Brunch archives – silver foodie

Hosting a brunch is a wonderful way to entertain your family and friends! Easter, Mother’s Day, pre-wedding events, birthdays, anniversaries, graduations – these days are all appropriate opportunities to invite people over for brunch. Best homemade cinnamon rolls without yeast There’s just something about brunch that creates a friendly, informal atmosphere that allows your guests to move around and visit with each other while also serving themselves to the food at your attractive buffet table!

Defined as a “late morning meal eaten instead of breakfast and lunch” brunch may begin at 11AM and extend to 2Pm or even later! Originating in England in the late 19th Century, brunch became popular in the United States in the late 1930’s. Homemade cinnamon rolls with cream cheese icing The term “brunch” was coined in 1895 to describe a Sunday meal to Saturday night carousers, eliminating the need to get up early. Cinnamon swirl bundt cake recipe Guy Beringer wrote “brunch is cheerful, sociable and inciting.

Cinnamon roll pound cake recipe It is talk – compelling. Cinnamon roll bundt cake recipe It puts you in a good temper, it makes you satisfied with yourself and your fellow beings, it sweeps away the worries and cobwebs of the week.”

First of all, decide how many guests you plan to invite to your brunch. Quick cinnamon rolls recipe from scratch How will you invite them – send out invitations, use an event “app” or call them by phone? Knowing the number of guests coming is essential to determine how much food you need to buy as well as planning seating arrangements.

Secondly, go through your recipe file and pull out all the recipes that you may want to include on your brunch menu. Cinnamon rolls cinnabon copycat recipe For a large number of guests, consider using “quantity” recipes, such as those that specify “serves 12” or even more. Decide the categories of food you want to serve – typically some breakfast foods and some lunch-type dishes are provided at a brunch as well as some yummy desserts. Homemade cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting recipe Typical Brunch Fare

Typically, brunches may include some of the following items: eggs and egg dishes, casseroles with eggs and breakfast meats, bacon, sausage, ham, Canadian bacon, fruits, pastries, waffles, pancakes, scones, muffins, coffee cake, French toast, frittatas, omelets, quiche, Eggs Benedict, popovers, crepes, croissants, cheese blintzes, bagels and all manner of yummy desserts.

Beverages may include coffee, tea, specially-flavored iced teas and iced coffees, juices, and “adult” beverages such as Bloody Marys, Bellinis, Sangria and Mimosas, if you like.

Thirdly, select the recipes you wish to serve and create your brunch menu. Pillsbury cinnamon roll king cake recipe Once you have created the brunch menu and know how many guests to expect you can develop your grocery list. Cinnamon rolls recipe homemade Incorporate some ready-made menu items so that you don’t have to prepare everything from “scratch.” Choose items that are not all prepared in the oven – use your slow cooker, griddle or other appliances so the oven is not relied upon to cook everything on the menu. Cinnamon rolls recipe easy quick If possible, plan to make one or more dishes the day before the brunch to lessen your work load on the day of the brunch. Cinnamon rolls made with yellow cake mix Setting the tables may be done the day before the event. Cinnamon roll dough recipe with yeast The Buffet Table

The next step is deciding how to set up your brunch buffet table. Cinnamon roll dough recipe no yeast If you place the table against a wall, guests will only be able to serve themselves from one side of the table. Cinnamon roll dough recipe without eggs If you place the table away from a wall, guests will be able to move around the table, able to serve themselves from both sides of the table.

In addition, choose a centerpiece for the buffet table and if you desire some smaller ones for the tables where guests will be eating. Cinnamon roll recipe with yellow cake mix A vase of fresh flowers or a bowl of fresh fruit are always beautiful focal points for a buffet table. Cinnamon roll coffee cake recipe Other decorative items can be chosen to support the brunch theme or the current season. To create an interesting table, you may wish to elevate some dishes (as they do in hotels and restaurants) by using small cardboard boxes underneath the tablecloth. Pillsbury cinnamon roll coffee cake recipe Make sure the boxes are sturdy enough to hold the weight of the food item you will place on top of it! Varying heights add interest.

Draw a diagram on a sheet of paper illustrating where your serving dishes and other items will be located on the serving table. Easy cinnamon buns recipe no yeast This is a great visual aid to ensure you have a place for everything. Cinnamon roll recipe made with canned biscuits You may wish to place silverware and napkins at each place setting on the table where guests will be eating if space is limited on the serving table. Homemade cinnamon rolls with biscuit dough Plates are usually placed so that guests will pick them up first before moving on to the food. If space permits, beverages may be placed on a separate table, which also speeds the movement of guests from the serving table. Cinnamon roll recipe pillsbury grands (Think traffic flow!) Hosting Duties

When guests arrive, greet them and show them where they may sit until the brunch is served. Easy cinnamon rolls from scratch without yeast Offer them something to drink. Easy homemade cinnamon rolls from scratch Show them where to put their coats and bags. Cinnamon rolls from cinnabon Introduce guests that don’t know each other. Cinnamon roll recipe using pillsbury biscuits Make them feel “at home.”

When hosting a brunch or any event, I always recommend having a “Plan B.” For example, have a cheesecake in the freezer that you can pull out if you run out of dessert. Homemade cinnamon rolls made with biscuits Have an extra bag of ice in the freezer in case your icemaker can’t keep up with the demand. Cinnamon roll recipe icing Frozen croissants and other breads can be heated up quickly in the microwave. Homemade cinnamon rolls from scratch without yeast It’s always desirable to have too much food as opposed to not enough when hosting an event!

If you have a “waffle station” where guests can make their own waffles, make sure you have enough batter on hand and check the site frequently for any spills that need wiping up. Homemade cinnamon rolls no yeast or milk If you know someone that’s talented at making omelets, you could provide an “omelet” station with a variety of “add-ins” (grated cheese, bacon bits, etc.) that each guest could choose to personalize their omelet.

Try to relax and enjoy your guests while occasionally checking on the status of food and drinks that may need freshening. Homemade cinnamon rolls using biscuit dough Ask a family member to assist you in removing plates, glasses and any trash from the areas where guests are eating. Cinnamon rolls no yeast allrecipes Delegate any duties to willing family members or friends to allow you to enjoy your guests, too. Cinnamon rolls from frozen bread dough overnight When folks ask “what can I do to help?” make your life easier by allowing them to assist you. Recipe for cinnamon roll icing with powdered sugar Concluding Thoughts

Don’t put demands on yourself that everything has to be perfect or the event will be a disaster! Cut yourself some slack! After all, there is only one Martha Stewart on this planet!

One of the most memorable brunches I ever experienced was at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina. Recipe for pillsbury cinnamon roll icing They feature a great variety of delicious foods with a view of the Blue Ridge Mountains that is just spectacular! If you’re ever in the area, consider making a reservation for brunch there!

I hope you’ll consider hosting a brunch sometime in the not-too-distant future as it’s truly a pleasing way to make new memories with your guests! If you have some tips you’d like to share for a successful brunch please add them to the Comments section below.

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Credit: Photo of brunch dishes and photo of assorted beverages courtesy of Stocksnap.

I love to go to brunch, don’t you? Thinking about brunch this week and some of the great foods I’ve enjoyed at brunches in the past, I’d like to share a recipe with you for an Impressive Orange Coconut Brunch Cake that is so flavorful, fragrant and delicious!

Orange Coconut Brunch Cake is a coffee cake made with yeast, filled with a scrumptious filling of toasted coconut and orange zest, topped with an orange glaze and sprinkled with coconut. Homemade cinnamon rolls with grands biscuits Two tablespoons of orange zest really intensifies the orange flavor of this wonderful brunch cake. Cinnamon swirl pound cake recipe The presentation is so nice you’ll be proud to display it at a brunch or for a nice Sunday breakfast!

• In a mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Nothing bundt cake cinnamon swirl recipe Add 1/4 cup sugar, eggs, sour cream, 6 tablespoons butter and salt; mix well.

• Stir in enough flour to form a soft dough. Cinnamon rolls with cream cheese icing recipe If using a dough hook, knead 6 – 8 minutes. Cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting recipe Otherwise, turn the dough onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6 – 8 minutes.

• Place dough in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top.

• Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

• Meanwhile, combine coconut, orange peel and 3/4 cup sugar; set aside.

• Punch dough down. Sticky cinnamon buns no yeast Turn onto a floured surface; roll into an 18″ x 10″ rectangle.

• Melt 2 tablespoons butter and brush over the dough. Homemade cinnamon buns with cream cheese frosting Spread coconut mixture over the dough.

• Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seam to seal.

• Place seam-side near the top and facing the center tube in a greased fluted 10″ tube pan; pinch ends together.

• Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

• Bake at 350 degrees F. Cinnamon rolls recipe in urdu for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

• Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.

• For glaze, combine sugar, cornstarch, sour cream, butter and orange juice in a saucepan.

• Spoon or brush over warm coffee cake. Quick homemade cinnamon rolls from scratch Sprinkle with coconut.

The Orange Coconut Brunch Cake dough is very easy to roll out into a rectangle. Quick easy homemade cinnamon rolls recipe It’s a soft dough and is easily manipulated into the desired shape. Easy recipe for cinnamon roll icing I just love the filling of melted butter, orange zest, sugar and toasted coconut that is spread over the dough. Cinnamon bun recipe cream cheese icing I used a ruler to make sure I rolled the dough into the correct 18? x 10? size rectangle.

I toasted the coconut in a small skillet on medium heat. Homemade cinnamon roll icing without cream cheese When you begin to smell coconut in the air, it’s probably time to remove it from the heat source. Cinnamon buns with cream cheese frosting recipe It’s also helpful to stir the coconut a few times while it is toasting. Recipe for cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting Toasting the coconut really intensifies the flavor!

The Orange Glaze is delicious – I’ve never made a glaze before that contained sour cream as one of the ingredients. Icing recipe for cinnamon rolls without cream cheese The sour cream added a really rich element to the glaze. Recipe for cinnamon buns with cream cheese icing I spooned the glaze over the cooled Orange Coconut Brunch Cake but next time I plan to brush it on as I did have a few puddles of glaze on the plate. Cinnamon bun recipe without yeast Most likely, brushing the glaze on would permit the glaze to be absorbed into the cake rather than running down the sides. Cinnamon roll cream cheese frosting (Live and learn!)

For several days, leftovers may be stored under a cake cover or in a plastic storage container to maintain freshness. Cinnamon roll cream cheese icing To reheat, microwave each slice for 15 seconds on the “high” setting. Best cinnamon roll icing without cream cheese Orange Coconut Brunch Cake is a true delight for the taste buds as well as the sense of smell!

Standard breakfast foods and more are typically included on brunch menus. Cinnamon roll icing without powdered sugar Brunch menu items may include but certainly aren’t limited to French toast, omelets, quiche, Eggs Benedict, casseroles with eggs, potatoes and breakfast meat, waffles, pastries, pancakes, scones, muffins, pastries, bacon, ham, sausage, coffee cakes, desserts, salads and fruit. Best ever cinnamon buns with cream cheese icing Special occasions such as Mother’s Day, Easter and other holidays, birthdays and anniversaries are great opportunities for hosting a brunch.

Other Silver Foodie recipes that could be used on a Brunch Menu are Waffles and Pancakes – Breakfast & Brunch I, Breakfast & Brunch 2 and Breakfast and Brunch 3, and Breakfast & Brunch 4. Cinnamon bun cream cheese icing Many other recipes for waffles, pancakes, muffins, quiche and other foods that could be incorporated into a brunch menu may be located by searching the recipes index. Quick cinnamon roll recipe bisquick In my next post I plan to share with you how to host a brunch with menu ideas and other tips – so stay tuned!

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