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A Valentine’s Day Breakfast in Bed

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Make it a party of two with this simple menu.

Garnish the coffee cake with fresh strawberries.

This Valentine’s Day, celebrate with a breakfast menu that’s as quick and easy as it is special. It starts off with eggs baked in cream and chives, with a side of crisp, sweet-and-salty, maple-sugared bacon. Dessert is fresh strawberries served with a tender sour cream coffee cake with a brown sugar streusel topping. No time for coffee cake? Simply serve the strawberries with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of brown sugar.

Menu Timeline

70 minutes ahead:

  • Heat the oven to 350°F and make the batter and topping for the Sour Cream Coffee Cake.

1 hour ahead:

  • Put the coffee cake in to bake.

40 minutes ahead:

  • Raise the oven temperature to 425°F and prepare the Candied Bacon.

30 minutes ahead:

  • Put the Candied Bacon in to bake.
  • Crack the eggs into the gratin dishes and drizzle with cream.
  • Wash and dry the strawberries.

10 minutes ahead:

  • Remove the bacon from the oven and keep warm.
  • Put the eggs in the oven to bake.

Shopping List

Fresh Produce

  • 1-1/2 tsp. chopped fresh chives
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries

Meat, Eggs & Dairy

  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup plus 3 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 2 Tbs. heavy cream
  • 6 slices thick-cut bacon
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

Pantry Staples

  • 5-1/4 oz. (1-1/3 cups) cake flour
  • 4 oz. (scant 1 cup) all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3 Tbs. pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. table salt
  • 1/8 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 drops pure almond extract
  • Kosher salt
  • Black peppercorns

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