Summer Parfait
Yield: Serves 6

Brownies and Yogurt Summer Parfait

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes

Brownies and Yogurt Summer Parfait — a scrumptious, mouthwatering, enticing dessert that leaves all with nothing but a smile. The chocolaty goodness bestowed by this sweet treat is definitely a personal favorite in my family!

Ingredients

  • 1 Pillsbury Place & Bake Brownies, Chocolate Fudge, 12CT
  • 1 1/2 cup Vanilla Greek Yogurt
  • 1/4 pound Raspberry
  • 1/4 pound Strawberry
  • 1/4 pound Blueberry
  • Fresh mint for garnish

Instructions

  1. Follow instructions on the back of the Pillsbury Place & Bake Brownies.
  2. After baking allow them to cool down for about 10 minutes before cutting.
  3. Cut each brownie into 4 equal pieces. Use 2 brownies for each serving of this parfait for the best effect.

Assembly:

  1. In each glass add a few pieces of brownies following 2 tablespoons of yogurt, and then add mixed berries, a tablespoon or so for each glass.
  2. Top the berries with a tablespoon or two of yogurt then add a few more slices of brownies and so on until you have layers of brownies, yogurt, and berries.
  3. Garnish with fresh mint or you may add a shaved chocolate as well.
  4. Serve immediately.

Notes

If you wish to serve this later, then prep everything in advance.

Bake brownies and make sure after they are cool to place them in the airtight container. This will keep them fresh and perfect for your parfait.

You may also make a wonderful trifle just by using a large glass bowl and layer everything. It would make a great and delicious party centerpiece.

You can try these with other Pillsbury brownies such as Peanut Butter and Marshmallow. It will be just as tasty as with Fudge.

You may use whipped cream or perhaps ice cream instead of yogurt.

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