What better way to celebrate Easter than with a brunch. Just the word brunch makes my mouth water. I love the array of foods, breakfast items mixed with lunch entrees, something for everyone to enjoy.
I know it can be overwhelming preparing for a large crowd and the easiest way to avoid entertaining stress is to plan ahead. I always start with my table. It takes time to create the perfect table setting. I love mixing old and new items on my table, creating memories with your favorite decorations. It is amazing what a table cloth, runner, and candles will accomplish. You can easily make a last-minute centerpiece with fresh flowers. This year I placed gold-wrapped chocolate bunnies next to each plate, and voila, my table was ready for brunch.
Every brunch needs mimosas, they simply scream brunch, so we must have mimosas! I have found some great ideas for mimosas.
Set up a bar on your counter or kitchen island or bar cart. I like to put out a collection of champagne glasses; they do not have to match. In fact, all the better if they don't match.
Pour your juice into glass bottles or pitchers. As for the champagne, usually a dry brut works well, make sure you keep it chilled in an ice bucket. I like to put fruit in small dishes for my guests to use as garnish.
Let your friends and family have fun making mimosas!
Another brunch hit is the charcuterie board. It is so versatile; put your favorite items in an eye-appealing array. It is a crowd-pleaser for young and old alike. If you are short on ideas, I have a suggestion your may like. It is a perfect board for an Easter celebration.
Thinly sliced prosciutto
Assortment of crackers
I find it best if you tightly pack the items for maximum appeal. For added color, you can place fresh rosemary strategically on the board.
Lastly, set the tone of the celebration with your favorite music. Pandora has preset music collections to choose from, my favorite is Brunch Cafe.
Brunch without champagne is just a sad breakfast.
If you’re looking for an easy breakfast dish for your Easter brunch that you can make ahead of time, this Overnight Blueberry French Toast recipe is just perfect, and it’s so simple to make! The French toast is filled with fresh blueberries and covered with a rich blueberry sauce! There’s no doubt this recipe is the best homemade brunch idea for Easter, Mother’s Day, Christmas morning or any time of year.
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook: 1 hr 15 mins
Yield: 10 servings
· 12 slices day-old French bread, cut into 1-inch cubes. Using French bread gives it a much lighter and fluffier texture than using regular bread.
· 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, cut into 1 inch cubes
· 1 cup fresh blueberries
· 12 eggs, beaten
· 2 cups milk
· 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
· 1/3 cup maple syrup
· 1 cup white sugar
· 2 tablespoons cornstarch
· 1 cup water
· 1 cup fresh blueberries
· 1 tablespoon butter
Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking dish. Arrange half the bread cubes in the dish, and top with cream cheese cubes. Spring 1 cup blueberries over the cream cheese, and top with remaining bread cubes.
In a large bowl, mix the eggs, milk, vanilla extract, and syrup. Pour over the bread cubes. Cover, and refrigerate overnight.
Remove the bread cube mixture from the refrigerator about 30 minutes before baking. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Cover, and bake 30 minutes. Uncover, and continue baking 25 to 30 minutes, until center is firm and surface is lightly browned.
In a medium saucepan, mix the sugar, cornstarch, and water. Bring to a boil. Stirring constantly, cook 3 to 4 minutes. Mix in the remaining 1 cup blueberries. Reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes, until the blueberries burst. Stir in the butter, and pour over the baked French toast. ENJOY!!
Praying your Easter will be bright with the hope and joy of our risen Savior. And may you always feel His love shining in your life and that it brings you peace.
Scotty's Nest Eggs
Here is a super simple, yet elegant baked egg dish to serve at your Easter brunch. Use your imagination to add toppings such as peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes, or onions if you’d like.
(for each egg cup)
2-3 deli slices of black forest ham
1 T heavy cream
1 heaping T grated swiss cheese
Sprinkle of dried basil
Preheat oven to 350. Grease large muffin tins. Line with ham and break egg over top. Add cream and sprinkle with cheese and basil. Bake 12-15 minutes. Serve on half a toasted english muffin.
For a similar recipe try this one from Dinner at the Zoo (pictured here).
Baked Ham with Brown Sugar Glaze
Ham is a great addition to an Easter Brunch. It serves a lot of guests and goes so well with almost anything you choose to serve with it. This particular recipe is made with brown sugar, orange juice, honey, and spices. The PERFECT sweet and savory main dish, and bakes in only 90 minutes.
1 spiral cut ham
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup honey
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cloves
Step 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and add a roasting rack to the roasting pan.
Step 2. Rinse the ham and pat it dry and place it in a large piece of foil to wrap it closed.
Step 3. Bring the ingredients to a boil together on medium heat and cook for 3-4 minutes. Pour onto each individual slice of ham and over the top of it before wrapping the foil tightly. Bake for 10 minutes per pound or until it reaches 145 degrees.
A fresh and colorful bowl of fruit is a perfect addition to a brunch. Everyone loves fruit, including your grandchildren. Even if they do just pick out the part they like. It is healthy and looks so enticing served in a large glass bowl adding a breath of fresh air to your table. The key to a great fruit salad is to use fresh fruit that is in season. The best way to keep your fruit crisp and fresh is to add some citrus over it. Here is a dressing that is great over the fruit if you want to try it.
3 Tablespoons of lime juice
1 Tablespoon of honey.
Combine together in a small bowl and mix well. Pour over the fruit and gently stir to combine. Serve and enjoy!
From our home to yours, have a Blessed Easter!