Green Tomato Breakfast Cake


Before the first frost hits, harvest your green tomatoes and whip together this breakfast cake. The recipe is based on a 40-year-old recipe for plum cake that first appeared in Marion Burros and Lois Levine’s The Elegant but Easy Cookbook. This cake is just as good for dessert as it is for breakfast.

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • ⅓ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 2 green tomatoes, cored and cut into eighths
  • 2 teaspoons turbinado or granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9-inch round cake pan or baking dish with oil.
  2. Cream butter and sugar. When slightly fluffy, beat in eggs and vanilla.
  3. Combine flour, baking powder and salt and sift into the creamed butter mixture; beat well. Spoon batter into prepared pan. Arrange green tomato pieces in concentric circles over batter. Sprinkle lightly with sugar and cinnamon.
  4. Bake 50 minutes to 1 hour or until cake is firm and golden and tests done.

Serves 8.

Hot Brown Sandwiches


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1½  cups 2% low-fat milk, heated
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ¼  cup plus 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • ⅛  teaspoon kosher salt
  • Pinch coarse ground black pepper
  • 4 slices white bread, toasted
  • 8 ounces thinly sliced cooked turkey breast
  • Paprika
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked
  • 2 small tomatoes, cut in wedges
  1. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk in flour. Gradually stir in milk; cook and stir over medium heat until sauce thickens and comes to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Add egg yolk, ¼ cup cheese, salt and pepper; cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  2. Heat broiler. Place 1 slice of toast on each of two ovenproof serving plates. Cut remaining toasts diagonally in half and arrange 2 pieces on either size of whole pieces on plates.. Cover with turkey and pour sauce over tops. Sprinkle with paprika and remaining 2 tablespoons cheese. Broil until speckled browned and bubbly. Cross 2 pieces of bacon on top of each sandwich and sprinkle with tomatoes.

Serves 2.