Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Christmas Morning Brunch Recipes

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Our family has  enjoyed the  Christmas morning brunch so much for  so many years now,   it seems that putting it all together   can be  done   blindfolded...  I used to  use Pillsbury roll out dough and   crimp the  edges and all that,  but this  super easy  Quiche recipe   creates its own  crust....   and it   goes together  so  quickly!!!

Quick Impossible Quiche
12 slices bacon, crisp and crumbled Or below, I used a cup of  diced ham that I had already baked for the holidays...When I do this I saute  the ham, peppers, onions in  butter  with the  worchestershire and  seasonings... makes it  super savory which we love!
1 c shredded swiss cheese
1/3 c chopped onion
2 c milk   (Half and Half)          4 eggs  slightly beaten
½ c Bisquick      ¼ t sp     1/8 t pepper
  Grease 9 or 10 inch pie pan.   Sprinkle bacon and cheese on bottom of pan.  Blend all other  ingredients  and  pour on top.  Bake 350 for 45 min or until   golden…   can add   peppers  a  bit of worchestershire,
and a dash of nutmeg  for a  Christmas   style  quiche..

One of our favorites  which I am so thrilled that Amanda now does  which is a huge help to me even though it isnt hard,     but  it's a great thing for her to  learn to do as well...

Cranberry  Walnut Scones

3 c  Virginia’s best  self rising flour
1 T baking powder
½ c sugar
¾ c butter…slice in  tablespoon  slices   of   ice cold butter  to make  working it in  easier
we jsut work it into the dry ingredients with our fingers until   it looks like  coarse cornmeal
1 c fresh cranberries… sometimes I dont have a full cup of cranberries  so  I added golden raisins to make a cup
½ c chopped  English walnuts.. I used pecans, sometimes,.  both are  perfect!
1 1/2 T orange zest
Mix all these ingredients together with a folk.
1 c buttermilk  I used  clabbered milk  ( 1 cup milk  with 1 table of  white vinegar)
To top  unbaked scones.
1 T cream or milk
1 T sugar mixed with ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
Stir together all dry ingredients at top  of list..   Rub the butter  slices into the mixture until  only coarse crumbs form…   Like  cornmeal….  Incorporate the butter evenly  with your fingers.. no large  chunks….Stir in cranberries, nuts, and  zest. Add buttermilk and mix with a fork until evenly moistened.  I  didn’t  mix  it too much  and  as soon as I saw it coming together  I  poured it out on a floured surface and  shaped it into a  ball.  The  dough is soft and  a bit  sticky,,    try not to knead it  over much. I generally just   get it into a ball and then   pat the ball into a  ¾ inch thick circle.    Don’t work the dough too much…   it should be  fairly easy to  work with....   you will have a lot on your fingers.. just work it all into the ball and  keep it   very   soft and pliable 
   As it will be moist. So  incorporate just enough flour     so not so sticky
   But  keep it   pliable.
Cut  rounds with a biscuit cutter and place on a greased sheet. Brush tops with the cream or milk and  sprinkle the sugar mixture on top.    Bake at 400 for 14-16 minutes or until  golden…  if you desire  lightly sprinkle with  powder  sugar.
 Cream topping:
8 oz  cream cheese.  I used mascarpone and thought it was much  better.  But  it is  much more expensive
  1 T  zest
  2 T honey  but I didn’t have honey so I used 1 T of orange Marmelade  This is a fine  spread for any  specialty bread!

Brandied fruit

Stick cinnamon
4 lady apples , cored and sliced
4 pears, cored and  sliced
Dried apricots
 peeled and  sliced oranges
  I used dried cranberries  and orange zest in the above  photo... jsut   go with  what you have...
Orange juice and Brandy  to judge the amount.   the fruit cooks down a bit  you dont want  it too overpowering,,,   but id say  about 1/2  of the juice and brandy combined....  Id say go with   waht tastes   good to you.  You do  cook it and the  alcohol isnt  a big deal!  A   lovely  festive addition to the  brunch.

 We always  feel like royalty after  our festive  Christmas Morning Brunch!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for posting your scone recipe (I have written it on one of my recipe cards and it's in my recipe book: I'l definitely be making them next week some time! Thanks!)...your other recipes look delicious, too!


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