Sweet Breakfast Mother’s Day Pizzas

Serve Mom breakfast in bed with these “no-cook” breakfast pizzas.  A perfect recipe to have little hands help with. 

1 cup (250 mL) full fat ricotta cheese

2 tbsp (30 mL) Canadian Maple Syrup

½ vanilla bean scraped – using paste only (*keep bean to flavour sugar) or 2 tsp (10 mL) pure vanilla extract

1 tsp (5 mL) finely grated orange zest and finely grated fresh ginger root

1/2 tsp (2 mL) ground cinnamon

4 whole grain pits (about 8 inches in diameter)

2 cups (500 mL) thinly sliced mixed fruit; apples, pineapple, strawberries, kiwi and bananas

¼ cup (60 mL) sunflower or pumpkin seeds

1 tbsp (15 mL) maple flakes – found at bulk stores *optional    

Stir together, ricotta, maple syrup, vanilla, orange zest, ginger and cinnamon.  Spread mixture evenly between pitas.  Divide fruit between pitas and garnish evenly with seeds and maple flakes.  Cut each pita into 4.  Makes 4 servings (1 pita each).   


Vanilla Sugar

1 cup (250 mL) granulated sugar

½ vanilla bean (*use vanilla paste (the beans that are scraped from bean) in any baked good that calls for extract and keep the long black bean for this use) 

Place sugar in a 1 cup (250 mL) glass mason jar.  Add scraped vanilla bean.  Decorate with ribbon and a handmade card for Mom.  Use sugar in coffee, for baking (*cookies, muffins brownies) or to sweeten and flavour whip cream.  Once sugar has run out, keep bean and refill container.  Bean will continue to flavour sugar for up to 6 months.    


Rosemary & Vanilla Cream with Berries

End Mother’s Day supper with a simple and fuss free dessert.

½ cup (125 mL) chilled 35% whipping cream

paste of ½ vanilla bean (*or 1 tbsp (15 mL) pure vanilla extract)

2 tbsp (30 mL) vanilla sugar

1 tsp (5 mL) chopped fresh rosemary 

2 cups (500 mL) mixed berries such as; sliced strawberries, blueberries and raspberries 

Place cream, vanilla, sugar and rosemary in a chilled mixing bowl.  Beat cream on high speed until stiff peaks form.  Divide fruit between four dessert dishes and garnish evenly with whipped vanilla cream.

Makes 4 servings.    

*Recipe written and developed by Charmaine Broughton.  charmainebroughton.com 

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