Dec 9, 2010

Christmas Brunch

Bacon, Tomato and Cheddar Breakfast Bake with Eggs


This breakfast bake topped with runny eggs by F&W's Grace Parisi develops a terrific texture as it cooks slowly in a glass dish (which makes it easy to see when the bottom is perfectly browned). As one F&W editor remarked on tasting it, "I worship the crisp bottom and the chewy, moist bread."



Bacon, Tomato and Cheddar Breakfast Bake with Eggs

  • ACTIVE: 30 MIN
  • TOTAL TIME: 2 HRS
  • SERVINGS: 8
  • STAFF-FAVORITE

Ingredients

  1. 1 pound bakery white bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (16 cups)
  2. 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  3. 1 pound sliced applewood-smoked bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  4. 1 large onion, halved and thinly sliced
  5. One 28-ounce can whole Italian tomatoes—drained, chopped and patted dry
  6. 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  7. 1/2 pound extra-sharp cheddar, shredded (about 2 cups)
  8. 1/2 pound Monterey Jack cheese, shredded (about 2 cups)
  9. 2 tablespoons snipped chives
  10. 1 3/4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  11. Salt
  12. 8 large eggs
  13. Hot sauce, for serving

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Lightly oil a 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish. In a large bowl, toss the bread with the olive oil and spread on a large rimmed baking sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes, tossing once or twice, until the bread is golden and lightly crisp.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the bacon over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp, about 8 minutes. Transfer the bacon to paper towels to drain; reserve 2 tablespoons of the fat in the skillet.
  3. Add the onion to the skillet and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes and crushed red pepper and cook until any liquid is evaporated, about 3 minutes.
  4. Return the toasted bread cubes to the bowl. Add the contents of the skillet, along with the bacon, shredded cheeses, chives and broth. Stir until the bread is evenly moistened. Season with salt. Spread the mixture in the baking dish and cover with lightly oiled foil.
  5. Bake the bread mixture in the center of the oven for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake until the top is crispy, about 15 minutes longer. Carefully remove the baking dish from the oven and, using a ladle, press 8 indentations into the bread mixture. Crack an egg into each indentation. Return the dish to the oven and bake for about 15 minutes, until the egg whites are set but the yolks are still runny. Serve the breakfast bake right away with hot sauce.

Make Ahead

__The recipe can be prepared through Step 4 and refrigerated overnight
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Blueberry–Sour Cream Coffee Cake

  • Recipe by Jonathan King and Jim Stott
  • Ingredients

    1. 2 cups all-purpose flour
    2. 1 tablespoon baking powder
    3. 1/2 teaspoon salt
    4. 2 sticks (1/2 pound) unsalted butter, softened
    5. 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
    6. 2 large eggs, at room temperature, lightly beaten
    7. 1 cup sour cream
    8. 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
    9. 3/4 cup blueberry preserves, plus 1 tablespoon melted preserves
    10. Confectioners' sugar, for dusting 


    Directions

    1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Butter and flour a 10-inch Bundt pan. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. In a large bowl, beat the butter until creamy. Add the granulated sugar and beat until fluffy. Beat in the eggs, sour cream and vanilla. Beat in the dry ingredients just until incorporated.
    2. Spread all but 1/2 cup of the batter into the prepared pan. Using the back of a spoon, make a trough in the batter, all the way around the pan. Mix the 3/4 cup of blueberry preserves with the reserved batter and spoon it into the trough.
    3. Bake the cake for about 1 hour, or until it begins to pull away from the pan and a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the cake cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Invert the cake onto a wire rack, remove the pan and let cool completely. Sift the confectioners' sugar over the cake, drizzle with the melted blueberry preserves and serve.


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