I have noticed a new trend– families doing Sunday brunch together instead of dinner parties or going out for cocktails. It is more casual, low-cost, and definitely kid friendly.
We had another family over for brunch and one of my children said, “This is so awesome. It is like when we stay at the Holiday Inn Express!” I assume that was meant as the highest of compliments. It made me think about why brunch is such a fun meal to host, the food choices are endless and varied.
Personally, when my guests are over I don’t like to be cooking. I like to enjoy the company and have as much done before hand as possible.
You need to have eggs. What would brunch be without eggs? I think it is like a law or something that brunch must contain eggs. If you have a chafing dish you could scramble eggs and put them in there to stay warm. Or you can go easy on yourself and whip up some quiche in advance.
I put out single serving containers of yogurt in a large bowl of ice. However, next time I think I will do yogurt parfait instead. Put out a large container of vanilla yogurt, parfait glasses, and an assortment of yogurt toppings– fruits and granola. Remember, everybody loves parfait.
If you have a large adult/big kid to little kid ratio you can make some waffle batter and let people make their own waffles. Again, just like at the Holiday Inn Express. The bar has been set so very high by my children. If there are going to be only a few adults and mostly younger children, you might just want to skip this. Unless you enjoy being tethered to the waffle maker.
Oatmeal can be set up to cook in your crockpot. Put out some oatmeal toppings– dried fruit, mini chocolate chips, mini butterscotch chips, cream. It makes oatmeal more fun.
This past weekend I made Baked Apple French Toast.
You will need:
1 (16oz) loaf French bread
3 cups milk
3/4 cup sugar, divided
1T vanilla extract
5 (or so) granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
2 tsp ground cinnamon
Ooooh, look it my attempt at an artsy photo!
Cut the french bread in 1 1/2 inch slices.
Arrange the bread slices in a single layer in a greased 9×11 baking dish. You may have to fiddle with this to get them all in.
In a mixing bowl whisk together the eggs, milk, 1/4 cup of the sugar, and the vanilla. Pour half of the mixture over the bread. I flip the bread slices around so that they are evenly coated with the egg mixture.
Next arrange the apple slices over the bread.
Pour the remaining egg mixture over the apples.
Mix together the 1/2 cup sugar with the cinnamon and sprinkle over the top of the apples.
Dot the top with butter.
Bake at 400 for 30 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting and serving.
Do not be afraid if you look inside your oven and see this:
It will puff way, way up. Some of our apples even fell off! A fact I remembered the next day when I was preheating the oven for dinner and smelled something burning. Once you remove it from the oven the french toast will settle back down.
Great thing about this recipe is that it can be assembled the day before. Just cover it and store in the refrigerator until you are ready to bake it. You will need to increase your cooking time by 15 minutes.
The verdict from my kids? This is way better than the Holiday Inn Express. Wow hefty praise, indeed.
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