Wednesday, June 30, 2010

I want more Smores!!

What a fun summer treat. Reminds me of when I went camping with Girl Scouts. I make mine for my kids indoors. Not too big a fan of starting a fire in the backyard :)

Preheat oven to 325. Line a pan w/ foil to avoid having your house smell of burned marshmallows (ask me how I know!)

Place 1 half of a graham cracker on the pan and top w/ 3 rectangles of Hershey's chocolate. Place 1 jumbo marshmallow on the chocolate and bake in the oven for about 6 minutes. Take another half of cracker and gently smoosh the marshmallow down.

Enjoy the ooey, gooey, goodness!!

Super Easy Pizza Rounds!

This is fun for kids to make, and super easy!

8 English muffin halves
1 container of Contadina Pizza Squeeze pizza sauce
1 8 oz package of mozzarella cheese

Optional: pepperoni and other toppings

Preheat oven to 375. On a foil lined pan, place 8 english muffin halves. Liberally apply the pizza sauce and spread w/ the back of a spoon. Generously top w/ shredded cheese and other toppings. Place in preheated oven for 6-7 minutes, or until the cheese is melted!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

French Toast Casserole (make the night before)

This is a great casserole, but do not forget that it needs to be prepared the night before you want to eat it. I went to make this last Christmas for brunch and saw the directions "Refridgerate for 8 hours" Oops! I served this with diced organic Braeburn apples. I will put that at the end of the recipe :)

1 10 oz loaf of french bread cut into 1" cubes ( I used a little more than 10 oz because my pan didn't seem full enough)
8 eggs (I used 1 full container Egg Beaters and 1/4 cup of Egg Beaters)
3 cups milk (use skim milk to make it lower in far, but I used Horizons 2%)
4 tsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 tsp salt (optional)
2 tbsp butter or margarine, cubed
3 tbsp sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon
maple syrup can be used to pour over once plated, but I dusted w/ powdered sugar once it was cool.

Place the bread cubes in a greased 9x13 pan. In a bowl, beat the eggs, milk, sugar and vanilla and salt if you are using it. Pour over the bread evenly. It will look really liquidy, but once it sits overnight, the bread soaks it all up. Cover and stick in the fridge overnight, or at least 8 hours. Take out of the fridge and bring to room temp, around 30 mins before baking.
Dot with the butter (from the topping list). Combine the sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle it over the top of the dish. Cover w/ foil and bake at 350* for around 50 minutes. Check with a knife in the center to be sure that it comes out clean (no evidence of uncooked eggs). Let stand for 5 mins.

I then took 4 Braeburn apples and diced them up and combined them with about 1/2 cup of sugar and 2 tsp cinnamon. The juice from the apples makes a syrup. I stuck the bowl in the microwave for about 3 minutes and stirred and checked a piece to see if it was soft. Basically just wing it and microwave until the apples are soft.

Plate the french toast and spoon apples over it if you want to, and then dust w/ powdered sugar. We didn't even need syrup! I served this with Wellshire Farms Chicken Apple breakfast sausage patties.