Monday, April 25, 2016

Breakfast Goodies #3

I know this is a long time in coming.  So sorry it has taken me this long to post.

Here is the third and final installment of the Breakfast casserole recipes from my mother's birthday brunch.

This is the sweet one.  Perfect for my mother who has developed a bit of sweet tooth as she has gotten older (haven't we all).

Sorry for the crap photo. 

Raspberry and Mascarpone French Toast Bake


12 slices of Italian or French bread cut into pieces (Leave out over night to dry out)
2 (8 oz) containers of mascarpone
1-cup fresh raspberries
12 eggs
2-cups half and half
½ cup maple syrup

Raspberry Sauce:
1-cup raspberries
1-cup water
1-cup sugar
2 TBL cornstarch
3 TBL butter

Spray the bottom and sides of a 9x12 baking dish (can also use large oval Corning Ware casserole dish).

Add half of the bread to the baking dish.  Scatter chunks of mascarpone over the bread.  Scatter 1 cup of raspberries over the mascarpone.  Top with the remaining bread cubes.

In a large bowl whisk together the eggs, half and half and syrup.  Pour over bread mixture.  Cover securely with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

For the sauce:  In a small saucepan, whisk together the water sugar and cornstarch.  Bring to a boil over medium heat until sugar dissolves and mixture thickens.  Gently fold in 1 cup of raspberries and butter.  Stir gently until butter melts.  Can be made the morning of or the day before.  If you make it the day before, just store in the refrigerator and reheat in the morning.

Remove casserole from the refrigerator 30 minutes prior to baking.  Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Remove cover and bake for 30-40 minutes until puffed up and brown. 

Serve with sauce or warm maple syrup.  Both work well with this dish.

And I'm adding this photo of mom and her sister...just because.


Saturday, April 9, 2016

Card of the Week

April is by far the heaviest Birthday month for my family.  We have eight birthdays in quick succession.  Already sent out two cards and made two more today.

Here is the inspiration I used:

And here is my sister's card:

And here is Breslyn's:

I am often surprised by how a card changes from when I start it to when I finish it.   Frequently it's quite different.  Just an evolution I guess.

Happy Saturday Everyone.