Sunday, June 10, 2012

Sunday Brunch: Ode to Joy

You may remember that last weekend I had the pleasure of meeting the talented, funny Joy of Joy the Baker fame. She gave a lovely brunch demonstration and today I'm sharing my own grain-free rendition of her delicious recipes. And, dear readers, an awesome giveaway!

Joy thinks a good brunch should include coffee, bacon, and a savory bread. I couldn't agree more! Her original menu included Cheddar, Chive & Jalapeno Biscuits, Coffee Bacon, and Kale, Spinach, Banana & PB smoothies. Yum. After some trial and error, I give you a few updates:

I cooked the bacon in a syrup made of coffee and honey, then incorporated the bits into an almond flour biscuit with cheddar, green onions, and red pepper for a little bite.

My hubby contributed amazing iced coffee, and I whirled together kale, spinach, banana, almond milk, and OJ for a nutritious smoothie. Thanks Joy for the wonderful inspiration!!!

Today, because I love ya (shout out to PW), because it's Sunday, because I'm on a much-needed girls' weekend, & just because baking is fun, I have a signed copy of Joy the Baker's cookbook to give away!

To be entered in the giveaway, just leave a comment on this post answering the following question by Sunday the 17th of June. Winner will be announced in the next installment of Sunday Brunch at as the noonday!

What is your favorite brunch?

Bacon Cheddar Biscuits
recipe inspired by Elana Amsterdam and Joy the Baker
makes 12 biscuits

2 1/2 C. blanched almond flour
1/4 tsp. sea salt plus 1/4 tsp. for sprinkling
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 C. cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes (sub grapeseed oil, see below)
1/4 C. honey
2 large eggs
1/2 C. sharp cheddar cheese, cut into small cubes
1/4 C. chopped green onion
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes

4 slices bacon
1/2 C. brewed coffee
1/4 C. honey

Preheat oven to 350.

To make coffee bacon:
In a skillet over medium heat, simmer coffee and honey together until reduced and syrupy, about 5-6 minutes. Add bacon to pan and cook, turning regularly, until browned and crisp. Set aside. When cool enough to handle, chop into small pieces.

To make biscuits:
Combine first three ingredients in a large bowl. Using fingers, "cut" butter into flour mixture, breaking cubes into smaller and smaller pieces. Continue until mixture resembles coarse meal. Make a well in the  dry ingredients.

In another bowl, mix together honey and eggs. Pour into dry ingredients and mix well with a fork. Mix in cheese, onion, pepper flakes, and bacon. Sprinkle with 1/4 tsp. coarse sea salt.

Bake for 15-18 minutes, until golden and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.


For a dairy-free version, you can substitute 1/4 cup grapeseed oil for the butter. No "cutting" will be necessary. Just mix the oil in with the honey and eggs and combine with dry ingredients. The crumb will be less flaky, but softer and chewier. (picture below)


Iced Coffee
makes 5 cups concentrate

1/2 pound coffee, coarsely ground
5 cups cold water

almond milk

Combine coffee and water in a large pitcher (or large french press, if you have one). Put in the refrigerator overnight. 

In the morning, strain the coffee through a fine mesh sieve. 

Mix equal parts coffee concentrate and almond milk in a glass. Add sweetener to taste. Fill with ice cubes. Chow!


Kale, Spinach & Banana Smoothie
based on original recipe by Joy the Baker
Makes 1 large or 2 small smoothies

1 C. kale (any variety)
1 C. spinach
1 1/2 C. almond milk
1 banana, sliced
Splash of freshly squeezed orange juice
2 tsp. honey

Combine ingredients in a blender until thoroughly combined.


kmcory said...

Becky! This looks delicious. Thank you for sharing. My favorite brunch includes any type of yummy omelet or frittata and delicious cheeses.

mel @ the larson lingo said...

This is fun! Yay for giveaways! I loooove brunch!!! My favorite brunch is monkey bread, my mother in laws yummy egg casserole, fresh fruit & coffee!

Vince Cuomo said...

Looks amazing, Becky! I second the egg casserole and fruit!

The Holbrook Family said...

fruit salad, egg casserole and a mimosa!!

Rebekah said...

Brunch? Just give me some BACON!!! (Anything else is bonus.) Fun to discover you have a blog! Will add it to my Reader.

Tiffany said...

Not here to enter the giveaway, but you two look great! It was fun to meet you that day :)

lucysmom said...

I love an egg and sausage casserole or an apple french toast casserole! If I can make it the night before and pop it in the oven the next morning, I am most happy as I am not a morning person.

Thanks for sharing your recipes!

Mrs. Nowlin said...

You had me at iced coffee! Don't know if I ever tell you, but I love your blog!!!

Mrs. Nowlin said...

I'm totally bad at following directions! My favorite brunch is eggs benedict, which is why I can never have my favorite brunch!

Kristin said...

I love eggs benedict and stuffed french toast! Love your sweet life and blog!