Chef John's Breakfast and Brunch
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Quick & Crispy Home Fries
Rating: 4.5 stars 113
In order to get a crispy crust like the fries at your local diner you need to precook and cool them. When you pan fry a cold starch, it gets a beautifully crispy surface.
Turkish Eggs (Cilbir)
Rating: 5 stars 50
Poached eggs served over garlicky herbaceous Greek yogurt with chili oil.
Chef John's Clotted Cream
Rating: 5 stars 72
Sweet, nutty cream cooked slowly in the oven, great on warm biscuits.
Rating: 4.5 stars 1045
Anybody can add water to a boxed pancake mix, but you're better than that! These pancakes are not too thick, not too thin, but tender, light, buttery, and delicious.
Rating: 5 stars 184
If these pancakes were any lighter, they would float off the plate--and I didn't even separate the eggs and whip the whites. Also, I used water instead of milk--and I liked them better that way. I like to serve these with a pat of butter, a pinch of lemon zest, and a drizzle of maple syrup.
Chef John's Sticky Buns
Rating: 5 stars 51
A soft buttery dough and crunchy caramel topping are the stars in Chef John's perfected pecan sticky bun recipe.
Make-Ahead Frozen Yogurt Parfaits
Rating: 5 stars 2
Chef John's frozen Greek yogurt parfaits are perfect for summer days.
Crispy Rolled Breakfast Burrito
Rating: 5 stars 5
I've always loved the idea of a breakfast burrito, but I've never been crazy about the execution. It always seemed like we were rolling up a bunch of random breakfast ingredients in a tortilla. Plus, it always bothered me that just a little of the top and bottom got browned, I mean, what about the sides? Here I'm going to show you a technique that takes care of both of those issues and will work no matter what ingredients you decide to use.
Apple Crumble Coffee Cake
Rating: 5 stars 92
Finally, after all these years, I've come up with a solution for people who can't decide whether to make an apple crumble or coffee cake. This features the best things about both of those recipes. It's like baking a crumb-topped coffee cake on top of another coffee cake!
Rating: 5 stars 78
Pronounced 'queen-a-mahn,' kouign-amann wouldn't be one of the world's greatest pastries if it also weren't a legendary labor of love. The irresistible combination of sweet, salty, sticky, buttery, crispy, flaky, and tender is something you must experience to believe. Made with bread flour, the dough is a little different from croissants or puff pastry. Salt is also key here; the authentic ones are about as savory as they are sweet.
Pecan Sour Cream Coffee Cake
Rating: 5 stars 392
For me, the best part about coffee cake is the crispy, crunchy, buttery crumbs. So here I significantly upped the amounts used. Bake times will vary according to pan size and composition.
Chef John's Quiche Lorraine
Rating: 5 stars 474
In my opinion, a proper quiche should be rich, custardy, and luxurious--not some kind of dense, baked omelet. This has only enough eggs and yolks to hold things together, but that means you need to let it cool to just warm before serving, to fully enjoy the experience.
Rating: 5 stars 179
I decided to make buckwheat pancakes for a few reasons: I get lots of requests for anything breakfast, I'm trying to cook with more whole grains, and I heard someone say it's almost impossible to make a great pancake using 100% buckwheat flour.
Chef John's Dutch Babies
Rating: 5 stars 652
I've always been fascinated by how many different breakfast foods you can create using just milk, eggs, and flour; and this is one of the more interesting examples. Especially considering the unusual, and borderline disturbing name. Sometimes called German pancakes, these have very little to do with Germany, and nothing to do with the Dutch. Apparently they were invented by German immigrants who were referred to as Dutch.
Chef John's Shakshuka
Rating: 5 stars 277
This North African one-dish-meal is so fast, easy, and delicious. Be sure to cook your sauce until the veggies are nice and soft and sweet. Once the eggs go in, you can finish covered on the stove, or just pop the pan into a hot oven until they cook to your liking.
Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Bars
Rating: 5 stars 43
I'm always on the lookout for easy and delicious things to make for breakfast that are on the one hand, relatively healthy and good for you, while on the other hand, not too good for you. I think these really do fit the bill. These are normally made with strawberry preserves, but here we're using fresh strawberries for a little lighter and lower-sugar approach. For best results, refrigerate before serving.
Chef John's Banana Bread
Rating: 4.5 stars 884
Banana bread is one of those things people rarely make on purpose, only when those last three bananas are almost black. This scrumptious banana-walnut loaf, spiked with dark chocolate chips, is so good you'll want to make it well before the bananas get to that condition.
Rating: 4.5 stars 185
This makes a great party snack.
Chef John's Cheese Blintzes
Rating: 4.5 stars 92
If you're ever talking to someone who's been to, or used to live in, New York City, and the subject of cheese blintzes comes up, you will almost always see their face light up. While there are several steps, they're fairly simple, and so totally worth the effort.
How to Make Cronuts, Part I (The Dough)
Rating: 5 stars 21
Learn how to make the special dough that fries up into tender, flaky pastries called cronuts.
Chef John's Blueberry Dutch Baby
Rating: 5 stars 75
You're in for a huge treat with this blueberry studded baked pancake--it's rich and satisfying but surprisingly light tasting. The true magic of a Dutch baby is the contrast of texture between the crispy, crusty outside and the soft, custardy, fruity center. This version is not only gorgeous and delicious, but it's fun and simple to make! There's no sugar in the batter, so all the sweetness comes from the berries and the powdered sugar. For a sweeter version, serve with maple syrup like regular blueberry pancakes.
Baked Apple Roses
Rating: 4.5 stars 154
These were inspired by a cook named Ana, a Brazilian food blogger living in Italy. I really hope you give these gorgeous looking, and very delicious apple roses a try soon. Enjoy!
Chef John's Monte Cristo Benedict
Rating: 4.5 stars 129
Imagine the best French toast you've ever had, combined with the best ham and cheese sandwich you've ever had, topped with perfectly poached eggs. You don't need any Hollandaise because the poached egg yolks are the sauce.
Chef John's Apple Fritters
Rating: 4.5 stars 189
I didn't think I liked apple fritters, but turns out I just don't like chunks of almost raw apple, surrounded by a doughnut. Maybe I've just been going to the wrong shops, but I've never enjoyed the texture, and always wanted to try them with cooked apples.