recipe: french toast casserole

Like most casseroles, this recipe is quite a simple one to make. It is delicious and yields big results. Just make sure that you set aside a lot of resting time for the bread to soak up the ingredients. Feel free to use the recipe for my favourite bread, or you can choose to buy your own loaf!

French Toast Casserole with Berries

Ingredients:

1 loaf Emory’s Favourite Whole Wheat Bread
6 large eggs
1 1/2 cup milk, any kind
1/4 cup syrup, any kind
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen), sliced
1 cup blueberries
4 tbsp unsalted butter
Powdered sugar, to sprinkle

Steps:

1. Grease an oblong casserole dish (approximately 9” x 13”) with butter.

2. Take a loaf of bread and cut it into cubes. Place cubes evenly in casserole dish.

3. In a large bowl, add the eggs, milk, syrup, vanilla extract, salt, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Whisk or beat with an electric mixer until mixture is homogenous. Then pour onto bread cubes, making sure you get every one. Top with berries and add dollops of butter. Cover with tin foil and put in refrigerator for about 4 hours.

4. Preheat oven to 350°F. Remove casserole from fridge and place in oven. Bake for 25 minutes with foil on, then remove it and bake for another 10 minutes. Take it out of the oven, and dust with powdered sugar. Cut into pieces and place on plates. Feel free to add as much syrup to your dish as you please!

Emory

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3 simple techniques to improve your kitchen ability

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For those who may not have much time to cook at home outside of preparing meals for the family, experimenting, as a home cook would, may not be something that feels possible. In order to save time, this can leave you creating meals as quickly as you can, continually eating the same things, and relying on convenience foods perhaps more often than we’re comfortable with.

Now, there’s no shame in bringing a frozen pizza to the table or to order takeout when you need to, nor do you need to justify however much time you can spend in the kitchen just because someone you follow on Instagram seems to create beautiful meals six times a day.

Perhaps you may not have ever really focused on learning how to cook a range of meals instead of some home comforts. Again, there’s nothing wrong with this. However, it can be nice to expand our repertoire when we have the time for it, or to try and find joy in cooking so that following the extra mile makes sense. In this post, we’ll discuss three simple techniques that can improve your kitchen ability in the best way:

Perfect The Basics

It’s a shame how many people under-value the supreme benefit that comes from perfecting the basic meals we otherwise enjoy. Comfort food deserves to be looked at with care, too. For instance, this gooey mac and cheese recipe made with pub cheese can showcase how it’s the additional measures that allow cooking to shine. No matter if this means rubbing garlic cloves on your olive-oil stained sourdough, or learning how to rest meat properly before cooking it, if you can perfect a simple meal, perhaps your favorite, then immediately you can transfer those additional skills elsewhere.

Inspire Your Spice & Herb Rack

Those who know how to wield spices and herbs appropriately have figured out 50% of how to become a great cook. From learning which tastes go with which ingredients, such as parsley used on new potatoes, or just the right amount of cumin used in a chili, as well as learning a better combination of spices (there is nothing quite like Indian cooking learnt at home to help solidify these lessons), the more you can source fresh spices and herbs and use them with care and reverence, the more your cooking game explodes in possibility.

Befriend Your Appliances

It’s healthy to befriend your appliances from time to time, as it were, and to make sure that you truly do understand their operation. From air fryers to slow cookers, or simply knowing that a potato peeler can be used both ways and more easily via that swiping direction, reading the manuals, testing out recipes, perfecting the timing, this can help your cooking approach become better and more endearing than ever. You may be deeply surprised as to just how well this approach can work.

With this advice, we believe you’ll be able to perfect your kitchen ability in the best possible light.

** This was a contributed post.

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recipe: lemon poppy seed loaf

This loaf mimics those found at Starbucks. It is not an overly sweet one, so adding a glaze to it is a great option if you are craving something sweeter!

Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf

Ingredients:

(For the loaf)
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tbsp poppy seeds
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup unsalted butter (plus extra to grease), room temperature
3/4 cup milk, room temperature
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 tbsp lemon zest

(For the glaze- optional)
1 cup icing sugar
2 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup icing sugar
1 tsp lemon juice

Steps:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a loaf pan (approximately 9” x 5”) with butter and set aside. 

2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, poppy seeds, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

3. In another bowl, add the sugar, eggs, and butter. Beat vigorously by hand or on low with an electric mixer for 2 minutes. Then add the milk, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Mix well.

4. Make a well with the dry ingredients. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl. Mix until well-combined.

5. Add the batter evenly to the loaf pan. Place in oven and bake for about 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove, let cool, and then glaze if desired!

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recipe: blueberry & cream cheese muffins

Hello, spring!! How happy we are to see your shining face. I thought what better way to ring in the change of season but with some sweet and fresh fruit muffins! Hope you like them.

Blueberry and Cream Cheese Muffins

Makes 1 dozen

Ingredients:

(For the muffins)
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup oil, any kind
1 large egg
1/3 cup milk
2 tsp lemon juice
1 cup blueberries, frozen

(For the icing)
1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
4 oz cream cheese
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups icing sugar

Steps:

1. Heat oven to 400°F. In a large bowl, combine well the flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder. Set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, add the oil, milk, and lemon juice. Mix. Then pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Stir until just combined. Fold in the blueberries.

3. Line each muffin cup with a paper liner. Using a tablespoon or ice cream scoop, drop the batter into the 12 liners evenly. Place in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove and let cool completely.

4. For the icing- Combine butter, cream cheese, and vanilla in a bowl and mix until smooth. Add icing sugar 1 cup at a time until desired consistency. Spread on top of muffins with a utensil or piping kit.

Note: because the frosting is made of cream cheese, these muffins can be frozen and thawed after they are iced!

Emory

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recipe: sweet cinnamon buns

Sweet Cinnamon Buns

Makes 1.5 dozen

Ingredients:

(For the dough)
1 tbsp active dry yeast
1 tbsp granulated sugar
1 cup warm water
1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup hot water
1 egg
5 cups all-purpose flour (more or less depending on texture)
Butter, to grease

(For the filling)
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup raisins
2 tbsp ground cinnamon

Steps:

1. In a large bowl, add the first 3 ingredients- the yeast, sugar, and water. Stir and set aside in a warm location for 10 minutes. Mixture should turn bubbly.  Next add the remaining ingredients- the oil, sugar, salt, water, and egg. Beat vigorously for 1 minute. Finally, add 1 cup of flour at a time, turning the dough over with a baking spatula. Once the dough is no longer sticky, remove it from the bowl and continue to knead on a floured surface for approximately 5 minutes. Then return to a new, clean bowl, cover with a tea towel, and place in an oven with the light on (but no heat) and let dough rise for 30 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, prepare the filling. You can either make it in a small saucepan on the stove, or in a glass measuring cup in the microwave. Set aside.

3. Once the dough has risen, remove it from the oven and punch it down. Grease two oblong, glass baking dishes with butter. On a floured surface, roll out the dough into a long rectangular shape. Pour the filling onto the dough, spreading evenly with a 1” border that is filling-free. Then roll the dough into a log. Cut into 18 even pieces, placing each one face up in the baking dish. Cover both batches with a tea towel, and let rise for another 20 minutes in a warm location.

4. Preheat oven to 350°F. Once the buns have risen for a final time, remove the tea towels and bake for approximately 30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove, brush with butter, and let cool before diving in!

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