Mocha Granola

Ingredients
½ cup butter, melted
½ cup maple syrup
1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup slivered almonds
1 cup chocolate-covered coffee beans

Method
Heat oven to 300 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, mix together butter, syrup, espresso powder, cocoa powder, salt and vanilla until combined. Stir in oats and almonds.

Pour onto prepared baking sheet and bake 30-35 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.

Let cool and stir in coffee beans. Store in an airtight container and serve with yogurt or milk.

Apple Butter Waffle Topped with Stewed Apples (A is for Apple)

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Start to finish: 35 minutes
Impresses: 4; 2 waffles each

Ingredients
For the stewed apples:

1 pound golden delicious apples
2 tablespoons butter
¼ cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon

For the apple butter waffle:
1½ cups water
4 tablespoons butter, melted
2 eggs
½ cup apple butter
2⅓ cups No-fail Waffle Mix


Method
For the stewed apples:

Peel and core apples, then cut into ¼-inch slices.

Bring a cast iron skillet or Dutch oven to medium heat and add butter to melt. Toss in sliced apples, brown sugar and cinnamon. Cook, stirring constantly, until apples soften, about 20 minutes.

While apples cook, prepare waffles.

For the apple butter waffle:
Bring a waffle iron to medium-high heat.

Combine water, butter, eggs and apple butter in a large bowl. Add in waffle mix and whisk until just combined; a few lumps are OK.

Spritz waffle iron with cooking spray then ladle in ¼–½ cup batter, depending on the size of the iron.

Let cook until crispy and browned on the outside — about 4–5 minutes depending on the iron.

Remove with a fork and serve immediately, or place on a baking sheet topped with a cooling rack and keep warm in a 250 F oven.

Fig Pop Tarts

Ingredients
For the pop tarts:
1 package prepared pie dough
4 ounces whipped cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons fig jam

For the glaze:
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup powdered sugar

Method
For the pop tarts:
Heat oven to 350 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Unroll each sheet of pie dough and trim the edges to make a rectangle. Using a sharp knife, slice each sheet into 6 equal rectangles. (Tip: Cut in half lengthwise and then into thirds.)

Combine cream cheese and jam in a small bowl.

Dollop 1–2 teaspoons of cream cheese mixture in the center of 6 of the pie dough rectangles.

Using your finger, brush the edges with a little bit of water before topping each rectangle with another piece of pie dough. 

Using a fork, crimp the edges to seal. Cut a few lines in the top to vent.

Place on prepared baking sheet about 2 inches apart and bake 12–15 minutes or until golden.

For the glaze:
While pop tarts bake, combine lemon juice and powdered sugar in a small bowl by whisking together.

Once pop tarts are done, transfer to a cooling rack and drizzle with a good amount of glaze before serving.

Crescent Cinnamon Rolls

Start to finish: 40 minutes
Makes: 8 rolls

Ingredients
For the cinnamon rolls:
1 can crescent rolls
½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 tablespoon cinnamon
½ cup brown sugar, lightly packed

For the frosting:
1 8-ounce block cream cheese, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2–3 tablespoons milk

Method
For the cinnamon rolls:
Heat oven to 350 F and butter a round cake pan.

Unroll crescent roll dough onto a lightly floured surface. Layer each triangle slightly over the other in a two-by-four rectangle. Press to seal all edges together.

In a small bowl, mash together butter, cinnamon and brown sugar. Spread over crescent roll dough — edge to edge. 

Starting on the long edge, tightly roll dough into a log and press to seal the edge. Using a serrated knife, slice into eight equal rounds. 

Place in prepared cake pan, rolls touching, and bake 18–20 minutes or until golden.

For the frosting:
While the rolls bake, beat together cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until fluffy, about 3 minutes. 

Add in milk as needed to slightly thin the mixture. 

Once rolls are baked, let cool 5 minutes before coating in frosting.

Oven Baked Eggs

Start to finish: 15 minutes
Impresses: 4

Ingredients
8 eggs
1/2 cup half and half
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese,
grated
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons butter

Method
Heat oven to 375 F.

Place a medium-size, high-sided, oven-proof skillet over medium heat.

Beat together eggs, half and half, Parmesan, salt and pepper.

Add butter to the skillet and let melt. Pour in egg mixture.

Using a rubber spatula, gently scrape down edges and lift edges to let unset eggs flow into the bottom of the skillet.

Once the bottom is set, place in the oven.

Bake 8-10 minutes or until set.

Slice and serve.

Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus with Hollandaise

Start to finish: 25 minutes
Impresses: 6

Ingredients
For the asparagus:
1 pound asparagus
1/4 pound prosciutto, thinly sliced

For the hollandaise:
2 egg yolks
1 lemon, juiced
Dash of cayenne
½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted

Method
For the asparagus:
Heat oven to 400 F.

Trim the flat ends of the asparagus and slice prosciutto in half lengthwise.

Starting at the tip of the asparagus, wrap one slice of ham around the three stalks to bundle. Repeat until all asparagus is wrapped and lay in a single layer on a baking sheet. 

Roast 15 minutes until slightly crispy. 

For the hollandaise:
Combine egg yolks, lemon juice and cayenne in a blender and blend on high until frothy.

With the blender set to low, slowly pour in melted butter until emulsified. 

To serve, drizzle over asparagus.

No-Fail Waffle Mix

Start to finish: 10 minutes
Makes: 10 cups (enough for 30, 4-inch waffles)

Ingredients
1½ cups buttermilk powder
6 cups flour
1 cup powdered sugar
2 cups cornstarch
6 tablespoons baking powder
2 teaspoons salt

Method
Sift all ingredients into a large bowl and whisk to combine. Use a funnel to pour into an airtight container and store until ready to use.

To use:
Bring a waffle iron to medium-high heat.

Combine 2⅓ cups waffle mix with 1½ cups water, 7 tablespoons melted butter and 2 eggs. Whisk until just combined; a few lumps are OK.

Spritz waffle iron with cooking spray then ladle in ¼–½ cup batter, depending on the size of the iron.

Let cook until crispy and browned on the outside — about 4–5 minutes depending on the iron.

Remove with a fork and serve immediately, or place on a baking sheet topped with a cooling rack and keep warm in a 250 F oven.

Perfect Fried Egg

Rice cereal isn’t the only breakfast food distinguishable by a “snap,” “crackle” and “pop.” When a fresh egg meets hot butter, the spatter crisps the edges for the best fried egg — just like grandma used to make.

Start to finish: 5 minutes 
Impresses: 1

Ingredients
2 tablespoons butter
3 eggs
Salt and pepper

Method
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add in butter to melt and swirl to coat pan. 

Carefully crack egg into pan. Let bubble and cook about 45 seconds before using a spoon to baste edges of egg with hot butter. Continue to cook 1–2 minutes until whites are set and yolk is soft.

Season with salt and pepper before serving.

Sweet Potato and Chicken Sausage Hash

Start to finish: 25 minutes
Impresses: 6

Ingredients
2 tablespoons butter
¼ yellow onion, diced
1 pound sweet potatoes,
baked and diced
½ pound chicken apple sausage, diced
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
Chives (optional)

Method
Melt butter in a cast iron pan over medium heat. Add in onions and sauté until slightly translucent, about 5 minutes. 

Add in sweet potatoes and chicken sausage. Toss to coat with onions and butter and raise heat to medium-high. Let hash brown for 3–4 minutes before turning to repeat and brown evenly.

Season with salt and pepper and top with chives.