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Make breakfast after sunset

By on February 10, 2010

cinnamon rolls
photo by Rickard Berggren

Breakfast for dinner is a popular frugal meal. But sometimes serving plain old eggs and toast doesn’t go over well at the dinner hour. Adding sides such as yogurt, hash browns, oatmeal, cheese, fruit, biscuits or bagels can make a simple egg meal more appealing. When that stops working, it’s time to add an element of surprise. The following recipes aren’t expensive and can round off your “evening breakfast” plan, so everyone looks forward to it anytime of day.

Mini Cinnamon Rolls

6 tablespoons butter, softened
1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cans refrigerated Pillsbury Crescent Recipe Creations dough (or crescent-roll dough)

2/3 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon half-and-half or milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla

Stir together the butter, brown sugar, sugar and cinnamon. Set aside. Unroll the dough with the long side facing you. Spread half the butter mixture over the dough. Roll up starting with the long side in a jellyroll fashion. Cut the log into about 12 slices. Depending on how big you cut the slices, you may have more or less. Place into a greased 8-inch cake pan. Repeat with the other can of dough. Bake at 375 F for 15 to 18 minutes, until golden brown. Cool five to 10 minutes. Stir together the icing ingredients, and drizzle over warm rolls. Makes at least two-dozen rolls. — Nancy, Virginia

Doughnut Muffins

Cream the following ingredients in a large bowl:
1-3/4 cups sugar
3/4 cup oil
3 eggs
1-1/4 cups milk
2 teaspoons vanilla

In a separate bowl, mix:
3 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

For topping:
1 stick butter or margarine, melted
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Combine the ingredients, and mix; don’t overmix. Spoon into greased muffin tins, each two-thirds full. Bake at 375 F for 16 to 20 minutes or until tops are lightly browned. While still warm, dip the top of each muffin in melted margarine or butter and then in a mixture of sugar and cinnamon. Makes two dozen. — Tina, Canada

Gingerbread Waffles

2 cups flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
dash cloves or allspice
2 eggs
1-1/2 cups buttermilk
1/3 cup molasses
1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil

Whisk together the dry ingredients in a large bowl, and set aside. In a small bowl, beat the eggs well. Beat in the buttermilk, molasses and oil until well blended. Make a well in the flour mixture, and add the wet ingredients. Mix until just barely combined. Pour the batter into a hot, greased waffle iron, and cook. Makes six large waffles. — Denise, Illinois

Applesauce Pancakes

3/4 cup white flour
1/2 cup wheat flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1/3 cup dry milk
1 egg
3 tablespoons applesauce
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 cup apple juice

Combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together wet ingredients until combined. Heat an electric fry pan or griddle at about 225 F, and lightly spray with cooking spray. Pour circles of 1/4 cup of batter onto a hot griddle. Adjust heat if necessary. Flip when bubbles appear on the surface. Makes 12 pancakes. — Constance, New Jersey


  1. Alice

    2/10/2010 at 4:23 pm

    I have printed the recipes. They sound delish. 🙂
    .-= Alice´s last blog ..Make breakfast after sunset =-.

  2. Saule

    2/11/2010 at 1:18 am

    We used to regularly have pancakes for supper when we were growing up. I still like to do that for a light supper. I will also make breakfast burritos for, well, lunch and dinner – scramble some eggs, warm up, some tortillas, fold the egg into the tortilla with some tomatillo sauce, pico de gallo, guacamole, shredded cheese – it’s all wonderful. That and a cup of soup is a fine meal.

  3. Forest

    2/11/2010 at 9:57 am

    Just saw Cinnamon bread on another blog today and now this….. Something is telling me I need to crack open the cinnamon and get backing 🙂

    Awesome looking recipe.

    .-= Forest´s last blog ..How To Avoid Going To The Supermarket =-.

  4. Linda

    2/11/2010 at 10:17 am

    Our favorite breakfast for supper: (similar to South Beach Diet Pancakes) Serves 2 generously.

    Oatmeal Pancakes with Blueberry Syrup

    Place in blender or food processor:

    8 egg whites(low fat alternative) or 4 whole eggs
    1/2 cup low fat or fat free cottage cheese
    1 cup old fashioned oatmeal
    1/2 tsp cinnamon
    1/2 tsp baking powder
    1/2 tsp vanilla

    Blend well and let set for 15-20 minutes to thicken up.

    We use this to make 2 large pancakes in a skillet.

    While pancakes are thickening up, place 1/2 – 1 cup pancake syrup or maple syrup into a saucepan with about a cup of frozen blueberries. Warm gently until all berries are thawed. Serve with oatmeal pancakes for a high protein, low fat treat.

    We also might have turkey bacon with this, and/or other fruit.

  5. Momk

    2/12/2010 at 5:26 pm

    I love trying new recipes! Thank you!

  6. Dixye

    2/12/2010 at 8:39 pm

    These are great recipes! We enjoy breakfast for dinner…these will make it really special.

  7. Xpat

    2/16/2010 at 12:41 am

    I am keen to try the mini cinnamon roll!
    .-= Xpat´s last blog ..Mina Port Fish Market in Abu Dhabi =-.

  8. Anna

    2/16/2010 at 2:20 pm

    For lunch I’ve been into a 77:33 mix of 2 cups old fashioned cook oats mixed with 1 cup of Bob’s Red Mill 5- or 10- grain mix, 1 cup dry milk powder, and 1/4 cup sugar. Serve it in a wide bowl with a “milk moat,” 1T brown sugar and 1/2 a diced apple with some tea or milk. Whatever is left over you can refrigerate then nuke yourself another bowl later. It’s cheap, filling, and tasty (almost like eating dessert) and the kids love it.

    I love eggs! They’re cheap and versatile. Scramble some eggs with minced onion, green pepper, and a Tablespoon of shredded leftover meat or cheese, add a Tablespoon of medium salsa, and you’ve got a tasty burrito. Or make quiche or a frittata. Or substitute scrambled eggs for meat in your favorite Asian stir fry and add some (equally cheap) shredded cabbage.

    On Friday nights when Daddy does the grocery shopping on his way home from work, we frequently have a “silly supper” comprising of a cheese omelette or fruit pancakes made with an extra egg.

  9. Sara Noel

    2/16/2010 at 5:29 pm

    I like hearing what other people make. We tend to make pancakes, waffles or breakfast sandwiches and then offer fresh cut fruit on the side. My husband is the cook when it’s breakfast for dinner night. I umm, help with the toast. haha

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