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Easter Brunch

Planning the perfect Easter Sunday brunch? Here are a bunch of brunch recipes — and a little inspiration, too!

Easter is the ideal time for a celebratory brunch. It's the perfect day of the week, the perfect season, and — whether you honor the religious significance or simply spring's arrival — the perfect occasion.

A brunch menu is fun to develop, especially if you take the opportunity to cover an array of possibilities. Good choices include eggs and other standard breakfast fare (gussied up, of course), some fresh produce, delightful breads, a special sweet treat or two, and a selection of just-right beverages.  Here are some ideas for each of these categories:

Standard Breakfast Fare rises to the occasion with the addition of unexpected ingredients. Add an array of seasonings or spice blends to your egg dishes, for example, as in this Curried Vegetable Omelet and this Dried Tomato Frittata.

Unusual additions to pancake and waffle batters also make these standards especially delightful. Simply add poppy seeds or flavorful touches (such as almond extract or raspberry flavor) to your favorite recipes. Or try something new, such as Apple-Peanut Butter Pancakes, Chocolate Pancakes with Chocolate Spice Syrup, or Gingerbread Pancakes. These luscious Brown Sugar Waffles are seasoned with cinnamon, cardamom and vanilla, and this French Countryside Toast relies on convenient Apple Pie Spice. For those who opt for savory dishes at brunch time, serve Marilyn's Crab Quiche with Savory Crumb Crust (crab steps the filling up a notch while tarragon enlivens the crust) or Asparagus Crepes with Mushroom-Dill Sauce. And for an easy make-ahead dish that includes sausage, try this Holiday Breakfast Casserole.

Fresh Produce will add nutrition and pizzazz to your brunch table. Serve a simple fruit salad, but toss in small pieces of crystallized ginger and serve with Honeyed Yogurt Sauce. Or serve seasonal fruits in this Fruited Cottage Cheese, spiced with cinnamon and allspice and sweetened with maple syrup. Ruby red grapefruit halves —sprinkled with maple syrup granules and cinnamon — are easy to prepare and worthy of guests. Hash browns are buffet favorites — season yours with garlic powder, Italian seasoning, or smoked paprika. Or serve Breakfast Sweet Potatoes or Eggs over Smoky Potatoes instead.

Brunch breads come in all shapes, tastes, and sizes. Chocolate Spice Bread, Maple-Pecan Spiced Muffins topped with Maple-Pecan Streusel, Dill and Thyme Muffins, and Biscotti with Apricot, Green Pistachio and Hyssop are all holiday brunch worthy. An assortment of scones is always appreciated; these can also serve as your special sweet treats. Possibilities include Sweet Maple-Glazed Almond Drop Scones, Ginger-Peanut Scones, and Blueberry Cinnamon Scones. Serve breads with special condiments such as Apple Butter, Breakfast Butter, and Gingered Pear Jam. (These can all be made well in advance.)

Other sweet treats might include Apple-Dapple Coffee Cake or a Danish Almond Streusel Cake. Even a custard, such as this Coconut Chocolate Mint Custard would be perfectly appropriate!

Beverages will likely include coffee and juices. An assortment of hot herbal teas is also a nice offering, as is Truly Orange Orange Pekoe Tea or Chai with Cardamom, Cinnamon, and Ginger. For a refreshing beverage, you might serve Rosy Mint Iced Tea or Lemony Apple Cooler.

A few final tips:

  • If you're serving a crowd, be sure to choose at least some dishes that you can prepare ahead, so that you'll have time to enjoy your guests.
  • Consider a buffet-style service, which is well suited for brunches.
  • Have fun decorating your tables with pastel linens, Easter eggs, and plenty of greenery (fresh flowers such as daffodils and tulips or potted plants or even some wheat grass grown in a flat as a centerpiece). If it makes you think of spring, it'll likely work!
  • Have fun looking for recipes! You'll find lots more brunch recipes, including many dishes appropriate for vegans (Cranberry, Pear, and Red Raspberry Galette and Eggless French Toast) and those who prefer a wheat-free treat (Wheat-Free Double Berry Muffins) among our Breakfast and Brunch Collection.

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