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Croissant French Toast with Maple Bacon Whipped Cream

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Croissant French Toast with Maple Bacon Whipped Cream | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I’m writing to you today, friends, on the premise that done is better than perfect. I’m writing to you today so you can dream about brunching by the seaside while you’re at work today. I’m writing to you today because I love you, and I want you to be happy, and bacon can only improve your life. Let’s all take a deep breath. Maybe you’re already feeling completely chill. Maybe you’re already in brunch mode. Maybe you have a little extra time, and you want to just go ahead and make me a drink and eat some Croissant French Toast with Maple Bacon Whipped Cream. We can all use a little more awesome.

Croissant French Toast with Maple Bacon Whipped Cream | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

 This recipe is inspired by my favorite Waikiki brunch spot, Hula Grill. I’ve posted some photos of their ridiculous croissant french toast with bacon cream, and a few people have remarked they’d like to be stuffing that in their own faces. Good news, kids. It’s super easy to make at home. All you need is some day old croissants, eggs, milk, fresh whipped cream and some extra crispy bacon. A few drops of maple extract adds an extra depth of flavor, but you can live without it.

Making French toast is almost too easy. Folding bacon into whipped cream doesn’t happen nearly often enough. Marrying those two things together is going to make your weekend super awesome. May I suggest a side of Pumpkin Spice White Russians? Did I say awesome? 

Croissant French Toast with Maple Bacon Whipped Cream | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

It’s time for brunching. Relax, eat, breathe, love.

Croissant French Toast with Maple Bacon Whipped Cream
Serves 2
Buttery croissants are soaked in eggs and milk, slapped on a griddle until golden brown, and then topped with sweet and salty maple bacon whipped cream. Brunch is awesome.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup heavy cream
  2. 1 tablespoon sugar
  3. 2 drops maple flavoring oil or extract
  4. 1 slice crispy bacon, broken into small pieces
  5. 2 croissants, day old is best
  6. 1 egg
  7. 1/4 cup milk
  8. 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Using a mixer or a whisk and a strong arm, whisk together heavy cream, sugar, and maple flavoring oil until you get stiff peaks. A cold bowl and a cold whisk will help speed this along.
  2. Gently fold in your bacon crumbles. Stash your whipped cream in the fridge until you're ready to serve.
  3. Put a non-stick skillet over medium heat or preheat a griddle.
  4. Whisk together egg, milk, and vanilla extract then pour onto a plate or other shallow dish.
  5. Slice open your croissants and dip both sides in the egg mixture. Feel free to let it soak a few seconds.
  6. Cook your croissants in your skillet three or four minutes per side or until golden brown.
  7. Top each croissant with a large dollop of maple bacon whipped cream and a little extra maple syrup if you like. Eat up, chill out.
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Garlic Herb Toast | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day
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Garlic Herb Toast

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  Garlic Herb Toast | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

It’s soup season. As I watch the rest of the world slip into the crisp days of Autumn, I can’t help but crave the gentle aromatic simmer of a huge pot of soup. Stew, chowder, or chili would all suffice. Lots of flavors, textures and love all in one heavy pot, left to mingle and get happy for hours… It makes my little cook’s heart flutter. 

Garlic Herb Toast | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

According to my husband, a good soup must always be accompanied by a good bread. Dipping is imperative. I have to admit, a hunk of crusty bread next to my bowl does make the meal seem complete. Bread also allows me to soak up every last drop of goodness. This can only be a good thing.

This Garlic Herb Toast has several awesome elements that make it perfect. It’s layer with flavors from fresh garlic and parsley, along with some other dried herbs and seasonings. It’s perfectly crunchy, but not tough. Best of all, once you have softened butter, the whole thing comes together in a matter of minutes with a food processor. Spin together fresh ingredients, spread them on bread, bake for 15 minutes, eat to your heart’s content.

Garlic Herb Toast | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Keep yourself warm and cozy. Put a pot of goodness on the stove. Make Garlic Herb Toast to complete a beautiful thing. It’s gonna be so very awesome.

Garlic Herb Toast
Serves 8
Crusty, crunchy, and packed with flavor, Garlic Herb Toast is the perfect accompaniment to Autumn soups and stews.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 long skinny loaf of sour dough or your favorite bread
  2. 5 cloves garlic, peeled
  3. 1 stick (4 ounces) butter, softened
  4. 1/4 cup (one big handful) fresh Italian parsley
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  7. 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  8. 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  9. 1/4 teaspoon pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with foil.
  2. Slice your bread in half so you have two shorter sticks, then slice these both down the middle lengthwise to open them up.
  3. Whack your garlic cloves with the flat side of your knife to remove the skin. Put them in your food processor and give them a spin for a few seconds until they're finely minced.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients to the food processor and pulse until well combined.
  5. Spread a quarter of the butter mixture on each piece of bread. Bake for 15 minutes and allow to cool for a few minutes before cutting into serving sizes.
  6. Store leftovers in a zip top bag in the fridge to be eaten with the best thing a pot of soup creates, leftovers.
Adapted from Handle the Heat
Adapted from Handle the Heat
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Gooey Butter Cake

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Gooey Butter Cake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Have I told you about the tragic years of my life where I lived in a country that didn’t sell Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups? What about my crazy environmentalist phase in middle school where I boycotted them because they had too much packaging? The moral of the story is, any day without Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups is not as good as it could be. Do you hear that Taiwan? Get on board. Also, England, I’m side eyeing you right now. Unacceptable.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Gooey Butter Cake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

This chocolate peanut butter gooey butter cake is pretty much a peanut butter cup in cake form. It follows exactly the same principle as our pumpkin spice gooey butter cake, we just change up the cast a bit. We’re using a chocolaty devil’s food cake mix in place of the spice cake, and peanut butter in place of the pumpkin.

The bottom layer is dense and crumbly and intensely chocolatey, and the top layer is soft and well, gooey. The peanut butter chocolate combo is unstoppable. My coworkers devoured it in a matter of hours. I even heard a couple of people just went at it with a fork during a director’s meeting. It’s really that good.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Gooey Butter Cake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I realize every culture has its favorite flavors and that diversity is beautiful, but I think the entire planet needs to get on board with the chocolate peanut butter combo. Let’s all make chocolate peanut butter gooey butter cake and get to work on world peace.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Gooey Butter Cake
Serves 12
Chocolate Peanut Butter Gooey Butter Cake is like a peanut butter cup in cake form. Just try to stop eating it.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
For the cake layer
  1. 1 package devil's food cake mix
  2. 1 egg
  3. 1 stick (4 ounces) butter, melted
For the filling
  1. 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  2. 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  3. 3 eggs
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  5. 1 stick (4 ounces) butter, melted
  6. 16 ounces powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Beat together cake mix, egg, and melted butter for the cake layer in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer. Mix briefly until everything is moistened and starts to stick together.
  3. Press the cake layer into the bottom of a 13x9 inch baking pan. Set aside.
  4. For the filling, beat together cream cheese and peanut butter in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, followed by the vanilla. Scrape the sides of the bowl and mix again until smooth.
  5. Mix in the melted butter until smooth, and then turn your mixer down to low and slowly add the powdered sugar. Mix until smooth.
  6. Pour the filling over the cake layer. Bake for 40 minutes. The center should still be a little wiggly.
  7. Allow the cake to cool and then stand back and watch your cake disappear.
Adapted from Paula Deen
Adapted from Paula Deen
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