Sunday, May 3, 2009

Mother's Day Brunch Ideas

Next Sunday is Mother's Day and we've invited both of our moms over for a Mother's Day Brunch. I don't know about you, but whenever I'm having people over for a special meal, I start planning at least a week in advance. I'm not one of those "oh we'll just throw something together that morning" kind of gals. Nope, I'm a big time planner. So I've started scoping out my recipe books for ideas of things to make. Mr. ValleyWriter has suggested we have 2 breakfast type items and 2 lunch type items to make it an official "brunch." (I'm not sure where he came up with the ratio, but it sounds good to me!)

I was thinking of doing a fruit salad or a spinach salad with strawberries. Then maybe a quiche, though I'm not sure if that counts as a breakfast or lunch item. I also thought about maybe doing a ham - but that seems like it might be a lot for 6 people. Maybe Eggs Benedict instead? Hmm... I'll have to think that one through.

Of course, we have to have some kind of baked good, as that is the hallmark of a ValleyWriter get-together. (What can I say? I love to bake!) My mom makes the best scones, so I was thinking I might make a batch in her honor. I made a batch of yummy (and incredibly easy) cranberry raisin scone one morning this week to try out the flavors.

Cranberry Raisin Drop Scones

2 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. white sugar
1/2 c. cold butter
1/3 c. dried cranberries
1/4 c. raisins (I used a mix of golden, crimson and regular
1/2 to 3/4 c. milk
1 Tbsp. brown sugar

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.
In the bowl of your food processor, combine flour, baking powder salt and white sugar. Pulse a few times to mix.
Cut the butter into a few chunks and add to the food processor. Pulse until the mixture is grainy, with the butter chunks smaller than the size of a small pea.
(If you don't have a food processor, you can just mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl and then cut in the butter with a fork.)
Pour the butter/flour mixture into a mixing bowl. Stir in the dried cranberries and raisins. Slowly add in the milk, just until the dough comes together into a sticky ball. (You may not need to use all of the milk.)
Scoop about 1/2 c. of the dough into a ball and place on the greased baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough to form 8 scones in total.
Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over the tops of all of the balls of dough.
Bake for 15-17 minutes until tops are golden brown and toothpick inserted comes out clean.

I thought I'd share this recipe - and then ask you to share some of your great recipes for brunch ideas. If you leave me the link to your blog post in the comments - or contact me using the "Contact" feature on the left - I'll post all the recipes, along with a link to your blog, in a round up on Thursday evening. Just in time to start shopping for the Mother's Day Menu. Thanks!


TheGourmetGirl said...

How about a Strawberry Banana Souffle (very easy)? Check out the pic on my slideshow. If you're interested I'll get it to you.
Great idea to have moms share their special recipes.

ValleyWriter said...

GourmetGirl - your Strawberry Banana Souffle looks incredible! I'd love it if you would share it with me and allow me to post the recipe in Thursday's round up!

Tangled Noodle said...

These scones look fantastic! I would definitely serve this at a brunch (actually, I'd have it anytime!). I don't really have a brunch recipe of my own to share but I've been commenting on other bloggers' sites about how their recent posts would make great brunch dishes.

Daily Spud has a lovely quiche featuring potatoes

I wish I could remember more right now but I'm blanking! I'll stop in if I can think of any good recipes.

MAC said...

I've just posted one of the quickest and easiest cakes you will just love. I call it Luscious Pineapple Squares. Also, I have a Grape Salad that is to die for. I took a big bowl to work and half of the people there ended up making it for Easter. It too is simple and can be made ahead. Also, I make a Spinach Meat Roll-up that is wonderful and simple. Go to my site and click on Martha's Recipes on the right. There you will find the cake and salad. Click on Recipes at the top of that site and you will come to my old site that I'm moving everything to. Look under one of the meat sections for the Roll-up. You will love them and so will everyone else.

Daily Spud said...

Of course I would be delighted to have you include my quiche in your round up - definitely good brunch material :)

Jan McCracken said...

Hi Pioneer Valley!

You are more than welcome to post the Pineapple Upside Down French Toast to your Mother's Day Roundup... and what fun! Let's check in with each other ofen. And, Happy Mother's Day to all!
Jan McCracken,
Ozark Mountain Christmas Recipes