Thursday, October 28, 2010

Alphabento: H is for Harvest

I know there are a lot of Halloween-themed bento posts out there, but this is the first year Toddlebug is really going to be doing Halloween (and I think Halloween gets more than its fair share of attention anyway), so I picked more of a harvest theme for today instead. Toddlebug enjoyed some favorite foods (but didn't eat the peppers or cheese).

-- Brown rice with a cheese pumpkin and leaves cut out from bell peppers,
-- Pumpkin muffin surrounded by raisins,
-- Corn surrounded by edamame,
-- Double Dutch Baby pancake.

Before being cut, the piece of pancake looked like this:

I modified the recipe from the Betty Crocker cookbook. Like many of my favorites, it's good for brunch or dessert, but I don't mind having it for dinner!

"Double Dutch Baby" (Oven Apple Pancake)
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 
  2. Meanwhile, thinly slice two apples and set them aside.
  3. Melt 3 Tbs. butter in a glass pie plate in the oven as it is warming up.
  4. Meanwhile, whisk together in a mixing bowl 3 eggs, 3/4 c. flour, 3/4 c. milk, and 1/4 tsp. salt.
  5. Remove the pie plate carefully from the oven. Tilt it so that butter reaches up the side all the way around (or put another thick pat of butter on the end of a fork and melt it around the sides) to prevent sticking.
  6. Sprinkle over the butter 1/8 c. brown sugar (lightly packed) and 1/2 tsp. cinnamon.
  7. Layer the apples on top of that.
  8. Pour the batter on top.
  9. Bake 35-40 minutes. IMMEDIATELY invert onto a heat-safe plate. Slice and serve.

For my husband's lunch:

-- Red and orange bell pepper; cherry tomatoes,
-- Pumpkin mini muffin--I went back and surrounded it with almonds after taking the picture.
-- Ground beef with taco spices,
-- Star fruit.
Not shown: popcorn.

Bento Lunch