Breakfast / Brunch Recipes

Bay Leaf Pound Cake
Bay Leaf Pound Cake - March 11, 2014

An incredibly moist and fragrant bay leaf pound cake from David Lebovitz's new cookbook. A perfect road trip cake.

Poached Eggs in White Wine
Poached Eggs in White Wine - November 7, 2013

Eggs poached in white wine peppered with minced shallots and herbs. A simple twist that immediately transformed the humble poached egg into something just a hint special and unexpected. Served over smashed avocado on toasted bread.

Pluot & Poppy Yogurt  Bowl
Pluot & Poppy Yogurt Bowl - September 9, 2013

A simple late-summer breakfast bowl - Greek yogurt with a bit of chopped dill incorporated, topped with sliced pluots, toasted oats, poppy seeds, and honey.

Miso Oat Porridge
Miso Oat Porridge - July 9, 2013

A simple bowl of toasted rolled oats finished with a bit of miso, then topped with a load of minced chives, walnuts, baby radishes, and a thread of cream. Also, a few snapshots from Los Angeles.

Saffron Raspberries
Saffron Raspberries - June 24, 2013

Beautiful raspberries tossed with saffron brown sugar, vanilla paste, olive oil, and toasted almonds.



 
 
 
 
Buttermilk Berry Muffins
Buttermilk Berry Muffins - March 12, 2013

Beautiful buttermilk muffins - berry-streaked with sugar-sparkled tops, big flavor, and buttermilk-tender texture.

Seeded Popovers
Seeded Popovers - February 4, 2013

Popovers are the most delightful thing my oven produces - sky-high and billowy. Here's my go-to recipe, a few tips, and the overall technique I use.

Pomegranate Yogurt Bowl
Pomegranate Yogurt Bowl - January 20, 2013

A simple breakfast bowl made with Greek yogurt, fresh pomegranate juice, puffed quinoa cereal, toasted sunflower seeds, and honey.

A Lesson in Juicing
A Lesson in Juicing - January 13, 2013

I inherited a professional juicer, juiced everything in sight, and learned a few things in the process.

Sesame Banana Bread
Sesame Banana Bread - September 3, 2012

A banana bread absolutely packed with sesame seeds, made with a blend of whole wheat and white flour, yogurt, ripe bananas, and lemon zest.

Rice and Sesame Pancakes
Rice and Sesame Pancakes - July 2, 2012

Really great pancakes made with lots of brown rice and sesame seeds. I throw in crumbled, toasted nori and spices to make them extra special.

Cottage Pancakes
Cottage Pancakes - February 9, 2012

A few of you asked about the cottage cheese pancakes I mentioned a few posts back. Here you go. Plus a look at some of the vintage photos I've picked up at flea markets and antique shops over the years.

Toasted Four Grain Cereal
Toasted Four Grain Cereal - January 30, 2012

A hot, filling, wintertime DIY four-grain breakfast cereal that you can trick out with all sorts of different toppings.

Blood Orange Gin Sparkler
Blood Orange Gin Sparkler - December 22, 2011

The citrus gin sparkler you want to be drinking at your next holiday party.

Super-eggy Scrambled Eggs
Super-eggy Scrambled Eggs - November 25, 2011

A slight twist makes these scrambled eggs extra special. I drizzled them with oregano pesto and served with a thick slab of toast. Thanks to Serious Eats for the excellent tip :)

Herb Cream Cheese Scrambled Eggs
Herb Cream Cheese Scrambled Eggs - August 15, 2011

A scrambled egg recipe taught to me by the lovely Lynn from Satsuma Press - herby cream cheese is the last-second finish that make these eggs simple but special.

Super Natural Every Day: Six Recipe Sampler
Super Natural Every Day: Six Recipe Sampler - February 23, 2011

A six recipe PDF sampler from my new cookbook, Super Natural Every Day. It includes a few of my v. favorite recipes - Millet Muffins, Ravioli Salad, Avocado & Mustard Seeds, Black Sesame Otsu, Tinto de Verano, and a Tutti-Frutti Crumble. Enjoy!

Cinnamon Buns
Cinnamon Buns - December 20, 2010

Inspired by a cinnamon bun recipe in Lotta Jansdotter's new book, Handmade Living, these cinnamon buns are made from a cardamom-flecked, buttery yeast dough with a classic cinnamon-sugar swirl.

Pumpkin and Feta Muffins
Pumpkin and Feta Muffins - October 8, 2010

Savory muffins packed with spinach, feta and Parmesan cheeses, black pepper, mustard, and sunflower seeds. Adapted from a recipe in a lovely little self-published Australian cookbook, Martha Goes Green.

Quinoa Skillet Bread
Quinoa Skillet Bread - April 24, 2010

A rustic, minimally structured, custard-topped, crusty-edged, herb-scented corn-quinoa skillet bread.

Multigrain Waffles
Multigrain Waffles - April 14, 2010

Poppyseed-flecked and made with a blend of barley, oat, and rye flours, these multigrain waffles are buttermilk-moist with a golden crust and a hint of tanginess.

Lucia Muffins
Lucia Muffins - March 30, 2010

These muffins are saffron-smacked and riddled with golden raisins, buttermilk battered and barely sweet. Said another way, Lucia buns reinterpreted as muffins. If you love saffron give them a try.

Figgy Buckwheat Scones
Figgy Buckwheat Scones - March 10, 2010

These jammy, fig-swirled buckwheat scones are from Kim Boyce's inspiring new book, Good to the Grain, about baking with whole-grain flours.

Orange and Oat Scones
Orange and Oat Scones - November 15, 2009

Rustic orange-scented oat scones peppered with currants inspired by a recipe in Romney Steele's new Big Sur-based My Nepenthe cookbook.

Wheat Berry Breakfast Bowl
Wheat Berry Breakfast Bowl - January 18, 2009

A perfect breakfast - thin slices of sautéed pears, ruby-hued cranberries, and plump, golden wheat berries are sweetened with generous dollops of maple-sweetened yogurt and finished with plenty of toasted pecans and a sprinkling of dried persimmons, ginger, and dates.

Maple Huckleberry Coffee Cake
Maple Huckleberry Coffee Cake - September 22, 2008

A wonderful coffee cake recipe made from fresh wild huckleberries using maple syrup as a sweetener instead of white sugar.

Zucchini Ricotta Cheesecake
Zucchini Ricotta Cheesecake - July 30, 2008

A savory, summertime ricotta cheesecake recipe made with shredded zucchini, dill, garlic, and Parmesan cheese. Perfect picnic fare.

Warm and Nutty Cinnamon Quinoa
Warm and Nutty Cinnamon Quinoa - May 4, 2008

A stunning berry-studded breakfast quinoa with pecans and blackberries, sweetened with agave nectar or honey.

Strawberry Panzanella
Strawberry Panzanella - April 17, 2008

A stunning, delicious sweet strawberry panzanella recipe. Bread cubes are tossed with a sweet brown sugar glaze, strawberries are mashed into a dressing, and it is all served family style.

Coconut Macaroon Pancakes
Coconut Macaroon Pancakes - April 10, 2008

A uniquely delicious pancake recipe. If you can imagine coconut macaroons in pancake form - moist, golden, coconut-packed, with just a hint of sweetness - that's what you'll get.

Breakfast Polenta
Breakfast Polenta - February 25, 2008

This breakfast polenta recipe is creamy, comforting and receptive to many add-in flavors and textures. For this version I served small bowls of fluffy yellow polenta topped with toasted almonds, jewel-colored dried fruits, and a drizzle of cream and honey.

Poppy Seed Pancakes
Poppy Seed Pancakes - February 18, 2008

My go-to poppy seed pancake recipe. Made with buttermillk, a generous amount of poppy seeds, toasted sunflower seeds. Drizzled with an simple-to-make, chunky citrus syrup.

Curried Egg Salad
Curried Egg Salad - February 4, 2008

A variation on my favorite egg salad recipe, this version uses plain yogurt in place of mayo and incorporates curry powder, chopped apples, toasted pecans, and minced chives.

Video: Big Sur Power Bars
Video: Big Sur Power Bars - January 31, 2008

A homemade powerbar recipe packed with lots of toasted nuts and coconut, crisped rice and ground espresso beans. Video how-to as well as written instructions.

Raspberry Mega Scones
Raspberry Mega Scones - December 28, 2007

A fun twist on a traditional scone recipe. Instead of cutting dough into small pieces, a big piece of lemony scone dough is slathered with raspberry jam and folded in on itself.

A Tasty Frittata
A Tasty Frittata - December 20, 2007

The prettiest, tastiest, frittata recipe. Made with potatoes, onions, and eggs drizzled with a cilantro chile sauce.

Lori's Skillet Smashed Potatoes
Lori's Skillet Smashed Potatoes - November 29, 2007

This skillet smashed potato recipe make delicious, golden-crusted potatoes. With a bit of prep you can boil them off (pre-cook) the night before. They come together in just a few minutes just as you are ready to serve the rest of your breakfast or brunch.

Baby Bran Muffins
Baby Bran Muffins - August 3, 2007

A delicious bran muffin recipe made from a yogurt and whole wheat base with minimal butter - they can certainly hold their own against their not-as-nutritious counterparts.

Skinny Omelette
Skinny Omelette - June 13, 2007

Eggs cooked crepe thin and stuffed. A delicious and lighter alternative to heavy, cheese-stuffed omelette recipes - great for lunch and brunch.

Baked Eggs
Baked Eggs - May 18, 2007

Baked eggs in edible cups with cherry tomatoes, garlic, olive oil and lots of vibrant spices.

Baked Doughnuts
Baked Doughnuts - February 12, 2007

A fun and delicious alternative to deep-fried doughnuts. This cinnamon-sugar dusted baked doughnut recipe turns milk, flour, nutmeg, sugar, eggs, butter, and yeast into perfectly dunkable, delicious doughnuts.

My Favorite Pancake
My Favorite Pancake - August 3, 2006

Favorite pancake recipe - tall stacks of golden butter-kissed pancakes with the best tasting blueberry maple syrup.

Vintage Jam Tarts
Vintage Jam Tarts - January 3, 2006

This jam tart recipe makes the cutest tarts ever. Cornmeal biscuit dough is the base, and you can play around with different shapes and sizes - they are delicious and buttery straight from the oven or at room temperature hours later.

Apple Coffee Cake
Apple Coffee Cake - October 4, 2005

Spicy apple coffee cake recipe punctuated with oozy, warm apples.

Homemade Yogurt
Homemade Yogurt - June 18, 2005

All about making yogurt from scratch - includes Wayne's special homemade yogurt recipe.

Honey-toasted Fruit Muesli
Honey-toasted Fruit Muesli - June 9, 2005

Michele Cranston's Honey-toasted Fruit Muesli Recipe. Made from lots of oats, sunflower seeds, almonds, coconut, honey, dried fruit and seeds.

Power Waffles
Power Waffles - May 7, 2005

A delicious yeast-leavened waffle recipe featuring oats, buckwheat flour, and crystallized ginger. A denser, heartier, more nutritious waffle, they also take longer to cook than a standard waffle, so they might not be the best choice for a waffle bar get-together.

Sweet Crepes
Sweet Crepes - April 30, 2005

The perfect standard crepe recipe from Larousse Gastronomique, I've included many variations and topping suggestions here as well.

Sour Cream Waffles
Sour Cream Waffles - March 24, 2005

Art Smith's sour cream waffle recipe - delicious, light yet structured waffles that cook up golden brown with just the right amount of outside crunch.

Roast Banana-Pumpkin Breakfast Bread
Roast Banana-Pumpkin Breakfast Bread - October 11, 2004

Stephan Pyles' banana bread recipe includes rum-soaked golden raisins, toasted pumpkin seeds, coconut milk, and oven-caramelized ripe bananas.