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

Croissant French Toast with Maple Bacon Whipped Cream

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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10 Awesome Weeknight Dishes

10 Awesome Weeknight Dishes

Weeknight Dishes

My brain has been so fried all week, I’m pretty sure if I had tried to whip up a fancy meal I would have chopped all my fingers off and set my house on fire. Weeknights are made for simple dishes. The kind of food my mom used to make. The kind of food you can make without losing any digits, even if you’re completely worn out. Lucky for me, I had plenty of leftover Chicken Corn Chowder this week, but if I didn’t, I would have made one of these awesome dishes.

Parmesan Fried Gnocchi starts with store-bought gnocchi, so most of the work is done for you. You can have this side dish on the table in under 10 minutes. It’s the perfect accompaniment for a rotisserie chicken. It’s also outrageously delicious.

Breakfast for dinner is absolutely rad, and homemade Buttermilk Pancakes are damn delicious. Throw some bacon in the oven, be sure to have plenty of maple syrup, and be awesome.

A pound of ground beef, a seasoning packet, a few cans, and a package of gnocchi come together to make a huge pot of spicy Chili with Gnocchi. There will likely be leftovers to make your life easy for days.

English dudes have all sorts of strange solutions for feeding themselves after a long day of work, and none of them involve any serious effort. Check out things British people put between two slices of bread

You could just order a pizza, but if you prefer to make your own food, try this Super Fast Faux Pizza. It comes together in a flash.

Chips and dip definitely count as a meal on a weeknight. It’s super easy to make your own Easy Peanut Butter Hummus with a few simple ingredients and a food processor. 

Assemble a pan full of awesome with a dozen Hawaiian rolls, ham, cheese, and a simple spread. Make Mini Ham and Cheese Sandwiches then try not to eat them all.

When I’ve had a hard day, I big bowl of flavorful pasta that I could basically make in my sleep makes me happier than you could possibly imagine. Make yourself some Lemon Linguine and carb up your life.

Going through the drive through is an easy weeknight solution, but sometimes it’s not that easy to get your hands on the junk food you really love. Make your own Frito Chili Cheese Wraps faster than you can say “May I take your order?”

There are few foods on the planet better than cheese, and if you need a super fast snack to impress friends, make Holiday Brie. It’s awesome 365 days a year and comes together in 5 minutes.

Remove undue stress from your life. That’s what all the awesome kids do. Eat well. Live well. Be awesome.

Whole Wheat Pancakes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Whole Wheat Pancakes

Whole Wheat Pancakes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

We’re still living in diet land, and it’s just about as miserable and tiresome as you might think. I get absolutely no joy out of eating healthy food. I know that works for some people, but it just doesn’t work for me. That’s just how it is. I’ve got to have something to look forward to, and salad just isn’t gonna cut it.

This weekend, instead of traditional buttermilk pancakes, I made Whole Wheat Pancakes. Okay, I know, whole wheat pancakes are not health food. Baby steps, friends. The point is, they taste awesome, and the flour is at least slightly less processed, and that counts for a tiny little bit of something.

Whole Wheat Pancakes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

The first time I made these pancakes I was skeptical. I thought they might be bland or tough. Turns out, they’re neither. These pancakes are actually fluffy and tender and loaded with flavor. The buttermilk brings a lot of flavor to the game, and melted butter is always a plus. And whatever you do, don’t forget to add the salt. It’s an absolutely necessary flavor component.

Now, one could argue that anything topped with butter and syrup would taste good, but I’ve had some pretty dismal pancakes in my life, and these are completely awesome. I might even prefer them to regular pancakes, unless my dad is making them. The whole wheat flour just adds some depth that normal pancakes can’t match.

Whole Wheat Pancakes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Next time a lazy breakfast rolls around, make yourself Whole Wheat Pancakes from scratch. It’s ridiculously simple and super tasty. Enjoy life. That’s what it’s there for.

Whole Wheat Pancakes
Serves 2
Whole Wheat Pancakes are fluffy, tender, flavorful, and a tiny bit healthy.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup whole wheat flour
  2. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  3. 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  4. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  5. 1-1/2 tablespoons sugar
  6. 1 egg
  7. 1 cup buttermilk
  8. 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
Instructions
  1. In a medium mixing bowl, gently whisk together whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar. Make sure the dry ingredients are well combined.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together egg, buttermilk, and melted butter.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and whisk gently but thoroughly for about 10 seconds. Put down the whisk and set the bowl aside. A few lumps are not the end of the world. Keep mixing and you'll have heavy, chewy pancakes. Leave the batter alone for five minutes
  4. In the meantime, preheat a medium skillet over medium heat. Test it by flicking a drop of water into the pan. If it dances over the surface, it's perfect. If it just sits there steaming, it's too cool. If it evaporates instantly, it's too hot. We want a baby bear pan.
  5. I spray my pan every so lightly with non-stick spray between each pancake. Use a 1/3 cup measure to scoop out the pancake batter into your perfectly heated pan. The batter is thick, so use the bottom of the measuring cup to gently spread and flatten the batter just a bit.
  6. Cook two to three minutes, then flip and cook another two to three minutes depending on how brown you like your pancakes.
  7. Stack them up and serve them hot with butter and syrup or you favorite toppings.
Adapted from I'm Just Here for More Food
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