Saturday, March 16, 2013

Breakfast Sandwich

Easy breakfast sandwiches for two - this takes about 15 mins total.

  • 1/4 cup flour - half Whole Wheat
  • 1/4 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • pinch Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 cup Milk - 4 Tbsp 
  • 1 Egg - 1/4 in batter, 3/4 mixed with a bit of milk and fried in rings
  • bit of Butter, total 1 Tbsp
  • 2 slices baked potato, or very thin slices raw
  • 2 small leaves of chard
  • 2 slices of cheese
  • Fresh fruit - split half a grapefruit or banana

  • griddle
  • measuring cups/spoons
  • serrated knife
  • spatchula
  • plate

  • stretch, how does it look outside? assemble ingredients
  • make coffee, heat griddle - medium/5, set table or ready to-go bags/coffee travel cups
  • melt maybe a half tsp of butter, mix batter with enough milk so it's pretty thick, add melted butter to batter, put on potatoes
  • butter rings and start cakes, if they don't puff up quick turn up heat, if the griddle is smoking turn it down, stir a bit of milk into remaining egg - maybe a tsp if it's a big egg
  • when each cake bottom is dark brown, probably 2-3 mins, butter griddle, flip cakes and remove ring
  • how are the potatoes? you may need to pull them off onto plate for a bit so they don't dry out or burn
  • good time to feed the cat, etc
  • when cakes are done, turn down heat to 3, pour eggs into rings and cook for just a few seconds until set
  • remove rings, flip eggs, add s&p and melt cheese on them
  • remove griddle from heat and briefly warm chard
  • turn off stove or you may forget
  • put eggs on plate, split cakes with serrated knife, toast the insides a bit  
  • assemble and serve with fruit and coffee, or bag it up and go to work!

  • have not tried reheating these
  • you could change flours and flavor the batter for different kinds of quick sandwich breads - try with a bit of yogurt, or rye and ground caraway seeds, all whole wheat ...
  • If you don't have a griddle, a non-stick or iron pan would be fine
  • Use fresh, healthy ingredients that you like
  • Have a great day

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Breakfast Bake

Breakfast during the week is tough. Hungry enough to eat, not enough time to cook, expensive and unhealthy to grab something quick. So I spent some time this Saturday, making up something good.

There's a microwave at work, so I wanted to find something that will be delicious warmed up. Also wanted to use up leftovers. Also wanted to make two of everything to share with S.

On the left, spicy potato knish. Had my first in Brooklyn many years ago and many more since. Had many great samosas, too, and was considering something in between. The dough was a bit too elastic to roll out, but eventually I stuffed it with leftover roasted potatoes and green beans, chopped up small with Indian curry-type spices. Egg wash made them very pretty. If I was making these alone, I would have scrambled the rest of the egg and added it inside.

In the middle, an even bigger mashup - starting with James Beard's biscuit recipe, which makes a great steamed bun. I brought in 1/3 whole wheat flour and stuffed with leftover sweet potato and a bit of soy sauce.

Finally, on right, a baked whole wheat pancake muffin. I found a recipe that was almost ready to use, just wanted to omit sausage and include maple syrup.

Now I'm looking forward to my mornings. I'll add tasting comments next week.


weekend bake

spicy potato knish
Based on

knish + indian spices

1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon table salt
1/4 large egg, save just a bit
1/8 cup vegetable oil
1/4 teaspoon white vinegar
1/8 cup water
Rest 1 hour in fridge
makes 2
roll out as thin as possible
roll up to stuff, overlap twice or as much as possible, crimp ends
brush with a bit of egg mixed with tiny bit of water
375, 45 mins

could scramble the rest of the egg and use inside.

Whole wheat sweet potato steamed buns
based on:

biscuit + steamed bun + whole wheat goodness

2/3 cup AP flour
1/3 C WW flour
1/2 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 Tbsp cold butter
1 Tbsp oil
1/3 cup milk

this dough is not fussy when used for steaming
divide into 4, stuff with sweet potato and a bit of soy sauce
seal tight, put on wax paper squares, into steamer
steam for 15 mins

Whole Wheat Pancake Muffins
based on:

1/2 cup WW Flour
1/4 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/8 teaspoon Salt
1/3 cup Milk
1/2 Egg
1 Tbsp Butter, melted
1 Tbsp Syrup
makes 3
pour into buttered muffin tin, put  a bit of water into empty bins
350, 15 mins

didn't rise much. maybe should be two big muffins.

I tried pouring the syrup when tins were half-filled, then topped with rest of batter. Bottom of muffin ended up a bit soggy. next time maybe I'll try mixing into batter.



- knish - awesome, inside and out.
- bun - this was great microwaved. bun soft, sweet beet center. not too great toasted, though  filling was good. could re-steam, too. here's a pic of bun before toasting:
- muffin - way too bland, imagine an untoasted, whole wheat english muffin. Not that I've eaten one on purpose. Either mix in flavors or better off making a good muffin. morning glory ... mmm. though used another one to make an egg sandwich and that was pretty tasty but not wide and flat enough. could also try this as a quick english muffin batter?