Valentine's Day Breakfast ... Revisited

~As reposted from Valentine's Day, 2009~
A very simple breakfast to begin a relaxing day ~ the food was very simple; sliced sweet, juicy oranges with raspberry and toasted sliced almond garnish, soft scrambled eggs, and my favorite Coffee Cake, made tiny into little cakelets with Blueberries added.

At times like these, I wish the hot tub/spa wasn't right across the deck in view of the bay window-dining nook. :(
Please try to pretend it isn't there. :)

You've all seen scrambled eggs, so I'll skip those... and get on to images of my favorite coffee cake.

It's a version of New York-Style Crumb Cake, adapted from
The Foster's Market Cookbook.

Usually I make it in a jelly-roll pan, and cut into serving size pieces. (It's really rich, and absolutely loaded with crumbly topping, but not too sweet, just the way I like it.)

This time I made a half recipe (it still makes A LOT), then baked the batter off in the

with removable bottoms.
I love the straight sides on this pan ~ the little cakes bake up nice and tall.

The fresh blueberries were exceptionally sweet, so I added a few to some of the little cakes, sprinkling them over before adding the crumb topping to the batter.

I've posted the recipe on the
Once Upon a Plate Recipe blog; HERE, in case you
would like to print or save it.

You can add other fresh berries instead of the blueberries, although the cake is great plain, with no fruit ~ I also like to add either blackberries or raspberries, too.

Since we don't eat as many sweets at my house any longer, I'll definitely freeze some of these to enjoy another time.

Such an easy breakfast/brunch ~ no need for lunch.

For my dishease friends...
the Valentine's table is an eclectic mix some Churchill (England), some Villeroy & Boch (Germany), the pink cabbage leaf plates, and the white cylindrical pot holding the mini-rose bush are Bordallo Pinhero (Portugal), the little pressed glass dishes are vintage made in USA. Ditto the water glasses. The little pink roses on the silver tray are Salt & Pepper shakers; Staffordshire (England.)
Tablecloth and napkins; April Cornell.

Thank you for coming by today! Please go visit all of the other Tablescape Thursday at Susan's (Between Naps on the Porch.)

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  1. Can I come over?:) I love our mini Norpros..and your tablescape:) Just so pretty Mary~

  2. That is so pretty..I remember those placemats, I love them!
    Lovely, Mary!

  3. What a perfect table...and those coffee cakes look fabulous. I love anything with a crumb topping. I'm saving that recipe.


  4. This is all so sweet and lovely -- a perfect Valentine's table! Love all your pinks on the table. I hope to find some of those pink cabbage leaf plates someday!

  5. Mari~~

    I love this table...such pretty dishes!! I am so eager to try the crumb cake you said, not too sweet. That's perfect for me. I love the way they look. Where do you get the Norepro pan? Williams Sonoma or the like? Thanks so much!


  6. The tablescape is very pretty and I love the way your cheesecake pan made the little cakeletes stand up so straight and tall. Everything looks delicious.

  7. Everything looks so soft and beautiful. I will have to try those muffins, they look just too good to pass up...everything is so appealing, I have to go back and look again....Phyllis

  8. Your table is pure eye candy..and the muffins you prepared look divine..I must try them! Beautiful table and presentation! I love those little birds.. they are in my post for Valentine's too! So pretty!

    Happy Thursday!

    Miss Bloomers

  9. I SOOOO want to come live with you!!!!:):)

  10. The pink is perfect and the birds are so whimsical. It is all very yummy.

  11. If you can forgive the weeds through the windows in my tablescapes, I surely don't mind seeing your hot tub through your windows!!! :D

    What a beautiful table. And the muffins look delicious. Cant' wait to try them -

  12. Hey, a hottub out the window is no biggie! fact, it kind of plays right into the whole Valentine theme!

  13. Very pretty! I'm glad you re-posted as I didn't see it last year!

    Food looks delicious!


  14. romantic...

  15. Hi: Thought I would stop by and visit, and I am so glad I did. Love your blog. The pictures are fabulous. Will be back soon and thanks so much for sharing. Cheers, Lia

  16. Greenfully elicious...basil rocks and so do ue lovely recipes...

  17. The setting is as pretty as the muffins Mary. How lovely to have a meal by the window!

  18. Oh, I love that tea set and the muffins look so delicious! Cindy

  19. That looks so lovely. I prefer the tablescapes that include food. Of course I prefer anything with food.

  20. p.s. I never even noticed the hot tub, till you mentioned it!
    My eyes were too busy dancing all over the table. :D

  21. Everything on the table is so pretty, Mari. This is perfection! I am in love with your clear ruffly glass plates....Christine

  22. first post never showed up. :( It was very clever, too. LOL

    I said I will never be as good as you & that you are a very talented artist in so many venues.
    I also said I covet those ♥ shaped placemats!

    But I said it all in a much funnier manner. :/

  23. Very romantic.

    I'd love one of your crumb cake muffins for breakfast.

  24. Love the placemats. And the birds. And definitely the chocolate! I would eat chocolate for breakfast if I could.

  25. Yummy! This all looks delicious. I'd love to have breakfast at this lovely table.

  26. Beautiful breakfast, but believe you me, I personally wouldn't mind looking out onto my spa from my breakfast nook, as I have neither spa nor nook.

    It all looks very romantic, spa or no spa.

  27. Love the attention to detail. It makes breakfast much more appealing. Beautiful photos!

  28. Mari, who would not want to have a lovely breakfast like this on Valentine's Day morning. From the first sip of coffee to the last crumb of those delectable little individual blueberry crumb cakes, you would feel like the most loved person in the world.

    Your presentation is perfect down to the elegant porcelain roses on the silver tray. One would be so blessed to sit at your table...

  29. Tu as vraiment l'art de dresser de si jolies tables toi!! Tous ces petits détails placés avec soin!! C'est vraiment Magnifique à voir;)

    J'ai la même cloche à gâteau que toi hihi!!

    Tes photos sont toujours comme une douce caresse pour les pupilles:))xxx

  30. I knew I was in love with your blog the minute I saw it. AND you are also from the PNW! Even better.

    Looking forward to catching up on your recipes. I just printed your NY crumb cakelets. YUM.

  31. I am such a foodie, so I'm surprised it has taken me so long to find your fabulous blog! Joined your followers. had so much fun looking at all your wonderful photograhs and reading your recipes. Thanks!

  32. Oh yes, I have the Dishease! Happy Valentines Day, Mary and thanks for your lovely post!


  33. Love how you baked the little crumb cakes. All of the pink is so lovely. A wonderful way to celebrate Valentine's Day.

    - The Tablescaper

  34. I love your pretty table but those little cakes really caught my eye...I am going to have a look at the recipe right now!

    Best wishes, Natasha.

  35. Who wouldn't fall in love sitting at this beautiful tablescape and delicious brunch. Loved it all, but especially loved the rose salt and pepper shakers. I think Cupid dreams of tables like this.

  36. Really pretty! I would love to try the cheesecake thingys, those look awesome!

  37. What gorgeous muffins. They look like they came from a pastry shop. This is a lovely breakfast you've created. The bowl with the orange looks like Depression glass. I collect Miss America.

  38. Love this post - so welcoming and how special a person would feel, sitting here in such a serene environment. What a way to dine. Loved the look of the crumb cakes standing ever so tall.

  39. yumm, keep the coffee hot Im on my way! beautiful brekfast tabel setting



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