January 3, 2010

Quick Bite: Apple Compote

Before I take on 2010 with a bit more savoir-faire, a lot more organic, a little less ice cream and a. . .oh, who am I kidding? 2010 will probably be filled with many delicious desserts and countless hearty breakfasts. (But, yes, much more organic). The truth is, I don't much get into the spirit of resolutions if I ended the previous year happy. And that I did. Even if there were a few low points, in the words of Ol' Blue Eyes: that's life.

So let me begin this year with a bit of last year: eggnog drop biscuits with warm apple compote and cream. Now listen here, don't go eating this every day, but if you have a little bit off eggnog left from your New Year's Eve party, finish it up in this decadent breakfast and be done with it. Then eat your egg white omelette tomorrow.

Serves 4

Apple Compote
2 Granny Smith apples peeled and diced
1/4 cup of light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
1/2 tablespoon of butter
1 tablespoon of water

Eggnog Drop Biscuits
2 cups of Trader Joe's All Purpose Baking Mix
1/8 cup of softened butter
1/4 cup of milk
1/2 cup of light eggnog

Whipped cream

Heat oven to 400°. Make the drop biscuits by combining baking mix and butter until mix resembles coarse meal. Add the milk and the eggnog and stir until moistened. Drop spoonfuls of dough onto a baking pan and put in the oven for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown. Meanwhile, in a small pot mix the apples, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg until the apples are evenly coated. Turn on medium heat and add water and butter. Cook until soft (about 10 minutes).

When the biscuits and apples are done, cut each biscuit and top with a spoonful of apples and a spoonful of whipped cream. Serve with a hot cup of coffee and absolutely no guilt!

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