Last Sunday I decided to host a simple, elegant brunch for two of my girlfriends. It had been awhile since the three of us were able to get together, so I wanted to keep the food simple and easy to eat, and the mimosas flowing as we laughed and got caught up on each other's busy lives!
For the mimosas, we kept it classic with champagne and orange juice - but I added my own twist by using ice cubes that had frozen fresh raspberries inside!
I made individual baked French toast servings in creme brulee dishes, instead of ramekins, because I did not want the servings to be too deep. This is an easy recipe, and you can do all the prepwork the day or night before! Then just pop the dishes into the oven 20 minutes before your guests arrive. The added bonus - your house will smell amazing! I sifted some powdered sugar on top, and had freshly sliced strawberries and raspberries alongside some high quality maple syrup.
You can find this recipe here.
I went back to an old staple - baby quiches! I have made these so often, I don't even look at a recipe anymore. I generally make these when I have a ton of leftover shredded cheese (of a variety of flavors) leftover in my fridge. I always keep chopped frozen spinach in my freezer, so I just cooked that down in a hot sauce pan with diced yellow onion and minced garlic, to add to the shredded cheeses (cheddar, provolone, mozzarella, parmesan, and colby jack), 5 beaten eggs, and salt and pepper. Delish!
For the final dish, I made these hash brown egg cups with chopped bacon that I had seen on Buzzfeed's Facebook page a few weeks ago. The hash browns did not crisp up quite as much as I wanted them too, and I think that was because they were not as finely chopped as they should have been. Noted for next time! You can find this recipe here.
Et voila! Brunch is served, alongside some beautiful fresh spring flowers.