We take weekend breakfasts and brunches very seriously in our house. We like to eat well, in moderation—whole foods, not “lite” foods!—so that’s why I don’t feel a lick of regret serving a decadent brunch like this one.
Our brunch menu included:
- Coffee and homemade hot cocoa
- Small breakfast parfaits made with layers of Greek yogourt, Sobeys ready-to-serve fresh fruit, and a sprinkle of Dark Chocolate & Red Berry Love Crunch granola
- French-Toasted Croissants: This is the only way my eldest daughter will eat eggs. I made them using Sobeys decadent all-butter croissants, and topped them with a bit of Greek yogurt and some of that lovely fruit.
- Candied bacon—(YES!) I used Compliments bacon and this recipe. To. Die. For.
Before I got started in the kitchen I asked my daughters to cover our dining room table with drawing paper for a special assignment. I handed out some markers and asked them to design an inspirational tablecloth for our special meal. They loved this idea and took total ownership of it. They wrote motivational messages and drew pictures while I cooked. It was a great way to keep them busy (and keep the conversation going and practice spelling!) while I made sure the bacon was done at the same time as the croissants. Thankfully the bacon recipe uses the oven, which is great because it means the stovetop is clear.
Brunch was a huge hit. The girls really loved the variety of fresh fruits on the table. I don’t usually serve more than one or two fruit varieties at brunch. In our house it’s usually strawberries, or just melon, but rarely can I pull it together enough to have three types of melon, a pineapple, and strawberries in a fruit salad. (We also find it challenging to find that much room in our fridge!)
I asked my eldest daughter what she liked best about our brunch. I knew what she was going to say before she said it: “The BACON,” she said with a grin. “Except for the burnt one.” (Ha. Yes. Watch that bacon closely!)
The bacon WAS pretty amazing, but serving it with the French-Toasted Croissants and fresh fruit-Greek yogourt combo created a triumvirate of flavours that just can’t be beat. It was all so fresh and delicious, a big success!
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