Wake and baking is a matter of personal preference 364 days a year. But if you’re a cannabis lover and it’s April 20th, there’s no better way to start the stoniest day of the year than with a cannabis-infused breakfast.
The beauty of cooking with cannabis is that the possibilities are endless. From the first sip of your coffee, to the last bite of your fried egg sandwich, there are many opportunities to enhance your breakfast.
Begin with Beverages
Coffee is breakfast’s best friend, and is a great vehicle for consuming cannabis. A teaspoon of infused coconut oil can be stirred into hot coffee, or you can shake a dropperful of your favorite tincture with some milk in a jar for a little infused foam. You can even stir some CBD sugar into your cup of joe. Of course, if you’re an old-school wake and baker, you already know that nothing goes better with your morning cup of coffee than a joint and a quiet spot to relax while you prepare for the day ahead. For those who prefer tea over coffee, there are a variety of CBD tea products available that make incorporating cannabinoids as simple as boiling water.
If healthy breakfast smoothies are more your speed, cannabis can be applied in a variety of ways. If you have access to fresh cannabis leaves, nothing makes a better supergreen smoothie than fresh cannabis! Packed with non-intoxicating THCa, adding a few cannabis greens to your smoothie will supercharge your morning. Pouring a dropperful of your favorite tincture into the blender will do the trick too.
If flower is your thing, try starting the day off with some uplifting and invigorating limonene strains. Limonene, the terpene responsible for citrusy flavors in both food and cannabis, is known for its uplifting and awakening qualities, and is the perfect terpene for waking and baking. As the day goes on, you can move to more sedative varieties and terpene profiles, but stick to light, invigorating cultivars in the morning hours to maximize your day.
Of course, the real star of your 420 breakfast is the food, because let’s face it – we’re going to want to eat! Again, there are endless ways to incorporate cannabis into your meal if you’re looking to experience an infused breakfast on 4/20. Once you’ve mastered the basics of infusing oils or butters, you can do everything from slathering infused butter across toast to adding a drizzle of canna-oil over your breakfast potatoes. As always when cooking with cannabis, you do want to be mindful of temperatures so as to not denature the cannabinoids, so consider incorporating these ingredients in low-temp applications, or adding as a quick finishing ingredient. Here are a few ideas!
- Pancakes: Mix a tincture into your batter recipe, or use cannabis butter directly in the batter. If you’d like to top with an infused whipped cream, simply whisk tincture or cannabis oil directly into the cream/sugar mixture until thoroughly combined.
- Eggs: Spruce up a simple scramble with dollop of cannabis butter, fresh-cracked pepper, a sprinkle of parmesan cheese and some chives (or finely diced cannabis leaves if you have them!). Infuse a variety of sauces, like a Hollandaise for the perfect infused Eggs Benedict (see below for a stony Hollandaise recipe).
- Bacon: Whether you’re eating bacon, turkey bacon, or fakin’ bacon, there’s nothing like that salty, crispy flavor in the morning. While you could definitely add infused oil or butter directly to your cooked bacon, that sounds like a grease-on-grease situation. Because bacon is so fatty, it is likely to pull cannabinoids from decarbed flower easily. Once you’ve decarbed your flower, sprinkle it on top of some raw bacon, and bake in the oven at 250-degrees for 10-15 minutes per side.
- Potatoes: Be mindful of temperatures if roasting breakfast potatoes in the oven, but adding a drizzle of infused oil to the top of some fresh-out-of-the-over taters will be perfect. Same for hash browns or tater tots!
- Condiments: From CBD Maple Syrup to CBD chili crisp oil, whether you like your breakfast sweet or spicy, there are plenty of condiments you can add for simple dosing.
Infused Hollandaise Sauce Recipe
Hollandaise sauce is the perfect recipe to infuse because it is made with a variety of fats, so incorporating your oil-based tincture, butter, or cannabis-oil should be foolproof. The below recipe calls for a tincture infusion, but if you’d like to use a quantity or cannabis oil or butter, simply replace half of the butter portion below with infused butter.
Add Hollandaise sauce to your canna-breakfast in an easy Eggs Benedict — a toasted English muffin, topped with a poached egg, Canadian bacon, and Hollandaise sauce.
- ½ cup unsalted butter
- Dose of cannabis tincture of your choice
- 3 egg yolks
- Pinch black pepper
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- Pinch of salt
Melt butter in a small bowl in the microwave until hot. Stir in tincture, using a fork to emulsify. In a blender, combine egg yolks, Dijon, pepper, salt and lemon juice. Slowly incorporate hot butter cannabis mixture until creamy and emulsified.
Happy 4/20 everyone!
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