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¡Hola! ¡Hola! I am jumping into this week with a massive giveaway and a really fun (and easy) idea for Mother’s Day brunch. How are you?
I am so excited to partner with Wolf Gourmet and am especially excited about their Four Slice Toaster. This is like the Bentley of toasters you guys, with extra-wide bread slots, self-centering for perfect toast every time, and even a setting to keep your toast warm if you’re not ready to eat it right away!
I will admit, until I got this toaster I used either my broiler or comal to make toast. I felt a toaster was kind of a space hog and that I could easily use one of my other appliances to make toast, but I’m kind of in love with this toaster and it can take up as much room on my counter as it wants. I mean you can put a bagel in this thing—a bagel!!— with plenty of room to spare.
I am so excited about my new toaster I am giving one away to you!! Wolf Gourmet has generously agreed to send one lucky reader their very own Four-Slice Toaster (valued at $400)! See below for details.
Now on to Mother’s Day. Have you heard of Molletes? Have you eaten them? If you answered YES to both then skip to the bottom. If not, molletes are basically like the Mexican version of fancy toast. Mexicans have been doing fancy toast for like, ever….they be calling that molletes and they most commonly are toasted bread topped with beans and cheese and broiled like an open-faced sandwich situation. But wouldn’t it be fun to create a whole mollete bar?!! If you answered yes to that question, then I’ll meet you in the next paragraph.
Here’s what I’m thinking; we can set out a bunch of options for our favorite toppings for toast and people can mix and match as they please. I’ve provided a few suggestions for combinations, but they are mere suggestions and I highly encourage creativity.
BLACK BEANS + COTIJA
This is the most traditional option. Spread the warm refried black beans which you can buy or make this black bean recipe and lightly mash. Then top with what is essentially a deconstructed pico de gallo; halved cherry tomatoes, thinly sliced jalapeños and scallions, cilantro leaves. Sprinkle the whole thing with crumbled cotija cheese and thinly sliced red cabbage. Make sure there are plenty of lime wedges on the bar for squeezing.
BANANA + LAVENDER
This one is like the most luxurious peanut butter toast ever. Spread peanut butter on the toast, top with ripe, halved bananas, and sprinkle with culinary lavender or if you are lucky enough to have a lavender bush you can pick the flowers and sprinkle those on top.
AVOCADO + EGG
Everyone loves avocado toast so this is a no-brainer. You can use mashed ripe avocado or go all the way and make guacamole or go all, all the way and make my sweet pea and mint guacamole. Top with a hard-boiled egg half, a few slices of aged white cheddar cheese, and a splash of hot sauce (Valentina is my favorite). Sprinkle with a little flaky sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
GRAPE + TOASTED ALMOND
Call me crazy, but I love grapes on toast. Try it! Butter a slice of toast, top with halved grapes, toasted almonds, and cinnamon sugar. Become a believer.
HOW TO SET UP THE MEXICAN MOLLETE BAR
To set up the bar, get some lovely bread or go big and make your own (!!). Set all the components for the molletes out in a pretty display and place your brand new fancy toaster nearby (see below). Slice and toast the bread then let everyone top it however they choose. Serve some fresh juice and brunch cocktails, coffee and tea and you’re all set.
Have a wonderful Mother’s Day my loves. Enjoy slowing down and spending time with the ones you love the most. And if you’re a Mama…have someone else make your toast. xoxo
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar
- Toasted sliced bread
- Soft salted butter
- Red or green grapes sliced in half
- Toasted sliced almonds
- Toasted Sliced bread
- Refried black beans, warm
- cherry tomatoes, halved
- cilantro leaves
- thinly sliced red cabbage
- thinly sliced scallions
- thinly sliced jalapeños
- crumbled cotija cheese
- lime wedges
- Toasted sliced bread
- Peanut butter
- ripe bananas, halved
- culinary lavender
- Toasted sliced bread
- Ripe avocado, smashed or guacamole
- Hard-boiled egg, peeled and halved
- aged white cheddar, sliced
- hot sauce, such as Valentina
- Flakey sea salt
- Ground black pepper
- Combine cinnamon and sugar together in a small bowl.
- Spread butter on the bread, top with grapes and almonds and sprinkle cinnamon-sugar over everything.
- Spread black beans on the toast, top with tomatoes, cilantro, cabbage, scallions, and jalapeños. Sprinkle cotija over the top. Serve lime wedges on the side for squeezing.
- Spread peanut butter on the toast. Top with banana halves and sprinkle with lavender.
- Spread avocado on the toast. Top with an egg half, a couple slices of cheddar and a dash of hot sauce. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper over the top.
One lucky winner will receive a Wolf Four Slice Toaster. Winner will be announced May 15, 2017. Open to US residents only. Good Luck!
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