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Patriotic Pancakes Perfect for Canada Day

With a bright red maple leaf in the centre, these patriotic pancakes are perfect for Canada Day. Fresh red berries, whipped cream and maple syrup are great toppings, but you can switch it up with your favourite fruit, nuts, sauce and more.

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Maple Leaf Pancake Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Rest Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Makes: about 12 pancakes

Ingredients:
1 egg
1 cup milk
1 Tbsp butter, melted
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
Pinch salt
22 ml Red food colouring
1/4 cup vegetable oil

Garnish:
Maple syrup
2 cups fresh raspberries
1/2 cup whipping cream, whipped

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Directions:
1. In large spouted bowl, whisk together egg, milk and butter, then whisk in flour, baking powder and salt until smooth. Let stand 20 minutes.
2. Measure 1/3 cup of the batter into shallow bowl, and thin with enough water turn into a creamy consistency. Tint red with food colouring.
3. Over medium-low heat, heat a nonstick skillet with 1 Tbsp oil per pancake. Brush 2-inch (5 cm) maple leaf-shaped cookie cutter with some of the oil. Place in skillet. Pour in enough red batter to fill, then cook 1 minute until set on bottom. Holding cutter with tongs, or hands, lift cutter away from maple leaf shape. Using a squeeze bottle or spoon, top each leaf with enough white batter to cover.
4. Cook until bubbles form on tops, about 3 minutes. Turn pancakes and cook until bottoms are golden, about 1 minute.
5. Working in batches and brushing pan with remaining oil as necessary, repeat with remaining batters, cleaning off cookie cutter when necessary.

Garnish:
Serve pancakes with maple syrup, raspberries and a dollop of whipped cream.

How to Become a Morning Person (And What Your Diet Has to Do With It)

Anyone who (willingly) wakes up at 5 a.m. every morning is something of a superhuman. Or at the very least, the early riser we all strive to one day become. Marlie Cohen, a Toronto-based certified personal trainer, holistic health coach and the face behind lifestyle blog Kale & Krunches, is that person. But just like mastering a gruelling spin class – becoming a morning person takes dedication. Read on for the fitness expert’s top 10 tips to make waking up early easier than you ever thought possible.

1. Morning Movement

“My morning routine starts with some form of meditation or movement to get the blood flowing,” says Marlie, whether taking a few deep breaths and stretching at home or stepping out for an early 6 a.m. workout. She also makes a habit of journaling every morning – jotting down three things she’s grateful for as a form of positive affirmation to start the day.

2. Better Breakfast

Whether you’re hungry right when you wake up, or not until after your a.m. workout, always nourish your body with a wholesome morning meal. For Marlie, that means eggs, avocado and toast for breakfast – the perfect combination of carbs, fat and protein. This balance of macronutrients will increase energy levels and ensure you’re satiated until lunch.

Get the recipe for this upgraded Avocado Toast With Poached Eggs.

3. Drink Water First Thing

Before you do anything else, drink a glass of water once out of bed. “You’re super dehydrated when you wake up,” says Marlie. “Drinking water gets the metabolism going and hydrates your muscles to prepare for the day ahead.” Make sure you drink enough H2O throughout the day, too. Marlie advises drinking two to three litres per day, depending on how active you are and how much you sweat.

4. Coffee 2.0

Fact: brewing a fresh cuppa Joe at home makes early wake-ups slightly less daunting. But instead of loading it with cream and sugar, Marlie (pictured below) adds a secret superfood ingredient to her Nespresso coffee: cinnamon. “Not only does it taste really good, it helps control insulin resistance in the body and stabilizes blood sugar,” she says. Cinnamon can also aid in curbing sugar cravings throughout the day and releases caffeine into the body at a slower pace.

5. Stop Drinking Water

We’ve all been there: abruptly waking from a deep sleep thanks to a full bladder. The solution? Don’t drink water after supper. “During dinner, have a few glasses, but I would probably stop after that,” says Marlie. This will prevent being disturbed and waking up throughout the night.

6. Eat Foods High in Magnesium

“Magnesium naturally calms the body and controls your cortisol levels and stress hormones,” she says. Reach for foods high in the mineral, such as whole grains, spinach, green leafy vegetables, almonds and quinoa. Marlie’s favourite magnesium-rich meal is salmon (also high in the nutrient) with quinoa and a sautéed green vegetable like spinach or broccoli.

Get the recipe for Lynn Crawford’s Roast Salmon with Grapefruit and Quinoa Salad.

7. Know When to Stop Eating

While some experts say to stop eating around 7 p.m., Marlie has a different theory: “It depends on your schedule,” she says, pointing to the fact that she often won’t finish teaching until nine at night. In other words, what you eat is more important than when you eat it. “Sugary or carb cravings at night are probably a signal from your body that you’re thirsty, didn’t eat enough throughout the day or you’re tired,” she says. “Nighttime snack cravings are really our body saying it’s time to go to bed.”

8. Opt for Natural Sleep Remedies

If finding your Zen proves difficult at night, turn to the power of essential oils: “I have a lavender spray that I’ll use on my pillows, and will also use the oil on the soles of my feet,” she says.


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9. Have a Regular Wake-Up Time

“I think people might overlook the benefits of having a regular wake-up time,” says Marie. Even if your schedule changes day-to-day, she recommends setting your alarm for the same time each morning to establish a consistent daily practice and stabilize our circadian rhythm.

10. Ditch Your Phone

Perhaps the most important tip of all – keep technology out of the bedroom. “I always put my phone in a different room, so when my alarm goes off, it forces me out of bed,” she says. This also means you won’t be glued to your phone before switching off the lights, ultimately leading to a sweet, sound slumber.

Looking for more tips? Here are the Top 10 Foods That Will Help You Sleep along with the Best and Worst Foods to Eat Before Bedtime.

 

How to Cook a Perfect No-Flip Omelette, Plus More Easy Ways with Eggs

Good mornings start with great breakfasts. Chef Roger Mooking of Food Network Canada Chef School, showcases his skills with the incredible, edible egg, walking you through how to make the perfect omelette using the broiler – without the often-feared flipping. Roger’s failsafe tips make it possible for home cooks of all skill levels to turn everyday eggs into a chef-inspired morning masterpiece.  And along with Roger’s no-flip omelette recipe, we’re sharing even more egg recipes for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner, so you can really get cracking in the kitchen.

 

How to Make a No-Flip Broiler Omelette

Make sure you have all of your ingredients set out and ready to go, as this breakfast omelette comes together fast.

Something important to note is the colour of the omelette. Classic French omelettes have no golden brown bits or caramelized edges, as the typical soufléed American-style omelettes often do, remaining a pale yolk-yellow inside and out. Gentle heat and a swift hand make this possible, as do the quality of the eggs.

Free-Run Eggs Are Best

Roger thinks free-run (or free-range) eggs are the most delicious eggs, and a clear choice for the perfect omelette.

“You want to get as close to the natural source of ingredients as possible,” he says.

Eggs are a great example of this, where quality and freshness really count. Head to your farmers’ market to source your eggs, or choose the best you can get at your local grocery store.

You’ll see that beating your eggs is no big deal. Skip the fancy whisk and use a fork, incorporating a little air, beating until the whites and yolks are uniformly combined. For flavour, Parmesan and chives add a hint of something special, without distracting from the mild eggs.

The Perfect Omelette Pan

Roger uses a mix of butter and vegetable oil in his cast-iron skillet – his preferred nonstick pan – so the butter won’t burn. When the pan is heated, a few moments of cooking is done on the stovetop before it’s popped under the broiler. If you’re adding a filling, add that before it heads into the broiler. Sautéed mushrooms, wilted spinach, leftover cooked vegetables or diced ham are just a few ideas, but Roger keeps his omelette unadulterated, classic French-style.

The tri-fold is the finishing touch (don’t stress!), along with additional Parmesan and chives. Serve it up with toast and breakfast (or brunch or lunch or dinner) is served.

Treat your family, and yourself, to Roger Mooking’s no-flip, no-fuss French Broiler Omelette tomorrow morning.

More Ways with Eggs, All Day

Eggs are one of the most versatile ingredients in the kitchen, taking you from breakfast to dinner.

The Perfect Make-Ahead Breakfast:
Protein-packed frittatas that can be made the night before, chilled and then sliced to eat on the go.
Try these recipes:
Michael Smith’s Broccoli Frittata
Whole30 Veggie-Packed Breakfast Frittata

Egg-cellent Lunch Ideas:
Versatile hardboiled eggs are just the ticket to power you through an afternoon.
Try these recipes:
Egg Curry
Egg Salad Sandwich with Avocado and Watercress
Lynn Crawford’s Chicken and Egg Salad

Cheep! Cheep! Dinner Recipes:
Eggs baked or poached in cream or a sauce is a delicious and economical way to serve up dinner. Don’t forget the crusty bread!
Try these recipes:
Roger Mooking’s Baked Eggs
Eggs in Purgatory

For more egg inspiration, check out 41 Tasty Ways to Eat Eggs for Dinner.

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This Healthy Apple Pie Oatmeal Bake is Your New Favourite Breakfast

A warm hug in the morning, this baked oatmeal recipe, chock-full of apples, walnuts, cinnamon and chia seeds, is a nourishing start to a cold winter morning. This version skips the eggs and dairy to make it fully vegan, so everyone can enjoy it. Serve with additional nut milk or coconut yogurt, along with your favourite fresh fruit and endless hot coffee.

Comforting Apple Pie Oatmeal Bake

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Serves: 4 to 5

Ingredients:
2 cups large-flake rolled oats
1/2 cup toasted walnuts, chopped
1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 Tbsp chia seeds
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp salt
1 Tbsp coconut oil, plus more for dish
2 small or 1 large apple, cored and cut into small pieces
2 cups unsweetened nut milk or oat milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350ºF
2. In a large bowl, mix to combine oats, walnuts, sugar, chia, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves and salt.

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3. For the topping, take out 1/2 cup of oat mixture and transfer to a small bowl, then cut in coconut oil until combined and resembling an apple crumble crust.
4. Stir apples into large bowl of oat mixture (not crumble topping), followed by milk and vanilla.



5. Grease an 8×8-inch or medium casserole dish with a bit of additional coconut oil, then carefully transfer oat and apple mixture to dish. Crumble over topping and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until dry to the touch and beginning to brown on top. Serve warm.

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Notes:
Bake this recipe ahead of time and warm in a low oven or microwave until heated through, or enjoy cold.

Looking to add more wholesome recipes to your breakfast rotation? Here are 15 Vegan Breakfast Recipes You’ll Want Every Morning.

Apple Granola Bars

Apple Pie Granola Bars That Taste Just Like Fall

We’ve made apple pie healthier and snack-sized, but have still kept all the classic, cozy fall flavour you know and crave. These apple pie granola bars have all of the perks of the traditional slice, without any of the fuss of making pastry. Filled with dried apples, cinnamon, nuts and honey, they have serious comfort food appeal, but are wholesome enough for an on-the-go breakfast. If you’re feeling decadent, dip one side of these bars in melted butterscotch chips or serve a la mode.

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Chill Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Makes: 8 to 10 bars

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Ingredients:
1⁄2 cup unsalted whole roasted almonds
1⁄2 cup unsalted roasted hazelnuts, chopped
1⁄2 cup unsalted roasted walnuts, chopped
1/3 cup rolled oats, toasted
1⁄4 cup honey
2 Tbsp almond butter
1⁄2 tsp vanilla extract
1⁄2 tsp cinnamon
1⁄2 tsp salt
1⁄2 cup dried apple rings, diced
1/3 cup butterscotch chips or salted caramel chips, melted (optional)

Directions:
1. Line an 8-inch baking pan with parchment paper, leaving overhang.
2. In a medium bowl, mix to combine almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts and oats. Set aside.

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3. In a small saucepan, combine honey, almond butter, vanilla, cinnamon and salt. While continuously whisking over low heat, warm mixture until it starts to gently bubble. Remove from heat and pour mixture into nut mixture.

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4. Using a spatula fold in diced dried apples and mix until everything is thoroughly combined. Transfer into lined pan and tightly pack the mixture with the back of the spatula. Make sure there are no gaps.
5. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to firm up.

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6. Using parchment overhang, lift granola bar mixture from baking pan onto a cutting board. Cut the chilled granola bar mixture into 8 to 10 bars or squares. If desired, dip one side of the chilled bars into the melted butterscotch chips or salted caramel chips and place on parchment until set. Serve.

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Enjoy more bountiful fall apple desserts with this mouthwatering list of perennial favourites.

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5 Eggless Paleo Breakfasts Plus an Epic Grain-Free Granola

A lot of people are ditching grains these days in favour of a paleo or keto-style diet, making a replacement for traditional carb-heavy breakfasts, like toast, bagels, pancakes, breakfast sandwiches and oatmeal, a real challenge. For this reason, grain-free breakfasts almost always consist of eggs: scrambled, poached, over-easy – you name it. But eating eggs every day can become tedious.

Luckily, there are plenty of healthy and exciting egg-free options to get to know. Think outside of the egg carton with 5 healthy paleo breakfast ideas to spruce up your morning, without a yolk in sight.

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Coconut Strawberry Chia Bowl
Blending coconut cream, chia seeds and strawberries is basically like eating (a super-healthy!) dessert for breakfast. When combined with a liquid, or in this case, blended strawberries, the chia seeds thicken to resemble an indulgent pudding. This is a great paleo-friendly breakfast that will give your body the energy boost it needs in the morning.
Get the recipe for Set Strawberries with Coconut Cream.

Cucumber Salad with Fresh Coconut

Salad for Breakfast
Salad for breakfast has been embraced globally, so why not try it for yourself, right at home? Eating vegetables in the morning provides a boost of fibre, antioxidants and phytonutrients – all components your body is craving to get up and go. Give salad for breakfast a chance, and add a blast of freshness to your morning meal.
Get the recipe for Cucumber Salad with Fresh Coconut.

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Smoothies & Smoothie Bowls
Smoothies and smoothie bowls are quick to make, easy to take and very nutritious. Blend together kale, spinach, banana, berries, nuts and protein powder, and you have a deeply nourishing morning meal. To assemble your own Instagram-worthy smoothie bowl, pour your blended creation in a cereal bowl and decorate with superfood ingredients like hemp seeds, bee pollen, blueberries and chia seeds (or the Paleo Granola recipe below). Before diving in, don’t forget to take a picture! Enjoy an entire gallery of gorgeous and delicious smoothie bowls to inspire your creation.

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Dairy-Free Yogurt with Berries & Nuts
One of our favourite go-to paleo breakfasts happens to be the quickest and simplest: a bowl of dairy-free yogurt topped with blueberries, strawberries, almonds and walnuts. Of course, that’s the skeleton of the recipe – feel free to spruce it up with a drizzle of honey and sprinkling of cinnamon, raw cacao powder, pomegranate seeds and hemp seeds. For the yogurt base, if you’re eating paleo, dairy is out, though there are many tasty dairy-free yogurt options made from plant milks (usually coconut or almond milk) that can be found at your grocery store, many of which still provide belly-friendly probiotics.

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Paleo Granola
Most granola is made with oats (a grain), but this paleo granola recipe replaces them with toasted coconut chips, nuts, seeds, cacao nibs and raisins for a grain-free, naturally sweetened, protein-packed breakfast.  

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients:
1/2 cup hazelnuts, roughly chopped
1/2 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
1/2 cup unsalted sunflower seeds
3 Tbsp coconut oil, very soft or melted
1 to 2 Tbsp maple syrup, less or more for desired sweetness level
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup unsweetened toasted coconut chips or pieces (not shredded)
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup cacao nibs

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

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2. Scatter hazelnuts, walnuts and sunflower seeds on prepared baking sheet. Toss nut and seed mixture with coconut oil, maple syrup and cinnamon. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes, or until lightly browned (watch closely to be careful not to burn the mixture).
3. Remove nut and seed mixture from oven. Mix in coconut chips, raisins and cacao nibs. Cool before serving, if desired.
4. Serve granola in a bowl with dairy-free milk of choice and fresh fruit.
5. For storing, cool granola completely and keep in airtight jar at room temperature for up to one month.

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Looking for paleo lunch and dinner recipes? Explore these grain-free zucchini noodle recipes, and kick carb cravings to the curb.

Guilt-Free, No-Bake Breakfast Cheesecake Tart

Turn yogurt and granola into a delicious no-bake breakfast cheesecake. High in protein, calcium, fibre and healthy fats, it’s a fresh and tasty take on breakfast. Light, crispy oatmeal crust topped with a sweet cheesecake filling, this dessert-worthy breakfast is perfect for those humid summer days when hot oatmeal is out of the question. Top with fresh fruit, chopped nuts and a drizzle of honey and your off to the races.

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15-20 minutes
Freeze Time: 8 hours
Serves: 6

Ingredients:

Granola Crust:
1 cup large-flake oats
1/2 cup whole wheat flour or light spelt flour
3 Tbsp raw turbinado sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
1/4 tsp salt

Filling:
1/3 cup orange juice
1 Tbsp powdered gelatin
2 cups unsweetened plain yogurt (Balkan-style or Greek-style)
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup well-shaken coconut milk
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp orange zest, more for toppings

Toppings:
Fresh fruit of choice (orange slices, pitted cherries, berries, etc.)
Chopped nuts of choice
Honey

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Directions:

Crust:
1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line an 8×8-inch baking pan with parchment paper.
2. In a medium bowl, combine oats, flour, coconut oil, cinnamon and salt. Mix in coconut oil until combined. Press crust mixture into prepared pan and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until fragrant and dry on top. Cool completely in pan.

Filling:
1. Add orange juice to a small skillet and sprinkle over gelatin. Heat over medium until gelatin has dissolved and a few bubbles begin to break on the surface, about 1 minute. Reserve.
2. In a large bowl, whisk to combine yogurt, maple syrup, coconut milk, lemon juice, vanilla and orange zest. Slowly whisk in gelatin orange juice mixture.
3. Pour into cooled crust and refrigerate for at least 6 to 8 hours, preferably overnight, until set.
4. Cut into large squares or triangles and top with fruit, nuts and honey.

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Looking for more nutritious and delicious breakfast ideas? Watch this video for 3 creative oatmeal variations or try this recipe for vegan strawberry cheesecake bites.

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The Lumberjack Breakfast Sandwich Delivers All Your Faves In One Bite

Behold, the Lumberjack Breakfast Sandwich! All the parts of a hearty start to the day — eggs, toast, sausage, bacon, pancakes and hash browns — in one nifty, stackable, portable package. (Don’t forget the napkins.)

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Layers of breakfast meats, a hash brown patty and fried egg are interspersed with a key structural piece: the pancake. Akin to a traditional clubhouse, this middle starchy tier serves as both a condiment layer (douse it in syrup for a salty-sweet combination, slather simply with butter or spike with hot sauce for kick), while also soaking up those runny egg yolk, sausage and bacon juices.

After breakfast, you’ll be ready to tackle the woods…or a nap on the couch. Which would, again, be completely understandable.

Lumberjack Breakfast Sandwich

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients:
16 slices cooked bacon
4 cooked hash browns, prepared according to package directions
4 cooked pancakes
16 uncooked breakfast sausages
4 large eggs
8 pieces of toast
2 Tbsp butter, more as needed
maple syrup, for serving
hot sauce, for serving
ketchup, for serving

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 200ºF.
2. On a large baking sheet or large ovenproof dish, add bacon, hash browns and pancakes. Keep warm in oven while preparing the rest of the ingredients.
3. Remove the sausages from casings; discard casings. Take 4 uncased sausages and squash them into 1 thin patty, just slightly larger than the piece of bread you will be using for toast. Repeat with remaining uncased sausages for a total of 4 patties. In a large skillet, fry patties over medium heat, flipping once, until browned and completely cooked through, approximately 5-7 minutes. Transfer cooked patties to oven with other ingredients to keep warm.
4. Using the same pan with residual sausage patty fat, or a clean one with a bit of melted butter swirled around the bottom to reduce sticking, fry the eggs sunny side up until the whites have completely set and the yolks are cooked at the edge but still runny. Season eggs with salt and pepper.
5. To assemble, building from the bottom up, start with 1 piece of toast, buttered, if desired. Top toast with 4 slices of bacon, 1 hash brown, 1 pancake that has been dressed to your liking (with maple syrup, butter and/or hot sauce), 1 sausage patty and 1 fried egg. Top your stack with a second piece of toast. Repeat with remaining ingredients to make 4 sandwiches. Serve with maple syrup, hot sauce and ketchup. Enjoy!

Looking for more Canadian dishes? Try our 10 Perfect Peameal Bacon Recipes.

Why Sweet Potato Toast is All the Rage (+ 2 New Recipes!)

Sweet potato toast is all of the rage right now. Why, you may ask? Well, it’s paleo-friendly, inherently gluten-free, Instagram-worthy and just darn right delicious. Some people don’t feel great after eating bread first thing in the morning, and sometimes complain of crashing, bloating or feeling foggy. Sweet potato toast is a creative and nourishing alternative that provides your body with immune boosting antioxidants and helps regulates blood sugar. This makes it a perfect breakfast (or snack) for starting your day off on the right foot.

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Ingredients:

Fried Egg & Avocado Sweet Potato Toast:
2 sweet potato slices
1/2 avocado
Pinch of sea salt and pepper
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup sunflower sprouts or pea shoots
2 eggs
1 Tbsp butter

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Almond Butter, Apple & Banana Sweet Potato Toast:
2 sweet potato slices
2 Tbsp crunchy almond butter
1/4 granny smith apple, thinly sliced
1/3 banana, sliced
1 tsp honey
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp hemp seeds

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Directions:

Fried Egg & Avocado Sweet Potato Toast:
1. Cut a sweet potato lengthwise into slices that are 1/4-inch thick.
2. Place 2 of these sweet potato slices in the toaster and toast for 10 minutes, flipping them after 5 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, cook 2 over-easy eggs. Heat 1 Tbsp of butter over medium-high and swirl around to coat the pan. Crack each egg into a small dish, like a ramekin, and pour into the pan. Flip the eggs after about 15-20 seconds and then cook for another 15-20 seconds. Remove the eggs and place on a separate plate.
4. Once the sweet potato slices are toasted, fan the avocado slices over them and place the over easy eggs on top.
5. Sprinkle sea salt and pepper over. Finish with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and pea shoot sprouts.

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Almond Butter, Apple & Banana Sweet Potato Toast:
1. Cut a sweet potato lengthwise into slices that are 1/4-inch thick.
2. Place 2 of these sweet potato slices in the toaster and toast for 10 minutes, flipping them after 5 minutes.
3. Smear crunchy almond butter over the toast.
4. Fan a granny smith apple over one slice and bananas over the other.
5. Drizzle honey on top and sprinkle with cinnamon and hemp seeds.

Watch this handy guide to all things sweet potatoes, including how to select, store and cook them.

Photos by Sarah Grossman.

Chef’s Secret to Making the Fluffiest Pancakes Ever

A weekend breakfast staple, pancakes — hotcakes, flapjacks or whatever you like to call them — just might be the ultimate morning comfort food. As simple as they can be, it’s always refreshing to get some ideas from an expert on how to make them even better.

Yellow Door Bistro is a chef-driven European restaurant located inside Calgary’s Hotel Arts. There they cook up delicious fare from morning to night, but the restaurant is most renowned for its imaginative brunch creations. The most famous are the gourmet pancakes that start with the same base recipe, but change each month to incorporate new flavours and garnishes.

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The secret to their perfectly light and fluffy pancakes, you ask? Executive chef, Quinn Staple takes a very unique approach to the batter preparation that’s similar to how one would prepare a soufflé. Eggs are an integral part of a classic pancake recipe, but Staple’s version separates the yolks and the whites. The simple act of whipping the whites on their own before being folded into the batter, makes for lighter, fluffier pancakes. Genius!

To get that soufflé-like height for your pancakes at home, Staple recommends using metal ring molds and brushing the inside with butter or oil. This will help the pancakes rise high. This step may take a few extra minutes, but trust the chef; it’s well worth it in the long run. Try it out for yourselves this weekend!

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Soufflé Coconut Pancakes with Pineapple and Caramel Sauce

Ingredients:

Pancake Batter:
1/2 cup egg yolks
1/4 cup melted butter
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
1 cup egg whites

Caramel Sauce:
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 lb. butter, cubed
1/4 cup 35 % cream

Directions:

Pancake Batter:
1. Mix egg yolk, butter and coconut milk together. In a separate bowl mix sugar, flour, baking powder and salt together. Mix wet ingredients into dry.

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2. Use a whisk to whip egg whites until they turn white and form soft peaks (you can use a stand mixer for this stage as well).
3. Once the egg whites are incorporated, gently fold into batter.

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Note: Batter will keep in the fridge overnight, but for best results (i.e. for the fluffiest pancakes) use right away.

To Cook:
1. Grease ring molds and large pan with canola oil. Heat pan on medium-high heat.

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2. Place molds into pan, add two healthy spoonfuls of batter into each and allow to cook until batter has risen noticeably and bubbles have formed around its edges, approximately 3-4 minutes.

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3. Carefully remove the mold using tongs and gently flip pancakes over, reduce to medium heat and allow to cook for another 4 minutes.
Note: If not using ring molds, just portion batter into pan and once bubbles appear on the edges of the pancakes flip them and cook for another 2-3 minutes.

Caramel Sauce:
1. Melt brown sugar and cream together and simmer for 5 minutes.
2. Remove from the heat and carefully and slowly whisk in the diced butter until emulsified.
3. Allow to cool before serving.

To Serve:
Once the pancakes are cooked stack as many pancakes are desired on a plate, top with caramel sauce, chopped pineapple, whipped cream and toasted coconut. Enjoy!

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Optional Garnishes:

Coconut Chantilly:
2 cups 35% cream
1/4 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup icing sugar

1. Whisk all ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer until soft peaks are formed.

Semi Dried Vanilla Pineapple:
1/4 pineapple cut into small wedges
1/2 scraped vanilla bean

1. Toss pineapple wedges with vanilla seeds and spread evenly on a parchment lined tray. Dry overnight in an oven with no heat. Next day reserve in an airtight container.

Watch this video to learn all about the delicious history of pancakes

Simple One-Pot Campfire Power Breakfast

The amount of energy we burn while camping with kids requires breakfasts of epic proportions. It’s essential to start the day with plenty of protein, nutritious veggies and big flavours, all accompanied by tons of coffee, of course.

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Made in a Dutch oven, this one-pot power breakfast is super easy to cook, with no chopping required. It does take some time to cook, however, so make sure you have a pot of coffee brewing and a good book on hand while you wait by the fire. Whether you’re fueling up for a hike, wrangling children or just tossing a Frisbee on the beach, this hearty breakfast will keep you full well into the morning.

Note that cooking times will vary as not all campfires are created equal. Just try for an even medium heat and it will turn out just fine.

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Ingredients:
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
4 organic pork sausages, raised without antibiotics (about 1 lb)
1 green pepper, seeded and quartered
4 green onions, trimmed to fit pot
10 large eggs
Fresh mild herbs, such as parsley or basil
1/4 tsp fine sea salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
5 oz baby spinach
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
A handful of fresh cherry tomatoes
Tabasco, for serving

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Directions:
1. Heat a cast-iron Dutch oven over the camp stove or campfire, then add olive oil and 1 tsp of butter. Add the sausages, green peppers and green onions to the pot. Cook everything together, turning occasionally, until it gets plenty of colouring (a little char means a more flavourful dish).
2. Remove the onion after a few minutes and reserve. Continue cooking the sausage and peppers for a total of about 15 minutes. Remove everything from the pot and keep warm in tin foil.
3. Crack the eggs into a bowl and beat gently with a fork just to break the yolks. Tear up the herbs and add to the eggs; season with salt and pepper. Melt 2 tsp of butter in the pot and add the spinach. Stir until the greens are cooked down, then transfer to paper towel and blot dry.
4. Add the remainder of the butter to the pot and swirl to coat the bottom. Pour in half the eggs; then arrange spinach over the egg. Sprinkle 3/4 of the cheese over the spinach. Pour over the remainder of the egg.

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5. Return the sausage, green pepper and green onions to the pot, arranging them in a single layer. Sprinkle the cherry tomatoes and the remaining cheese over the top. Add a few herbs if you have any leftover.

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6. Cover the pot and place over low heat (low coals, rather than full flame). Carefully, with a pair of sturdy tongs, pile a few embers on the lid. Cook, covered, for about 30 minutes or until the egg is nearly cooked through. Time will vary with campfire heat, so just keep checking under the lid to see how the eggs are cooking.
7. Remove from heat and let sit, covered, for about 10 minutes. The eggs will continue cooking during this resting period.
8. Serve hot with hot sauce on the side.

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Looking for more long weekend breakfast ideas? Watch this Lumberjack Breakfast recipe video and check out our 24 Easy Breakfast Casserole Recipes.

Chuck and Danny’s Perfect PEI Breakfast

It’s the end of the road for Chuck and Danny as their epic culinary trip draws to a close. Driving the RV across the Confederation Bridge (the longest one in the country), the chefs are on the search for seafood — and Prince Edward Island is home to some of the best that Canada has to offer. Chef Ross Munro of Red Door Oyster Co. points the chefs north to harvest some of the ocean’s bounty onboard Lester the Lobster boat. “We’re here to show them PEI’s best,” says Munro, who gives the chefs a surprise gift: a huge bag of local mussels for a true Maritime breakfast.

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Ross Monro (right) takes Danny and Chuck out lobster fishing.

Mussels are big business in PEI, producing 50 million pounds (22,730 tons, if you’re counting) per year, according to The Mussel Industry Council of PEI. Canadian mussels should be shiny and blue-black when you buy them from the store. “You know they’re fresh when they smell like the ocean,” says Chuck.

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Acadian bread from  ‘the weirdest baker on PEI’.

Since Chuck and Danny have got straight from the source, they want to show off their mussel power with a nontraditional eggs Benedict, Maritime-style. Even though they’re camping beach-side, Chuck and Danny are still chefs at heart — no store-bought English muffins, here. Friend and fellow chef Robert Pendergast (the self proclaimed “weirdest baker on PEI”) is camping at the same park with his family, and he stops by with some of his famous fresh-baked heritage bread, made Acadian-style with chunks of pork and potato.

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Danny and Chuck have a PEI breakfast with Robert Pendergast (center).

“Bread, mussels — it’s a PEI breakfast, no?” says Chuck. Danny offers to whip up a fast hollandaise in the trailer, while Chuck gets started on the mussels. The rule of thumb when cooking mussels is that they should be closed (or at least, close when you tap them.) Scrub them clean with a brush (no soap, obviously, says Chuck) and steam them in an inch and a half of seawater in a large pot with the lid closed for a few minutes.

See how Chuck and Danny make their Mussels Benedict:

For a classic hollandaise, Danny separates the eggs, using just the yolks for the emulsion. Since there’s no room in the camper for a full standup blender, Danny is using an immersion hand blender, which home cooks can emulate. Slowly adding the melted butter until the mixture is emulsified and thickened, Danny adds his own twist: white balsamic vinegar instead of the traditional lemon juice to complement the mussels with its sweetness. “This white balsamic is great and won’t change the colour of my hollandaise,” says Danny. A bit of salt and the hollandaise is ready to go.

Time to dig in — the chefs start popping the mussels out of the shells (and a few into their mouths while they’re working) and set them onto the bread. Their creation is finished with a healthy dollop of hollandaise, and a sprinkle of cayenne “for that extra little bit of spice to wake you up in the morning,” says Danny.

“Anybody who puts potato and bacon into their bread is okay with me,” says Chuck, taking a bite with a loud crunch.

“This is one of the best things I’ve eaten in a while,” says Pendergast.

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The sun sets on this road trip;  PEI is Chuck and Danny’s final destination.

Bring mussels to your table with 25 Marvelous Mussel Recipes or for more inspired Benedict ideas, check out 10 Brunch-Worthy Eggs Benedict Recipes for everything from devilled eggs to pizza. Get Chuck and Danny’s recipe for their PEI breakfast of champions here and be sure to check out their most bromantic moments from the road.

Missed the episode? Catch it online at Chuck & Danny’s Road Trip.

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The Ultimate Cinnamon-Strawberry Matzo Brei for Passover

If you’re a pancake or French toast fanatic, it can be tough to find an equally delicious breakfast during Passover. Sweet matzo brei is the perfect solution. Similar to French toast, matzo is soaked in an egg mixture and fried in butter until golden and crispy. It’s super satisfying, delicious and comes together in a snap!

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 2

Ingredients:
3 sheets matzo (you can use egg matzo, gluten-free or any other type)
2 eggs
1/3 cup milk
1 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp butter
1/4 cup strawberry preserves
5 strawberries, sliced matzo brei berry

Directions:
1. Break matzo into mismatched pieces and place in a bowl. Run water over matzo for 20 seconds then drain.
2. Beat together eggs, milk, sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. Place wet matzo in mixture and let soak for 1 minute.
3. Heat butter in a large skillet over medium. Add matzo and pour in any residual egg mixture. Let cook for 1 minute, then stir using a rubber spatula, scraping the sides. The matzo will break apart. Cook, while stirring until egg is cooked through, about 2 minutes.
4. Remove from heat and divide between two plates. Top with strawberry preserves and fresh strawberries.

Looking for more delicious recipes? Try these 10 Delicious Things to Make with Matzo.

The Brunch Capital of Canada Is…

You Gotta Eat Here! host John Catucci eats out — a lot. No really, A LOT. So when he told us that Victoria, B.C. is the official brunch capital of Canada, we listened (and drooled).

“People there are obsessed with brunch,” says John, noting that brunch spots in the garden city always have lineups, and that whenever the YGEH! crew visits a Victoria restaurant at brunchtime, it’s packed like a sweet-cheese blintz (which you can find at Victoria’s The Village).

Why are Victorians so hungry, particularly on weekend mornings? Maybe it’s all that fresh ocean air. But more likely, it’s the sheer variety of delicious eats that’s inspiring them to throw off the covers and queue for breakfast.

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After all, if you could stuff your face with a tower of red velvet pancakes, or a heaping of brioche French toast topped with caramelized fruit, wouldn’t you? If you prefer savoury, how about a double stack of pancakes layered with pulled pork and topped with a maple BBQ glaze, jalapeño sour cream and pickled cabbage? All of these dishes and more are offered at Old Town’s Jam Café, which serves breakfast all day long.

Mo:Le

Speaking of all-day breakfasts, Mo:Le serves them too, offering an array of Tex-Mex and vegetarian fare, like poached eggs with tinga, eggs benny, red pepper polenta with eggs and fruit salsa, and huevos rancheros.

Shine Cafe

What if you knew that a Scottish breakfast of potato scones, black pudding, fried tomatoes and crispy rashers of bacon was just a quick stroll away? If you’re near one of Shine Café’s two locations, it is.

The Village Restaurant

And if we told you that red shakshuka, Montreal smoked meat-festooned bennys and a heaping platter of meat, fruit and roasted potatoes could all be yours with a quick trip to any of The Village Restaurant’s three Victoria locations, you’d go, right?

John Catucci is a funny guy, but Victoria’s brunch selection is serious business. And by the way, the meals pictured here are just the top of the flapjack stack. Be sure to check out our You Gotta Eat Here! Restaurant Locator for more details on Victoria’s best brunches.

Red Velvet Crêpes with Strawberry Cream Filling

Gorgeous, decadent and absolutely delicious, these red velvet crêpes, filled with sweet strawberry syrup and fresh whipped cream, are sure to please whether you’re serving them for breakfast or dessert.

Make the batter and sweet strawberry filling ahead of time so you’ll be able to impress loved ones or guests in a flash.

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 4-6

 

Ingredients:

Crêpe Batter
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups milk
2 eggs
2 Tbsp melted butter
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp cocoa
1 tsp apple cider
Red food colouring
Butter (for pan)

Filling
15 strawberries (chopped)
3/4 cup water
2 Tbsp sugar (adjust to taste)
500 ml heavy cream
Sugar
Vanilla

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Directions:

Crêpes:
1. Combine ingredients for crêpe batter in a blender, mixing for 1 minute until mixture is smooth and slightly frothy.
2. Add red food colouring until you reach your desired colour of red.
3. Allow crêpe batter to rest in fridge for at least 1 hour or overnight.
4. In a pan on medium heat, add butter and then about ¼ cup of crêpe batter into the pan, frying until it begins to brown on the bottom (about 1-2 minutes).
5. Flip and cook crêpe for about another minute.

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Filling:
1. In a pan on medium heat, add strawberries and water.
2. Cook for about 10-15 minutes before adding sugar. It will begin to reduce in this time. Then add sugar to taste, allowing to continue cooking until syrup reaches desired thickness (thick enough to coat a spoon). Keep in mind it will get a little bit thicker as it cools down.
3. In a bowl, combine heavy cream with sugar and vanilla to taste.
4. Beat cream until you reach desired thickness.
5. Plate and add filling just off the centre of the crêpe with a little whipped cream, rolling up the crêpe around it. Top with more whipped cream and syrup.

Make-Ahead Christmas Morning Strata

Strata, a savoury bread pudding, is the perfect way to pack everything you could ever want for breakfast into one tasty dish. This all-in-one breakfast bake will make Christmas morning a breeze; you can prep the entire dish the night before and bake while everyone is opening up their presents. It’s an easy way to spend less time in the kitchen and more time with family!

Prep Time: 25 min
Cook Time: 1 hour
Serves: 6-8

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Ingredients:
6 bacon slices, diced
4 breakfast sausages, casings removed and meat crumbled
1 onion, finely chopped
1 pint cherry tomatoes
4 cups spinach
8 eggs
3 cups milk
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
1 cup shredded old cheddar cheese
1/2 Italian bread loaf, sliced into 2” cubes, about 4 cups (200 g)
Butter, for pan

Directions:
1. Grease a large baking dish (9 x 13”) with butter.
2. Heat a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Add chopped bacon and crumbled sausage pieces. Cook until bacon is crisp, and sausage is cooked through and is starting to turn golden brown, about 5-7 minutes.
3. Once cooked, remove from pan with a slotted spoon and set aside on a paper towel lined plate. Drain all but 1 Tbsp of fat from pan.
4. In the same pan, cook onion until soft and golden brown, about 6 minutes.
5. Add tomatoes and spinach and cook until tomatoes start to soften and spinach wilts, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
6. In a large bowl, beat eggs with milk, Dijon, salt and pepper. Mix in cheese, bread, bacon, sausages and spinach mixture. Pour into prepared pan and cover with plastic wrap.
7. Place in the fridge for two hours, overnight or bake right away.
8. When ready to bake your strata, preheat oven to 350°F. While your oven is preheating, remove strata from the fridge. Bake for 1 hour.

Pop Tart Slab Pie

How to Make a Giant Raspberry Slab Pie

This sweet and sprinkle-topped pie reminds us of everyone’s favorite breakfast pastry. Essentially a dressed-up slab pie, this giant “Pop-Tart” is filled with a sweet raspberry filling and topped with classic pink icing. Not only does it serve a crowd, it also  brings back memories of the flaky crust and confetti sprinkles of the store-bought toaster variety. Instead of the hand-held version, go for this super-sized DIY dessert you can share with all your friends.

Pop Tart Slab Pie

Prep time: 30 minutes
Bake time: 45 to 55 minutes
Total time: 80 to 90 minutes, plus cooling

Ingredients:
Pie dough for 3 single crusts, homemade or store-bought
8 cups of fresh or frozen raspberries
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1/3 cup cornstarch
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp cinnamon
2 Tbsp cream
Sugar for sprinkling

2 cups confectioner’s sugar, sifted
2 to 4 Tbsp milk
Food colouring
Sprinkles

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Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
2. Lightly dust a clean surface with flour. Roll out 1/2 of the pie dough to about 1/4-inch thick and in the shape of a large rectangle. The dough should be about 2 inches larger than your pan on each side. We used a 9 by 13-inch jelly roll pan.
3. Gently roll the dough back over the rolling pin, lift and place inside the pan. Fit the dough into the rectangular pan, leaving a bit of overhang around the edges. Place in the refrigerator to chill.

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4. Meanwhile, gently fold the raspberries with the sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl. Remove the pan from the fridge, and fill the bottom pie crust with the raspberries. Leave any juices behind. Return to the refrigerator to chill.
5. Again, lightly dust a clean surface with flour. Roll out the remaining pie dough to about 1/4-inch thick and in the shape of a large rectangle. The dough should be about 1 inch larger than you pan on each side.
6. Gently roll the dough back over the rolling pin, lift and place on top of the raspberries.

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7. Tuck any excess dough from the edges under on all sides and press to seal. Using a fork, crimp the two pieces of dough together all around the edges to seal the crust in place. Trim the edges as needed.
8. Use a paring knife to cut small vents in the top of the crust. Mix cream with a dash of water and brush over the crust with a pastry brush. Lightly sprinkle with sugar.
9. Place the pie on a baking sheet and into the oven. Bake for about 45 to 55 minutes, or until the top crust is golden and juices slightly bubble out of the vents. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.

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10. When the pie has completely cooled, make the icing. Gently stir enough milk into the sugar until a thick yet spread consistency. Add food coloring until desired color is achieved. Spread the icing on top of the cooled pie with an offset spatula or the back of a spoon. Immediately top with sprinkles before the icing sets.
11. Enjoy!

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Eggs Benedict Casserole

Crowd-Pleasing Overnight Eggs Benedict Casserole

Thanksgiving weekend can be one of the most hectic times, especially with a house full of visitors. Make your life easier with a simple, make-ahead breakfast casserole. Enjoy everyone’s favourite brunch dish with no need to poach, toast or fry. Just wake up and bake.

The rich, buttery hollandaise sauce whips up in a snap and is drizzled over a dish filled with soft baked eggs, toasty English muffins and smoky Canadian bacon. It’s a dish that delivers bold flavour and gives you that extra time with your family and friends.

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour plus overnight
Serves: 8

Ingredients:

Casserole:
6 English muffins, cut into 1-inch cubes
8 slices of Canadian bacon, sliced into 1-inch strips
10 large eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper

Hollandaise Sauce:
3 egg yolks
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp Dijon mustard
2/3 cup melted butter
1/4 chopped parsley
2 Tbsp chopped chives

Directions:
1. Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Place English muffin cubes and bacon slices into the baking dish. Whisk eggs with milk and onion powder, salt and pepper. Pour egg mixture into baking dish covering the bacon and bread cubes.
2. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight.
3. Preheat oven to 375°F. Remove plastic wrap from dish and cover with aluminum foil. Bake casserole for 30 minutes.
4. Remove foil and bake until eggs are set and and top is beginning to turn golden, about 15 minutes.
5. While casserole is baking, make the hollandaise sauce. Place egg yolks, lemon juice and mustard in a heat-proof glass bowl and whisk to combine.
6. Place bowl over a pot of simmering water to form a double boiler. Slowly pour in a few tablespoons of melted butter while whisking vigorously. Continue to whisk while gradually adding melted butter. If mixture looks like it is about to split, whisk in a few drops of ice water and then proceed adding butter.
7. Drizzle hollandaise sauce over casserole and garnish with chopped parsley and chives. Serve immediately.

Giant Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll

How to Make a Giant Skillet Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll

Everything is popping up pumpkin these days, and this recipe is no exception. Let’s be honest; there’s nothing that helps us get over the heartbreak of losing those long summer days like warm, cozy pastries and spiced treats. Summer has been fun, but we’d gladly trade in shorts for long pants if it means getting to enjoy a slice of this Giant Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll — especially if it’s dripping with a sweet cream cheese glaze.

Soft cinnamon roll dough kneaded and spiraled in a large skillet or pie pan, this giant treat is just like the traditional version, but with the addition of seasonal pumpkin and much bigger. Instead of individual buns, serve up this dramatic and playful version like a cake and cut into wedges. Try a slice while it’s still a bit warm, and enjoy as the cream cheese glaze melts between the layers. Yum!

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Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 25 to 30 minutes
Total: 2 1/2 to 3 hours
Serves: 8 to 10

Ingredients:

Dough:
1/3 cup warm milk (110ºF)
2 1/4 tsp yeast
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg, slightly whisked
2/3 cup pumpkin purée
3 Tbsp melted unsalted butter, cooled

Filling:
3 Tbsp unsalted butter, very soft
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon

Cream Cheese Glaze:
4 Tbsp cream cheese, softened
1 to 1 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 to 4 tsp cream or milk

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Directions:
1. Warm the milk to 110ºF. Stir in the yeast and set aside for 5 to 10 minutes. The yeast should foam up a bit and bubbles should float to the surface.
2. Meanwhile, sift together the flour, sugar and salt in large mixing bowl or the bowl of an electric mixer.
3. Once the yeast has bubbled up, stir it into the dry ingredients. Add in the egg, pumpkin purée, and butter. Mix with a wooden spoon or the paddle attachment until combined.
4. Using a dough hook and electric mixer or by hand, knead the dough until it is soft and smooth. If sticky, add in 1 tsp of flour at a time until it reaches the right consistency.
5. Oil a large bowl and place the kneaded dough inside. Cover with a clean kitchen towel or piece of plastic wrap and place in warm corner of the kitchen for 1 to 2 hours, or until the dough rises and doubles in size.
6. Once the dough has doubled in size, punch down and knead a few times. Butter a 9-inch skillet or pie pan and set aside.

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7. Slightly flour your work surface and roll out the dough to about a 14 by 16-inch rectangle. Use an offset spatula or the back of spoon to spread on the softened butter over the entire top of the dough. Sprinkle the butter with the brown sugar and cinnamon. Pat down the sugar mixture to make sure it is pressed into the butter.
8. Using a paring knife, pastry cutter, or pizza wheel, cut the dough into 2-inch wide strips. Roll-up and coil the first strip around itself and place in the centre of the prepared skillet/pan. Using the other cut strips, wrap around the centre roll. Continue with the remaining strips, until done. Loosely cover with a piece of plastic wrap and allow to rise for 30 minutes. As the dough puffs and bakes, the strips may move around slightly.
9. Meanwhile, pre-heat the oven to 350ºF. Once the dough has raised again, place in the oven and bake until golden, 25 to 30 minutes. Allow to cool slightly on a wire rack.
10. For the glaze, stir the cream cheese with a rubber spatula or spoon until smooth and soft. Add in confectioner’s sugar, vanilla and cream. Mix until combined and desired consistency is achieved. Spread over the pumpkin roll while it is still slightly warm. Cut into slices and serve warm.

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Looking for more delicious fall treats? Try one of these 33 Perfect Pumpkin Spice Recipes

Melt-In-Your-Mouth Maple Cinnamon Rolls

There’s nothing better than waking up to the smell of fresh, warm cinnamon rolls on the weekend. Setting these homemade rolls apart from the rest is the addition of sweet maple flavour, making them an instant hit. Maple extract is added to the dough, along with pure maple syrup to the buttery glaze for a tasty Canadian twist. These buns get topped with the sticky maple glaze while still warm, infusing them with maple goodness from top to bottom.

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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Baking Time: 20 minutes
Rising Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes plus rising time
Makes: 12 rolls

Ingredients:

Dough:
3/4 cup warm milk
2 tsp active dry yeast
1 tsp + 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp maple extract
3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 egg

Filling:
3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt

Glaze:
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup 35% cream
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 cup brown sugar

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Directions:

Dough:
1. In the bowl of a stand mixer combine warm milk, yeast and 1 tsp brown sugar. Let stand for 10 minutes until the mixture is frothy.
2. In a separate bowl combine flour, remaining sugar, salt and cinnamon. To the yeast mixture add the egg, butter and maple extract. Mix well to combine.
3. Add flour mixture to yeast mixture. Mix well until dough is smooth and pulls cleanly away from the bottom and sides of the bowl, about 5 minutes.
4. Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Leave dough to rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

Filling:
1. While the dough is rising, make the filling. In a small bowl combine sugar, cinnamon, salt and melted butter.
2. After 1 hour, punch down dough. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface into an 18 x 12-inch rectangle. Spread filling mixture evenly over dough.
3. With the long edge facing you, tightly roll up dough in jelly roll fashion. Cut roll crosswise into 12 equal sized pieces.
4. Place rolls in a lightly oiled 12-inch cast iron pan. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise until doubled in size, 30 to 40 minutes.
5. Preheat oven to 375°F. Remove damp cloth and bake until golden brown and baked through, about 30-45 minutes.
6. In a small pot over medium heat combine all glaze ingredients. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes, until glaze is sticky and thickened. Pour over warm rolls.