Toasts, Parfaits, and Fruity Breakfasts

Grapefruit-Thyme Curd 2

Grapefruit-Thyme Curd

The other night, the students in the food writing class that I’m taking were asked to sit for 2 minutes and jot down every word, phrase, or image that came to mind when the instructor said the word “lemon.” Go ahead and think about it for a second – what does your list look like?
The last line that I wrote was “Summer. Sun. Happy.” I suspect your list looks similar. It’s nearly impossible not to smile when there’s citrus around!
This bittersweet grapefruit curd is guaranteed to put a summertime smile on your face even on the rainiest spring day. Spread it on an English muffin or scone, stuff it inside crepes dusted with powdered sugar, or use it as a filling in miniature tarts – it’s even delicious stirred into vanilla yogurt.

Pear and Cranberry Breakfast Crumble


Without a doubt, pears are my favorite fruit. I’ve loved them ever since i was a little kid. I actually remember one time when I was about 5 or 6 and I was eating one at my grandmother’s house it was sooo juicy and sooo good. I ate the entire thing. And I mean the ENTIRE thing! My mom came in and asked when I did with the core and I was like “what?” Yeah, I ate that pear core, seeds, and all!

Anyway, it’s easy to overlook pears in the Fall because of all of the excitement that surrounds apples. I decided to make a pie in celebration of the season’s “other” fruit. When thinking about what I wanted my pie to look like, I decided on a crumb top. Then I remembered that Deb over at Smitten Kitchen posted an apple breakfast granola crisp that looked amazing, and my pear crumble as born. With a combination of pears, apple, cranberries and a lightly sweetened granola topping, this crumble is delicious for breakfast, dessert, or anything in between. [….]