birthday breakfast for susan


This year, my mom's birthday (that's Susan) fell on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Since my sister was in town and I now conveniently live down the road from my grandmother, I decided to debut our new apartment for some early morning birthday breakfast and time together. (How did you #blockfriday this year?)

Birthday Breakfast Menu

Pumpkin Mini Donuts (some Cinnamon-Sugar, some Plain)
Baked Stayman Winesap Apples with Maple Brown Sugar
Steel-cut Oatmeal with Spiced Cranberry Sauce and Fresh Pomegranate

For the baked apples (picked them up a few days before at Stockton Market), picking a more tart, flavorful apple will yield the best results when cooked, much like when you choose the right apples for pie. Think Granny Smith, Pink Lady, Stayman (a little mulled spice hint), or Black Arkansas.

Simply rinse and core. Place in a deep-dish baking pan with about an inch of water at the bottom. Pour maple syrup (the real stuff, come on) into the cored area, and sprinkle with dark brown sugar and cinnamon. Bake for 40-45 minutes at 400 degrees, checking often. (Bigger apples may take a little longer, smaller ones less, etc.) They're ready when you can stab them easily with a paring knife.

And a happy birthday to YOU.