Consider the Egg

Photo of EggsConsider the egg.  Eggs are fairly amazing. We use them in such an off handed way, really. But what they do is incredible. They are a building block of baking, a sky high dessert topping, integral to spreads such as mayonnaise, a perfect protein, great on top of almost anything as a little fried runny hat, a breakfast staple, and stunning in simplicity when hard-boiled and made into deviled eggs, egg salad, or chopped on a cobb. They come in a dazzling array of shades and sizes though we have come rather accustomed to the uniform white or brown ones at the grocery store. But they come in many sizes and grades too.

Every once in a while I look into all the information available about eggs…and promptly forget it all. I thought I might just write it all down here so I don’t forget again I also thought perhaps you might be curious too, but too busy to sit and ponder the minutiae of this reliable staple.

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Apple and Sausage Cinnamon Toast

Photo of Cinnamon Toast with Apples and SausageWe’ve been a bit icy in Dallas. Usually this is not an event, and one stays off the roads merely to avoid the bad drivers, but not really the ice. But this ice was formidable enough to keep me happily in the house with the kiddos. Pitts isn’t put off by ice driving even a little bit so I had him run to the store and grab some goodies for me.

There should be a love song about “I gave my love a shopping list and he brought me a basket of Honeycrisp Apples and sausage,” because when I unpacked my gifts, these were the offerings that got my brain ginning with ideas. He also brought me a carton of eggs (the chicken with no bone…as the folk song goes) but that is for a later recipe. Anyone who is still with me at this point either loves Animal House or folk music. I like both. And the song has been stuck in my head since my ice hero showed up with the groceries.

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Oat and Grain Waffles

oat and grain waffles leadLast week my son had achievement tests at school…you know the all-day standardized fun-fest. A note is always sent with the kids to caution parents to send their children to bed on time and to feed them a nutritious breakfast.

As though we don’t usually…

So, I figured I probably shouldn’t send the fella off with a snickers and a mountain dew as I do every other day of the school year. And, the cotton candy and beer didn’t seem to do the trick last year for achievement test week…so…what’s a mom to do?

My kids are not in an egg phase. Cereal doesn’t quite feel like the “healthy breakfast” they had in mind. Waffles sound great, but are sort of like cake and ice cream when you get right down to it. So I searched around for a whole grain waffle recipe with good protein numbers so that I could feel like I was giving them something delicious and something that might actually keep them going all day.

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Belgian Buttermilk Waffles

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This is a basic recipe that you need in your repertoire. Repeat after me, “I do not need a mix.” You can use a mix. I don’t mind. Been there, done that. But, there was a time when I would actually say things like, “Can’t make pancakes…out of mix.”  I don’t do that anymore.  Plus, these are pantry staples. This is truly where I turn when I have neglected to go to the store all week and I’m down to the basics. That is when it is breakfast for breakfast, lunch and dinner day. After that day, I actually have to go to the store.

Might I also say here that one need not buy an expensive waffle iron. I have one of the “best” and it is not, in fact, the best. The real best waffle iron is one I got from my mom over 10 years ago. It is still going strong and I find myself making excuses to use it instead of the high-tone waffle maker. This recipe is for a Belgian style waffle. I say “style” because I believe that true Belgian waffles call for yeast. Here, the egg whites perform some of the yeast’s function, but a purist might quibble with the designation. I use a Belgian waffle iron, therefore I call them Belgian waffles. It would probably work for the flat waffles, but I haven’t tried that because I don’t own a flat waffle iron. Please report back if you try that.

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Dutch Babies

Dutch Baby LeadWhether you call this a Dutch Baby or a German Pancake makes no difference. In fact, I sincerely hope I’m not introducing this concept to you. I hope it has been on your Saturday morning breakfast rotation for ages.

It is a baked pancake, in essence. Some compare it to a flat popover. It has a little of both of those and a hint of French Toast, too. It is darned near effort free, and unlike regular flapjacks, this is not short order cooking. By that I mean that you might actually be able to sit down and eat with your family, all together.

Toppings are personal. Some stick with the basics of butter and maple syrup. I like a little butter and a heaping pile of confectioners’ sugar. My son likes a scattering of chocolate chips. I wouldn’t be opposed to a squirt of lemon juice. And, it is sensational topped with cooked apples. But all of that it is up to you. It takes about 30 seconds to mix together. Heating the oven takes longer than anything else. I use a cast iron skillet, but I’ve also prepared it in a comparably sized casserole dish. As long as it is oven safe and has sides, go for it.

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