breakfast

Creme Brulee French Toast Recipe

BY TARA BURKE

Brunch food is one of our favorite things to make and each year one of our friend’s holds a Christmas brunch where we each bring our own dish. This year Cailin made a delicious creme brulee french toast that we just have to share with you guys.

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Montclair Bread Company

BY CAILIN BURKE

Lately, Tara and I have been on an artisanal doughnut kick. Like a serious one in which we hunt out the best, most unique doughnuts everywhere! After trying great doughnuts from Dough, Dun-Well Doughnuts, and Nibble Inc. (in Troy, NY) we headed to Montclair, NJ to try the fun doughnuts from Montclair Bread Company.

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It’s all in the Name: Dun-Well Doughnuts

BY TARA BURKE

If you’re looking for some delicious doughnuts don’t look any further than Dun-Well doughnuts just off the Montrose L Train stop in Brooklyn. If you’re looking for vegan doughnuts also look no further than Dun-Well. Yes, you read that right. Dun-Well’s doughnuts are completely vegan and are more than comparable to a traditional doughnut.

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Look-alike Acai Bowl

BY TARA BURKE

Acai Bowls are all the rage lately and can pack a bunch of vitamins into your breakfast routine. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any of the ingredients for a proper acai bowl, so I made my breakfast look like one! I also made it really simple and used a Yocrunch Yopa Greek Yogurt Cup as the base. I love this greek yogurt because it also comes with toppings and fruit depending on the flavors you get. This time I got vanilla greek yogurt with crushed peanuts and chocolate crisps. I first placed the yogurt in a bowl and simply added fresh bananas, strawberries and blueberries in a row on top of the yogurt. I then sprinkled the toppings all over the fruit to add a little texture and protein. So there you have it, a look-alike acai bowl with the ingredients you already have in your fridge!

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NYC Coffee Shops

BY CAILIN BURKE

New Yorkers love their coffee, and as a result, there are thousands of great coffee shops to go to. Over the past weekend I did my best to try a few that I have been wanting to check out. Here are my thoughts on each unique café:

1) Maman-  Maman is located in SoHo, my favorite part of Manhattan! Aside from the food and drinks here, I have to point out the decor. The whole cafe has an urban aesthetic with wooden tables, brick walls and stringed lights. They also decorate the walls with plants and quirky knick knacks. I wanted something sweet so I opted for lavender hot chocolate. Plus, I’ve never been somewhere where lavender hot chocolate was even an option, so it was a must-get. It was delicious and you could definitely taste the lavender, but it wasn’t too overpowering. Don’t be afraid to try it yourself! It’s subtle and spices up the typical hot chocolate. Plus… look at the cute cups they come in! I also got chocolate walnut bread to go along with it. It’s actually funny, because the sign said “chocolate cake,” so I guess I kind of had cake for breakfast! Either way, I loved Maman and it definitely makes for a cute spot to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

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2) Jack’s Wife Freda- I’ve wanted to go to JWF for Sunday brunch for a really long time. I wasn’t planning on going here when I did, but it was raining and my friend and I wanted to sit down and have some coffee…. so to Jack’s Wife Freda we went! Their coffee is from Stumptown Coffee Roasters, which I’ve never had before, but it was great and even better was the adorable sugar packets they had on the table. I loved the coffee and the place a latte.

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3) 983 Bushwick’s Living Room- Before my friends and I went looking at the street art in Bushwick, we grabbed brunch at 983, a place known for being open 24 hours a day. I got some delicious lemon poppy pancakes and of course, coffee to go along with it. I loved how the cream/milk came in a beaker! This is a must-visit place if you can’t get enough coffee, because I kid you not, you would take two sips of coffee and your cup would be refilled. By the end of our meal, my friends were so jittery from all of the coffee we drank. Approximately 10 cups of coffee later, we were sufficiently fueled up to start our day. I loved all the cute cafes we were able to try out and can’t wait to get back to the city to head to some more cool coffee spots!

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Banana Peanut Butter Waffles

BY TARA BURKE

I don’t know about you guys, but I have been enjoying a lazy Sunday and have been loving every minute of it. Although we didn’t make these delicious Banana Peanut Butter Waffles today, I think they are a perfect Sunday brunch option! It’s a super simple recipe and is completely customizable.

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Here is what we used:

A Waffle Press

Box of Waffle Mix

A Few Fresh Bananas

Creamy Peanut Butter

Half a Handful of Chocolate Chips

However, like I said this recipe can be changed to reflect whatever your tastes are for that day. Crunchy peanut butter, Nutella, cinnamon and a little vanilla extract are just a few simple ways I can think of to switch the recipe up. When it comes to making waffles and pancakes we tend to eyeball all of our measurements, but for this particular batch of waffles we filled a standard Pyrex up about halfway with waffle mix, added water until it was a liquid consistency, put in a whole over-ripe banana (much easier to mash and mix into the waffle mix), and added a few generous spoonfuls of creamy peanut butter. This makes the batter a little stiff so give it a good strong stir to make sure the batter is fully mixed. Make sure to oil or butter your waffle maker a little before putting the batter in.

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We like to mix our batter straight in a Pyrex cup since it makes it much easier to control the batter as you pour it into the waffle maker. This mixture usually makes a good four waffles in our maker. Try to keep them in the waffle maker as long as possible before they burn. Since the batter is so dense the waffles are ooey gooey in the center, so a crispy crust adds a needed crunchy texture. We added some fresh cut bananas on top and poured some pure maple syrup over the whole thing. If I’m going to do sweet I like to go full-out in order to appease my sweet tooth, but these waffles have all the natural sugar of the bananas in them so they taste great all on their own. If you’re ever bored with your typical waffles and pancakes try this really easy recipe for something different!

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