Easy, Easter Brunch with Sentiment and Style

Easter is a time for celebration with family and friends. It comes only once a year, and the last thing you want to be doing during your family time is slaving away in a crowded kitchen. This a time...

Easter is a time for celebration with family and friends. It comes only once a year, and the last thing you want to be doing during your family time is slaving away in a crowded kitchen. This a time when quick, one-dish meals are a Godsend. But you don't want to sacrifice the sentiment of your meal in the quest to cut down on post-celebratory dishes.

In the tradition of Easter festivities, foods play an important role that surpasses that of hedonic value. Certain foods are symbolic, and chosen carefully to convey the history of the holiday, and the story it seeks to retell. Luckily, with thoughtful consideration of each ingredient, you can dish up a super easy Easter brunch that retains the heritage of this history-drenched holiday. The following is a delicious example of a no-hassle, spring appropriate, Easter brunch. Ensuring guests with a sweet tooth will go home happy and full.

Spring-berry French Toast

This recipe can actually be prepared the night before, saving you even more precious family time. The ingredients are simple, each with their own symbolic gesture.

Springberry Casserole - Illustration
Springberry Casserole - Illustration

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 loaves French bread, cubed - bread is representative of fertility and good luck.
  • 5 eggs - represent rebirth, and fertility as well
  • 1 cup assorted berries, blueberries, blackberries, and sliced strawberries - these symbolize the beginning of Spring and new beginnings
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • 1 cup milk, plus 1 tablespoon
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup honey

Directions:

  1. Grease an 8 x 8-inch casserole dish and place half the French bread cubes evenly on the bottom.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese, 1 tablespoon of milk, and powdered sugar until thick.
  3. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the bread cubes in the casserole dish.
  4. Now pour in the assortment of berries.
  5. Top with remaining bread cubes.
  6. Combine the remaining 1 cup milk with the eggs, vanilla, honey, and spices.
  7. Pour the mixture into the casserole dish and cover the dish with aluminum foil. 
  8. Place in the fridge overnight.
  9. The following morning, or afternoon, preheat your oven to 370 degrees Fahrenheit.
  10. Bake the casserole, covered, for 45 minutes.
  11. Remove the foil and bake for another half-hour.
  12. Let cool and top with the lemon-blueberry syrup, see recipe below.

Lemon Blueberry Syrup

Blueberry Topping - Illustration
Blueberry Topping - Illustration

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch and water.
  2. Let the mixture stand for one minute.
  3. Combine the cornstarch water with the lemon juice and sugar in a saucepan.
  4. Heat to a simmer and add the blueberries.
  5. Continue to simmer until blueberries become tender, about 10 minutes.
  6. Allow to cool slightly and pour over the French toast casserole.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

This Easter Brunch is a good excuse to get all your fruit out and make a festive casserole for your and your friends! Let the flavours pop in your mouth while you dream of spring and summer. For questions or comments, feel free to contact us. We'd love to hear your feedback.