The ‘Half Baked Harvest Cookbook’ by Tiegan Gerard contains a lot of her own versions of comfort food including breakfast recipes, appetisers & snacks, pasta & grains, poultry & pork, seafood, beef & lamb, mostly meatless meals, and desserts. But being a fan of breakfast meals, we’re especially delighted to show you one of our favourites from all her recipes , the ‘Fancy Toast, Eight Ways’ which works not only for breakfast, but for anytime of the day. So if you’re a fan of all-day breakfast, we thought these are a perfect combination with a cup of coffee (or hot chocolate, perhaps)!
‘Fancy Toast, Eight Ways’
Apple + Honey + Ricotta + Toasted Pumpkin Seed
Spread a piece of warm, toasted bread with 1/4 cup of ricotta cheese. Add 1/2 of an apple, thinly sliced and top with honeycomb or drizzle with honey. Sprinkle a handful of toasted pumpkin seeds (pepitas) on top and drizzle with warm almond butter. Top with chopped fresh thyme leaves and flaky sea salt.
Bubble-Up Cheddar and Tomato
Spread a piece of bread with butter and place on a baking sheet. Top with shredded cheddar cheese and then layer on 1 or 2 tomato slices. Place under the broiler and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbling and melted. Remove the baking sheet from the oven. Top with 1/2 of an avocado, sliced; drizzle with fresh lemon juice, then sprinkle with flaky sea salt and freshly ground pepper. Finish with 1 fried egg and toasted sesame seeds.
Strawberry + Basil + Goat Cheese
Spread a piece of warm, toasted bread with softened goats cheese and layer on 3 or 4 sliced strawberries. Add torn fresh basil leaves. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and honey, and sprinkle with flaky sea salt.
Peanut Butter + Honeycomb + Grape
Spread a piece of warm, toasted bread with peanut butter. Add halved red grapes and honeycomb or drizzle with honey. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt.
Tomato + Basil + Burrata
Spread a piece of warm, toasted bread with Basil Pesto. Break a ball of burrata over the bread. Add halved cherry tomatoes and drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle with torn fresh basil leaves and finish with flaky sea salt and freshly ground pepper.
Salted Fog + Maple Butter + Tahini
In a small saucepan, bring 2 tablespoons of salted butter and 2 tablespoons of pure maple syrup to a boil over medium heat. Cook for 30 seconds, then remove the pan from the heat. Spread a piece of warm, toasted bread with tahini and top with 2 or 3 slices fresh or dried figs. Drizzle with maple butter. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt.
Spread a piece of warm, toasted bread with butter and then sprinkle generously with equal amounts of ground cinnamon and sugar mixed together. If desired, gently spread or drizzle with Nutella.
Avocado + Citrus + Microgreens
Top toasted bread with 1/2 an avocado, sliced, flaky sea salt, toasted sesame seeds, hemp seeds, blood orange slices, passion fruit (optional), and a handful of microgreens. Drizzle lightly with olive oil.
Tieghan Gerard grew up in the Colorado mountains as one of seven children. When her dad took too long to make dinner every night, she started doing the cooking—at age 15. Ever-determined to reign in the chaos of her big family, Tieghan found her place in the kitchen. She had a knack for creating unique dishes, which led her to launch her blog, Half Baked Harvest. Since then, millions of people have fallen in love with her fresh take on comfort food, stunning photography, and charming life in the mountains.
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