December 20th, 2013
For us, bringing in the New Year starts with a big New Year’s Day brunch, full of tasty food! With just a little bit of planning, you’ll have a delicious DIY Brunch celebration in no time.
Think Ahead. Make some delicious cornbread muffins, doughnuts, or cinnamon rolls in advance and have them ready to serve New Year’s Day. Even if you haven’t had a long night out the evening before, it’s nice to have all the hard work done for you. We used Bob’s Red Mill’s pre-made mixes to cut down on the prep time.
This year, we’re serving dairy-free cornbread muffins. We started with our favorite pre-made mix and replaced the milk with a non-dairy beverage. Choosing a dairy replacement for baking is easy. Just use anything but an unsweetened variety of our non-dairy beverages. (Unsweetened non-dairy beverages will just make the texture of finished products a little denser.)
Customize. Should brunch lean to the sweeter or more savory side? Instead of answering for everyone, plan for something that will please all your guests: let them customize their main dish. Creating a build-your-own crepe station is one of the easiest ways to go. With crepes, it’s better to make the batter ahead and refrigerate, at least overnight. When you’re ready, you can also make the crepes in advance and stack them between parchment papers. Guests can pull a crepe or two onto their plates, fill with whatever they’re in the mood for, and enjoy. And the best part? It’s easy for you!
Expert tip: Anything but Hazelnut beverages will work for the savory crepes. And, our Chocolate Hazelnut makes a delicious dessert crepe. We suggest filling with a chocolaty hazelnut spread, like Nutella!
Mix and Match Toppings:
The Drinks. If you’re continuing your New Year’s Eve revelry into brunch, the drinks are easy. We like this Bloody Maria recipe contributed from a Pacific cooking competition contestant. Otherwise, a nice punch or some smoothies to accompany the rest of the meal would be a delicious choice.
How will you be ringing in the New Year?