Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

An Everyday Breakfast

Our everyday breakfasts are simple.    Fresh fruit (usually in season) and bread in some form -- sometimes toast, sometimes English muffins, sometimes bagels and sometimes freshly baked muffins.

Some days we'll fix eggs to go along with bread and fruit.

We do like freshly baked muffins (we don't abhor last week's muffins which we had frozen for later but . . .)

And a freshly baked muffin day is a good day!

The breakfast room -- being used for breakfast!

I like to use a tablecloth and always a floral or fruit centerpiece.

A bowl for fruit, a plate for muffin and a cup for tea . . . and a napkin to genteelly wipe your mouth and fingers!

The blue and white china (of course!), the weekly napkin in a silver napkin ring and one of the English butter knives.

A napkin keeps the fresh from the muffins warm.

Freshly baked muffins this morning -- but just four (which is two for breakfast and two for tea, really) in a napkin lined basket.

I prefer a tea cup and saucer -- husband Jim likes a mug!

A Spode pot to serve morning tea.

A weekday breakfast at Linderhof

Sometimes Husband Jim joins his cronies for morning coffee leaving me to breakfast on my own.    The table, however, is the same as even when it is me, I like to do things nicely!

The muffins are great and one of the best recipes I've found.    They're called Donna Morgan's Ice Box English Muffins.    They're not really an "English" muffin, however.    But I like the "Ice Box" part -- for you can make them and keep them in the "ice box" baking off as many as you need.    So we can have freshly baked muffins several times a week without having to eat a dozen muffins in one day!


2 c. flour
2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. ground cinnamon
3/4 c. sugar
1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 large egg
1 cup milk
3/4 c. raisins


1/2 c. packed light brown sugar
1/4 c. chopped pecans
1 t. ground cinnamon

Heat oven to 350.   Grease muffin cups or use baking cups.

Mix flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in a small bowl.   Using a wooden spoon or electric mixer, beat sugar and butter in a large bowl.    Beat in egg.    Add flour mixture to egg mixture about one third at a time, alternating with milk and ending with flour.    Stir just until blended.    Fold in raisins.

Mix topping ingredients in a small bowl.

Muffins may be baked right away, or batter and topping may be covered tightly in separate containers and refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.    Stir before baking.

Scoop batter into muffin cups, using just over 1/4 cup for each.    Sprinkle with topping.    Bake about 20 mnutes or until springy to the touch in the center.    Cool 5 minutes before removing from pans.

It's Thursday and I'm joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.

And because it's tea for breakfast, I'm joining Bernideen for tea in the garden.


On Crooked Creek said...

I adore your table cover with the tatted crochet lace!!! Exquisite! Your blue and white is always an elegant choice! I do admire your muffins and am thinking this recipe is perfect for the cooler mornings here on the Prairie!!! Thanks for sharing!

podso said...

I like how you make every meal special

Mary Bergfeld said...

You always set such a beautiful table, Martha. The muffins have me intrigued. They sound delicious and must be a great way to kick-start the day. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Tea Party said...

ALWAYS lovely...

Bernideen said...

I think I could just sit here for hours and day dream. What a lovely table spread to work on "ideas" and receive inspiration! Lovely muffins and always love your recipes!

From the Kitchen said...

I love having this type of muffin on hand to just scope into a tin and bake off fresh for breakfast. Thanks for the recipe.


we three dogs and me said...

Love your cosy breakfast room. It is so inviting. Love the blue and white dishes. Thanks for stopping by. Sometimes I feel so alone out there.The muffis sound yummy.Your hub is a lucky man.

Tammy @ A Walk in the Countryside said...

Lovely table!

Crystal Grandeur said...

Thank you Martha to drop have a nice breakfast room close to the garden.that's just your white table cloth edged in crocheted trim.thx for the muffins and your share,,,:):

Judy Biggerstaff said...

Your food is so special and such a beautiful table you have created for the breakfast.

Mimi said...

YOUR table says to me....YOU are SPECIAL and deserve to have Breakfast in a nice pleasing spot!!!GOOD for you!!
I wish...I need to do make me feel special...and hubby...dinner is special but rarely is breakfast served in such a delightful way!!!
I will try your muffins!!!

Barbara said...

Can I come to breakfast!