Saturday, December 31, 2011

Breakfast for the New Year

This Week's Menu 

 Peppermint Cocoa
Serves 4
4 cups water     
4 tablespoons cocoa powder   
1 ounce dark chocolate   
4 tablespoons honey   
8 sprigs fresh mint or 4 peppermint tea bags

In a saucepan, combine water, cocoa powder, mint sprigs or teabag, honey and dark chocolate.
Bring to a boil and simmer for about 5 minutes.
Strain or pour into a mug.

Note:  Adults can add 1 tablespoon of peppermint schnapps per mug.

 Gingerbread Pancakes
Serves 4
1 ½ cups all purpose flour
¼  cup dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
½  teaspoon baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons molasses
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon butter, melted and cooled

Sift all the dry ingredients into a bowl.
In a separate bowl whisk the liquid ingredients.
Add the flour mixture to the liquid mixture and whisk until just combined; do not over mix.
Let the batter stand for 10-15 minutes to thicken.
Place 2 tablespoons of the mixture in a large, greased sauté pan over medium heat and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side.

Note:  Once the pancakes are done, you can take gingerbread men cookie cutters and cut them into the shape of gingerbread men.
  Frittatas for the New Year
Serves 4
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium tomato, chopped
1 scallion
¼ cup red bell peppers, chopped
1 medium jalapeno chili, seeded and finely chopped
4 large eggs
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons, fresh chopped cilantro
¼ cup shredded sharp cheddar

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
In an 8-inch, nonstick, oven-proof saute pan, heat the oil over medium heat. 
Add the tomatoes, scallions and peppers and cook until soft, about 3 minutes.
Meanwhile in a medium bowl, beat the eggs with 1 tablespoon of water.  Add cilantro and season with salt and pepper.
Add egg mixture to pan and cook for about 3 minutes lifting the edges with a spatula, to allow any uncooked egg to flow to the bottom. 
Sprinkle the top with cheese and transfer the pan to the oven and bake until puffed and golden, about 6 minutes.
Serve warm or at room temperature.

Note:  With a frittatas, the sky is the limit you can add potatoes, mushroom, onions and all types of meat.  

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