Sunday Brunch, that perfect combination of a late breakfast and a simple lunch, preferably on a sunbathed Terrace or else before a roaring fire, depending on the time of year. Staple ingredients are french toast, eggs benedictine, waffles, sausages, coffee or hot chocolate, a glass of champagne and fresh fruit. Below we have borrowed some suggestions from Daily Candy.
Alcoholic French Toast
Makes about six slices
- 1 large egg
- 2 tbspoons unsalted butter, melted, plus extra for frying
- ¾ cup milk
- 1 tspoon vanilla
- 2 tbsp. sugar1 tsp. cinnamon optional but a great add
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ tsp. salt
- 6 thick slices of day-old bread
1. Heat a 12-inch frying pan over medium heat for 5 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, beat egg lightly in a shallow pan; whisk in butter. Add milk and vanilla. Once combined, add dry ingredients and whisk until smooth.
3. Soak bread in mixture for about 45 seconds on each side. Tongs work best for flipping and transferring to pan. Allow excess batter to drip off before frying.
4. When bread is ready, melt 1 tablespoon butter in hot pan. Place prepared bread in pan. Cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes on the first side and 1 minute on the second. Continue to add 1 tablespoon butter to pan between each batch. Serve immediately or keep warm in the oven until ready to serve.
Vanilla Orange Grand Marnier Sauce
Makes enough for six slices of French toast
- 1 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice from about 4 small oranges, strained
- 2 tbsp. sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 tspoon orange rind, finely grated
- ¾ cup room-temperature butter
- ¼ cup Grand Marnier liqueur
1. In a small saucepan, heat juice, sugar, vanilla, and rind on medium low until mixture boils, stirring often.
2. Continue to heat until mixture thickens, about 15 to 20 minutes.
3. Slowly incorporate butter into sauce, 1 tablespoon at a time. Once thoroughly mixed, remove from heat. Stir in liqueur. Serve immediately.
ChocoVivo Hot Chocolate
This has to be the best cup of hot chocolate around. You can just smell the goodness whilst reading the description. True chocolate lovers (and those searching for a coffee alternative) will appreciate a cup of ChocoVivo cocoa. The magic powder is made from fair trade organic nibs, goji berries, chiles, chamomile buds, cinnamon sticks, and a touch of unrefined cane sugar ground between two lava stones. Warm a few ounces with milk, soy, water, or whatever liquid you fancy, and get toasty.
Wild Hibiscus Flowers in Syrup
Drop a wild hibiscus bud into a champers-filled flute and watch tiny bubbles stream off the opening petals. Down your drink, and you’re left with a beautiful bloom you can eat. (Really. It tastes like raspberry and rhubarb.) You can also put the buds in cocktails, soda water, and lemonade.