1. since you usually do not eat a kzayit of crust
within 3-4 minutes, you should not say al hamichya. but if the crust
and the filling combine for at least a kzayit, then you should say
a borey nefashot. (see further Mishna Berura 208:44)
2. for a clear soup there is no need to say a beracha
achrona because it is usually eaten slowly. but if you eat a kzayit
of vegetables within 3-4 minutes, then you would need a beracha achrona.
3. no beracha achrona is needed when you eat less
than a kzayit, or a kzayit in over 3-4 minutes
4. when you mainly want the soup then it is ikar
and needs its own beracha, and the noodles or rice cannot be tafel.
the mezonot beracha may exempt the soup so it is better to say the
shehakol on the soup or something else first
5. this is only when you eat at least a kzayit of
the crust. if not, then you make the beracha achrona for the filling.
6. here the small beet pieces would be tafel to the
7. here the borscht would be considered tafel to
8. the ha'adama for the potatoes may exempt the borscht
so it is better to say the shehakol on the borscht or something else
9. since the pie and the filling are usually baked
separately, the filling is not tafel, and needs its own beracha.
10. since bran flakes contain some of the actual
grain, a mezonot beracha is needed.
11. if the piece of french toast contains a kzayit
of bread, then even though it is fried, it is still considered bread.
12. Torah.org writes: "Recent research [By
Kashruth Kurrents (Star K), Winter 1997 (Ralston)] indicates that
it is made of whole pieces (milled corn). If so, its blessing is ha-adamah."
13. this is based on the weekly halacha from Torah.org,
which says, "Based on research done by the Orthodox Union and
Star K, who have determined that the oat flour serves only as a binder.
In the past, some had ruled that the proper blessing was mezonos -
see The Laws of Berachos, pg. 371, and Harav Forst's responsum in
the Hebrew Notes, pg. 260-263, but it now seems that their ruling
was based on erroneous information." (http://www.torah.org/advanced/weekly-halacha/5759/mishpatim.html)
14. Star K advises to say mezonos and eat from the
dark side; then says haadama and eat from the light side. see http://www.star-k.org/cons-appr-cereal.htm
15. if you want the taste of the bread, then the
bread isn't tafel, and so hamotzee must be said
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