Pear and Quinoa Breakfast Custard

The holidays are my favorite time of year for making big family breakfasts. Extra days off means extra time for cozying up with a good book while a satisfying breakfast dish bakes away in the oven. My creamy Pear and Quinoa Custard couldn’t be more perfect for the season. The silky vanilla and orange-scented custard together with the earthy quinoa and soft, ripe pears makes this breakfast both wholesome and satisfying. The sooner you get to cooking, the sooner the aroma of pears, vanilla, and sweet custard will fill your kitchen! Ingredients 2 ounces dried pears (about 5 pear halves) 1 cup dried quinoa (yields 2 ¼ cups cooked quinoa) 1 ½ cups water 1 ¾ cups half and half 3 eggs ⅔ cups sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 teaspoons orange zest (from about half an orange) ¼ teaspoons Continue reading