The Perfect Brunch: Coffee, Pancakes and Bubbles

I love brunch – it has always been one of my favorite meals. Although we definitely go out for brunch at all the local hot spots, since we love hosting, we always welcome the opportunity to serve up a gourmet brunch at home. I think this recipe keeps things simple but delivers a delicious brunch which is ideal not only for a great culinary experience but also keeps clean up to a minimum.

The Perfect Cup of Coffee

The funny thing is that before we did any research, we had my old 4 cup drip coffee maker that was at least a decade old and was maybe $10 when it was brand new.  Needless to say, we were badly in need of an upgrade! We actually purchased multiple coffee machines and tasted the coffee for comparison and put the machines through their paces to test usability as a daily machine. We find three things very important:

  • Taste of the coffee (if it was remotely burnt, then the coffee machine was out)
  • Ability to stay hot over a long period
  • Ease of use and ability to consistently brew 10+ cups

Finally, after testing more than 5 different machines,the Technivorm Moccamaster machine exceeded all of our expectations. It’s a very unique design and also doesn’t have a heating plate – instead, the coffee pours into the thermos (pictured below). The coffee stays HOT for hours! Secondly, the handmade machine heats up so quickly that the coffee is created under the most appropriate and consistent water temperature standards which results in an AMAZING cup of coffee.  The price tag may be steep, but I promise it’s worth every penny.  I mean, who wants to drink bad coffee?

 

The Perfect Pancakes

Our favorite pancake recipe by far is from America’s Test Kitchen for three reasons:

  • It’s simple – for example, you make your own buttermilk (which no one ever has on hand!)
  • Fresh blueberries – need I say more?
  • Tastes amazing!

We use our griddle for the pancakes and always add extra blueberries! We can usually fit 8 at a time and they’re good even the next day. I suggest making more than you need so you have leftovers. You can find the full recipe here.

 

The Perfect Mimosa

While we may be sparkling snobs when it comes to drinking bubbles solo (happy to post about that in the future), the key to a good mimosa is actually the orange juice. I recommend splurging for the fresh squeezed orange juice and cutting back on the cost of the bubbles – usually any $10 bottle of bubbles will do (although I suggest brut or extra dry). The recipe is simple:

  • 1/2 portion orange juice
  • 1/2 portion brut or extra dry bubbles

One thing that I like to do is to match up the water with the mimosa for that complimentary pop of color! I love to keep mint in my little flower garden and chop off a few pieces to create infused water with some citrus – lemons, limes, or oranges – whatever you have works!

 

Last but Not Least: The Perfect Place Settings

We love these dishes from Crate & Barrel. More posts using these to come, but it’s just a very versatile set that can be dressed up or down! They were actually our wedding settings which we picked because we knew we would use them all the time vs. fancy china which just collects dust in a display cabinet.  So fun!

I hope some part of this post will allow you to amp up your brunch game! ‘Til next time!


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