Brunch is the best! If you’re committed to serving a good brunch, whether that’s a party for friends or a meal for other members of your household, there are many things you can do to make brunch one of the best meals in your home. Here’s what you need to know.
1. Make Homemade Waffles
Make homemade waffles instead of buying waffles from the grocery store. Use whatever batter recipe you like best, but add vanilla extract to your batter for an extra kick.
If you have time, make your own homemade berry syrup by combining berries, hot water, corn starch, sugar and lemon juice. Prepare your berry syrup the night before to allow it time to cool.
Top your waffles with syrup, homemade whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. For extra fun, buy a new waffle maker that makes waffles in special shapes, like hearts, stars, flowers or even characters.
2. Serve High-Quality, Specialized Coffee
Drip coffee is fine on a Monday morning, but not on a fun brunch day! Make stovetop coffee from a percolator, buy a French press, or make a cappuccino from your home espresso maker (if you have one). Flavored coffee syrups can add a special touch to you coffee. These syrups go perfectly with waffles!
3. Offer Savory Lox and Bagels on a Board
Lox is meat from a salmon that’s been cured in salty brine. Served on bagels, lox makes a perfect brunch food. Assemble your lox on a board with bagels of various types, and include other bagel toppings of various kinds, including cream cheese, tomato slices, avocado slices, capers, boiled eggs and more. The best part about a lox board is that it looks beautiful before the bagels are eaten, making your board the perfect centerpiece for your meal.
4. Make Creative Mimosas
Mimosas are a traditional brunch drink enjoyed by adults. A traditional mimosa is made from orange juice and Champaign, and a touch of sugar around the rim. However, Champaign goes with a variety of juices.
Strawberry juice, blackberry juice, pear juice, apple juice, mango juice – all of these juices can be mixed with white or pink Champaign to make a delicious brunch-time beverage. For a finishing touch, top your drink with fresh berries like blueberries, blackberries or strawberry slices.
5. Try Pancake Skewers or Chocolate Chip Cast Iron Pancakes
Pancakes are a traditional and expected part of brunch, but they capture the taste buds and imagination when they take on different forms. Consider baking your pancakes in the oven, in a favorite cast-iron pan. Mix chocolate chips into the batter for a tasty treat.
Seeking something even more unusual? Cook up mini pancakes in a skillet, then make pancake kebobs by putting them on skewers, separated by strawberry slices. Pancake kebobs look lovely and taste fantastic.
The most important thing to remember when you’re serving brunch is to have fun. Brunch is a delicious meal that should be enjoyable to serve. Practice makes perfect, so if you’re not happy with the brunch you just served, you’ll do better next time.