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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Blueberries, Bagels, and One Big Biscuit

Most out-of-town houseguests at
That Old House get New Jersey bagels
for breakfast -- at least for their first breakfast here.
Sometimes there's a cookie.
But usually not.  Don't get your hopes up.
Alida and Josh, our daughter and son-in-law, were no exceptions to the
Bagel Rule when they visited us from the end of June to July 3rd.
They live in Los Angeles, where the bagels
can best be described in one word --  feh!

Whereas New Jersey bagels, and their twins
from across the river in New York, are Mmmm Mmmm Good.
Bagels, warm and waiting in a brown paper bag.

On Alida and Josh's last morning with us, this past Tuesday, I got creative.
Inspired by a recipe on the blog Noble Pig, but realizing that
I didn't have the right ingredients (oh, eggs and bacon, where are you
when I need you?) and being both too lazy to go shop for them,
and too lazy to go out for fresh bagels, I improvised.

studded with bacon, I made a giant oven biscuit studded with
breakfast sausage, and a warm fresh blueberry sauce to accompany it.

Above, the big biscuit, after being turned out
of the cast iron frying pan and onto a large plate.
Below, the blueberry sauce.

Anne volunteered to take pictures of her plate.

She wisely put her blueberry sauce on the side,
so as to make the biscuit and sausage slice look better.

Now that does look pretty, doesn't it? Bits of sausage, and
crunchy baked brown sugar edges on crumbly biscuit?

I, on the other hand, put my blueberries right on top of my slice
of the biscuit cake, thereby making my breakfast look like
a big pile of . . . you fill in the blank.

This is why I had children; they are smarter than me.
Or is it "smarter than I?"  Me?  I?
I think it is "I" but that sounds dopey.

Recipe?  So simple it's stupid.

***Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
***Mix up a batch of the shortcake biscuit recipe from the Bisquick box.
***Nuke a box of your favorite breakfast sausages,
and cut 'em into wee teeny bits.
***Melt some butter in the bottom of a cast iron fry pan, add the
sausage bits, and spread them around.  Sprinkle on some brown sugar.
***Spread the biscuit batter in the pan; it's sticky but you can do it.  I have faith.
***Put it in the oven, and bake till done -- and here's the thing; I can't remember how long it took.
I think around 35 or 40 minutes.  Keep poking at it, you'll know when it's done.
***Let it rest and catch its breath for 15 minutes, before you turn it out upside-down onto a big plate
or platter. (By the way, that's when you'll know if you melted enough butter in the bottom of your pan.)

***As for the blueberries, just wash them and fish out those annoying little stems,
then put the berries into a small saucepan with about a heaping soup spoon's
worth of sugar and a couple of good squirts of fresh lemon.
***Cook until the mess begins to bubble and the berries start cracking open.
***Sprinkle on a small amount of flour, and cook that into the berries and juice.
It will thicken a bit, and look all glossy and alluring and irresistible.

Then eat.  I recommend black coffee with it,
but then I recommend that with almost everything except pizza.
It's Friday, friends!  May your weekend be full of fun,
and awesome breakfasts.  -- Cass
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  1. Looks amazing and good.

  2. I saved this recipe, Cass. I am always looking for great, fast breakfast dishes for when the kids stay over. Thanks. I'll let you know when I try it- xo Diana

  3. I'm drooling! How smart are you ;0)? Very smart!(((hugs)))Pat

  4. Oh, does this look amazing! I happen to have some precooked sausage crumbles at the moment. They were on sale at the Amish Grocery. I'll just have to make this!

  5. There is really nothing to compare to a Jersey bagel. They say the water makes the difference.

  6. It was great! We took the leftovers on the plane heading west (is there a west equivalent of saying "back east?") and they tasted even better :)

    - L.A. Daughter

    1. Yes, you thieving children, stealing the last piece of Biscuit Cake so that your father didn't get a chance to taste so much as a crumb.
      Love, Mama
      PS The Western equivalent of "Back East" is "Siberia."

  7. I have everything - even the blueberries - can't wait for morning!

  8. im going to try the big pancake recipe i haven ben on your blog for a while see you dont have the christmas wreath on your door any more we have been having tomatoes ripe already not your tiny ones but great big ones mine came from the amish green house in big pots and i just left them in them im not proud

  9. Looks delicious - and you are can't beat those Jersey bagels!

  10. Oh my! Breakfast is my favorite any time of the day! And we LOVE good bagels at our house!

  11. I have a recipe for a blueberry sausage casserole but yours looks more yummy than mine!

  12. I have not had a good bagel since I lived in SoCal, there was a NY bakery (the family moved from NY to oceanside) there and they made the best bagels! You got them in the same brown paper bag!

    I will have to give the one giant biscuit a try! I have a houseful all the time and something that feed's the masses is always good!


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