Even though it’s still 80 degrees out, the season for hoodies, hayrides, cider, apple picking, and so many more Fall favorites is approaching! Our friends over at Thomas’ Breads have already begun to embrace autumn with their seasonal line of baked treats. Hungry Jax was given the opportunity to embrace a VIP Food Adventure of tasting two of their Fall products prior to them hitting the shelves: Pumpkin Spice Bagels and Pumpkin Spice English Muffins! In addition, she whipped up some fun recipes to share with you all to bring these treats to your breakfast table and beyond!
Let’s start with the Pumpkin Spice Bagel. Cut this beauty open and you’ll find nooks and crannies of real pumpkin throughout the bagel. The bagel itself is fantastic toasted with butter. But Hungry Jax didn’t want to limit the potential of this little round masterpiece. So off to her kitchen she went with her kids ready to taste test!
To keep with a traditional use of the bagel, Hungry Jax created an easy homemade Maple Cinnamon Cream Cheese spread. Quick, simple, and with just enough of a flavor to bring this breakfast to the next level. The kids gave this two tumbs up!
- 8oz package of cream cheese (room temperature)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp brown sugar
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- 1 tbs Maple Syrup
Whisk all ingredients together until well combined. Refrigerate.Suggested Use: Top a toasted Thomas’ Pumpkin Spice Bagel with cream cheese and chopped pecans.
Now that breakfast was consumed, it was time for lunch! This next recipe can be devoured using either the Pumpkin Spice Bagels or the Pumpkin Spice English Muffins. It’s sandwich time! And what does pumpkin complement well? Turkey! A simple turkey and sharp cheddar cheese sandwich assembled on one of these baked gems is great. But take it to the next level with a homemade cranberry-sage mayo, and you’ve got yourself a lunchtime WIN.
- 2 sage leaves
- ¼ c. dried cranberries
- ¼ tsp minced garlic
- ½ c. Mayonnaise
- Salt & Pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients into a food processor and blend until cranberries are small chunks. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Suggested use: Toast a Thomas’ Pumpkin Spice English Muffin. Spread mayo on both halves and build a sandwich with sliced turkey, sharp white cheddar cheese and baby spinach!
Next Up: Brinner! Yeah, we like breakfast so much that we have it at dinner too! And why not just make it a day of pumpkin spice awesomeness!
For starters, let’s make a salad. And any great salad is topped with croutons. Crunchy, flavorful little bites of fun! This recipe for Pumpkin Spice Bagel Croutons is great for when you have bagels that are not as fresh any more but you want to use them up!
Pumpkin Spice Bagel Croutons
- 1 week old Thomas’ Pumpkin Spice Bagel
chopped into ½ inch cubes.
- 2 tbs Spicy Olive Butter Olive Oil
- ¼ tsp dried Parsley
- ¼ tsp Kosher Salt
- ¼ tsp fresh ground pepper
- 1/8 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
Preheat oven to 375.
Combine all seasonings with olive oil in a bowl. Toss bagel chunks to coat thoroughly.
Spread out on baking sheet and bake for 15 mins or until toasted. Allow to cool.
Suggested use: Top off a bed of spinach with grilled chicken, dried cranberries, chopped pecans, red onion and goat cheese. Drizzle on Spicy Olive Maple Balsamic Vinegar and Coratina Olive Oil. Finish off with croutons on top!
Last, but not least, comes another easy recipe that you can use either the bagels or English muffins for. We’ve already established that turkey and pumpkin are buddies. So how about making a Turkey Maple Sausage and Egg sandwich! Homemade sausage patties are really easy to make. And they freeze well too for ease of tossing together future breakfasts of champions!
- ½ lb ground turkey
- 1 tsp fresh sage leaves finely chopped
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp dried parsley
- ¼ tsp onion powder
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- ¼ tsp dried orange peel
- ¼ tsp fresh ground black pepper
- 1/8 tsp ground cloves
- 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 tbs pure maple syrup
Combine all ingredients with ground turkey.
Form into 8 patties. Brown in skillet on medium heat.
Flip and cook until well done (about 4 minutes per side depending on the size of your patties).
Suggested use: Toast either a Thomas’ Pumpkin Spice English Muffin OR Bagel. Top with turkey sausage, egg (scrambled or over easy) and sharp white cheddar cheese.
Mmmmmm well there you have it! Just a few options that Hungry Jax came up with. If you gain anything (in addition to hunger) from this, remember to not limit your foods and flavors for just one meal. Pumpkin, bagels, English muffins, and eggs can be enjoyed throughout the day!
Many thanks to Thomas’ Breads for the sneak peek! Let us know what you guys think of these and what recipes you’re giving a while with them!
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