Cozy Food and Drink Pairings
October 12, 2020
6 min. read
When it comes to culinary creativity and recipes, we can’t help but appreciate the unique tastes and cravings that each season brings. From the crisp and refreshing dishes of summer to the sweet and fruity flavors of spring, it’s hard to ignore how each season is characterized by a different set of flavors. And right now, we’re starting into the fall season—remembering all of our favorite comfort foods and trading iced coffee and sweet tea for pumpkin spice lattes and hot cider.
After all, warm and cozy drinks are one of the quintessential parts of the cold weather season—curling up with a movie or a book, crawling underneath a blanket, and holding your favorite hot coffee or tea. What is it for you? A London fog? A pumpkin spice latte? Or maybe you opt for hot apple cider?
Whatever your drink of choice, we’ve paired four classic cozy beverages with four fall-appropriate dishes that are sure to please! Bonus: each of the recipes feature one of Martin’s swirl breads, which include classic fall flavors, like cinnamon and maple!
Check out all four creative food and drink pairings below!
Cozy Swirl & Drink Pairing #1: Ham & Cheese French Toast Casserole + Spiced Cider
Salty and sweet: a timeless pairing that is delicious any time of year. But, we’ve put a fall spin on it in this Ham and Cheese French Toast Casserole. To create this casserole, arrange six slices of Cinnamon-Raisin Butter Bread in a casserole dish. Then, top with thin-sliced ham, American cheese, and another layer of the bread. Over the sandwiches, pour a mixture of eggs, half and half, vanilla, brown sugar, rosemary, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt. Then bake until golden brown!
The hearty ingredients in this dish naturally highlight the fruity and spiced flavors of hot apple cider! And the rosemary notes and cinnamon swirls in the casserole will perfectly complement the assortment of spices, like cloves and allspice, cooked into the cider. The best part? Both the casserole and hot cider can be prepared with ease, using just a casserole dish and a slow cooker, giving you more time to enjoy the view of fall leaves or sit in front of the fire.
How to Make Slow Cooker Spiced Cider
Prep Time: 5 Mins; Cook Time: 2-3 Hours; Serves: 6-8
- 2 Quarts Apple Cider
- 1/2 Cup Packed Brown Sugar
- 2 Cinnamon Sticks
- 1 Teaspoon Whole Cloves
- 1 Teaspoon Whole Allspice
- 1 Orange, sliced
- Add apple cider and brown sugar to a 3-qt. slow cooker; stir until sugar dissolves. Add cinnamon, cloves, and allspice. Place orange slices on top. Cover and cook on low for 2-3 hours or until warmed and fragrant.
- Use a strainer or slotted spoon to strain out the spices as you pour into heat-proof cups to serve.
Cozy Swirl & Drink Pairing #2: Cinnamon-Sugar Swirl Whoopie Pies + Mocha
There are so many wonderful spreads, butters, and mixes to put on Martin’s swirl breads. But piping vanilla icing between two Cinnamon-Sugar Swirl rounds to create a whoopie pie? That’s next-level dessert creativity (and not to mention, incredibly cute!).
Make this simple-yet-decadent dessert by cutting Martin’s Cinnamon-Sugar Swirl Potato Bread into cookie-sized circles. Then, pipe a generous portion of prepared icing onto the bread, top with another cut slice, and serve! For ultimate coziness, pair this dish with a freshly-prepared mocha. The bold chocolate and coffee will nicely accompany the hints of cinnamon swirl and vanilla in the whoopie pies.
How to Make a Homemade Mocha
Total Time: 15 min; Serves: 6
- 6 Cups Hot Brewed Coffee
- 3/4 Cup Half-and-Half
- 6 Tablespoons Chocolate Syrup
- 7 Teaspoons Sugar
- 6 Cinnamon Sticks
- Whipped Cream, optional
- In a large saucepan, combine coffee, cream, chocolate syrup, and sugar. Cook over medium heat, stirring continuously, until sugar is dissolved and mixture is heated through.
- Ladle into six large mugs. Stir with a cinnamon stick and garnish with whipped cream, if desired.
Cozy Swirl & Drink Pairing #3: Pumpkin Spice Latte + Pumpkin Spice French Toast
Spoil your inner pumpkin spice lover with this delectable pairing of pumpkin spice French toast and an iconic pumpkin spice latte. You’ll have no shortage of cozy autumn vibes while preparing and enjoying these perfectly sweet treats.
To make the French toast, prepare a mixture of milk, eggs, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, and a pinch of salt. Then, dip slices of Martin’s Maple Brown Sugar Swirl Potato Bread into the mixture and pan fry until golden brown. Serve with maple syrup and confectioners’ sugar. A recipe this fall-themed deserves a drink that’s just the same, which is why we think this goes perfectly with a hot mug of Pumpkin Spice Latte.
How to Make a Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte
Prep: 5 min; Cook: 5 min; Yield: 1 drink
- 1 Cup Milk
- 2 Tablespoons Pure Pumpkin Puree
- 1 Tablespoon Sugar
- 1/4 Teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice, plus more for sprinkling
- 1/4 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
- 1/4 Cup Hot Espresso or Strong Brewed Coffee
- Sweetened Whipped Cream, for serving
- Combine the milk, pumpkin puree, sugar, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla in a medium microwave safe bowl, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and vent with a small hole. Microwave until the milk is hot, 1 to 2 minutes. Whisk vigorously until the milk mixture is foamy, about 30 seconds.
- Pour the espresso or coffee into a large mug and add the foamed milk. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.
Cozy Swirl & Drink Pairing #4: London Fog + Caramel-Apple Swirl Bread Toast
Our final pairing features a lighter take on classic fall comfort foods. This caramel-apple swirl toast features fresh, crisp apples, bursts of raisins and a thin layer of cream cheese to tie it all together. To prepare this refreshment, top one slice of Martin’s Cinnamon-Raisin Swirl Potato Bread with cream cheese, thinly-sliced apple, and a drizzle of caramel sauce.
To match the light and slightly-creamy taste of the caramel apple toast, we recommend serving with a warm London Fog—a classic Earl Grey tea drink topped with sweetened, steamed milk and vanilla.
How to Make a Homemade London Fog
Cook Time: 5 Mins; Serves: 1
- 6 Ounces Hot Water
- 1-2 Earl Grey Tea Bag(s)
- 1/2 Teaspoon Dried Lavender
- 1/2 Cup Steamed Milk
- 1 Tablespoon Granulated Sugar
- 1/4 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
- Brew earl grey tea and lavender together, and steep for 3-5 minutes (or according to tea instructions). Remove tea bag and strain out lavender.
- Heat milk on the stovetop by simmering over low heat until hot, stirring occasionally. Use a milk frother or immersion blender to froth milk until foamy and aerated.
- Add sugar and vanilla to the brewed tea in a large mug; stir until sugar is dissolved.
- Top brewed tea with steamed milk and serve warm.
With all of these wonderfully cozy drinks and dishes, you’ll find yourself basking in the changing colors and temperatures of fall in no time. After all, Martin’s swirl breads are an ideal choice for this season. Still don’t believe us? Check out the video below!
As always, follow us on social media or visit potatorolls.com/recipes for additional cooking inspiration. And don’t forget to check out MartinsSwirlBreads.com to learn even more about all four of Martin’s Swirl Breads.
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