Monday, February 8, 2010

Valentine Brunch Part 1: the food

Valentine Crafting Brunch Menu
Spinach Quiche
Broccoli Red Pepper Quiche
Fresh Pineapple and Berries
Baked French Toast
Pan Seared Sausages
Pomegranate Spritzers
The Valentine brunch was lovely and super crafty.  I kept the food down to simple, bake ahead dishes, avoiding anything that needed too much last minute preparation.  Quiche is one of my favorite brunch dishes because it can be made ahead of time and served room temperature or warmed.  That said, I still do not have a favorite quiche recipe-doesn't seem that hard, right?   I tried yet another new one for the brunch, and it was ok, but I'm open to any suggestions for a really good one. 
The hit of the party plate was definitely the Baked French Toast.  I love having any excuse to make a big pan of this so I have leftovers for breakfast all week long. 
Baked French Toast

1 large (or 2 small) day old baguettes, sliced thinly
5 cups milk
6 eggs
1 1/4 c sugar
1 T vanilla
1 T orange zest
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t nutmeg
4 T melted butter
2 T cold butter
3 red apples (I used gala), peeled, cored and thinly sliced
1/4 c golden raisins
1/4 c dark raisins

-combine milk, eggs, sugar, vanilla, zest and spices in large bowl and whisk until well combined
-add sliced bread and cover with plastic
-weight top of bowl with another bowl, pan, brick, whatever you have handy, until bread is soaked through
(15-20 minutes)
-fold in apples, raisins and melted butter
-pour into buttered 9 x 13 baking dish
-dot top with 2 T cold butter
-bake at 350 for 50 min-1 hour, until custard is set and top is golden brown
-serve warm with lots of real maple syrup

*I like the small baguette slices, but you could use large slices of day old crusty bread, or you could tear the bread into small chunks to make this more like bread pudding*

More party fare to come......


  1. I must first say "Thank You!" Your brunch was SO delicious and beautiful! And yes, the Baked French Toast was out of this world! What kind of syrup did you serve? That was excellent, too:)

  2. good ol' Target...Archer Farms organic syrup.

  3. Hey! I finally figured out I could log in and post a comment.

    I have a favorite quiche I like to make, which is some variation on this recipe from Whole Foods:

    I can't wait to try the Baked French toast!!

  4. Hi Christine,

    Just wanted to say thank you for the new breakfast in bed Valentine's Day Morning recipe tradition....The french bread, french toast...I'm adding it to the Sarah's yearly traditions calender...and the boy loved it! I too am a lady who loves to stay home. I think you are super cute! I found you in the lovely Mary Jane's Farm Magazine....hope you are having a wonderful morning, take care and thanks again!

    Sarah Rhynalds