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A Wake-Up Breakfast for Mom ... Easy to Make, Clean Up

Magazine article Sunset

A Wake-Up Breakfast for Mom ... Easy to Make, Clean Up

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A wake-up breakfast for mom . . . easy to make, clean up

Children can cook for Mother's specialday. And offering her a special Sunday breakfast on that day, May 10 this year, is a way many enjoy showing off their skills.

But what to make? The young cooks weinterviewed said that it ought to look pretty fancy, but not be too hard to make. They also mentioned that dishes that make a big mess have obvious drawbacks if part of the treat includes cleanup by the kitchen crew.

Here are two recipes that might just fitthe bill.

The first is a dressy-looking crisp pastrywith ham, cheese, and almonds. All you have to do is chop some cooked ham, shred some cheese, and mix them with some almonds. Then you unfold a sheet of frozen puff pastry (open the box and take out just the piece you want to use) and put the ham mixture on top. Roll up the pastry (as Danny is doing above), cut it into slices, and bake the slices to serve hot.

If Mom is a chocolate lover, she'll bedelighted with chocolate waffles topped with ice cream and strawberries; the cooks are apt to like them a lot, too.

Ham and Almond Pastry Spirals

1 package (3 oz.) sliced cooked ham,finely chopped (2/3 cup)

1/2 cup slivered almonds

1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese

1 sheet thawed frozen puff pastry (1/2of a 17 3/4-oz. package)

1 1/2 tablespoons butter or margarine,melted

In a bowl, mix together ham, nuts, andcheese; set aside.

Lay pastry sheet flat on an unflouredboard. Brush top lightly with butter, then evenly scatter the ham mixture over the pastry.

Life 1 edge of the pastry square and roll toenclose the filling. Place the pastry log seam side down and use a sharp knife to cut it into 1-inch slices. Lay slices about 1 inch apart in a 10- by 15-inch baking pan. Brush tops of spirals with remaining butter. If made ahead, cover with plastic wrap and chill up to overnight.

Bake the spirals, uncovered, in a 400|oven until rich golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes. With a wide spatula, carefully transfer hot pastries to plates or a basket and serve. Makes 9 or 10; allow 2 for a serving.

Chocolate Waffle Rafts

3 cups strawberries

2 ounces unsweetened or semisweetbaking chocolate

About 1 cup sugar

2 large eggs

1 cup milk

1/2 cup (1/4 lb.) melted butter ormargarine

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

Salad oil

1 1/2 to 2 pints (3 to 4 cups) ice cream--vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, or your favorite flavor

To rinse berries, immerse in water and liftout quickly. …

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