Warm Winter Mornings


Winter is in full swing, and with winter comes dreary cold mornings that make it feel so difficult to get out of bed. There is nothing I dread more than putting my feet down onto the cold floor when instead all I want is to stay warm, wrapped up in blankets. For those mornings when the cold is really getting to you, here are a couple of breakfast recipes from Avonlea to help warm you up again!  

MAY BAILEY’S FRENCH APPLE PANCAKES
¾ cups flour ½ tsp. salt 2 tbsp. sugar 1 tsp. baking powder 2 eggs ½ tsp. grated lemon rind 2/3 cup milk 1/3 cup water 3 apples Optional: Powdered sugar and/or maple syrup
  1. Sift ¾ cups flour with ½ tsp. salt, 2 tbsp. sugar and 1 tsp. baking powder
  2. Beat 2 eggs, then add 2/3 cup milk, 1/3 cup water, and ½ tsp. grated lemon rind. Beat and set aside while you prepare apples. Mince 3 apples into a fine hash. Fry quickly in a little butter and sweeten to taste.
  3. In a heavy iron skillet, fry very thin pancakes. When brown on the underside, spread a layer of minced, cooked apple hash. Pour another very thin layer of batter over pancakes.
  4. Turn the whole pancake over and brown on the reverse side. Serve hot, dusted with powdered sugar or with maple syrup.
  And to go with your French Apple Pancakes…  

DIANA’S HOT MULLED CIDER
½ cup brown sugar 1 tsp. whole allspice 1 tsp. whole cloves 8 cups cider ¼ tsp. salt Pinch grated nutmeg 2 orange slices 2 cinnamon sticks
  1. Combine all the ingredients (except orange and cinnamon) in a saucepan and slowly bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  2. To serve, strain into small punch cups and garnish with orange slices and cinnamon sticks.
  We hope that the cold weather hasn’t gotten you down and that these recipes can help warm you up on the mornings that might be just a little too cold for comfort. You can get more recipes like these in the Avonlea cookbook, available for purchase in the online store here.
By Katie Bull, Sullivan Entertainment