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I will be cooking for a group of 12 or so for brunch and dinner. This is my tentative menu and recipes for Sunday Brunch.

Easter Brunch Menu 2013

Baked Scrambled Eggs

Bacon

Apple French Toast

Hash Browns

Strawberries with Yogurt Sauce

Sparkling Cider

Orange Juice

Recipes:

Baked Eggs

Saute:

1 small onion with 2 cloves garlic (and any other vegetables you may want to add, like red peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, mushrooms etc)

Whisk together:

15 eggs

1 ½ C Milk

4 T flour

¼ t black pepper

1 t salt

Place sautéed vegetables in the bottom of a buttered 9×13 Casserole dish.

Pour whisked eggs on top.

Top with 1 ½ C Cheddar Cheese.

Bake at 350°F for 35-45 minutes, watching it until it is done.

Bacon

When cooking bacon for a large group, I bake it one day ahead. I lay it carefully on foil lined baking sheets (usually 3). Then I bake it at 350°F for 15+ minutes until nearly done. When it is not fully cooked, I take it off the pan with tongs onto a paper towel lined baking sheet or large plate. The baking sheet full of hot grease I put under the car in the garage…yes, I really do! That way they are out of the way and I can deal with them later. The next day the fat has solidified. I roll up the foil, place it in a garbage bag, tie it and there it is, neatly disposed of.

After the bacon is dried, I place it in a 9×13 baking pan and refrigerate it.

Easter Morning:   Bacon can be warmed in oven covered with foil for 15 minutes and it is ready to serve.

Apple French Toast Freezer Meal (9×12 or 2 8×8)

8 C soft wheat bread cubes, excluding heels (3/4 1 lb. 8 oz. loaf)

3 C peeled and sliced apples

1 ½ C brown sugar

2 1/4 C milk

3/8 C butter

1 1/2 t ground cinnamon

¾ t ground nutmeg

1 t vanilla extract

3 eggs beaten

Spray pans with nonstick spray.

In a saucepan over medium heat combine apples,  brown sugar, milk, and butter.

Cook until butter melted and apples are softened.

In a bowl whisk together cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and eggs.

Place cubed bread in individual’s pans.

Mix apple mixture with bread.

Pour egg mixture over bread mixture in pan.

Cover with plastic wrap and put lid on.

Freeze.

AT HOME:

Thaw before baking.

Bake at 350 F for 30-40 minutes until apples tender.

Vanilla Sauce:  make at home, or serve with vanilla ice cream

1/2 C white sugar

3/8 C brown sugar

3/4 C milk

3/4 C butter

2 t vanilla extract

Combine all vanilla sauce ingredients except vanilla and bring to boil. Remove from heat and add vanilla.  Ladle over bread pudding after it’s baked.

Note:  If you are making this at home without freezing it, don’t precook apples and increase baking time to 40-50 minutes.

Hash Browns

I bake the potatoes one day ahead. On Easter morning I grate them and fry them in butter and olive oil, season with salt and pepper and serve!

Strawberries with Yogurt Sauce

Slice the strawberries into bite sized pieces. Place in a Serving bowl.

Yogurt Sauce

2 cups plain yogurt

2 T orange juice concentrate

2 T honey or sweetener of your choice

Mix, place in serving bowl on table.

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