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Monday, April 9, 2012

Simple Sunday Brunch

I love making brunch! There's just something soothing about a leisurely afternoon meal that includes coffee and mimosas. You can make a delicious meal without all of those boxed mixes in a snap.

Here are the recipes for my favorite midmorning spread:


1 Cup Flour
1 Tbsp Sugar
1 Tsp Baking Soda
1 Tsp Baking Powder
1/4 Tsp salt (Omit this if you use salted butter)
1 Egg
1 Cup Buttermilk
3 Tbsp Melted Butter (I prefer this to Vegetable Oil)
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract

Mix dry ingredients then add buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla. Combine until lumps are mostly gone.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat, and coat with butter if needed. Pour 1/4 cupfuls of batter onto the skillet, and cook until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip with a spatula, and cook until browned on the other side.

Next comes this nummy, buttery syrup. **Please use a tall pot for heating, as the baking soda creates a very big bubbley foam at first:

Butter/Cinnamon Syrup

1/2 Cup Butter
1/2 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Buttermilk
1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
1 Tbsp Agave Nectar
1/4 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
1/2 Tsp Baking Soda

Bring butter, sugar, buttermilk, vanilla extract, agave nectar, and cinnamon to a simmer in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Once simmering, whisk in baking soda. Cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly, before removing from heat. Serve warm.

Then I always add my favorite scrambled egg recipe. It's crazy easy. The kids and I often have this, with whole wheat toast, for a quick dinner:

Fancy Scrambled Eggs

Scramble and cook as many eggs as desired. Once eggs are no longer runny, top with lots of fresh spinach. Use as much spinach as you can fit in the pan. Cook until spinach is wilted and add enough cream cheese to lightly coat everything.