Easy Cinnamon Crescent Rolls
“Keep it simple and stress-free” is a great motto at this time of the year. For a flaky, not-too-sweet cinnamon roll, we spread our Cinnamon Schmear™ Filling on refrigerated crescent roll dough. They bake in a snap and go well at breakfast or brunch. Dissolve some powdered sugar in lemon juice and brush the baked rolls while still hot for a hint of added sweetness.
Here’s the Easy Cinammon Crescent Rolls recipe.
Who doesn’t love the tang of a cranberry muffin? We’ve studded it with almond paste, a great complement to the tartness of the berries. This muffin batter keeps for two days in the refrigerator. Bake small batches in individual muffins cups – we used those made out of silicone – and enjoy fresh, warm muffins for breakfast throughout a long weekend.
Here’s the recipe for Cranberry Almond Streusel Muffins.
Tartine Bakery in San Francisco is a must-visit for any serious foodie or just those who love a great bakery. We took inspiration for this Plum Crumble Almond Cake from a breakfast cake they sell, a recipe for which appears in their cookbook. Our favorite Almond Tea Cake batter forms the moist base for a layer of plums topped with buttery crumbs.
Plum Almond Cake
You can use an assortment of fruit; peaches, cherries, raspberries, blueberries would all work well. Even a layer of quality fruit preserves could be used in place of the fresh fruit. As much as we’d enjoy this for breakfast, it really makes a perfect summer dessert. Slice it thinly and you can justify a dollop of cream on the side.
Here’s the recipe for Plum Crumble Almond Cake.
In Sicily, where almonds have been grown for centuries, a refreshing drink made from ground almonds, sugar and water is served. (Bakeries usually sell packets of almond paste to be used for this purpose.) The paste turns creamy and milky with a hint of almond taste. The dry summer heat is so intense that this almond milk is served at breakfast, sometimes frozen into a soft slush. We’ve used marzipan to add a creamy, sweet taste to two fruit smoothies, one flavored with orange and the other fresh strawberries.
Almonds are the good news nut, one of the better sources of vitamin E, high in fiber, associated with preventing cardiovascular disease and linked to cancer prevention. These lovely drinks could be a pleasing and healthy way to start the day. Or an exciting cocktail when vodka or rum are added. (Adults only please.)
Here is the Strawberry Almond Smoothie recipe, and the Orange Almondsicle™ Smoothie recipe.