Monday, April 06, 2009

Nine Easter Brunch Ideas



Gathering with friends or family for bunch any day is always special, but there is something about a brunch on Easter weekend that I especially love. It might even be my favorite holiday event. Why? Maybe it's because it is one holiday where there is no last minute scramble for gifts, no turkey to take up all the space in the fridge, and no tacky red and white decorations. (respectively, Christmas, Thanksgiving and Valentine's). I'm also a sucker for spring flowers-bulbs of any kind-and the abundance of chocolate everywhere sure doesn't hurt.

This year we're invited out for brunch, so I'm not cooking, but I am contributing some Lemon Poppyseed Madeleines and Current Scones. Neither recipe, I am just now noting, are available to you on this blog. I am such a slacker!
Please accept these suggestions in their stead. Most of these breakfast/brunch favorites can be easily transported and would make a lovely hostess gift if you are not entertaining at home, but rather brunching out.

Let's start with bagels, shall we, because the kind of brunch I want to go to is one that has a bagel and lox bar. You know the kind I'm talking about: a mountain of smoked salmon or lox, lemon wedges, chopped fresh dill, cream cheese, capers, sliced red onion and beautiful, plentiful bagels.
Fortunately these freeze well, so you can get the real work out of the way a week or so in advance. Serve lightly toasted.


For those who prefer the sweeter side of a brunch...


Guaranteed to keep the children happy...


For the dedicated baker or the early riser...


For the planner... this recipe is great because it can all be assembled the night before. In the morning just pop it in the oven, make coffee and whip the cream!


On the savory side and using seasonal ingredients...

If the perfect muffin is your ideal way to start the day, then here are two easy recipes. The hardest part? Deciding which kind to make.

Happy brunching everyone and remember, everything must be served with a side of bacon!

23 comments:

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

I would have one of everything...but I definitely am partial to anything lemon! What a great selection.

Megan said...

I'm leaning toward the asparagus tart and the french toast. Everything looks yummy. :)

Maryann said...

I'll take the lemon ricotta pancakes! They look delicious! Have a very nice Easter celebration :)

Brilynn said...

You're right, everything needs a side of bacon!
I've been told I have to make hot cross buns as part of Easter Brunch...

RecipeGirl said...

I'll have a little lemon-drenched cake w/ my asparagus tart, please!

kickpleat said...

Wow, I'll take a bit of everything, thank you very much! Ack, I have no idea what I'll be making for easter this year...great ideas!

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

Would it be greedy to have a little of everything...? Don't answer.

We love brunch and often have it at the weekend, but it's not really something that people gather together to eat at other people's houses in England.

missweb said...

I can really count on your blog when I'm wanting to impress. I'm trying my hand at your Pavlova recipe for Passover (HEY! we gave up bread, we're not giving up milk too!) and the blueberry baked french toast for Easter with my own little family. They will be impressed and may even stop asking me for 'yemun pancake pweeeeeez!' I might also mention that our freezer is never without a few raspberry chocolate muffins too. A fave over here!

M. Housman said...

Those all look scrumptious!!! My mother has a doughnut cutter passed down from her grandmother (last visit I found that it was packed in her garage!!!) While I'm down there for Easter I will have to find it-I really want to make doughnuts! And what a great Easter morning tradition that can be!!!

Maria said...

Oh no! I want to make them all! I better start hosting brunch more often! Great ideas. Thanks!

Aimée said...

Hi Shari- I'm crazy about lemon, too.

Hi Megan- Good choices!

Hi Maryann- Thanks!

Hi Brilynn- Oh yum, I've never made them.

Hi Recipe Girl- Coming right up!

Hi Kickpleat- Don't worry, you've got lots of time.

Hi Amanda- I'll split everything with you, OK?

Hi Missweb- Thanks! Enjoy your pavlova and remember to handle with care--it's fragile.

Hi M.Houseman- Sounds like a tradition I could handle!

Hi Maria- Happy hosting!

Kristen said...

All looks great, but that raspberry cake looks amazing!

Joie de vivre said...

Thank you so much for visiting my blog! I am quite excited to find yours. Sourdough Cinnamon Doughnuts? You are GENIUS! I am always on the lookout for recipes to use my starter in...I had never thought of using it for doughnuts!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

That asparagus tart became an instant favorite in our house from the first time I made it, and there's always a bit of a wow factor with any type of lemon cake, too. I wouldn't mind one of everything here!

Coco Bean said...

opps, I see the artist who designed your header. Your site is still beautiful.

Sarah Herman said...

Thank you for visiting my site! I read your profile and realized we have alot in common! What a cute site!!
P.s.
My hubby is also in the engineering industry!

Emily said...

DOUGHNUTS. Everything looks so good, but the doughnuts are calling my name. They look so perfect. I don't remember when you made those.

Aimée said...

Hi Kristen- You'll never believe how easy it is either!

Hi Joie- Welcome to UtHC! The doughnuts was a recipe we made growing up- very rewarding.

Hi Lydia- The tart is so fast to put together,but it looks impressive, that what I like about it.

Hi Coco Bean- Thanks!

Hi Sarah- Thanks for visiting! Hope to see you around.

Hi Emily- You must try them! Yeah I made them ages ago.

Treehouse Chef said...

So many great recipes. I was just about to write out my menu for Easter Dinner---perfect timming!

Elyse said...

Hhmmm, I guess it'd be asking too much if I wanted some of all of these? They all look so delicious. I'm really eying that blueberry french toast right now! You have my mouth watering!

Grammy said...

Now, I usually don't like blueberries, but that French toast looks awesome! Can I put chocolate on it too?

CookiePie said...

Oh wow - they all look amazing! Happy Easter!

Shayne said...

yes out of those choices how would a person only choose one. it was just me and the kids for Easter this year so we did not do anything too special for food but we did play a lot of games.

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