The thing about long weekends is that they:
a) afford you more time to spend pottering in the kitchen creating something spectacular and
b) give off a leisurely kind of energy - where things just happen at a much more gradual pace than normal.
Easter is (unless you're running the Two Oceans Marathon), one of those weekends and for those that observe the holiday, there is so much to look forward to when it comes to food! Just think of all those glorious traditional customs like eating pickled fish on Good Friday, Hot cross buns for breakfast or tea and making slow roasted lamb on Easter Sunday (not forgetting all the Easter egg and chocolate eating in between!).
if you're having guests or family visiting over the holiday, we know you'll be called upon to produce some sort of tummy-filling fuel. Brunch is a great way to kill two birds with one stone (breakfast + lunch) and ensures you don't spend ALL day in the kitchen cooking 3 full meals while everyone is out having fun.
Here are some fantastic recipes to take your weekend brunch to another level. Crank up the oven and gather those pans!
1. Braai breakfast pot - perfect for the camping! Be your own Ultimate Braai Master.
2. Truffle scrambled eggs - serve these to guests who will appreciate the rarity and unique flavour of shaved truffle.
3. French toast with bacon and fried banana - salty and sweet, hitting all the right spots for a weekend breakfast!
4. Choc chip banana muffins - you can't go wrong with muffins - especially if they're loaded with chocolate chips.
5. Milk stout hot cross buns - make your Hot cross buns from scratch. This recipe calls for Milk stout beer.
6. Onion tart - a rustic and savoury dish with a lovely French flair.
7. Easter breakfast buns - these are a real hit with both children and adults! Make a double batch to avoid disappointment.
8. Malted buttermilk waffles - treat yourself to these fluffy, light clouds of cooked dough and top with your favourite flavours.
9. Moroccan honey almond pastries - these hold a certain North African charm. Honey represents fertility and wealth.
10. Leek and blue cheese soufflé - Another savoury number that's flavoured with sharp blue cheese.
11. Bun and butter pudding - Hot cross buns take on a new life in this mashup recipe... bread and butter pudding reloaded.
12. Autumn frittata - glorious served with a few slices of toast on the side.
13. Potato and vegetable torte - this potato cake is a real hit and will keep you full for hours.
14. Zesty salmon roulade - for something a little fancy schmancy!
15. Coconut and Parmesan crumbed mushrooms - A lovely addition to any brunch plate. Have them with your eggs or serve on a buffet.
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- Tessa Purdon