Simple Holiday Brunch – Mimosas and French Toast!
The official Holiday Season is 5 weeks long — beginning with Thanksgiving and ending on New Year’s Day. During this period, we have numerous opportunities to entertain family and friends, but it’s common to feel like we have no time at all. So this year we offer you a solution — host a simple and special Holiday Brunch in your home. A brunch is a wonderful way to share time with loved ones and oftentimes it’s a less stressful, more enjoyable and budget-friendly party option. We are big brunch fans, and have some tips and picks for putting together a brunch of your own to spread good cheer this Holiday Season!
Food: As a nod to toast, one of this year’s hottest food trends, we decided to make French toast the star of our party. We created a delicious recipe that satisfies all the senses. Challah bread makes this French toast a hearty meal and topped with a fabulous Blueberry Lemon Coulis it is quite frankly, over the top! Please enjoy our recipe below.
Cocktail: Our Holiday French Toast requires a special cocktail, so we suggest pairing it with a classic bubbly brunch favorite – the Mimosa. Mimosas were believed to have been invented circa 1925 in the Hôtel Ritz Paris by Frank Meier. This classic cocktail is a perfect complement to French toast. To create this cocktail, we suggest Santa Margherita Prosecco and fresh orange juice to make your brunch feel festive and fabulous. You can also offer other options at your brunch bar: on a table top or bar area put out carafes filled with a variety of juices, fresh fruit for garnishes, lots of prosecco, and champagne glasses. Then, let guests DIY their own drink and toast to a happy holiday. We featured fresh peach juice (for Bellinis) and orange juice (for Mimosas) and still can’t decide which one we liked better. However, our pick for prosecco was clear —Santa Margherita. Paired with fresh juice or straight up, processo is a must at the brunch table! We’re happy to offer you a Special 20% Off Code: “TerlatoInsider” so you can save when ordering the Santa Margherita Prosecco online at uncorked.com. There’s FREE shipping too!
Décor: Feature big beautiful oranges and holiday greens like boxwood to add a fresh and festive vibe to your party space. Tip: Use a boxwood wreath as a bowl and stack oranges in the middle for a bright pop of color. Arrange yellow orange tipped roses in a variety of containers and place throughout your home to extend the vibe of your Brunch Bar. You can also use a variety of fresh fruit (apples, pears and kumquats) arranged in glass containers for added freshness and interest.
Recipe: This Holiday French Toast with Blueberry Lemon Coulis is both delicious and hearty. It’s also easy to make and serve which will keep you out of the kitchen and allow you to enjoy time with your guests.
- 1 cup frozen blueberries, thawed and drained
- 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 cinnamon stick
- ½ loaf challah bread – sliced into 1 ¼” – 1 ½” pieces
- 4 eggs
- ¼ cup whole milk
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- Confectioners sugar
- Prepare coulis: add blueberries, lemon juice and sugar to a non-stick saucepan and stir, drop in cinnamon stick. Heat on low-medium heat for 20-30 minutes, stirring intermittently until mixture starts to thicken. Remove from heat and allow to set.
- Preheat large non-stick pan or griddle on medium heat.
- Add eggs, milk and cinnamon to a glass pie dish, whisk until thoroughly incorporated.
- Dip bread slices one at a time into egg mixture, making sure to coat both sides well.
- Place coated bread slices on greased pan and cook until both sides are golden brown.
- Top with blueberry lemon coulis, sprinkle with confectioners sugar and serve with syrup.
Party Bluprints was NOT paid for this post, but did receive free product from Santa Margherita Wines.