Ladies and Gentleman; Start your engines! Morning engines that is. Do you have the problem of eating breakfast in the morning? I am one of those that usually skip that breakfast meal, even knowing it’s the most important meal of the day. To me, it’s challenging to have that breakfast meal. What to make? Breakfast is always the same old, same old , and frankly
find use to find breakfast boring.
This book “Cakelove in the Morning”, just might change your mind on the breakfast challenge, if you think like I use to. This is by far, my Favorite Book he has written to date! Oh yes, I believe I will be using this
often almost daily! When I received this book, my first reaction was, oh breakfast – boring! And almost put it aside. (I know, I know, but that’s just how much I was dis-interested in breakfast.) But I picked it up anyways and started to thumb through the pages. As I started looking through it, I began to become excited about the prospect of breakfast! Each page brought me a feeling of hunger pangs and a “this looks good, oh, this looks really good, oh, I gotta try this one”. By the time I got to the end of the book, I was ready to start my morning with BREAKFAST! The options are endless. French toasts, Pancakes, Flapjacks, Waffles, and Eggs, any way you like them. Fried, scrambled, poached, hard-boiled, deviled, Benedict and omelets. He began to have my attention.
Frittata’s and breakfast Lasagna’s. Who ever heard of breakfast lasagna’s I wondered. (I had not.) Quiches, Muffins, Scones and biscuits. A chapter in oatmeal and by this time, I’m salivating at the thought of these breakfast goodies. Further and further my fingers turn the pages into the book. He has ideas I never thought about. Now, as I begin to get further into this book, he is beginning to bring my sweet tooth into play. Quick breads,such as; apple, banana, zucchini, carrot and a Quick Home-Spun Cornbread. Sticky Buns (with endless ways to fill them), Cinnamon Rolls and then comes the chapter of “Cakes”. Cinnamon – Sugar Coffee Cake has me licking my lips in anticipation. I gotta make that I think to myself. The picture of it is killing me! Kinda makes you want to lick the page and I’m sure I would have if I could have had a taste of it by doing so. Pina – Orange – Banana Pound Cake, Lemon Cranberry Bundt, Lemon Pound Cake Bundt, Amaretto Butter Cakes, Coconut cake with Meringue Buttercream, and a most delicious looking Blueberry Bundt Cake that I know I’m going to have to make.
Next we move on to the chapter of Savory, where I find another favorite of mine. Potatoes. Yes, I’m a potato lover. Along with the potatoes, he has Breakfast Meats and Veggies and Salads. I didn’t know breakfast could be so exciting, or I just never thought about it. Banger’s and Mash. One look at the picture and recipe will have you running to the store to make this dish. Another I gotta try.
Salmon dishes, Sauces, both savory and sweet. Hash browns, Heirloom Tomato Salad, Home Fries, Mushroom Bread Pudding, Grilled Mushroom Salad, Bacon Home Fries, an Apple, Beet & Carrot Salad, Oven Roasted Taters, Roasted Cauliflower Salad, Grilled Chicken Salad, and Grilled Romaine that a looks so good I want to eat the page. Last but not least, helpful information about baking at high altitudes or in high humidity, converting measurements into metric quantities, and the importance of weighing certain ingredients.
I highly recommend this cookbook and think it would make a fantastic gift for mom, or anyone for that matter. I also think it just might make you change your mind about breakfast if you are like I
am was about the thought of breakfast. You’ll never turn back, and I promise, there’s something in here for everyone!
From: Cakelove in the Morning
By: Warren Brown
There’s nothing vanilla about this vanilla! This is a tasty basic waffle that will deliciously accommodate any number of toppings. A fun and low-fat way to make these (or any waffles) even more special is to make a “waffle cake” as shown in the photo opposite, stacking the waffles with Cooked Meringue Icing (page 167 – see picture below) in between. – Warren Brown
2 Eggs, separated
4 Tbsp. Superfine Sugar
1 1/4 Cups Half and Half
2 Tbsp. Unsalted Butter, melted
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 Cup All Purpose Flour
2 tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 tsp. Salt
1. Start the waffle iron and preheat the oven to 200 degrees F. to keep the finished waffles warm.
2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the egg whites to stiff peaks, then sprinkle in 2 tablespoons of the sugar with the mixer on high-speed. Carefully move the meringue to a separate bowl and set aside.
3. Using the same bowl and whisk, mix the egg yolks and remaining 2 tablespoons sugar on high-speed for 30 seconds. Reduce the speed to medium and add the half and half, butter, and vanilla.
4. Meanwhile, in another bowl, whisk to combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Fold the flour mixture into the yolk base, then gently fold in the meringue.
5. Spray the waffle iron with plenty of nonstick spray. Ladle 1/4 cup batter onto each square of the iron.
6, Cook following the waffle iron’s directions. Serve immediately or hold on a heat-resistant plate in the warmed oven.
NOTES: I stirred in some blueberries into this batter to make Blueberry Vanilla Waffles. I stirred some frozen berries into some flour to coat, then folded them into the batter. – Yummy!
Results: Delicious, beautiful waffles. My husband even went back for seconds. (That is so unlike him. Waffles are not his most favorite, nor his first choice.) But he commented on how good these waffles were, and went back for more!) These would be a beautiful, as well as a tasty treat to make Mom for breakfast on Mother’s Day.
Although I was given this book for review, this is my honest opinion of the book, and the contents within.