Breakfast

Berliner Donuts

Berliner Donuts

Serves: 3-4

Time: 1 hr + Rising

Kid Friendly Tasks: Powdered Sugar Sprinkler

Ich bin ein Berliner. I suppose it’s mandatory to start with that, certainly after tasting the recipe below. These fabulous donuts came to me from a Postcrosser in Germany who kindly sent me the recipe and now has me in the mood to revive my German. I love international recipe exchanges. Foods I wouldn’t even think of make their way to my door and I’m always a fan of trying them out. We got my son’s favorite soup recipe that way and have discovered a lot of new classics.

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Oatmeal Fruit Butter Muffins

Oatmeal Fruit Butter Muffins

Serves: 3-4

Time: 25 mins

Freezes: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Muffin Filler

Meanwhile, to make the excellent muffins below you need to know a few small things. One, don’t leave out the preserves or they are a little blah. The recipe is really designed around the muffins as fruit butter carrier so they are not that sweet in and of themselves. They are a slightly heavier muffin because of the oatmeal so again, the preserves are necessary. Two, you can use any flavor of preserves or butter, but don’t use either jam or jelly. Both of those are too sweet in my opinion and will drown out the flavor of the rest of the muffin. A fruit preserve with no added sugar would work really well here.

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Sweet Kolaches

Sweet Kolaches

Serves: 4

Time: 3 hrs

Freezes: Yes

Reheats: No

Kid Friendly Tasks: Jam Spreader

Several months back we tried kolaches as a fun treat. They are new to Columbus (if you’re from Texas don’t laugh at me) and tasted good, if slightly pricy. The bakery we went to sold a sweet and savory version. I made the savory version for dinner with the leftover sausage (which, alas turned out only okay, but I’m not sure why exactly.) and the sweet version the following day filled with my lovely peach butter. Peach butter is thicker than regular jam, has a more even consistency and is slightly less sweet (My husband complained that my peach jam was super sweet, teeth shatteringly so. I pointed out that I used a full cup less sugar than the recipe called for. My kids, BTW have no such objections to the stuff.) The sweet version were excellent. Soft, lovely and a perfect marriage with the peach filling. These are definitely on my breakfast list.

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Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Bread

Serves: 6-8

Time: 1.5 hrs

Freezes: Yes

Reheats: No

Kid Friendly Tasks: Batter Mixing

I wanted something hearty and winter like for un-dessert. Un-dessert is when you eat something sweet (and this might as well be cake let’s face it for the amount of sugar involved), but it’s not technically dessert. Good banana bread or zucchini bread is the same for me. I love this pumpkin bread as a snack or with tea. It is the epitome of pumpkin dessert flavor in my book, right up there with pumpkin doughnuts (but much less messy to make) and pumpkin pie. I always eat mine with a pat of butter or a dab of cream cheese.

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Buttermilk Biscuit Breakfast Sandwiches

Buttermilk Biscuit Breakfast Sandwiches

Serves: One per person

Time: 20 mins

Kid Friendly Tasks: Adding Cheese

So I made a larger than normal batch of my awesome buttermilk biscuits. My father in law was in town and I wanted to make sure everyone had plenty to eat (I always over cook when he comes, but it’s still a benefit because we just eat through the leftovers during the week.) We had the original batch of biscuits with roast chicken dinner. Normally I try to make exactly the right amount of biscuits because they just don’t keep. That light fluffiness seems to vanish and then they become very buttery rocks. In this case I’d been careful to wrap the cooled leftover biscuits well in plastic as quickly as possible so they were still pretty fresh. I decided, in honor of my husband, former teenage MacDonald’s employee that he was, to make my own “Egg McMuffin” only a good one, of course.

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