Starting the day before Jack’s birthday and continuing until Thanksgiving, I made a batch of cookies, three cakes, three Thanksgiving sides and we hosted a taco party/piano recital at our house. So, I was thinking of taking a Fancy Breakfast Friday off. But then I had a better idea!!! Delegate. We still have to eat, right?
As Dave says, when in doubt, make a bagel supreme. That is what is pictured above. Yum! Dave makes an excellent bagel supreme.
Then went out to breakfast with the kids to one of our fave spots. Dots. I had a latte.
And just because I have to have at least one thing to brag about, here is the cake I made for Jack’s birthday.
It’s called the Game of Thrones Cake. I have now officially perfected it. Although, I did try to rush the last few steps and my chocolate swords started to melt. I had to put the rest of it together outside and hope for the best.
I used this recipe in a bundt pan at 350 for 55-60 minutes. Maybe a smidge too long. I cut the cocoa a bit because it literally calls for more than what normally comes in a tin. And I wasn’t going to send Dave back a second time for more. I’ll do a Game of Thrones Cake tutorial before the next season comes out.
I’d love to share this recipe, but it’s one of those recipes where I decided to half it and then only halved some of the ingredients and then tried to figure out why it was so dry or wet. I also didn’t have bread flour and so I subbed a combo of all purpose flour and vital wheat gluten. The last problem was that I don’t have a wide pan for boiling the bagels, so I could only do one at a time. Of course I did two at a time, which I think is why they became somewhat misshapen.
HOWEVER, misshapen and flat, they were delicious. Chewy, perfect on the outside and inside. Dave said they were perfect, Luke wanted to know if they were easy enough that I could make them all the time. Jack asked for oatmeal instead. Coincidentally, Jack is grounded.
Not only did I make homemade bagels but I then turned them into bagel supremes – with a fried egg, cheese and a slice of bacon. Stay tuned for round 2 where I figure out a repeatable recipe.
The Bagel Supreme is my dad’s specialty, so I stole his idea for last week’s FBF. I agonized over this First-Day-of-Summer-Fancy-Breakfast-Friday because on the one hand, I had all the time in the world to make breakfast. On the other hand, I wanted to sleep in and be lazy. I bought a random assortment of ingredients thinking I could go with breakfast tacos or bagel supremes. In the end I went the Bagel Supreme route – breakfast tacos had already been done.
My dad’s recipe is a toasted bagel with scrambled egg, bacon and cheese. You can’t go wrong with that, but what if you don’t want to deal with making bacon? My answer to that problem was to buy pre-c00ked breakfast sausage and serve it both on the side and in the sandwich. (I didn’t have any because, yuck.)
The best part though was the grilled bagels. If you have ever camped or stayed in a ski condo with our friend Tony, you have probably had his fried bagels. When you are without a toaster, or unable to find the toaster in your ski chalet, his solution is to fry bagels in butter. The first time I had one, I thought it was the most amazing thing ever. The best part is, after he fries the bagels, he offers you cream cheese to have with your bagel. So decadent. Of course, I think the last time I had a ski vacation with Tony, it was 1999/200o and I had the metabolism of a someone in my “mid” 20s. Once I tried to get Dave to make them on a camping trip and he didn’t understand how much butter you really need. I was sad. Fried bagels have been in the back of my mind for a while. I don’t think I used a Tony amount of butter, but they were still good. Technically, I made grilled bagels.
For the bagel supreme, I brushed some melted butter on the bagels and then cooked them on our cast iron griddle. After I flipped them over, I smashed them a little with a pan.
Once the bagels were ready, I scrambled the eggs, and melted cheddar on top. Added some sausage and served with a little fruit salad. Delicious.