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Maple Bacon Biscuits and BRUNCH

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That six letter word, ladies and gents. Brunch. I think I speak for allthesingleladies when I say that brunch is THE best six letter word out there. Whether you’re a boozy brunch person, a quiet tea and crumpets kinda brunch person, or a Carrie-Bradshaw-swanky-NYC-bruncher, it’s always the best.

This past Saturday, the reason for celebrating was nothing, really. Just another attempt at making my life a Nora Ephron movie, these maple bacon biscuits and my soul sistah Claire made it a wonderful morning. Claire and I used to have this blog which you should totally check out called lachansondusoleil where we shared thoughts and art while attending different universities (<- ok am I British?)  We spent the night before poring over cookbooks when of course the obvious answer was in the SmittenKitchen book.

Here’s something to remember. If you are supposed to use bacon fat as part of the shortening to make the biscuits, don’t use turkey bacon. You don’t really get pan drippings :/. But that’s ok! Because it just means you get to use more butter 🙂

When you make these, take up Deb’s suggestion to freeze the biscuits you won’t eat BEFORE baking them. Biscuits are absolutely the best the day they are made, so I would follow her suggestion and freeze the pre-baked cut out biscuits you don’t want in a freezer bag. Key part to this recipe: soaking the cooked bacon in the maple syrup for a few minutes. Um, yum!

Flippppiinnnn bacon

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Cutting the butter into flour, baking powder, salt. Big debate over whether to use a pastry cutter or our hands. Our hands won the debate.

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Claire, professional bacon chopper

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Oh yeaaaa. This took a little bit of work, I must say. Claire was really smart to add some more of the buttermilk and ice water to get our dough to come together. While we used the rolling pin to even out the dough, I think Deb is really on point by telling you to flatten out the dough with your hands. It makes it less likely to become tough and keeps the shape relatively compact. We made them a bit thinner than she suggests!

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Nutty Coconut Cardamom Granola

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I didn’t quite believe thefauxmartha when she dubbed this recipe “The Last Granola Recipe” but I think this woman’s on to something. I am not at the stage yet where I’ve totally found my staples and to be honest, it feels a little dramatic to say this is THE ABSOLUTE LAST granola recipe I should ever try. But you know I’m really LEARNING a lot these days.

Cardamom. Usually sneaks itself into chai spice, but here it’s really only with cinnamon. The shining star, it counters the sweetness of the maple syrup and mixes well with the coconut and nuts. I’m a fan of you cardamom! I ate this granola atop yogurt, mixed with another cereal in milk, and actually used them to make these Magical Marvelous cookies from Food52. Thanks for being reliable, granola. You’re there for my mornings, my extra-secret-magical-cookie ingredient, and those mid-day snacks when I want to pick out some dried fruit or the nuts.

What are you loving these days besides your favorite granola recipe? I’m loving NeedtoBreathe, a certain special chapel, new skinny jeans, and wearing my Grandpa’s old scarf everywhere as if he’s with me.

Let’s begin…I made half of the recipe FYI.

Here goes cardamom, oats, salt, and cinnamon. Give it a lil swish with the whisk.

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Olive oil, maple syrup, and vanilla mixin it up together

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Mix up the oats and the sweet coating, reserving a few tablespoons of the oil mixture. Spread everything out on a parchment-paper lined baking sheet.

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I like my granola more like cereal so I try and spread it out as flat as possible, but if you like it clumpy, keep it a bit more tightly packed. Into the oven! 350 for 20 mins

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Meanwhile, I chop up whatever nuts I’ve got on hand! Literally every kind, cashews, peanuts, walnuts, and pecans

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Mix them together with some leftover syrup-oil mix and the dried coconut. I have the thin strips not those thick flakes here.

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After 20 minutes mix in the nuts etc into your granola and bake off for another 5-7 minutos.

2014-01-14 15.43.14When I serve mine I like some dried fruit so I added chopped apricots and raisins after the granola cooled!

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On that Midnight Train to Berry Cornmeal Breakfast Cake

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What do you do with leftover corn? I already had some black bean corn salsa, and really wasn’t in the mood to make tacos or another corn salad, hence, the midnight train to corn cake. I was thinking about how much I love brown sugar in cornbread and thought it would be the most delicious breakfast to have a moist sweet corn muffin with my coffee. Only wish I would have thought of this before 10:45 on Sunday night. I’m still not 100% sure how I feel about this cake, but I think it’s because I didn’t cook it quite long enough.

I know corn might not be everyone’s cup of tea in a sweet cake, but you know, I seriously miss the corn cookie I had at Milk Bar in New York and am SOOOO eager to make Jill Donenfeld’s corn ice cream with blueberries and cinnamon. This sufficed for now!

Thank you NaturallyElla for this Blueberry Maple Corn Cake recipe, slightly adapted with frozen mixed berries instead of blueberries and one ear of corn added. In this case, I actually did have walnut oil. I must say I was very surprised at the delicious mix of flavors (omg I almost wrote infusion of flavors, who am I?) of cornmeal, walnut oil, and maple syrup. The cake already has two eggs that add moisture, but the walnut oil left no room for drying out.

I think I also thought I could get away with late-night baking on a weeknight because I’m now a toaster-oven-baker. It’s so small I feel like I’m using an Easy-bake!… A broken oven is no reason to stop baking.

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(Flour on the berries helps them disperse in the mix)

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