At coffee break the other day, some of us at Figi’s were talking about our favorite foods; we then voted ‘brunch’ as our favorite meal. Brunch is typically a weekend meal, which means of course, you can sleep in. A second benefit of brunch, depending on your outlook, is sitting down and gorging yourself on just about any food you love from breakfast and lunch…after all you’re technically eating two meals in one!
In the warmer months (sigh – I miss them already…), brunches tend to be on the ‘lighter side’: fruit, muffins, and juice are typical. However, in the fall, brunch often becomes heartier: eggs, smoked breakfast meats, potatoes and the like. So now that we’re in autumn and heading rapidly toward winter (sigh again…), here are a few of our ‘hearty’ brunch recommendations for you to try.
Danish Kringle: One of our absolute favorite brunch treats (and we are true lovers of bakery, cakes, and pastries of all kinds!) Figi’s Pecan Praline Danish Kringle is rich and luxurious with pecans in a brown sugar filling, topped with icing and chopped nuts… yum! Figi’s Raspberry Danish Kringle has raspberry filling and is sweetly frosted, but isn’t topped with chopped nuts. Yeah, they’re both very tasty! But don’t just take our word for it; here’s what a customer shared recently regarding our Danish Kringle: “I’ve ordered the Danish Kringle a couple of times, and I always forget how delicious it is until I take that first bite again. Like heaven. Sweet and moist, with the hint of cinnamon and brown sugar, nuts and delectable vanilla frosting. I’d recommend this to everyone.” Our Red Velvet Kringle is a website exclusive; this tender, flaky pastry is captivating with a sumptuous red velvet chocolate and cream cheese filling. We top it off with cream cheese icing and more red velvet chocolate. Finally, we’re offering a delicious new Pumpkin Kringle which seems especially appropriate on a crisp fall day! As far as serving Kringle; it can be served at room temperature, chilled or some people like to heat Kringle in their oven or microwave.
Easy Homemade Eggs Benedict: One co-worker shared that she had her first taste of Eggs Benedict at a fancy hotel while on vacation and it was absolutely delicious, rich and decadent! Her Eggs Benedict made her feel such a sense of luxury that she now enjoys a “mini-vacation” any time just by ordering Eggs Benedict when she goes out for brunch or breakfast. Recently this same coworker discovered a recipe that, while not the gourmet Eggs Benedict she first fell in love with, is an easy-to-create version that is tasty and satisfying. We’d like to share this recipe with you:
Eggs Benedict Recipe
Makes 6 servings
6 slices Canadian bacon
1 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
1 cup butter
5 egg yolks
1 ½ tablespoons heavy cream
black pepper to taste
salt to taste
1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice
6 English muffins, toasted
Fry Canadian bacon on each side. Meanwhile, simmer a few inches of water in a saucepan, then add vinegar. Carefully break eggs into the water. Cook 2 to 3 minutes; when whites are set and yolks are soft, remove with a slotted spoon.
Melt the butter in the microwave, covered; heating until it bubbles.
Whip up the egg yolks, cream, pepper, and salt in a blender. Add half of the hot butter in a steady stream, so it blends in as you pour it. Blend in the lemon juice the same way, then the remaining butter. Top one English muffin half with a slice of Canadian bacon and an egg. Add sauce and enjoy!
Brunch Meats: Nothing stirs the sense like the aroma of sizzling bacon, sausage and ham! You can smell it already and oooh…it’s sooooo tasty! If you enjoy smokehouse meats with your brunch as much as we do, we’d like to recommend our Smokehouse Brunch Meats. This bountiful, mouthwatering gift basket includes a whole pound of sizzling Sliced Bacon, Smoked Sausage Links, Applewood Smoked Sausages, and Canadian Bacon – both Maple flavored and Original! We’ve found this variety to be a wonderful way to round out breakfast or brunch for you and your guests. In fact many delicious smokehouse brunch meats can be found at Figis.com’s brunch gifts. Check them out today; you won’t be disappointed in our selection of bacon, sausage, ham and more!
Bloody Mary: For many, a favorite favorite brunch beverage is a good Bloody Mary, with lots of veggies and even bread sticks. Bloody Marys are often made with Vodka, but you can make a non-alcoholic version as well. Here’s a recipe from a coworker; we hope you enjoy it.
“My Favorite Bloody Mary” Mix:
3 cups V8 Original Vegetable Juice with a hint of black pepper
6 tablespoons lime juice
4 tablespoons sweet bread & butter pickle Juice
1 tablespoon cream style horseradish
1 tablespoon reduced sodium Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon celery seed
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon salt
Sweet bread & butter pickles
Pickled cauliflower, carrots, onions or other veggies
Combine first nine ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Transfer to a glass pitcher. Refrigerate until chilled. Time to enjoy! Fill each glass with ice. For a “Saucy” Bloody Mary, Add 1 ounce of Vodka to each glass; then fill the glass with the Bloody Mary mix. Stir well, and garnish each glass with veggies and bread sticks. For a non-alcoholic Bloody Mary, leave out the Vodka; simply pour the Bloody Mary mix over ice, stir well, and garnish each glass with veggies and bread sticks.
Figi’s has many great gifts for brunch. You can see all of them here: we have everything from pancakes and waffles, ham and bacon and brunch breads and jams! We even have gift baskets and assortment gifts perfect for breakfast or brunch! They’re especially ideal to send as holiday gifts for loved ones…or to simply enjoy yourself.
Do you have a favorite brunch gift or perhaps a brunch recipe to share? We’d love to hear about it! Tell us about it on Facebook or leave us a comment below.