With the days getting colder and darker, I try to make getting up early something the kids can look forward to. I light up our dining room with candles and serve out some tasty treat. That sets the mood for the day and makes getting up, when it looks like the middle of the night, not such a bad thing.
Some of my go to recipes, that I can make the night before, are Pumpkin Pie, Bread Pudding, Chocolate cake with coffee(decaf) custard, and Apple pie or Crumble. Then there are the ones I can prepare ahead of time and just bake them in the morning and serve them warm. Cinnamon rolls, Scones, Mini muffins, and so on.
Granted I am not always able to serve out a special breakfast, but I do try to make something about that time of day special.
On days I just put out cereal, we’ll have hot tea. Each child chooses his or her favorite flavor. On days I serve out bread and spreads, I make some hot chocolate.
When you are looking ahead to biking to school in freezing weather, I feel that little bit of extra ‘nice’ in the morning, is a perfect pick-me-up.
So on to the recent favorite of the breakfast yummies:
Bread pudding with butter vanilla sauce
6 cups cubed bread
3 cups milk
½ cup sugar
2 tblsp. Vanilla sugar
2 tsp. Cinnamon
½ tsp. Nutmeg
Cut or rip up the bread into pieces. Measure out 6 cups in a large bowl.
In a smaller bowl, combine the sugar, vanilla sugar, cinnamon, and nut meg.
Add the eggs and mix. Add the milk.
Pour egg/milk mixture into the bread and let it sit for about 5 minutes.
Butter a 9×13 pan. Pour the bread mix in and bake for 20 to 30 minutes.
It should not be runny, but neither should it look dry. Take it out a little before it is fully done.
¼ cup butter
1 tblsp. Flour
¼ cup sugar
1 tblsp. Vanilla sugar
1 tblsp. Vanilla extract
1 cup cream
Melt the butter on a low heat. Mix in the flour until well blended. Add the sugar, vanilla sugar, extract, and cream, mixing all the while. Bring to a boil and cook until thickened.