Want to set an elegant, yet easy, Easter brunch table? We’ve listed three easy brunch recipes that anyone can make – that are are sure to impress your guests. If you’d like to spend your morning hunting Easter eggs and not slaving away in the kitchen, read on to discover our must-have Easter Sunday brunch recipes:
1. Buttermilk Cinnamon Rolls
Often seen as a decadent breakfast treat, these cinnamon rolls are actually very easy to make – to up the convenience factor, you can mix up the dough the day before, so all you have to do on Easter morning is pop these rolls in the oven.
Start to finish: 55 minutes
2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1. In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast in warm water. After about ten minutes, the yeast should dissolve and start to bubble slightly. Meanwhile, heat the buttermilk in a small saucepan until warm, but not boiling.
2. Add the buttermilk and oil to the yeast mixture. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, salt and baking soda. Add the dry ingredients into the liquid one cup at a time, stirring to combine until a dough forms. Lightly flour a countertop or other clean surface, then turn the dough out and knead for two minutes. Cover and let rest for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, combine the butter, brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.
3. Roll dough out into a large rectangle on a lightly floured surface. Spread the brown sugar and butter mixture over the dough, then carefully roll into a log, pinching the seam at the end to seal. Slice horizontally into 1 inch pieces and place cut side up in a 10x15 baking pan that has been lightly greased. If you are baking immediately, cover and let rise 30 minutes while you preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). If baking the next day, cover and let refrigerate overnight. 20 minutes before you are ready to bake, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
4. Bake rolls for 20 to 25 minutes. They are done when they are golden brown. Remove from oven and let stand for about 5 minutes before serving.
Another make-ahead recipe, this brunch time classic serves a crowd and only requires one pan.
Start to finish: 3 hours
6 large eggs
1 1/2 c. whole milk
1 c. heavy cream
1/2 c. granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
Pinch of nutmeg
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1 loaf white bread, preferably day old
Powdered sugar, for serving
Maple syrup, for serving
Strawberries, for serving (optional)
1. In a large bowl, whisk together all wet ingredients and spices (eggs, milk, heavy cream, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg and salt).
2. Soak the bread slices one at a time in the egg mixture. Arrange standing up in a tall baking dish. Pour any leftover egg mixture over bread. Cover and refrigerate 2 hours, or if you are making ahead, overnight.
3. 20 minutes before baking, preheat over to 375°. Bake French toast until the tops of the bread are golden brown, which will take about 45 minutes.
4. Serve warm topped with powdered sugar dusted on top and maple syrup and strawberry as garnishes.
Once you’ve blanched the green beans (which can be done ahead of time), this recipe comes together in just about five minutes.
Start to finish: 45 minutes
3 lb. green beans, cleaned and trimmed
2 tbsp. olive oil
3 cloves garlic, smashed
1 c. fresh basil leaves, minced
½ c. fresh mint leaves, minced
2 tsp. freshly grated orange peel
1. Heat large saucepot of water to boiling. Add green beans and cook until beans are crisp-tender, which will take about 8 to 10 minutes. Immediately drain and transfer to an ice bath. Once the beans are chilled through, drain well. The beans can now be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two days.
2. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and cook until just browned, 1-2 minutes. Add green beans and cook 3 to 5 minutes, stirring often, until green beans are heated through. Remove from heat, add salt and pepper to taste, and add herbs and orange peel. Serve immediately.
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