Easy Breezy Brunch Recipes

10 Easy Breakfast Brunch Ideas

My husband and I like to entertain, but have found that it can be a bit overwhelming to do dinners. So over the years, we've found that brunch get-togethers are both fun and easy to put together. And the great thing about brunch is that you can make it as casual or as formal as you want - sit down or buffet-style are both acceptable!

Below, you'll find our top 10 favorite brunch recipes. You'll notice that many of them are 'overnight' recipes which means that the hours leading up to the brunch aren't nearly as stressful. We've gotten rave reviews on all of these recipes and we know you will too! Our friends rarely say no to a brunch invitation from us -- they always know the food will be good!

So this year, consider hosting a brunch party. It is a great idea for any Saturday or Sunday, but especially for New Year's Day, Mother's Day and Easter. And give some of these recipes a try... you won't be disappointed!

Easy Overnight Bundt Caramel Rolls

overnight bundt caramel rolls

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My Mom has made these sweet rolls for years... brings back lots of childhood memories!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup crushed walnuts
  • 1 package of frozen bread dough balls
  • 1 package regular vanilla or butterscotch pudding (not instant!!)
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon cream (optional)

Directions:

Grease a bundt pan well and sprinkle the crushed walnuts in the bottom of the pan. Place the package of FROZEN dough balls on top the nuts - distributing them evenly around the pan. Sprinkle the dry pudding over the top of the dough balls. In a saucepan or in the microwave, melt together the butter, sugar, cinnamon and cream. Let cool slightly and then pour over the dough balls. Leave bundt pan on the kitchen counter to rise overnight (top with wax paper or tinfoil sprayed with pam). When you get up in the morning, heat the over to 350° F. Bake rolls for 25 - 30 minutes and flip them out onto a serving platter while they are still hot. Guests can just pull off as many rolls as they'd like.

Note - You can also make this without nuts if someone has an allergy or doesn't like nuts.

Kathy's Cinnamon Breakfast Cake

Kathy's Cinnamon Breakfast Cake

For a dessert lover such as myself, what could be better than cake for breakfast? This delectable recipe comes from the cake mix doctor by Anne Byrn.

Photo Credit: Bakenquilt.com

Filling and cake:

  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1 (18.25-ounce) package plain yellow cake mix
  • 1 (3.4-ounce) package vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil, such as canola oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Glaze:

  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

Grease and flour a 12 cup bundt pan and preheat the oven to 350° F. Sprinkle the pecans in the bottom of the prepared pan.

Mix the filling in a small bowl by combining the brown sugar and cinnamon stirring until combined. Set aside.

Place cake mix, pudding mix, oil, 3/4 cup water, eggs and vanilla in a large mixing bowl blending with an electric mixer on low speed for 1 minute and then medium speed for 2 additional minutes scraping down the sides as needed. Batter should be smooth and thick.

Pour a third of the batter into the prepared pan on top of the pecans. Evenly sprinkle half the prepared filling over the batter. Add another 1/3 of the batter over the top of the filling. Sprinkle the remaining filling over the batter and then pour the remaining batter on top. Be sure to even out each layer as you add them.

Place the cake on the middle rack in the preheated oven and bake cake 50 to 60 minutes or until it is golden brown and springs back when lightly pressed. Cool on wire rack for 20 minutes in the pan. Then run a knife along the edge and invert the cake onto the cooling rack. Cool entirely (about 30 more minutes).

While the cake is cooling, prepare the glaze. Combine the confectioners' sugar, milk and vanilla in a small bowl and beat either with a mixer or vigorously with a spoon until smooth. Place the cooled cake on a serving platter and spoon glaze over the top so that it drizzles down sides and into center of cake. Slice and serve.

We gave this yummy coffee cake to our neighbors as a housewarming gift and they loved it!

Overnight Coffee Cake

Overnight Coffee Cake

A co-worker of mine used to bring these to work at our old office and I happily took the recipe and have been using it ever since!

Image Credit: ChowTimes.com

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup softened butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 8 oz sour cream
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:

Combine the butter and sugar creaming until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and sour cream mixing well.

In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, nutmeg, salt and baking soda. Add to the creamed butter mixture and mix well.

Pour batter into a greased and floured 13" x 9" pan.

Combine the brown sugar, pecans and cinnamon mixing well. Sprinkle evenly over the top of the batter.

Cover the pan with saran wrap and place in the refrigerator to chill overnight.

Uncover and bake at 350° F for 30 to 35 minutes. Cool slightly.

Glaze:

  • 1 cup sifted confectioners sugar
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon of water
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla

Beat ingredients together with an electric mixture until smooth. Drizzle glaze over warm cake. Cut into pieces and serve.

On a personal note, we often use this particular recipe when we need something for potlucks and we gave it as a sympathy gift when our neighbors were mourning for a loved one. They could just pop it in the oven to serve the morning crowd.

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Overnight egg sausage bake

Image Credit: Betty Crocker

Overnight Sausage Egg Bake

We picked up this delectable recipe about 15 years ago when we stayed at a fabulous B&B in Hyannisport, Cape Cod, MA.

  • 1/2 pound hot sausage, cooked (not links - it should be loose)
  • 1/2 loaf of french bread, cubed (the more stale the better)
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix together the following dry ingredients:
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/16 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

In another bowl, mix together the wet ingredients:

  • 7 slightly beaten eggs
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese + some extra to sprinkle on top

Grease a 7" x 11" (best choice) or a 9" x 13" pan. Place the bread evenly in the bottom of the pan and then evenly sprinkle the crumbled sausage over the bread. Evenly sprinkle the bowl of dry ingredients on top of the bread and sausage. Then carefully pour the bowl of wet ingredients over the top of the entire thing. You'll need to press down on any bread that floats to the top to make sure that it is all evenly distributed and coated with wet mixture. Sprinkle a layer of grated cheddar cheese on top. Cover entire pan with aluminum foil and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, bake covered at 350°F for 1 hour or until top is golden. The combination of sausage and cheese make this one of our favorite brunch dishes.

Easy Crab Scramble

Easy Crab Scramble

A delightful main brunch dish for seafood lovers! We also got this recipe from the Hyannisport B&B.

Photo Credit: Dummies.com

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), melted
  • 9 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 large package of cream cheese, cubed
  • 1 can of crab meat
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh baby dill, chopped to sprinkle on top

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350° F. Pour the melted butter in the bottom of a 7" x 12" pan. In a mixing bowl, mix together all of the other ingredients (except the dill). Pour mixture into the pan with the butter. Sprinkle the dill evenly over the top of the mixture. Bake for 30 minutes or until top is golden brown.

Bacon & Cheese Quiche

Bacon & Cheese Quiche

Ingredients:

  • 1 - 9" deep dish pie shell, uncooked and chilled well
  • 12 bacon slices, fried and crumbled
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups of heavy cream
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of nutmeg and cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese

Directions:

In a medium saucepan, slightly beat together the eggs, cream and dry ingredients (not the cheese). Warm the mixture until it is just warm (like room temperature - do not bring to a boil) and stir in the cheese. Sprinkle the bacon evenly over the bottom of the pie shell. Pour the saucepan mixture over the top of the bacon. Carefully place in the oven and bake at 425° F for 15 minutes and then at 300°F for an additional 40 minutes or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. Slice into pie pieces and serve.

Tip - For the pie crust, we pie those pre-made Pillsbury pie crusts in the refrigerator section. They come two crusts to a package and you simply lay them in your pie plate and press them in. They taste great!

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Overnight Baked Apple French Toast

Overnight Baked Apple French Toast

When I lived in Virginia, I think I found this recipe in Southern Living magazine.

Photo Credit: All Recipes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 loaf of French bread
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 3 Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced thin

Directions:

Cut the bread into about 3/4 inch thick slices and place in a single layer in a lightly greased 9" x 13" baking pan.

In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk and vanilla. Pour the mixture over the bread. Cover the pan and place in the refrigerator to chill overnight (8 hours) so that the bread absorbs the egg mixture.

Remove the bread from the baking dish placing it on a clean surface. Wipe the baking dish clean and spray with cooking spray (e.g. Pam).

In a small saucepan, melt the brown sugar, butter and corn syrup together over low heat stirring often until smooth. Pour hot mixture into the bottom of the greased baking dish. Evenly arrange the apples over the brown sugar mixture. Place the slices of bread back in the baking dish in a single layer on top of the apples.

Bake at 350° F for 40 minutes. Loosen with a knife and invert the entire pan onto a platter so that the gourmet caramel apple mixture is then on top. Yields about 8 servings.

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Cheesy Potato Bake

Cheesy Potato Bake

My sister-in-law brings this to family functions so she kindly shared her recipe. I'm not sure where she got it, but it's good!

Photo Credit: Recipe Tips

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds Southern-style hash browns, thawed (find in grocer's freezer)
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 stick of butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups cornflakes, crushed
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted

Mix the first 6 ingredients together and pour in a 9" x 13" greased baking dish. In a bowl, mix together the crushed cornflakes and melted butter and sprinkle evenly over the potato mixture. Bake at 350° F for 1 hour or until cornflakes are golden.

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Roasted Brunch Potatoes

Roasted Brunch Potatoes

We like these so much, we use this recipe for dinner too! Adapted from a Rachel Ray recipe.

Photo Credit: Food Network Rachael Ray

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 pounds of small red-skinned potatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 red or yellow bell pepper, chopped (remove the seeds too)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Lawry's seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons sweet paprika

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 500° F. In a large ziploc bag, toss together all of the ingredients and then pour them on a large non-stick baking sheet for cookies or jelly roll pan. Spread them out so they are in a single layer (not piled on top of each other). Bake 30 minutes or until golden brown turning several times to make sure that they cook evenly.

Image Credit: Everyday Health

Image Credit: Everyday Health

Ambrosia Fruit Cups

For sit-down brunches, I serve this fruit mixture in individual martini glasses at each place setting. Sometimes I even use colorful sugars to coat the glass rims.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large can of pineapple chunks in light syrup
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 4 medium oranges
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest (from the outside of the oranges)
  • 4 medium apples, diced (not peeled)
  • 1/4 cup of shredded coconut

Directions:

Drain the pineapple chunks reserving 1/2 cup of the juice in a small saucepan and placing the pineapple chunks in a large glass bowl. Add the orange zest and brown sugar to the juice and heat in saucepan until mixture is smooth (sugar dissolves). Peel and section the oranges in a same bowl as the pineapple and add the apples. Mix fruit together. Add the pineapple juice mixture stirring gently to coat all the fruit. Cover the fruit bowl and chill in the refrigerator. You can either serve the fruit in a decorative bowl or individual cups. In either case, sprinkle the coconut over the fruit just prior to serving.

NOTE - you can use just about any kind of organic fruit that you want in this recipe. Some of my favorite variations are to add grapes and strawberries!

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