This Valentine's Day, Make Breakfast in Bed!
Posted on February 12th, 2012

Since Valentine’s Day falls on a Tuesday this year (that’s right, people, this Tuesday!) you may be celebrating Valentine’s Day over the weekend. Another fantastic gift for your loved one this year: breakfast in bed! Here are a couple recipes to make an incredible Valentine’s Day breakfast for your sweetie that they are sure to love!

Quiche- This is an excellent and easy quiche recipe. Feel free to substitute ingredients as you wish! Add spinach or broccoli to up the nutrient content. Or substitute ham and cheddar for the bacon and swiss. Just about anything your heart desires! And if you don’t want to make the pie crust, you can buy them at the grocery store (in both the freezer and refrigerated section) or just make a crustless quiche!

For the Crust:
This is my favorite pie crust recipe, but it makes 3 pie crusts. You could cut the recipe down, which involves using 1/3 of an egg, or freeze the rest of the dough to use at a later time. It works with any pie! I also use butter-flavored shortening when I make this. Shortening makes a flakier pie crust than butter, but I still love the flavor butter gives to a crust!

4 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 cups shortening
3 tablespoons white sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1 egg
1/2 cup water

1.In a large mixing bowl, combine all-purpose flour, shortening, sugar, and salt. Blend together with a pastry cutter until crumbly.
2.In a small bowl, mix egg with water. Blend into flour mixture. Chill in refrigerator until ready to use.

Quiche Filling
8 slices bacon
4 ounces shredded Swiss cheese
4 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups milk

1.Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and set aside.
2.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9 inch pie pan. Roll out the pie crust to ¼ inch thick (remember you’ll only need 1/3 of the dough if using the recipe above). Roll the crust on to the rolling pin and lift the edge of the crust to the edge of the pie plate. Unroll the crust into the pie plate and press gently into the plate. Cut off the excess crust and press a fork to the edge of the crust along the entire pie plate. Bake crust for 5 minutes.
3. Saute onion in the same skillet you used for the bacon. If you already threw the pan in the sink or dried up all the bacon grease (and you don’t need much), you can use 1 Tbsp. butter instead.
4.Line bottom of pie crust with cheese and crumbled bacon. Combine eggs, onion, salt, flour and milk; whisk together until smooth; pour into pie pan.
5.Bake in preheated oven for 35 minutes, until set. Serve hot or cold.

Raspberry White Chocolate Muffins:
The key to really great muffins is to never over mix the batter! It’s ok if it’s a little lumpy. You really only want to stir the batter about 20 times.

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup raspberries, fresh or frozen
1 cup white chocolate chips
More sugar for the tops (I prefer to use sprinkle sugar- coarsely ground sugar that gives the top of the muffin a great crunch. You can find this in the baking aisle by the other sprinkles, birthday candles, and muffin cups)

1.Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Grease muffin cups or line with muffin liners. This recipe makes about 8 muffins.
2.Combine flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. In a separate bowl, combine vegetable oil, egg, milk, and vanilla. Mix this with flour mixture. Fold in raspberries and white chocolate. Fill muffin cups right to the top, and sprinkle with sugar.
4.Bake for 5 minutes in the preheated oven. (Starting at a high temperature for a short time helps jumpstart the leavening agents and get a really great, puffed up muffin top!) Turn the oven down to 350 degrees F and bake for another 15 to 20 minutes or until done. A toothpick inserted in the center of the muffin should come out clean.

Serve your quiche and muffins with some cut up fruit and orange juice or coffee and your honey will be blown away! Enjoy!

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