With springtime flowers and sunshine comes celebrations like Easter and Mother’s Day–both occasions that require three crucial elements:
Well, I’m still working on the Mom Bod to get my sundress game in order, so I’m not much help for you there. And I’m certain we’re all well versed in bottomless mimosas at this point in our lives. So where do we turn for that brunch menu that will impress even the most discerning mother-in-law?
Luckily my wonderful friends from Pampered Chef have an awesome selection of recipes to choose from that are both easy to assemble and hard to mess up. As an Independent Director with the company, I can assure you that their tools and recipes are staples in my kitchen. They help me spend less time cooking and more time with the people I’m cooking for. Such a win.
So with these 5 no-fail recipes, you’ll be able to spend more time looking for that perfect sundress…or, if you’re like me, indulge in another mimosa.
Here’s why you’re going to love this recipe for Ham & Cheese Brunch Squares. It’s a colorful dish that looks mouthwateringly delicious fresh out of the oven. But who has time to whip up a fresh breakfast casserole when guests are about to arrive? Not you!
It’s a perfect recipe to prepare ahead of time, up to the point of putting the egg mixture into the oven. Simply cover your pan with Press and Seal, refrigerate, and bake 10-15 minutes before you’re ready to serve. I like using my glazed Shallow Baker to bake this dish because you can take it straight out of your oven and put it right on your table to serve. The stone is going to retain the heat of cooking longer than a glass dish, and the white glaze matches everything.
Back when I was a skinny teenager and could eat anything in the world, I would love to get those delicious Cinnabons from the mall as a breakfast during my early morning shifts in retail. Sooo delicious.
These Warm Cinnamon Rolls are reminiscent of those glorious Cinnabons, but luckily, there’s a lot less grease. The ingredients are easy to find, and you most likely have most of the items in your fridge already. It’s also an easy recipe to modify…if you have the time to prepare your own pizza dough for the rolls, go right ahead. If the clock is down to the wire, feel free to use a regular refrigerated pizza crust. Either way, using pizza dough helps make the whole recipe pull together seamlessly.
Oh my word, and would you look at that…this recipe is made in Pampered Chef’s Large Baker, a beautiful stone that coordinates with the one you should have already used to make the Ham & Cheese Brunch Squares. This stone also goes from oven to table easily and will help keep those cinnamon rolls warm, gooey, and oh-so-yummy.
I love a recipe that I can make for both brunch when I want to entertain and in batches, separated and packaged for when I want a healthy snack. Bring on this dish for Baked Oatmeal with Mixed Berry Compote!
This oatmeal recipe is so easy to put together ahead of time and bake about an hour before your brunch is set to begin. The berry compote is also super simple to prepare ahead of time and store in the fridge until you’re ready to bake. And luckily, it goes into the oven the same time as your Brunch Squares.
These recipes are prepared using pieces from the Rectangular Baker Set which are also glazed stones. The gray glaze is really pretty and coordinates with the white bakers, while mixing up the color scheme but keeping it neutral. And just like the Large and Shallow Bakers, these stones will also retain their heat, keeping your oatmeal and topping warm and delicious.
Mimosas right on schedule.
Pampered Chef’s recipe for Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs is a really impressive twist on a brunch classic. The thin slices of smoked salmon as a garnish on top of the egg is sure to wow your guests. The dish can be prepared ahead of time and stored in the fridge until ready for serving.
To easily fill your egg whites with the deviled egg filling, Pampered Chef’s Easy Accent Decorator is your must-have. The plastic tips quickly change out for different decorating needs, and the cylinder is dishwasher safe, so clean up is a breeze.
Finally, a pretty springtime brunch isn’t complete without a sweet pastry that embraces the fruits of the season. Another easy recipe to make ahead of time, this Berry Ricotta Cake with Lemon Glaze is just flat out yummy. It’s like a homemade, cake version of the Entenmann’s Raspberry Danish Twist (with a lot less factory processing).
For small gatherings, prepare this cake in the Mini Deep Covered Baker. For larger brunch parties, it may be a good idea to double the recipe and prepare in Pampered Chef’s famous Deep Covered Baker. You’ll also note that both are made in the microwave in these incredible glazed stones. How much easier can entertaining be when your dish can go from microwave to table and still taste like it came straight from a hometown bakery?
Not only will these recipes be sure-fire ways to wow your brunch guests, but they are simple enough to prepare that you won’t miss your whole party stuck in the kitchen, stressing over the menu. Even better, PamperedChef’s stoneware and entertaining pieces help your menu come right out of the oven, fridge, or even the microwave, and go right on your table–creating a beautiful spread that your guests will surely never forget.
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