Why did the little boy eat yeast and shoe polish before going to bed?
So he could rise and shine in the morning!
Ha ha! If it were only that easy! I'm relaunching The Worktop today with a focus on breakfast and brunch foods. Yum!
Every morning, the thought of breakfast and coffee is what gets me up out of bed. I'm lucky since I work at a coffee shop. All I really have to do is cycle myself over to the shop in the morning, and I can get the best cup of coffee in London, on the house. Also, London is a great place to be for breakfast and brunch because new brunch dishes are always showing up on menus, and new cafes are constantly popping up.
After a year of sporadically writing about all things I cook on my worktop, I've decided to focus The Worktop on breakfast and brunch foods prepared by me, other home cooks, and London cafes. I'll be looking for guest bloggers to show us how they do breakfasts on their worktops. I'll also be interviewing cafes to get a glimpse of breakfasts prepared on professional worktops. I hope you join me along the way, either by writing a guest post, or by reading about breakfast and brunches on The Worktop and sharing your thoughts.
I'll leave you today with a recipe for my latest breakfast love, healthy breakfast zucchini and oat muffins. Best served with cream cheese, so it's like a bagel but not, and healthier!
- ¼ cup walnuts
- 2 medium eggs
- ¼ cup white sugar
- ¼ cup light brown sugar
- ¼ cup oil (sunflower, canola or vegetable)
- 2 teaspoons quality vanilla extract
- 1 cup whole wheat flour (wholemeal)
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- pinch of nutmeg
- ¼ cup creme fraiche
- 2 medium zucchinis (about 200 grams) - finely grated
- 1 large carrot - finely grated
- ½ cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar
- Preheat oven to 350F / 175 C.
- Line a muffin tin with paper liners, or grease muffin tin with oil.
- In a small pan, lightly toast the walnuts in a bit of oil over medium heat for about five minutes.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
- In a large bowl, using a hand mixer on medium speed, cream together the eggs, white sugar and brown sugar, oil and vanilla.
- Slowly stir in the flour mixture and mix until just incorporated.
- Stir in the creme fraiche, zucchini, carrot and toasted walnuts.
- For the topping, in a small bowl, mix together the oats and demerara (turbinado) sugar.
- Fill muffin cups to about ¾ full.
- Evenly divide and sprinkle the oat and sugar mixture on top of the muffins. It will look like a lot of oats on top, but the muffin will expand and spread it out.
- Bake for about 40 minutes. Muffins are done when the top is lightly golden, and a toothpick inserted in the middle of a muffin comes out mostly clean.
- Cool for about 5 minutes before removing the muffins from the tin.
- Serve with cream cheese.