Molasses Roasted Cherries with Greek Yogurt

molasses roasted cherries

This can be your red and white Canada Day breakfast or dessert.

Summer has arrived in my neck of the woods and we enjoyed a sundrenched long weekend at our cottage in these few days leading up to Canada Day. I hope that you have been able to dive into summer like we have here in Southern New Brunswick.

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The weekend continues on this eve of Canada Day and great festivities are planned for tomorrow. I have been looking for our Canada flags to plunk in the garden by the back door but it looks like they have been seconded for yet another game of capture the flag.

It all got me thinking about red and white desserts and what I’d like to eat tomorrow. According to the forecast it’s going to be muggy, so nothing too rich, I think.

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I have a fresh bag of cherries and a tub of Greek yogurt and of  course lots of molasses so this will be my Canada Day treat tomorrow:

Molasses roasted cherries with Greek yogurt that has been sweetened with a little molasses.

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It’s lovely and patriotic with deep red cherries and thick Greek yogurt. The roasting and the molasses gives a  robust sweetness to the dish and adding molasses to the Greek yogurt gives it a smooth molasses kiss flavour. That’s why this dish works for breakfast or dessert.

Molasses Roasted Cherries with Greek Yogurt

Serves two

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 3 Tbsp.Grandma Fancy Molasses, divided
  • 1 cup pitted cherries
  1. Stir 2 Tbsp molasses into the yogurt. Mix until combined
  2. Preheat oven to 400 F. Toss cherries with 1 Tbsp of molasses and roast in a baking dish for 20-25  minutes
  3. Divide yogurt between two bowls and spoon over the roasted cherries.

 

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Easy and delicious Holiday breakfast recipes

Four easy and delicious Holiday breakfast ideas
Easy and delicious Holiday breakfast recipes

Oh I love holiday breakfasts. No one is in a hurry to get things on the table, no one is in a rush to finish, and there is time for another cup of coffee, and may be another.

Holiday breakfasts are for lingering.

Is that the pace at your house over the holidays?

I suspect for most the joy in lingering is all about timing. There are things that need doing first thing in the morning before you can really enjoy a long sit down.

I have friends who, as children, on Christmas morning had to eat a full breakfast before even so much as getting a peek at the tree in the living room. In our house growing up we had to wait for my eldest sister – the family sleepy head – to wake before we could all line up and file down the stairs. Now with my kids all I ask is that I have time to make myself a cup of coffee before the mayhem.

(Someday I’m sure we’ll be sipping our coffee waiting for our kids to wake on Christmas morning but for now we’re still crossing our fingers that they’ll sleep until 5:00 or so.)

Easy & delicious breakfast ideas

Since breakfast is often the most rushed meal of the day, taking a leisurely breakfasts feels a bit like an indulgence.

If that suits you just fine I have four breakfast ideas meant for lingering and suited to appetites big and small:

Molasses flax waffles:

 

molasses flax waffles

Molasses sticky buns:

Molasses sticky buns

Molasses walnut scones with vanilla glaze:

molasses walnut scones with vanilla glaze

 Blueberry pancakes:

blueberry pancakes

 

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Molasses flax waffles – an old Norwegian recipe updated

Molasses flax waffles

We were a pancake family growing up, and for years the only waffles I was familiar with were Eggos. Not that I ever tasted them mind you (my mom would never buy them) but I can still recite part of the TV commercial.

Real waffles always seemed exotic, which is funny considering I grew up in a house that actually had an ebelskivers pan.

One year my Mom bought my siblings and I each a stovetop waffle iron for Christmas. They were a big hit and for years I put away the family pancake recipe and experimented with waffles.

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My favourite recipe by far has always been an old family recipe from my brother-in-law, Phil. This is his Norwegian grandmother’s recipe for waffles (slightly adapted). They’re delicious but I also love this recipe because it’s so easy to mix up:

  • no separating eggs
  • no yeast
  • and the texture is lovely and soft.

To the original recipe I have added ground flax, molasses (reduced the granulated sugar), and I use a mixture of stoneground whole white flour and spelt or whole wheat flour for some added flavour and nutrition. And I have replace the old stovetop waffle iron with a handy electric number:

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Molasses flax waffles

  • 2 beaten eggs
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. Grandma Fancy Molasses
  • 2/3 cup butter, melted (or oil or a combination of the two)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 cups milk
  • 3 cups flour (stoneground if you have it)
  • ¼ cup ground flax or wheat germ
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  1. In a large bowl whisk together eggs and sugar.
  2. Add molasses and vanilla.
  3. Whisk in melted butter then milk.
  4. In a separate bowl stir together flour, flax, salt and baking powder.
  5. Carefully whisk dry ingredients into wet, taking care not to get any lumps. (If it does get lumpy just keep whisking until the batter is smooth).
  6. Bake waffles according to directions on your waffle iron.

Makes about 14 waffles

I’m still a fan of blueberry pancakes. Here’s my family’s favourite pancake recipe:

Fluffy blueberry pancakes, made extra healthy with whole grain flour

 Thanks for reading. It’s a real joy to be sharing these recipes with you.

Porridge with cinnamon and molasses a warming start to a cold day

Porridge with cinnamon and molasses

Do you ever have trouble getting out of bed in the morning?

I do.

But not becasuse I’m still sleepy, it’s because I hate to leave the warmth and coziness behind.

Porridge with cinnamon and molasses

 

The dog needs walking in the morning though,  so getting out of bed means going directly to the back door, getting my coat, hat and boots on, and heading out into the cold.

 

All before I have had my coffee.

 

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(I used to bring my coffee on our early walk. It made it feel less chilly outside. But there are challenges  to holding a leash and carrying a coffee and a poop bag all at once.)

 

Now to take the chill off I put the porridge on to cook right off the bat, because there is nothing more warming in the morning than a bowl of oatmeal. It’s filling and substantial.

It’s the morning’s version of a  hearty stew.

What’s your favourite warming breakfast?

Morning oatmeal with molasses and cinnamon

Warming porridge with cinnamon and molasses

  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 3 cups water or milk
  1. Combine oats and water in a saucepan with a lid.
  2. Bring to a gentle boil, cover and simmmer until thick (about 10-15 minutes)
  3. Pour over a bit of milk, a drizzle of molasses and a sprinkle of cinnamon
  4. Walnuts make a tasty, healthy addition too.

 

Molasses granola and a bike ride in your PJs

Molasses granola is just sweet enough

It’s a spring thing, this wanting to get out more and exercise, a craving for healthy food. Forget New Year’s resolutions. April is the time that anything seems possible. I take longer walks and let the kids ride their bikes around the neighbourhood way past bedtime. Sometimes in their PJ’s. Like I did when I was little.

Granola and healthy living is a bit of a cliché I know but you have to admit that a mouthful of oats and flax with your yogurt is good for the body. This recipe is an adaptation of a Martha Stewart recipe someone gave me years ago. I make it every two weeks and store it in a sealed container. It’s yummy over yogurt, mixed with cereal or on its own.

Molasses granola

Combine in a large bowl:

  • 6 cups old fashioned rolled oats (gluten-free variety if required)
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds (not roasted or salted)
  • 1 cup sesame seeds
  • 1 cup wheat germ (omit for gluten-free version & can substitute with 1/2 cup hemp seeds)
  • 1 cup flax meal (ground flax seeds)
  • 1 cup nuts (almonds or walnuts) or pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ginger (ground)

 In a small bowl stir together:

  • 1/2 cup Grandma Fancy Molasses*
  • 1/3 oil (canola or olive oil)
  • 1/2 cup orange juice, water or cider

*To make your granola extra nutritious use half blackstrap molasses

  1.  Stir liquid into dry and mix until well combined. Spread on a sided cookie sheet that has been lined with parchment paper.
  2. Bake in a slow oven (300 degrees) for about an hour, stirring every 15 minutes so the edges don’t get too brown.
  3. Cool completely, add 1 cup of dried fruit (cranberries are yum) if you like, and store in an airtight container.
  4. If you’d like it to be sweeter just add a bit more molasses.