Pecan Baked French Toast Recipe

I regularly make breakfast for extended family on Saturday mornings these days, so I’m always on the lookout for fun new breakfast ideas.  This one got RAVE reviews from all attendees PLUS it was really easy! Yum scrum!

Pecan Baked French Toast

  • 1 16oz loaf french bread, sliced into 1" slices
  • 8 large eggs
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 Tbs granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • dash salt
  • Praline Topping:
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 Tbs honey or light molasses
  • 1/2 tsp gound cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • Optional: Warmed maple syrup

Arrange slices in a heavily buttered 9x13 pan, overlapping the slices with a second layer.

In a large bowl, whisk the eggs together. Mix in half & half, milk, sugar, extract, 1/4 tsp of cinnamon, 1/4 tsp of nutmeg, dash of salt, whisk together until well blended, but not bubbly.

Pour mixture over the bread slices until all slices are completely covered. Press down with a spatula to ensure the bread is well soaked, Cover with large piece of greased aluminum foil. Place in refrigerator overnight.

Place butter, brown sugar, chopped pecans, honey or molasses, 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, and 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg in medium bowl. Mix with hand mixer until well blended. Place in bowl, cover and refrigerate as well.

The next morning, preheat oven to 350.

Remove the french toast pan from fridge, remove foil.

Using a small cookie scoop, place pecan balls evenly onto the french toast slices.

Place in preheated oven and bake 40-45 minutes or until puffy and browned.

Serve with warm maple syrup if desired.

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Blueberry Puff Pastry Mini Pies

Yum yum YUM these were so easy and so delicious!  I whipped these up so quickly for a weekly dinner with family and I’m happy to say they were delicious and I will so make them again..

Blueberry Puff Pastry Mini Pies

Category: Pie

Servings: 6 servings

Blueberry Puff Pastry Mini Pies

Ingredients

  • 2 cups washed blueberries
  • 5 Tbs granulated sugar
  • 4 Tbs cornstarch
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch salt
  • 3 sheets puff pastry, thawed (or 1 large sheet)
  • 2 tsp unsalted butter
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • turbinado sugar, for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400. Stir together bluberries, sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, cinnamon, and pinch of salt, in medium size bowl.
  2. On lightly floured surface, roll cold puff pastry to 1" larger all around. Cut into 6 even pieces with sharp knife. Place onto parchment lined cookie sheet with sides.
  3. Divide the blueberry mix between the 6 pastry sheets. Dot with a small bit of the butter. Fold the edges of the pastry up the sides to contain the berries and juice. Brush the pastry with beaten egg, and sprinkled with turbinado sugar.
  4. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until puffy and brown.
  5. Serve warm with whipped cream.
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Pickled Red Onion Recipe

Refrigerator pickled onions!  So easy and so delicious!  I doubled the recipe and made 4 jars — handed them out to those who love them!

Pickled Red Onion Recipe

Category: Side Dishes

Pickled Red Onion Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 small red onions, peeled, sliced evenly (use a mandoline!)
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/3 cup cane sugar
  • 2 Tbs sea salt
  • 1 tsp whole peppercorns (optional)

Instructions

  1. Divide the onions between 2-16oz clean canning jars
  2. Sprinkle the peppercorns on top
  3. Heat the vinegars, water, sugar and salt in small pot over medium heat. Stir until sugar is completely dissolved - 1-2 minutes. Cool 5 minutes, pour over the onions. Cool completely, put the lids on and place in the fridge.
  4. The onions will be ready to eat once bright pink and tender. This could take a few hours for thin onions or up to 24 hours for thicker slices.
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Peach Pie Recipe

Peaches are my all time favorite fruit – and I love love love when peach season comes around each year!  I whipped this peach pie up in no time – it was absolutely delicious!

Peach Pie Recipe

Category: Pie

Peach Pie Recipe

Ingredients

  • pie crust for double crust pie
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 6 cups peeled/sliced peaches
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon unsalted butter

Instructions

  1. Place peaches in large bowl, add both sugars and toss gently. Cover and let stand for 1 hour. Line a 9-in. pie plate with pie crust; trim edges. Set aside. Drain peaches, reserving juice.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  3. In a small pan, combine the cornstarch, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt; gradually stir in reserved juice. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in lemon juice and then the butter. Fold in peaches. Pour into crust.
  4. Make lattice crust from other pie pastry. Place on pie, overlapping edges. Cut off edges, seal and flute. Cover edges loosely with foil and place in oven. Bake at 400° until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly, 50-60 minutes. Cool on wire rack. Serve warm with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, if desired.
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Crumb Apple Pie Recipe

This apple pie is just delicious – a huge hit!  Such an incredibly easy pie to throw together!

Crumb Apple Pie Recipe

Category: Pie

Crumb Apple Pie Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 pie crust
  • 8 cups peeled, cored, sliced same type apple
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tbs lemon juice
  • Topping:
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 Tbs granulated sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. Place pie crust into deep dish crust, press against sides, trim edges if necessary, flute edges
  3. In large bowl, mix all filling ingredients, pour into prepared crust
  4. In medium bowl, use pastry blender to mix butter, flour, and brown sugar until it resembles coarse crumbs; sprinkle evenly over apples. Sprinkle the granulated sugar over the top
  5. Bake 45-55 minutes or until apples are tender and the filling begins to bubble
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Chocolate Chess Pie Recipe

Yes, I have posted this before, but I thought it was time for new pics of this FABULOUS AMAZING easy pie!

Chocolate Chess Pie Recipe

Category: Pie

Chocolate Chess Pie Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 unbaked pie crust, store bought or your own
  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 squares semi sweet baking chocolate
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs - beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • dash salt

Instructions

  1. Place prepared pie crust into pie plate, crimp edges
  2. Melt butter and chocolate together on low in microwave in glass bowl
  3. Blend in sugar and vanilla and salt
  4. If chocolate mixture is hot, stir to cool it down or let cool a few minutes; temper the eggs by mixing a small amount of the chocolate mixture with the eggs
  5. Pour the tempered mixture into the chocolate mixture and whisk til blended
  6. WORDS OF WISDOM! - Do NOT use a blender!
  7. Pour into prepared crust and bake at 350 for approximately 35 minutes
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Italian MeatBall Recipe

I am trying to cook in bulk here, freeze items for later, etc.  I mixed up all the meat, and then divided into 2 bowls.  The first bowl – I added all the ingredients for Swedish Meatballs, and the second portion was for this!  These are delicious and freeze quite well!

Italian MeatBall Recipe

Category: Beef, Pork

Italian MeatBall Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground italian sausage
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 diced onion
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp parsley, chopped
  • 3 gloves minced garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp dried Italian seasoning

Instructions

  1. Mix the ground meats together, then add in rest of ingredients, mixing well
  2. Refrigerate one hour
  3. Preheat oven to 425
  4. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper
  5. Using wet hands, form meat mixture into balls (I used small cookie scoop to get like size amounts, then pressed them into compact balls)
  6. Place them on prepared baking sheets
  7. Bake in preheated oven for approximately 18 minutes
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Great Pizza Dough Recipe

I used whey from my awesome Greek Yogurt Recipe in this pizza dough!  You can use water instead – I just happened to keep the whey for just this purpose!

The crusts freeze really well for a quick dinner with whatever you have on hand at the time!

Great Pizza Dough Recipe

Category: Pizza Crust

Great Pizza Dough Recipe

Ingredients

  • 12 oz liquid whey (or water), warmed to 100 degrees (my breadmaker warms the liquid!)
  • 1 Tbs apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp dry active yeast

Instructions

  1. Layer items in breadmaker pan, in order, yeast in well on top of flour
  2. Press dough cycle
  3. When complete, remove from breadmaker pan, place in greased pan and turn to coat all sides, cover with towel and allow it to rise for an hour
  4. Remove from bowl, divide into 2 balls for larger crusts, or 4 for individual size pizzas
  5. On a well floured surface, press dough out to a circle - I used a floured rolling pan as well
  6. Preheat grill
  7. Place dough onto lightly greased pan, and then make the rest of the crusts
  8. Place dough onto well greased grill pan and grill until black grill marks form, flip over, grill other side
  9. Preheat oven to 425 with a pizza stone in the oven while preheating. OR you can bake them in the grill (they just have to be very carefully watched!)
  10. Top pizza with sauce and desired toppings - we used deli turkey, peppers, onion, pepperoni, goat cheese, fresh mozzarella, basil from the garden, mushrooms, and parmesan cheese
  11. Slide pizzas onto preheated pizza stone (this makes the crust crispy!) and bake approximately 15-17 minutes, watching the last few minutes
  12. Remove from oven, allow to cool 5 minutes
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Lemon Pound Cake with Lemon Glaze Recipe

This lemon cake is the BEST evah!  So delicious, such a lemony crisp flavor and just downright DELICIOUS!

 

Lemon Pound Cake with Lemon Glaze Recipe

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Lemon Pound Cake with Lemon Glaze Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 4 Tbs fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 Tbs fresh lemon zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Glaze:
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbs fresh squeezed lemon juice, at room temperature

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325
  2. Grease a bundt pan, covering all sections well
  3. Sift flour, baking powder and salt together, set aside
  4. In separate bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy; beat in eggs, 1 at a time; mix in sour cream, lemon juice, vanilla and lemon zest
  5. Mix half of the flour mixture into the butter mixture; mix in buttermilk next, then add in remaining flour and mix just until flour disappears into batter. Pour cake batter into heavily greased bundt pan
  6. Bake for 70-80 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean; remove from oven, cool 10 minutes. Turn cake onto a cake platter, poke holes in with a toothpick or fork. Mix powdered sugar and lemon juice until the glaze is smooth. Slowly pour glaze over the warm cake so the glaze soaks in.
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Instant Pot Swedish Meatball Recipe

Looking for new recipes here in this stay at home time, so I whipped this up today for dinner!  So delicious and flavorful!

 

Instant Pot Swedish Meatball Recipe

Category: Beef

Instant Pot Swedish Meatball Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 pound ground italian sausage
  • 1/2 cup panko crumbs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 medium, onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • kosher salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1-2 Tbs olive oil
  • 4 Tbs all purpose flour
  • 4 cups beef stock
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 Tbs chopped dill
  • 2 Tbs parsley (optional)

Instructions

  1. In large bowl, combine ground beef/turkey/pork, panko, milk, eggs, onion, garlic, thyme, season with salt and pepper
  2. Using clean hands, mix until well combined. Roll into 1-1.5" meatballs
  3. Heat a 6 qt instant pot on high saute. Heat oil. Working in 2-3 batches, add meatballs and cook until browned evenly on all sides. Transfer to paper towel lined plate.
  4. Whisk in flour until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Stir in beef stock, scrape up browned bits with wooden spoon. Season with more s&p, to taste.
  5. Return meatballs to pot, select manual setting, adjust pressure to high, set time for 8 minutes. When cycle is complete, quick release pressure.
  6. Remove meatballs from pot. Select manual setting, simmer until sauce is reduced/thickened. Stir in sour cream.
  7. Serve immediately with meatballs. Garnish with dill and parsley if desired.
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