Saturday, February 8, 2014

A Birthday Brunch

Jon's sister's birthday is in February, and this year we decided to have her over for a birthday brunch. We were so happy with the way it turned out, we had to share!

There is something to be said about a really good brunch. Nothing fancy, just some breakfast staples, strong coffee, great company, and excellent champagne.

Jon tried out a new way to make home fries (boiling then baking, usually we just pan fry) and then made an open-faced egg sandwich with fig, prosciutto, and arugula on a toasted french baguette.
Egg Sandwich:
Eggs (1 per person)
French Baguette, halved lengthwise
Fig Jam
Fresh Arugula
Prosciutto, pan fried
Pan fry the prosciutto by putting a slice in a pan on the stove top over medium heat. Keep an eye on it, as it will crisp up rather fast. Toast the french baguette, then spread the Fig Jam on it. Top with fresh arugula, the fried prosciutto, and a fried egg.
We also made a dutch baby and a breakfast spinach pie. There are a thousand recipes of dutch pancakes around, but ours is very simple:
Dutch Baby
2 Tbs. butter
2 Eggs
1/2 C. Flour
1/2 C. Milk
1 tsp. Vanilla
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place the butter in a cast iron pan and put in the oven to melt as the oven preheats. In a bowl, mix together the other ingredients until they are combined. Once the butter is melted, swirl it around the pan to coat evenly. Pour the batter into the pan, and bake until puffed and golden, about 25-30 minutes. Serve with fresh fruit.

The brunch was a success and left us full for hours. We were so happy to have Jon's sister over to celebrate with her. I can't wait to find another excuse to cook all of this again!

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