June 11, 2015
Sweet Egg & Sun-Dried Pesto Bread Muffin ♥ Safest Choice Eggs Lean & Light #Sponsored Recipe Contest
In many Asian homes, breakfasts are not quite like ours, but lately, just like the Italian American dishes of our childhood, many Asian dishes have been tweaked to combine the best of both worlds.
Nothing is more relevant than Korean food. During the Korean war and many years after, Americans stationed in Korea had a profuse influence on food. Today, Korean foods are all the rage and Mom & Pop Korean restaurants can be found in even the smallest strip malls across the American landscape but unlike Vietnam, Cambodia and mainland China, there were already many familiar American ingredients in a Korean's diet.
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I, like many, are enamored with Asian foods, and while there are some ingredients I will not eat, the majority of Korean dishes have caught my attention with their easy to source ingredients.
I combined America's love of On-the-Go Breakfast foods with a Korean and Italian influence to create a Light & Lean Sweet Egg & Sun-Dried Pesto Bread Muffin.
Sort of a Savory/Sweet Muffin with an egg baked into it.
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While the Koreans use an oval pan, my Texas Muffin Tin proved to be quite adequate and the edges browned to a crisp crunch, the eggs stayed soft as the bread baked up and around them and were done in 15 minutes. A complete yum all around!
A wonderful balance of crunchy, sweet, savory, eggy, salty, spicy combination of flavors.
As with most baked goods, they tasted even better the second day and 4 days later.
If you have 30 minutes and would like to save money, time and eat a better breakfast, and can use a blender, you must try these. While I kept it simple, one could add chopped ham, peppers, hash browns or bacon.
Do not leave out the pesto, please but if sun-dried isn't your cup of tea, use your favorite flavor.
It's all good.
To store: Wrap individually in wax paper and then use your favorite container. Mine fit well into a rectangular food container, making it easy to grab one and go.
To heat: In a microwave (wrapped in a paper towel) on high, one minute should heat the bread without cooking the egg.
In a toaster oven: Toast for 3-4 minutes on an oven-proof tray.
Sweet Egg & Sun-Dried Pesto Bread Muffin
Makes 6 large muffins
* 3/4 cup all purpose flour
* 2 large eggs, whisked
* 1/2 cup your favorite butter substitute
* 2 - 3 tablespoons sugar replacement (depending on your preference for sweet
* 1/4 cup fat-free evaporated milk
* 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
* all natural butter spray
* 6 Davidson's Safest Choice Eggs
* 4 tablespoons sun-dried tomato pesto
* chopped ham, bacon, peppers or potatoes, optional
* 2 spring onions, minced
* chopped parsley, optional
* salt & pepper
Preheat oven to 400°.
Meanwhile, spray a Texas muffin tin with butter spray.
In a blender or a large bowl, mix first 7 ingredients until smooth.
Pour mixture evenly into six muffin cups and break one egg on top of batter.
(I use a small bowl in case of breakage)
Spoon 1 teaspoon of pesto on each side of egg. Additional fillings can be spooned opposite the pesto.
Season with salt & pepper, parsley and onions.
Bake for 14-15 minutes. Remove from oven and cool before storing or eat them immediately.