Festive Breakfast: Part Five

I like simple breakfasts that come together in minutes, but feel special or gourmet. Sometimes, that leads to interesting combinations, like PBJ-Banana Paninis or Eggs Bruschetta. Some of my favorite morning meals are inspired by traditional lunch or dinner fare. The recipes I'm covering today are no different.

Imagine taking the concept of a grilled cheese sandwich - maybe something traditionally consisting of sour dough bread, sharp cheddar cheese and maybe a slice or two of fresh tomato - and turning it into a sweetly-inspired morning meal. Sour dough gives way to cinnamon-raisin bread slathered in homemade cinnamon-honey butter. Cheddar cheese bows out to decadent double cream brie. And a fresh tomato takes a back seat to ripe, juicy pear. Suddenly, a traditional grilled cheese is an nontraditional, but seriously delicious breakfast. Enjoy!

Cinnamon-Honey Butter

  • 1 cup salted butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Combine all of the ingredients and whisk briskly to completely incorporate. Serve at room temperature as a favorite spread, an addition to waffles or pancakes, and all kinds of great ways you have yet to discover!

  • Yields: 1 cup
  • Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Breakfast Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

  • 4 slices cinnamon-raisin bread
  • 2 tablespoons whipped cinnamon-honey butter
  • 2 oz. double cream brie, sliced
  • 1 ripe pear, sliced thinly

Butter the outsides of the bread with the cinnamon-honey butter. Evenly divide the brie and pear between two sandwiches.

Preheat a non-stick skillet to medium-high heat and cook the sandwiches for 5 minutes on one side. Flip the sandwiches and cook for an additional 3 minutes. Remove, slice each sandwich in two and serve immediately.

  • Yields: 2 servings
  • Preparation Time: 10 minutes