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muffins and mimosas: a foolproof guide to brunch, part one

A snapshot of my most recent brunch table

For me, brunch is its very own food group. I just love everything about it. I love muffins, scones, and frittatas. I love how naughty it feels to drink mimosas, bellinis, and bloody marys so early in the day. I really think that people are just generally more fun to be around in the hours between 11am and 2pm on Saturdays and Sundays (not to say that you can’t technically have brunch any other day of the week). I have many favorite brunch establishments in NYC, Boston and Ithaca, which is a post for another time, but in this series I will walk you through how to host a scrumptious brunch at home! The key is having some favorite recipes (and a stocked pantry) on hand so you can throw together impromptu brunches whenever you get the itch.

To get you started I will refer you back to some great brunch recipes that I’ve already posted on Edie’s Eats: Popovers, lemon topped raspberry muffins, rhubarb compote, granola, and apple bread.

But without further ado, I will get started with my new OBSESSION. These raspberry breakfast oat bars are absolutely incredible. They have a crunchy, nutty crust and topping with a sweet and sour filling from fresh raspberries. No joke, they flew off the table at my most recent brunch almost immediately. Go buy the ingredients for this NOW, you won’t regret it.

raspberry breakfast bars

recipe from Smitten Kitchen

For the crust and crumb:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 1/4 cups rolled oats
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces

For the raspberry filling:
1/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 pound raspberries, fresh or frozen
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled

Make the crust and crumb: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter the bottom and sides of a 9-by-13-inch glass or light-colored metal baking pan. Put a long piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the pan, letting the parchment extend up the two short sides of the pan and overhang slightly on both ends. (This will make it easy to remove the bars from the pan after they have baked.) Butter the parchment.

Put the flour, brown sugar, oats, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon in a food processor.

Pulse in short bursts until combined. Add the butter and pulse until loose crumbs form.

Reserve 1 1/2 cup of the mixture and set aside. Pour the rest of the mixture into the prepared pan and use your hans or the back of a large wooden spoon to push the crust into an even layer at the bottom of the pan. The crust should touch the sides of the pan. Bake until golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let the crust cool. Keep the oven on while you make the raspberry filling.

Make the raspberry filling: In a medium bowl, whisk the sugar, lemon zest, cinnamon and flour together. Add the raspberries, lemon juice and butter and use your hands to toss gently until the raspberries are evenly coated.

Assemble and bake the bars: Spread the raspberry filling evenly on top of the cooled crust. Sprinkle the reserved crust mixture evenly on top of the filling.

Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, rotating the pan every 15 minutes, until the top is golden brown and the filling starts to bubble around the edges.

Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, then cut into squares and serve. The bars can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to two days.

There are more great brunch recipes to come, so please check back soon! Bon Appetit!

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easy popovers

Popover Cafe on Amsterdam Ave between 86th and 87th streets in New York City is one of my go-to brunch spots. I just can’t get enough of their signature popovers–warm, and eggy on the inside, with a nice crust on the outside, and a big air hole that acts as the perfect vessel for strawberry butter, apple butter, or your favorite spread.

I decided that it was time to try and make popovers at home (how hard could it possibly be, right?), so that I don’t have to schlep up to the upper west side every time a craving hits.

I searched on the internet for an easy recipe and it’s unbelievable how much variety there is! Different amounts of flour, salt, eggs, and annoying un-even measurements. I found this recipe and treasured it for it’s simplicity. I have renamed it the 3-2-1 Popover because the breakdown of ingredients reminded me of the classic 1-2-3-4 cake.

Turns out, it’s unbelievably easy, and almost fool proof to make these at home. If you have a popover pan, great, but a muffin tin will work perfectly fine as well.

3-2-1 Popovers

Sourced from The Food Network

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons melted butter, divided
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk, warmed for 30 seconds in the microwave (should be lukewarm to warm)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Using a pastry brush, coat 8 muffin cups with 1 tablespoon of the melted butter and put the tin in the oven for 5 minutes. 

Meanwhile, mix the eggs in a blender until light yellow. Add the warmed milk and blend. Add the flour, salt and remaining melted butter, and blend until smooth.

Pour the batter into the warmed muffin tin and return it to the oven to bake until golden, about 35 minutes. Note: DO NOT OPEN THE OVEN DOOR TO PEEK! You want to keep as much heat in the oven as you can. You can and should turn on  your oven light to keep an eye on them to make sure they aren’t burning though. I would start looking at 30 minutes. 

Remove from the oven and serve warm. 

We ate them with some of the random spreads we had in the fridge: 

They were absolutely delicious! As you can see, these are very quick and easy to make, and they look extremely impressive. Don’t reserve these for a special occasion, make them for breakfast today!