Brunch is one of my favorite meals. Not too early, not too late. Half breakfast foods, half lunch. More laid back than a formal dinner and many recipes can be made ahead so it’s a meal you can really enjoy with a crowd.
With it being more and more difficult to schedule get togethers, brunch is a great alternative for those who can find time on weekends. When thinking of ways to do something nice for the growing generations of mothers in my family I thought it would be cool to do a brunch. Instead of going out, I thought it would be easier to have everyone over so the kids can only destroy the property that we actually own, rather than that of some unsuspecting restauranteur.
I wanted to keep the menu simple so I chose two items that were mostly make ahead – a spinach, proscuito, potato and goat cheese frittata and a French toast bake – and then added a big bowl of fresh raspberries with a side of fresh cream. To set the table we used PC Home’s new Spring/Summer collection. I’m obsessed with the colours and love the fact that they’re plastic so I don’t have to worry about another broken dish. Plus if Sunday turns out to be a nice day we can always relocate outside with these outdoor friendly dishes.
For the French Toast Bake:
1 loaf of French bread cut into 1 inch cubes
3 cups of 2% milk
4 tsp of sugar
1 tsp of vanilla extract
¾ tsp of salt
2 tbsp of butter
3 tbsp of sugar
2 tsp of cinnamon
grease a 9/13 inch baking dish
add cubed bread
whisk together eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla and salt in a large bowl
pour egg mixture over the bread
cover the baking dish and put in fridge overnight
The next morning
Remove casserole from fridge 30 mins before serving
Heat oven to 350
Dot the dish with butter
Combine the sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over top
Cover with tinfoil and bake for 30-40 mins (or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean)
Let stand for 5-10 mins
Serve with maple syrup
For the frittata get the recipe HERE (I substituted the cheddar for goat cheese)
All of the pretty plates, glasses, serving dishes and place mats are not only super stylish, they’re affordable! Like nothing over $15.00 affordable! Check out your local Real Canadian Superstore or select Loblaw for the full range.
Happy almost Mother’s Day to all of you lovely ladies out there!