During the peaceful gap between Christmas and the start of the new year, a delightful way to gather with family and friends is to host an upscale brunch get-together! A brunch that incorporates La Brea Bakery’s artisan breads goes far beyond the standard bacon, eggs, and Bloody Mary. Here are some exciting ways to elevate your holiday brunch with La Brea Bakery.
A Fancy Start
Kick off your holiday brunch with an exciting flavor combo that will delight your guests’ tastebuds! Start by cutting a La Brea Bakery Sourdough Baguette into angled slices, then brush with a mixture of melted butter and olive oil and bake until crispy. Combine fresh cranberries with balsamic vinegar, sugar, and minced rosemary and roast until the berries burst. Triple-cream brie is peeled, sliced, and baked separately. Once everything is cooked, mix the roasted cranberries into the melted brie. To assemble, spread the baguette slices with the brie-cranberry mixture and finish them off with a sprinkle of chopped pistachios.
The Main Event
This elevated vegetarian recipe begins by cutting a La Brea Bakery Seeded Sourdough Roll into small cubes and drizzling with olive oil. Next, sauté sliced asparagus spears and quartered mushrooms in a mix of butter and olive oil until tender, then season with salt and pepper. Meanwhile, beat eggs with milk, salt, and pepper, and pour over the sautéed vegetables in an oven-safe pan. Add the bread cubes (they should be partially submerged). Bake until the eggs are set and the bread turns golden brown, creating a flavorful frittata. Allow to cool briefly before serving and top with micro-greens.
The Final Touch
No brunch is complete without something sweet! Start by slicing a La Brea Bakery Sourdough Baguette into 1-inch-thick pieces and allowing them to dry out a bit. Meanwhile, make the batter by whisking together eggs, eggnog, vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and optionally, dark rum. Dip the dried bread slices into this flavorful eggnog mixture and cook them in a skillet with melted butter until both sides turn golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Plate and serve topped with butter, whipped cream, and maple syrup for a delightful holiday-infused French toast experience.
Discover even more brunch-friendly recipes in our new cookbook, “From Starter to Finish,” available at a retailer near you!