Hosting the Perfect Brunch: Recipes and Presentation Tips

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By Rebecca Barnes, Publisher, Prince William Living
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September is National Brunch Month, a time to celebrate the beloved mid-morning meal that has become a weekend staple for many. Brunch has evolved from a simple meal to a culinary phenomenon combining the best of breakfast and lunch. It’s a chance to relax and catch up with friends and family while enjoying delicious food and drinks.

History of Brunch

The origins of brunch can be traced back to the late 19th century in England, where it was served to wealthy socialites as a late-morning meal. The word “brunch” first appeared in an 1895 article in Punch magazine, which referred to it as a “cheerful, sociable meal.” The concept of brunch was then brought to America in the 1930s, where it gained popularity as a way to enjoy a leisurely weekend meal.

Brunch is the perfect way to gather with friends and family, especially on weekends. It’s a casual meal that offers a variety of sweet and savory options to satisfy everyone’s tastes. Hosting a brunch can initially seem overwhelming, but with the right recipes and presentation tips, it can be an easy and enjoyable experience.

Here are some recipes and presentation suggestions that will help you host the perfect brunch:

Classic Quiche


  • 1 pie crust
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup grated Gruyere cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped spinach
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Place pie crust in a 9-inch pie dish and prick the bottom with a fork.
  3. In a mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, cream, nutmeg, salt, and pepper.
  4. Add spinach and cheese to the mixture and stir well.
  5. Pour the mixture into the pie crust.
  6. Bake for 35-40 minutes until the quiche is set and the crust is golden brown.

Presentation Tip: Serve the quiche warm or at room temperature, cut into small slices.

French Toast Casserole


  • 8 slices of bread, cubed
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup of butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • Powdered sugar for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish and spread the cubed bread evenly in the dish.
  3. In a mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, brown sugar, melted butter, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  4. Pour the egg mixture over the bread, making sure all of the bread is coated.
  5. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  6. Bake for 40-45 minutes until the top is golden brown and the center is set.
  7. Let it cool for a few minutes before dusting with powdered sugar.

Presentation Tip: Cut into squares and serve with fresh fruit and syrup.

Fruit Salad


  • 2 cups of strawberries, sliced
  • 2 cups of blueberries
  • 2 cups of pineapple, diced
  • 2 cups of cantaloupe, diced
  • 1 cup of raspberries
  • 1/4 cup of honey
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Fresh mint leaves for garnish


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the fruit.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together honey and lime juice.
  3. Pour the honey-lime mixture over the fruit and toss gently to coat.
  4. Garnish with fresh mint leaves.

Presentation Tip: Serve in a large glass bowl or individual cups for a colorful and refreshing addition to your brunch spread.

Coffee and Tea Bar

Set up a coffee and tea bar with a variety of options, including different roasts of coffee, tea bags, honey, sugar, milk, and cream. Don’t forget to include cups, saucers, spoons, and napkins.

Presentation Tip: Arrange everything on a table with a tablecloth and a floral centerpiece. Use a chalkboard sign

Presentation Tips

Presentation is key when it comes to brunch. Here are a few tips to make your brunch spread look as good as it tastes:

  1. Use colorful plates and serving dishes to add visual interest.
  2. Create a centerpiece using flowers, candles, or a decorative fruit bowl.
  3. Offer a variety of food and drink options to cater to different tastes.
  4. Use cloth napkins and tablecloths for a more elegant touch.
  5. Set up a coffee and tea station with a variety of options and garnishes.

Avocado Toast:


  • 2 slices of bread
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and pepper
  • Optional toppings: smoked salmon, sliced tomatoes, red pepper flakes, microgreens


  1. Toast the bread to your desired level of crispiness.
  2. Cut the avocado in half and remove the pit. Mash the avocado in a bowl with a fork and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Poach the egg by bringing a pot of water to a simmer. Crack the egg into a small bowl or ramekin, and gently slide the egg into the simmering water. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the white is set and the yolk is still runny.
  4. Spread the mashed avocado onto the toasted bread, and top with the poached egg and any additional toppings of your choice. Serve immediately.

Presentation Tip: Arrange the avocado toast on a large platter and garnish with microgreens for an elegant touch.

Eggs Benedict


  • 2 English muffins, split and toasted
  • 4 slices of Canadian bacon or ham
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional garnish: chopped fresh parsley


  1. Place the toasted English muffins on a plate and top each half with a slice of Canadian bacon or ham.
  2. To poach the eggs, bring a pot of water to a simmer. Crack each egg into a small bowl or ramekin. Gently slide the eggs into the simmering water and cook for 2-3 minutes until the white is set and the yolk is still runny.
  3. To make the Hollandaise sauce, melt the butter in a small saucepan over low heat. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and lemon juice until frothy. Gradually add in the melted butter, whisking constantly, until the sauce is smooth and thickened. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Place one poached egg on each muffin half, and drizzle with Hollandaise sauce. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley if desired. Serve immediately.

Presentation Tip: Place the eggs Benedict on a white plate and drizzle the Hollandaise sauce in a spiral pattern on top for a restaurant-quality presentation.



  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Butter and syrup for serving
  • Fresh berries for topping


  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  2. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, melted butter, and vanilla extract.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk until just combined.
  4. Heat a non-stick skillet or griddle over medium heat. Scoop 1/4 cup of batter onto the skillet for each pancake.
  5. Cook for 2-3 minutes until bubbles appear on the surface, then flip and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes until golden brown.
  6. Serve hot with butter, syrup, and fresh berries on top.

Presentation Tip: Stack the pancakes on top of each other to create height and make the dish look more appealing. Add a small pat of butter or a drizzle of syrup between each pancake for extra flavor.

Nom Nom Nom

National Brunch Month is the perfect opportunity to gather with friends and family and enjoy a leisurely meal together. Whether you prefer sweet or savory dishes, there’s something for everyone when it comes to brunch. Try out some new recipes and presentation ideas, and celebrate the joy of brunch this September.



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