Breakfast in Bed + A Giveaway

Breakfast Galette

I’ve always been a breakfast person, but I never gave much thought to breakfast in bed. Now, it seems all I needed was the right equipment.

Kate at Pacific Merchants sent me a beautiful acacia wood Breakfast in Bed set to try out. The tray, plate, and bowl are light and they feel good and smooth in my hands. The natural wood color really shows off the food you serve on it.

Like Pacific, I’m a fan of everyday luxuries and life’s simple pleasures. A pretty bowl of plump raspberries. A new lipstick called ‘Lady Danger.’ On a weekend, a pretty tray with matching plates and bowls makes breakfast feel even more special. This set is great for a Sunday morning treat, and I also found myself also using it to elevate even the most simple of breakfasts: avocado toast. A jar of water with fresh cucumber slices on the side, and I felt like I was being really, really nice to myself.

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The idea of breakfast in bed inspired me to make a breakfast galette. You know I love galettes, both savory and sweet, and this one also calls again for my most favorite, versatile dough: pâte brisée. And what could be better than a cheesy, oniony galette with an egg on it? A *mini* breakfast galette baked just for you. This recipe makes two single-serving galettes. You know what means. A really good flaky crust to filling ratio.

So here’s the plan. The night before you want to surprise someone with breakfast in bed, make the dough and store it in the fridge. On Sunday morning, roll it out, layer it with bacon, cheese, and shallots, and bake it off. This is easy enough to do while you let your boo sleep in.

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And to drink? A raspberry-mint smoothie. It’s tart, colorful, and refreshing, which I think is a perfect way to start the day. I love drinking smoothies from jars. It has more than enough space for a smoothie, and it can be breakfast on the go if necessary. The Kilner jar that comes with the breakfast in bed set is perfect for this.

Kate also sent these decorative cheese leaves made of parchment paper. They add a little oomph to a plate, and they definitely make me want to step up my cheese and cracker game. The rose one is probably my favorite. I’m a sucker for a pretty flower.

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From Kate, here’s a little about the company: Pacific Merchants Trading Company seeks the best and most beautiful products around the world to help its customers live by the motto: “Enjoy the simple pleasures of life”.  The owner, Bruce, founded the company in 1992 and it remains a family-owned and run company. They seek out unique, quality products from around the world at fair prices.

The giveaway:

Pacific Merchants is giving a $100 gift card to one of my readers! To enter for a chance to win, leave a comment below telling me what you’d serve for breakfast in bed. The giveaway ends at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, July 23. I’ve extended the giveaway and it ends Friday, July 25 at 9 a.m. EST. I’ll then select a winner randomly from the entries.

But I also have a little something for all of you! Use the code ‘ALS15’ and get 15 percent off your Pacific Merchants order. 

Update: This giveaway is now closed. The lucky winner is no. 19! Congrats, Kay!

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Raspberry-mint smoothie

mini breakfast galettes

I love a good galette (aka crostata), and the idea of breakfast in bed inspired to me make a galette for a special morning. The ingredients are simple but they’re enveloped in a buttery, flaky crust, and that makes it a treat. The whole thing is easy enough to arrange in the morning while the coffee bubbles and brews, and you let your boyfriend or girlfriend sleep in. I made these breakfast galettes in mini sizes so that each one serves one. This breakfast was made just for you! To make breakfast in bed even easier, make the dough the night before you plan to serve, and it’ll be ready to go when you pull it from the fridge in the morning.

1 disk pâte brisée (recipe below)
2/3 cup shredded cheese (a blend of mozzarella, fontina, parmesan is great)
1 minced shallot
2 strips thick-cut bacon, cooked and chopped
3 eggs (1 is for egg wash)
salt
pepper
chives, chopped

Heat oven to 400°F.

Divide disk of pâte brisée into two equal pieces. Take one and use a rolling pin to spread dough out into a circular shape about 1/4-inch thick. It helps to use a floured surface and to sprinkle some flour on your rolling pin as well. Transfer to a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Sprinkle 1/3 cup cheese on the dough, leaving a 1 1/2-inch border around the edges. Sprinkle half of the minced shallots and half of the cooked bacon over the cheese. Use your fingers to create a slight well in the center. Fold the edges of the dough over. Repeat these steps with remaining dough, cheese, shallots, and bacon to make a second mini galette. Place it on the large baking sheet next to the first one.

Make an egg wash by cracking 1 egg into a small bowl and adding a splash of water. Use a fork to break up the egg and combine. Brush egg wash lightly on folded edges of  each galette. Season each galette with a pinch each of salt and pepper.

Bake for 15 to 17 minutes, or until edges are starting to turn golden. Remove baking sheet from oven and quickly add 1 egg yolk (I tossed most of the egg white so it wouldn’t take over the galette, but it’s nice to hang on to some along with the yolk for both looks and taste) in each center. Bake for another 8 to 10 minutes, until egg yolk is set and the crust is golden brown. Garnish with chopped chives and serve.

pâte brisée:

This dough comes together so easily and bakes up incredibly flaky. Use it for sweet or savory pies, quiches, or galettes. Dough makes enough for two full-size galettes and can also be frozen up to 3 months and thawed in the fridge before using. In this case, we’re splitting one disk of dough to make two small galettes. You can make extra galettes with the rest of the dough or freeze it for another day’s galette. Recipe from Martha Stewart’s Pies & Tarts.

2 1/2 cups (320 grams) all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 cup (2 sticks or 8 ounces) cold butter, cut into small cubes
1/4 to 1/2 cup ice water

Combine flour, salt, and sugar in a stand mixer or food processor. Add the butter and combine at slow speed or pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal with different sized piece of butter, including some larger pieces. Drizzle 1/4 cup ice water over the mixture. Mix or pulse until the mixture just starts to hold together. Add up to another 1/4 cup ice water, a tablespoon at a time, if the mixture is too dry.

Divide the dough in half and place each on a sheet of plastic wrap. Wrap loosely with the plastic and press into a disk using a rolling pin. Refrigerate until firm, wrapped well, for 1 hour or up to 1 day.

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raspberry-mint smoothie

Raspberries are so gorgeous right now that I want to eat as many as possible. They match beautifully with fresh mint in this easy, refreshing smoothie. It tastes like such a treat and is a great way to kickstart the morning. Add a drizzle of honey or another date if you want a sweeter smoothie. You can halve this recipe to make one smoothie.

3 cups frozen raspberries
8 to 10 fresh mint leaves
1 cup unsweetened, full-fat coconut milk (soy or almond milk works, too)
1 small ripe banana, broken or sliced into a few pieces
2 or 4 medjool dates, pitted

Add ingredients to a blender and blitz until everything is combined and the mixture is smooth and turns pink. Pour into two jars and serve immediately.

Serves 2.

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45 thoughts on “Breakfast in Bed + A Giveaway

  1. I’m looking forward to having a fully operational kitchen again so I can try out more of your recipes 🙂

    For me, breakfast in bed (or otherwise) is downright decadent when I make pecan pancakes.

  2. Must must must have eggs..preferably poached..some fruit..nuts..and a good strong cuppa jo..some fresh daisies on the side will be the perfect icing on the cake..oh, some cake would be welcome as well!

  3. My husband bought me a waffle iron for Christmas. It didn’t seem like a very sexy present when I first opened it but then I read the card attached: “Breakfast in bed any day you want!” I didn’t know how serious he was until he woke up early on my birthday (a workday) and made them before my 6am alarm! Now that’s sexy.

    If only he had a beautiful teak tray, too!

  4. Whoa! Congrats on your first giveaway! You’re doing so great 🙂

    Simple breakfast in bed for the groggy (i.e me): nutella-stuffed french toast with strawberries on the side and fresh orange juice. Now if only I could get someone to make me that.

  5. This is the perfect Sunday morning breakfast. I love fruit smoothies, especially raspberry, and I never thought to add mint!

    I have made quiches and frittata’s, but never something as delectable as a galette! I can’t wait to try it!

    Thanks for posting!

  6. I prefer something simple that won’t make a mess for breakfast in bed: a parfait of fresh berries, yogurt and granola, handmade hashbrowns, an omlette and coffee from the French press.

  7. I couldn’t get away with serving anything other than a super-delicious breakfast sandwich. I recently made some pretzel challah rolls and rumor has it that they’re perfect for a bacon/egg/cheese sandwich.

  8. Amazing giveaway! You are crushing it over here 🙂

    For me, breakfast in bed means waffles! With a side of bacon. Lots of maple syrup. And some fresh fruit, probably. Or a smoothie. And a cappucino. I haven’t had breakfast yet today and am starving — can you tell??

  9. A two egg omelet with carmelized onions and mushrooms, topped with mucho grated cheddar. Two banana walnut waffles, smothered in 100%, Vermont maple syrup. A small pot of freshly ground French Roast coffee, pitcher of cream, a glass of fresh squeezed Florida Orange Juice, and a Tampa Bay Times! 😉

  10. My ideal breakfast in bed: Raspberry and white chocolate pancakes with maple syrup, accompanied by a side of vanilla yogurt with fresh berries and raspberry coulis. And a mimosa (or two!)

  11. I don’t know what time zone you are in, so this is probably over, but I will try anyway.
    I would serve crepes with blueberry syrup on them and a side of scrambled eggs

  12. Oh man, my boyfriend and I LIVE for weekend breakfasts. Well, maybe that’s an overstatement. But we like them a lot. If he was in charge, the breakfast in bed would consist of homemade waffles & sausage. If it was up to me, I’d choose a crispy, vegetable- and meat-laden hash with sunnyside duck eggs, and buttermilk biscuits.

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