Do you have any illogical food preferences? I have entirely too many. Nuts (with the exception of walnuts) are delicious in chocolate candy, but they ruin any baked goods. I like lettuce and I like cucumbers, but I do not like them together and will pick cucumber slices out of my side salads. Eggs are delicious in the afternoon or evening, but they turn my stomach when I first wake, even though I am definitely a breakfast person.
So no eggs for breakfast.
I generally want something sweet in the morning. It could be a smoothie bowl or a muffin. I’m often guilty of eating leftover dessert for breakfast and think pie tastes best in the morning. So foods that are sort of breakfast and sort of dessert are my favorites. If you combine that revelation with the fact that I am Slavic, it fully explains why I am shaped like a hamster in midwinter.
Whether you eat this for breakfast or serve it for dessert, it is delicious.
Roasted Cinnamon Apples with Whipped Vanilla Honey RicottaThis calls for only 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, as this tends to be a breakfast food for me. If you are serving this as a dessert, you’ll probably want to use 2 to 3 tablespoons of brown sugar in your apples.
- 4 cups apples, peeled and diced
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 16 oz ricotta
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- Place the butter in a baking dish. Bake for 2-3 minutes or until the butter is fully melted.
- Combine the diced apples in a large bowl with brown sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, and lemon juice. Add the apple mixture to the baking dish and mix until the spiced apples are coated in the melted butter.
- Bake for 30 minutes, then let cool for 10 minutes before serving.
- While the apples are cooling, combine ricotta, honey, and vanilla in a large bowl. Blend with an electric mixer on medium until light and fluffy.
- Optional garnishes: granola, nuts, caramel drizzle, etc.