Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Brunch: French Toast with Mixed Fruit Compote + Oatmeal Saskatoon Berry Applesauce Muffins

Last weekend, we had a couple of friends over for brunch. Among my peers, brunch with friends is usually at a greasy-spoon diner. But, I wanted to switch it up and host a brunch.

I kept it relatively simple and made French Toast with a mixed fruit compote along with some muffins. I had been hording most of the fruit I froze in the summer, but decided it was time use some.

I started off with a simple syrup with some lemon juice and vanilla and added fruits in consideration of how quickly they will soften and breakdown. First was the peaches I blanched, peeled and froze in September.

Next was the raspberries I picked in July, shortly after returning home from France.

Lastly, I added the blueberries I picked in August along with the Saskatoon berries R brought home from Saskatchewan.

I wanted the fruit to maintain its shape, so I only kept it on the stove (on low-medium) for about 10-15 minutes.

In addition to the french toast, turkey bacon and banana strawberry smoothie, I found a great recipe for muffins that fit well with my resolution to bake healthier.

Oatmeal Saskatoon Berry Applesauce Muffins
Joy The Baker

Makes 12-15 muffins

1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/4 cups oats
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 tbsp canola oil (I used the almond oil I had on hand)
1 large egg, lightly beaten
3/4 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen - I used Saskatoon berries)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Line a 12 cup muffin tin with paper cases or spray with nonstick cooking spray. I simple greased and floured a muffin pan, saving the paper.

In a large bowl combine flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.

In a medium bowl combine applesauce, buttermilk, sugar, oil and egg. Make a well in dry ingredients and add applesauce mixture. Stir until just moist. Fold in blueberries. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full.

Bake for 16-18 minutes.

The muffins were quite good. I especially liked the burst of saskatoon berry throughout.
To make these muffins, I used my cute new measuring spoons (courtesy of Giz).

So, I'm submitting this post to Joelen's Culinary Adventure's Tasty Tools event. This time around, the event is featuring measuring spoons & cups.



What's Cookin Chicago said...

Both recipes look delicious! Thank you for submitting your muffin recipe to this month's Tasty Tools event! :)

Anonymous said...

That is quite the breakfast...love it! And I'm sure your friends appreciated the effort.

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

They say that you eat with your eyes first and everything is healthy too:D

Bunny said...

I love all that fruit! Isn't it great when you frezze the summers bounty and can have it in the winter! Great brunch!

kat said...

Yummy, i want to come to brunch at your house!

Vijitha said...

Hi ya
This is my first time here. You have a lovely space. I will keep visiting it often.

Quite an interesting breakfast spread -- yummy!

Lori Lynn said...

Your French toast brunch sounds like fun. Great menu. Love your compote with all the fruits with a story of where they came from...

Hopie said...

Wow, can I come over for brunch?! Well done! What a wonderful time to use some of those well-hoarded berries :-)

Anonymous said...

UGH! I LOOOOVE french toast and fruit. That looks amazing!

grace said...

brunch foods are my favorite, and i don't think they should be served only in the morning--i've been known to eat french toast in the middle of the night. i love both of your creations here--they look tremendous.

Gloria Chadwick said...

Brunch looks delicious and the blueberry-applesauce muffins sound really good and healthy; I'll definitely be making them.
Just wanted to let you know that your chili is posted in the round-up at Foods and Flavors of San Antonio. Come on over and check out the other chili recipes. :)

pam said...

You can invite me over to brunch anytime!

Ivy said...

Wise girl freezing the fruit when they were in abundance. I wish I had a second deep freezer to keep some in. When can I come for brunch?

test it comm said...

That french toast covered in fruit and berries is looking good!

Anonymous said...

Wow the title is a mouthful. All those fruits look so good on the French toast.