Valentine's Day Breakfast

Valentine's Day Breakfast

An Old Fashioned Valentine's Day Breakfast

Whether you have been married for 50 years, or dating that special person for just a year, Valentine's Day is the perfect time to show your appreciation, love and gratitude. Words are not always easy to come by, but a lovely homemade breakfast sends a message, especially when the table is set with pretty dishes and flowers.

Yellow tulips, which signify love and sunshine, would make a cheerful display on the breakfast table. Perhaps a small frame with the words written out to the chorus of You Are My Sunshine, written in 1940 by Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell, could sit next to the tulips.

You are my sunshine,
My only sunshine.
You make me happy
When skies are grey.
You'll never know, dear,
How much I love you.
Please don't take my sunshine away.

Valentine's Day can be as unique as your relationship. This breakfast menu, along with coffee or tea, will help you celebrate with the love in your life.

Bread pudding isn’t usually a breakfast dish, but I thought it would go well with the other dishes.  This menu could also be used for brunch rather than an early breakfast.  

Swiss Eggs
Rumford Complete Cook Book, 1934

1 level tbsp. butter
2 level tbsp. grated cheese
4 very thin slices of cheese
4 eggs
3 tbsp. cream
Salt and pepper to taste

Melt the butter in a shallow baking dish; cut the slices of cheese in pieces of convenient size to cover the bottom of the dish. Break the eggs and drop them into the dish over the cheese, season to taste, and pour the cream over the eggs; sprinkle the grated cheese on top and bake in a moderate oven till the eggs are set and the cheese a delicate brown.

Chocolate Waffles
Modern Priscilla Cook Book, 1924

1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 cup hot water
1 cup milk
2 eggs
2 cups flour
4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup sugar
2 tbsp. melted shortening
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Mix cocoa to a paste with the water and bring it to boiling point, stirring constantly. Add milk, eggs well beaten and dry ingredients, mixed and sifted. Add shortening and vanilla and beat well. Serve with chocolate sauce or marshmallow cream.

Cocoa Bread Pudding
Modern Encyclopedia of Cooking, 1949

1 1/2 cups evaporated milk
2 1/2 cups milk
2 tbsp. butter
2 cups sifted dry bread crumbs
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla

Combine evaporated milk and plain milk in a saucepan, add butter and heat to scalding. Pour over bread crumbs, stir well and set aside. Mix sugar and cocoa thoroughly and add to beaten egg; add remaining ingredients, continuing to beat until well mixed. Combine with milk and crumb mixture and pour into buttered shallow 6 cup baking dish. Bake in a moderate (350 degrees F.) for 45 minutes or until custard test done. (Insert a pointed knife in center to see if it comes out clean.)Serve hot with cream.

Iced Orange Juice
American Woman's Cook Book

Fill small glass cups with strained orange juice and set each in the center of a plate filled with cracked ice. This makes a delicious and beautiful fruit course for breakfast.


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