14 Elegant Recipes to Make for Easter Brunch
If you’re hosting Easter brunch or dinner, or bringing a dish to a friend of family member’s home, it’s crunch time. So what are you going to make? Don’t panic: We’ve done the work for you and curated a list of truly elegant recipes that will not only look gorgeous on that white tablecloth, but also incite smiles in all who pick up a fork this Sunday. Enjoy!
Originating in Brittany, France, kouign-amann is a round, crusty cake made with bread dough and layers of sugar and butter—similar to puff pastry but with fewer layers. As it bakes, the butter slowly puffs up the dough and the sugar caramelizes. It’s a delightful morning treat for those of you who enjoy a little sweetness at brunch, but we’d eat it any time of day!
Lamb served with mint sauce is a traditional Easter dish in England and many parts of the world—and it’s also delicious. This recipe from Donna Hay serves the lamb leg on a bed of asparagus, which results in a truly stunning presentation.
We can’t imagine a more perfect pastel cake for Easter. The chef, Peony Lim, describes it as “beyond pretty in real life.” With such delicate and subtle colours, and a unique combination of flavours—including elderflower, gooseberries, lavender, rose—it will no doubt be the leading lady of your feast.
Galettes may seem daunting to you if you’ve never made one before, but they’re actually quite easy to make since they’re free-form and don’t need to be perfect. This parsnip and thyme variation is a great way to take advantage of seasonal produce, but feel free to mix in whatever you have on hand—rutabaga or turnips, perhaps! This recipe has you make your own crust, but you can swap in store-bought pastry dough to make it even easier.
Rhubarb is one of the best spring flavours, and this easy cocktail couldn’t be more perfect and festive for Easter. It’s made with gin, Champagne, lemon juice, rhubarb syrup, and Prosecco.
Baked ham is traditional Easter dish, but we’re not sold on the ubiquitous honey-baked ham. We love this balsamic brown sugar which is a wonderful alternative. This recipe is cooked sous-vide which makes it even juicier. With only three ingredients, it’s practically foolproof—something we always love to hear!
It wouldn’t be Easter without a few carrots around! This tart is totally showstopping and will look gorgeous on your Sunday table. Made with ricotta, onion, carrots, chives, and dill, it’s packed with flavour and is guaranteed to be a hit.
Pastel vegetables are a shoo-in for an Easter feast, and these roasted radishes are particularly cheerful and bright for the holiday. Radishes are often eaten raw, but when roasted they lose some of their bite (something which turns some people off). Better yet, they’ll pair with practically anything else you’re serving.
Tarta de Santiago is an almond cake that’s native to Galicia, Spain. It got its name because the recipe originated with a pilgrim on his way to Santiago (the capital of Galicia). The EU allows only cakes made within Galicia and containing at least 33 per cent to be marketed as “Tarta de Santiago.” The cake is traditionally covered in powder and stenciled with the cross of St. James (English for Santiago), one of the 12 Apostles and the patron saint of Galicia and Spain. All this said, it’s a Christian cake, but the almond flavour is also perfect for a spring meal—top it with dulce de leche if you want to get extra indulgent.
A pink spring vegetable deserves nothing more than a place at center stage on your Easter table. This rhubarb tart is a decadent dessert that’s packed with Vitamin C and fibre. Plus, can we talk about how gorgeous it is?
If you’re hosting an Easter egg hunt and/or plan to have guests at your house all day, you’ll need a non-alcoholic drink to keep them quenched. This slightly sweet ginger mint green iced tea is refreshing and easy to make.
Uber-satisfying, Kaiscerschmarren is a fluffy, shredded, rum-soaked pancake that’s totally indulgent and perfect for those who prefer sweet to savoury at breakfast or brunch. The addition of raspberries and powdered sugar makes it not only decadent but also quite photogenic. Better yet, it can be whipped up with just a few simple pantry ingredients!
For a springtime brunch or lunch, you can’t go wrong with scones—it’s practically a sin not to serve them! These mixed berry scones laced with jasmine come together in just 20 minutes and have an amazing balance of flavours.
We had to have something chocolatey and egg-shaped in here, and these oreo truffles are beautiful and fun, but not cheesy! Plus, you can make a batch with only four ingredients. What’s not to love?
Happy Easter! What are your favourite recipes to make this time of year?