Taking over the blog today is Melissa from Foodcellfie. Breakfast and brunch are one of my favorite meals, they can have such a fun, relaxed vibe. One of the things I like so much about food is the way it can create a certain atmosphere or feeling. Everything about Love Ophelia is the same way. Their pieces bring you into a story! As soon as I felt the embrace of my Love Ophelia robe, I was immediately inspired to share through blogging how fun it is to cherish a cozy brunch.
There’s something really indulgent about a lazy morning in, either by yourself or with company. You can really take your time waking up, and then hopefully begin cooking up something yummy to start the day with! Starting the coffee maker first is always a good idea, you can let the scent of freshly brewed coffee wake everyone up. If you’re eating at home I’ve always felt it’s more about company than how fancy the food is. When my friends stay over, I know I could serve mimosas from coffee mugs and toast on paper plates, and we’d still have fun. (I’m actually pretty sure this has happened before, haha!) Still, it always adds a certain vibe when you try and fancy things up a little bit. This is true even if it’s just for yourself! If you have fresh fruit, it always makes a table look nicer. I have a bunch of fun, mismatched vintage dishware that I like to bring out, and champagne flutes of mimosas never look bad. It also doesn’t hurt if you get to wear a pretty Love Ophelia robe either! 😛
Like I said I am not an exceptional chef, and if I’m making breakfast in the morning I’m usually too sleepy to come up with something super intricate. I always keep Bisquick in my pantry for this reason; Bisquick makes it so easy to make pancakes, biscuits, etc in the morning when you’re half awake! These little shortcakes are a take on Strawberry Shortcake, but an autumn, breakfast version. They are very easy to make and really good!
Mascarpone cheese is a soft, Italian cream cheese, you probably know it best from tiramisu. This spread is pretty versatile and I use it in a variety of desserts besides these shortcakes. For example, it goes very well over grilled peaches in the summer. If you cannot find Mascarpone cheese in your grocery store, you can also use plain or vanilla Greek yogurt.
Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Shortcakes with Honey Mascarpone Spread (makes 4)
To make the Shortcakes:
- 1 cup Bisquick
- 2 Tbsp dark brown sugar
- ⅓ cup milk
- 1 small apple, peeled and diced
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- Shake of nutmeg (optional)
- 1/4 cup walnuts or pecans
- 1/4 cup rolled oats
Honey Mascarpone spread:
- 1 cup Mascarpone cheese
- honey to taste
- cinnamon to taste
Pre-heat oven to 450.
Stir together the Shortcake ingredients in bowl. Divide into 4 and drop onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake until golden brown and then remove them from the oven, I usually leave them in for about 12 minutes.
While the shortcakes are baking…
Mix honey and cinnamon in Mascarpone cheese until taste.
After the shortcakes have cooled a bit, cut them in half and put a dollop of the Mascarpone in between. Drizzle honey and sprinkle cinnamon on top. Serve with your favorite other brunch items: pastries, fruit, coffee, juice, mimosas.