Sunday, March 9, 2014

Comforting Breakfast Pie

Please join us in welcoming guest blogger Mollie Cox Bryan. And I'll be she had you with the title!

By Mollie Cox Bryan


Each year I make a huge Christmas morning feast for my family. One of the starts of the meal is this fabulous “breakfast pie.” It’s a little time consuming to make. I usually make two pies on Christmas Eve day and heat them up for the morning festivities. I never meant to make this a Holiday tradition, but now, my family expects it and I love that they do.

But this year, I’ve also made the pie for some friends who are going through rough times and don’t have the time or energy to cook. They warm up great—and they are even good chilled. With the egg and rich cheese mixture, I don’t know, I just find it soothing. This pie is crustless—technically known as an “impossible pie.” You can add other ingredients besides the onions—mushrooms, broccoli, ham, and so on. It’s a pie made for creativity.



1 12-ounce carton cottage cheese
1 cup shredded cheddar
1 3-ounce package cream cheese
2 eggs
1 cup Bisquick
¼ cup green onions
2 eggs
¼ cup milk
1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted

Combine the first four ingredients, set aside.

Combine Bisquick and onion in small bowl.

Combine 2 eggs and milk. Pour into mix. Stir until moistened.

Spoon half of dough mix into greased pie plate. Spoon on cheese mixture. Top with remaining batter.

Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Bake 375 degrees, 30-35 minutes or until inserted knife comes out clean.



Spring is in the air, but the ladies of the Cumberland Creek Scrapbook Crop hardly have time to stop and smell the roses. Not when famed Irish dancer Emily McGlashen is found murdered in her studio just after the St. Patrick's Day parade--and one of the Crop's own members is the prime suspect. Vera's dance studio may have suffered when Emily waltzed into town, but the croppers know she's not a vengeful murderer. Lucky for her, co-scrapbooker Annie is a freelance reporter eager to vindicate her friend. What she discovers is a puzzling labyrinth of secrets that only add question marks to Emily's murder. Just when it seems they've run out of clues, an antique scrapbook turns up and points the croppers in the right direction--and brings them face to face with a killer more twisted than a Celtic knot…


Mollie Cox Bryan writes the Cumberland Creek Mysteries, published by Kensington. Death of an Irish Diva is the third in the series. The first book, Scrapbook of Secrets, was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel of 2012; the next one Scrapped was published in January 2013. Plans for the series include two more novels and two e-novellas. She lives in Waynesboro, Va. with her husband and two daughters.

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And join Mollie and me, as well as Erin Hart and Lisa Alber, for an Irish Gabfest on Facebook, on Sunday, March 16th from 5:00-8:00 Eastern time! There will be prizes! And fun!


  1. Mollie,
    Not only does this breakfast pie look scrumptious, but what a lovely gesture it was to prepare it for friends who were going through some rough times. Death of an Irish Diva sounds like a fabulous read!

  2. Mollie, this looks delish! And so easy to prepare. How nice that you can provide for friends when they are in trouble. Good luck with your series! Sounds fun.

    Daryl / Avery

  3. delightful Mollie--I can imagine using this many times over!

  4. Mollie, this pie has the name of one of my friends written on it. Right up her alley. I'll have to try it out on her the next time she visits!

    I love the Irish Gabfest that you're planning. What fun! Prizes, even! WOOHOO!


  5. This looks great! I bet it would even make a good light dinner! Our Christmas breakfast tradition has become one of those breakfast casseroles that you put together the night before and keep in the fridge. Then I bake it while the presents are being opened and voila! Breakfast is ready.

  6. Lovely post, Mollie. Welcome to Mystery Lovers Kitchen. This pie looks terrific and what a wonderful idea to bring it to friends who need comfort.

    So nice.



  7. A great idea and so adaptable. I will have to try my hand at this.