Pumpkin Stuffed Pretzel French Toast Pretzel Stuffed French Toast Pretzel Stuffed French Toast recipe Pumpkin French Toast recipe Today we have this very delicious Pumpkin Stuffed Pretzel French Toast! When I was growing up my mom was my Korean food hero. She was and still is the BEST Korean food cook in the world. I know everyone says that about his or her mom’s cooking, and I’m pretty sure I’ve even said it before on this blog…but really she is! My mom’s cooking is so good that she used to make kimchi for most of my relatives and even some of our family friends….and if you’re familiar with Korean food you know that kimchi is pretty much the foundation of our cuisine.

Anyway, while my mom pretty much has Korean food cooking down to an art, her non-Korean food cooking was more like a mad scientist in her laboratory. Haha, sorry mom! Take French toast for example; in my early years I thought French toast was a savory, breakfast dish. No joke, I really did, but that’s because my mom made her egg batter with only some beaten eggs and a little milk and she would get some plain white bread and dip it into her ‘batter’ before tossing them onto the griddle. We also always ate our ‘French toast’ with ketchup…not maple syrup, fruit compote, or honey…just some good ol’ ketchup. Oh how I love my mom for trying so hard, while basically giving my sister and I little savory omelets stuffed with bread [and served with ketchup].

The first time I ordered French toast at a restaurant I was with some friends and a friend’s parent. When the server put a giant plate of sweet batter dipped brioche, topped with macerated strawberries, whipped cream, and served with a side of maple syrup I thought she had given me the wrong dish. I quietly asked the server what it was that she put down in front of me. “You ordered the French toast, didn’t you hun?” I nodded and stared back at my plate. My 9 year old mind was blown. I pushed everything around my plate for a minute or two, confused. I took a small bite and could feel my face immediately light up. SO.GOOD. I then proceeded to inhaled my entire plate of food and put myself in a food/sugar coma…thus beginning my love affair with real French toast.

Today we have what I consider to be my ultimate French toast! We start by using pretzel buns. I love using bread like this because not only is the flavor great, but I love the crusty outside with the super soft inside. Also it’s pumpkin season and I’m one of those who gets REALLY excited about pumpkin season so naturally we have stuffed our French toast with a deliciously sweet, pumpkin-cream cheese mixture. Finally we encrust our French toast with Ritz crackers because I love the crunchy texture it provides.

This French Toast is definitely one of those uber decadent, ‘lets take our time to sip on some coffee (or milk/juice) while we work our way through this big boy’, sort of weekend treats. I’m going to be flying back home to Chicago this Thanksgiving and definitely plan on making this for my family and I’m especially excited to make this for my mama whilst reminiscing about her one of a kind, savory, French toast omelet thingies. Ha! Enjoy! xx, Jenny

Pumpkin Stuffed Pretzel French Toast
Makes 4

Ingredients:
4 pretzel rolls
filling:
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 ounces goat cheese, softened
1/3 cup pumpkin puree
3 tablespoons light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
pinch nutmeg
batter:
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup pumpkin puree
2 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 medium orange, zested and juiced
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

20 butter crackers, crushed
2 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened

Directions:
1. Place all filling ingredients into a mixing bowl and whisk together until smooth.
2. Cut a 1 inch, horizontal slit through the side of each pretzel roll. Fill a piping bag or re-sealable plastic bag with the filling and cut the tip.
3. Insert the piping tip into the slit of each pretzel roll and inject 1/4 of the filling into each roll. Set aside.
4. Place all the batter ingredients into a shallow baking dish and whisk together.
5. Dip each roll into the egg batter and allow the rolls to sit for 2 to 3 minutes. Flip rolls over and allow them to sit for an additional 2 minutes.
6. Carefully dredge each roll in the crushed crackers.
7. Place a large skillet over medium heat and melt butter.
8. Place all rolls into the skillet (top side down) and cook for 4 to 5 minutes or until golden brown and crisp. Flip each pretzel toast and continue to cook for 3 to 4 minutes.
9. Remove from heat and serve immediately with butter and maple syrup.

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Pumpkin Stuffed Pretzel French Toast

October 24, 2014  /   /   //  6 Comments

favorites_giveaway Our_favorites_giveaway_3 win_all_this  Happy hump day everyone! Today we have a little giveaway we put together with some of our favorite stuff from Food52, as well as Claire Thomas’ new book The Kitchy Kitchen! Claire’s book is so beautiful and kind of a one stop shop in terms of a great all around cookbook to have in your collection. She has lots of really great tips on entertaining that we just love.

Lets get down to business. Here is what we are giving away:
1 copy of The Kitchy Kitchen 
2 stunning handmade porcelain salad plates from Food 52 made by Trudy Cane
Set of 3 fall simple syrups by Royal Rose also from Food 52
Set of 6 very cute linen cocktail napkins from Food 52

How to win:
Leave a comment on this post and tell us what your favorite fall entertaining recipe is. Make sure you leave your email so we can contact you in case you win! US only please, and the giveaway will end Sunday at 6pm Pacific. Good luck! :)

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October 22, 2014  /   /   //  330 Comments

Pumpkin Spiced Waffles Pumpkin Spiced Waffle recipe Pumpkin Spiced Waffle batter Pumpkin Spiced Waffle recipe Pumpkin Spiced Waffles I am so excited that it has finally cooled off enough in LA to get all fall inspired with recipes. While it’s not quite scarf and boots weather here yet, I know we have all embraced the slightly cooler weather and have been busy in the kitchen baking. One of the things I love about fall in all the pumpkin recipes. When I was growing up during fall we always had pumpkin bread around. A loaf would easily get devoured in a day around the house. The smell of pumpkin anything baking is just such a great smell and really rings fall for me. So today we have another way for you to utilize one of falls most favorite ingredients: Pumpkin Spiced Waffles. I really love waffles and realized that I don’t really make waffles that much, but this recipe will be sure to change that. This really is such a perfect fall breakfast recipe. You can also check out McCormick.com for more fall inspired recipes that are just as good! Enjoy and stay warm!-Teri

Pumpkin Spiced Waffles
Makes 5

Ingredients:
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons of McCormick Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 teaspoon McCormick Gourmet Ground Ginger
1 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup (1/2stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 large egg, lightly beaten

nonstick spray

Directions:
1. Place pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice and ginger in a mixing bowl and whisk together. Set aside.
2. In another mixing bowl whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
3. Add the buttermilk, butter and egg to the flour mixture. Stir together with a fork until mixture comes together and no dry spots remain.
4. Stir pumpkin mixture into the waffle batter until well combined.
5. Set waffle iron to desired temperature. Once heated, lightly spray the top and bottom with nonstick cooking spray. Pour 1/3 cup of the batter into the center of the waffle iron and press. Once desired doneness has been achieved, transfer waffle to a baking sheet and repeat until all batter has been used.
6. Serve with softened butter and maple syrup.

*This post was sponsored by McCormick. Thank you for supporting our sponsors! It helps us keep going!*

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Pumpkin Spiced Waffles

October 21, 2014  /   /   //  8 Comments

favorite_stuff We are really excited about this giveaway because we got to hand pick everything, and everything we LOVE. This is such a great giveaway and its so darn easy to enter. Really. All you have to do is click here and then enter your name and email. It’s really that easy, and don’t worry, you email is safe and you won’t be put on an email list! Good luck everyone! Hope you like what you see! :) The giveaway ends October 19th!

** We are getting a lot of comments on this post which is great! BUT you must click the link to enter! Leaving a comment doesn’t enter you to win! Good luck! **

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October 17, 2014  /   /   //  46 Comments