Glorified as the most important meal of the day, breakfast is a staple in every country.
In the Unites States of America, a classic breakfast most popularly includes pancakes drenched in syrup, eggs any way you want them, crispy bacon and buttered toast. While theres no denying that an American breakfast will satisfy, different countries around the world have incredibly different and yummy options to offer
Pastelitos // Cuba
The typical breakfast in Cuba consists of a tostada, café con leche and an array of pastelitos on the side. A tostada is a piece of cuban bread that has been lathered in butter and then toasted, any true Cuban knows the best way to eat a tostada is by dipping it in a piping hot cup of cafe con leche. Pastelitos are little pastries that can be filled with just about anything— guava, cream cheese, ham and ground beef are hands down the most popular. The flaky puff pastry dough melts in your mouth as you reach the tasty filling inside accompanied by a crucial sip of café.
•1 pkg. Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Sheets
•1 bar guava paste
•1 pkg. Cream cheese (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Thaw the puff pastry according to package directions.
3. Use baking parchment to line your cookie sheet so the guava won’t stick.
4. Unfold one of the pastry sheets and place on pan.
5. Cut guava into ¼ inch slices and place on the pastry sheet.
6. Spread cream cheese over guava paste slices (optional).
7. Unfold second pastry sheet and place on top of guava paste.
8. Cut to desired size before baking.
9. Bake at 400 for 25 to 35 minutes or until golden brown.
Müesli // Switzerland
While Switzerland might make you think of ooey-gooey cheeses and melt in your mouth chocolate, one of the most popular breakfasts, müesli, is a simple but delicious variation of overnight oats. Definitely one of the fastest and easiest recipes to make, müesli was originally invented by Swiss physician Maximilian Oskar Bircher-Benner for his patients who were suffering from poor health. Despite it’s not-so-fun origin story, the Swiss people have been loving the health benefits and practicality of müesli for a century.
•1 tablespoon rolled oats
•2 tablespoons water
•1 tablespoon sweetened condensed milk
•2 teaspoons lemon juice
•1 large or 2 small apples, grated with the skin
•6 raw hazelnuts or almonds, chopped
1. In a small bowl, mix the oats and water and let them soften overnight in the refrigerator.
2. Add the sweetened condensed milk and stir. Evaporated milk, cream or regular milk can be substituted. You can add 2 teaspoons of sugar to regular milk, or try honey, agave nectar or stevia if you would like to avoid sugar.
3. Mix grated apple with lemon juice and then add it to the oat mixture. Sprinkle with raw chopped almonds or hazelnuts and serve.
Mandazi // Kenya
African cuisine might not be as wildly popular in the United States as buttered croissants and macaroons but it deserve to be. One of the most popular breakfasts in Kenya is tea and mandazi— a fried coconut donut often served with tea. These melt-in-your-mouth bite sized treats, also known as Swahili donuts, are hollow inside and can be dusted with powdered sugar for extra sweetness.
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
2 Tbsp. butter, melted
2 cups white flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1.Make sure all ingredients are temperature before mixing them together.
2.Mix all the ingredients together, adding more flour if necessary. Make sure the dough is soft, not sticky.
3.Roll the dough on a lightly floured board until it is about 1/4 inch think.
4.Cut into triangles and fry in hot oil.
5.Fry until both sides are golden brown.
6.Remove mandazi from oil and drain on paper towels. Serve warm.
7.Sprinkle powdered sugar on top (optional).