Need an idea for Breakfast? Try these Mini Ham ‘n’ Cheese Frittatas and Chocolate Delight Banana Muffins

Breakfast has to be my favorite meal of the day. It just gets my day going, especially after a couple of cups of coffee.  I’m always searching for new and simple ideas to add variety to my meals. This delightful combination of mini frittatas and muffins fits the bill for easy breakfast eats.  If you don’t want to bake early in the morning, make these the day before and then warm them up and serve with fresh fruit and coffee.  Both of these recipes are perfect if you are baking for a diabetic; food exchanges are included.

Chocolate Delight Banana Muffins (left) and Mini Ham ‘n’ Cheese Frittatas (right)

The muffins are made with reduced fat-biscuit baking mix, Splenda and a touch of sour cream, along with bananas, cocoa powder, chocolate chips and walnuts.  Light and moist, these are just perfect hot out of the oven.  For the frittatas, I made the recipe exactly as stated except I used about one tablespoon dried onions instead of the chives.  I only used the chives as a garnish.  A great combination of flavors all wrapped up in a small bundle.  Next time I may substitute turkey sausage and use fat-free mozzarella cheese for a different flavor combination.

Thanks to Taste of Home for the frittata recipe.  Click here for recipe:  Mini Ham ‘n’ Cheese Frittatas

Click here for recipe:  Chocolate Delight Banana Muffins

Both of these recipes are definite keepers.  I hope you give them a try and add them to your cookbook.  See ya around the kitchen ~ Barbara

Farm to Table … Delicious Transparent Apples and Local Honey

It’s summertime, the bees are working the buckwheat fields and the apple trees are loaded with green transparent apples.  Guess it’s time to bake some tasty eats.

Transparent apples ripen in late June and early July here in the South (North Carolina.)  The fruit is medium in size and best picked when they are pale green.  They will ripen to bright yellow, however they will not be crisp, so pick when light green. The flesh is white, tender, and a bit tart; perfect for cooked apples or in one of these desserts.

Apple Strudel with Honey, Raisins and Walnuts

Apple Strudel with Honey, Raisins and Walnuts

The strudel is made with phyllo dough sheets, each sheet brushed with a mixture of honey and warm water instead of butter.  Of course, your local honey is the best for this recipe.  If you can’t find transparent apples, use a good baking apple, i.e., Granny Smith.  Gather your friends and enjoy this summer dessert hot from the oven.

For recipe, click here: Apple Strudel with Honey Raisins and Walnuts

Apple Phyllo Pie

Another way to use these summertime apples and local honey is to make this Apple Phyllo Pie.  Like the strudel, this pie uses phyllo dough sheets instead of pie crust.  The sheets are also brushed with a mixture of honey and warm water.  Edges of the phyllo dough are gathered and layered over top of the apples, very similar to a galette.

Apple Phyllo Pie

Apple Phyllo Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream

And, it doesn’t get any better unless served warm with vanilla ice cream.

For recipe, click here:  Apple Phyllo Pie

Transparent Apples – Ripens late June to early July in the Southern states

Be sure to stop by your local farmer and support their efforts to bring fresh produce to your table.  Look for unusual ingredients and step out of your box to create tasty eats.  These apple dishes didn’t stay around our house very long as they were baked to be enjoyed at the moment.

Hope you will try one or both of these recipes.  See ya around the farm. ~ Barbara