Brunch is more than bagels & bacon.* It’s a chance to show off your culinary prowess with carefully crafted dishes with minimal prep time and maximum satisfaction. Here are a few quick recipes that take no time at all to prepare. Are you ready to knock the socks off your brunch guests?
Scrambled Egg Bar
Besides being easy to throw together, a built-it-yourself egg bar adds an element of personalization to your event. Cook up a big batch of scrambled, eggy goodness and place a variety of bite-sized toppings for each person to choose nearby. Examples include: salty bacon, ground breakfast sausage, zesty green onions, creamy avocado, freshly chopped tomatoes & colorful bell peppers, as well as fresh herbes de Provence. Don’t forget your favorite shredded or crumbled cheeses!
Fresh Baked Bread
While the thought of flour everywhere and kneading forever sounds foreboding, there is an easy recipe for homemade bread success! Start with this simple recipe and add in some of your favorite flavors such as asiago cheese, thyme, rosemary, or roasted garlic. Bonus: slices of this bread can be toasted up and served at the Scrambled Egg Bar!
1-1/2 cup warm water (slightly more than room temp)
1-1/4 Tablespoon honey
1 1/4 teaspoon table salt
1 Tablespoon active dry yeast (or 2 small packets)
3-1/2 to 4 cups organic, all-purpose flour (do not use bread flour, the texture will be too dense)
Combine water, honey, salt and yeast in a large glass bowl. Let sit for about 10 minutes, or until foam appears on the top.
Start adding the flour into the dough until it no longer sticks to your fingers, about 3 1/2 cups worth.
Form dough into a long, loaf shape, place on a well-greased baking sheet and let sit for 20 minutes under a kitchen towel in a warm spot on your counter. At this time, pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees.
Cut slits in the top of the bread loaf and bake for up to 20 minutes. You’ll know when it’s done when you can smell fresh baked bread throughout your whole kitchen!
Remove bread from oven and let cool. It should be crusty on the outside, but not burnt.
Can be served with fresh fruit, jam and spreadable light cheese, such as chèvre. Be sure to keep some of your favorite local honey nearby!
Brewing a Fresh Pot of Coffee
Besides the usual finger foods of the world: fruit, breads, veggies and bacon (always bacon), a thirst quenching complement to the meal should be added to satiate the caffeine addicts of the world (or those who love the taste but can’t have caffeine!)
Brew two different types of coffee and, depending on the volume of those attending, make sure there’s enough! The choice should be medium, not too complex and easy to drink while maintaining the richness of a freshly brewed cup. Everyone takes coffee differently, so prepare your station with mugs, spoons and condiments as per usual (sugar, sweetener, milk, almond milk). For added oomph, provide cinnamon sticks as stirrers for those looking to add another layer of flavor to their cup!
* Of course, if all this made you really hungry, but it sounds too ambitious for your upcoming lazy Sunday—you can always fall back on something delightful from Standard Market, like our rainbow bagels (slathered with cream cheese), raspberry almond coffee cake, or delicious applewood smoked bacon—all made from scratch by the team at Standard Market.
Posted on 4/18/17.