“See is there is any bacon, and if there is, ask the cook which pan to fry it in. Then ask if there are any eggs, and if so try and persuade the cook to poach two of them. It is better not attempt toast, as it burns very easily.”
I love breakfast, and unlike Zelda, I usually have the stamina to take it on–though poached eggs–not so much.
Famed baker Sarabeth Levine loves breakfast too and this book makes simple eggs and bacon (and French toast, pancakes, and coffee cake) downright glamorous.
Everyday should be a weekend so you have time to make Potato Waffles with Gravlax and Creme Fraiche, a Shrimp and Tarragon Frittata, or Strawberry Shortcakes. But even on weekdays Sarabeth makes breakfast easy. Classic Buttermilk Pancakes are a few stirs from ready if you make her Basic Pancake Mix. Or you could make satisfying Knekkebrod the night before; healthy, chewy and satisfying with whole wheat, rolled oats, and sunflower, sesame, and flax seeds.
Sarabeth started her business with jams and this book opens with “Fruity Beginnings,” including a bright Citrus Sundial salad and Peach and Plum Compote, along with smoothie and juices that you can spike to taste. The jams and sauces are here too, each one with a kick of flavor that will brighten up pancakes or knekkebrod. Try Mandarin Orange Spread, Blueberry Blackberry Jam, or Meyer Lemon Curd. Or spike your maple syrup with apple or raspberry and slater on sweet butters flavored with honey-pecan or maple and sea salt.
Naturally, there’s lots of baking in chapters on Whole Grains; Muffins, Scones and Cakes; and Breads and Yeasted Treats. And there are some New York classics–from a crumb topped coffee cake to a braided challah loaf.
And because breakfast is a state of mind not a time of day, chapters cover eggs, stratas, quiches, soups, salads, potatoes, meat and fish. Winter or summer, start healthy with slow-cooked steel cut oatmeal or Morning Crudites. Or treat yourself to an Heirloom Tomato Crostata or pot of Double Salmon Rillettes.
Whichever way you choose to go–these recipes are an excellent way to start the day.