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Hey Grandpa – Easter Breakfast

897167E1-9E35-429C-8E06-DC89B3397BA8This is another recipe from our beach trips, but it works great as a make ahead for your Easter breakfast or brunch.  It is a great way to feed a crowd and still have time to enjoy the festivities yourself. Plus, it is yummy!

Cinnamon Raisin French Toast Soufflé

1 large loaf (or 2 small loaves) cinnamon raisin bread cubed

12 oz. cream cheese, softened (16 oz. works just as well and no left overs)

6 oz. butter or margarine, softened

¾ c. maple syrup, divided

10 eggs

3 c. half and half

Cinnamon sugar

Place cubed cinnamon raisin bread into a well buttered 9 x 13 inch glass baking dish.  Mix the cream cheese, butter and ¼ cup of the maple syrup until smooth. Spread on top of the bread, leaving some openings through which to pour the egg mixture. 

Beat eggs, half & half and ½ cup of maple syrup. Pour over bread and sprinkle top with cinnamon sugar. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Uncover and bake 50 to 55 minutes at 350 degrees.  Serve with additional maple syrup, if desired.

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Hey Grandpa, What’s for Supper? – Homemade Mac and Cheese

F35691C0-F430-4164-B9CD-A3875A990A05This recipe takes a bit more time than the macaroni and cheese in the blue box but it is well worth it.  We always made this ahead and put it in the freezer to take on our beach trips, a big hit with kids young and old. 

To serve it in the traditional Pennsylvania Dutch way you need to whip up some stewed tomatoes (or open a can). If you have a smaller family you can split it into several pans as it freezes well, just adjust the baking time if you put it in the oven still frozen.  

Macaroni and Cheese

3 c. uncooked elbow macaroni

10 Tbsp. butter

6 Tbsp. flour

3 c. milk

2 c. shredded cheddar cheese (mild or sharp or a mixture)

8 oz. Velveta cheese, cubed

1 tsp. salt

½ tsp. pepper

4 Tbsp. dry bread crumbs (may be omitted)

Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain;  Place in a greased 3 quart backing dish, set aside. In a saucepan melt the butter over medium heat.  Once the butter has melted stir in the flour until smooth.

Gradually add the milk; bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes; reduce heat.  Stir in the cheeses, salt and pepper and cook until the cheese is melted completely. Pour over the macaroni and mix well. Sprinkle the breadcrumbs over top of casserole, if desired. 

Bake, uncovered at 375 degrees for 35 minutes. If you are splitting this into several pans I would suggest mixing everything together in a large bowl and then portioning out into your pans.  You can even make single servings if you like.

We’ll be creating a community cookbook.  If you want to submit your favorite recipe, just email us : tely@bellomoassociates.com