Come for coffee stay for brunch

Wonderful dishes just waiting to be enjoyed!

Once a month our neighborhood holds a Kaffee Klatsch.  Kaffeeklatsch is from the German meaning an informal social gathering for coffee and conversation.

It is a wonderful way to spend a morning, drinking coffee, eating a little and catching up with all the ladies in the neighborhood.

Every month someone volunteers to host the coffee, February was my month.  So, the question was, what to make? 

I always want to make new and scrumptious delights for anyone who visits my home so I gathered some of my favorite cookbooks and started hunting for just the right recipes.

The coffee starts at nine thirty and ends around noon so I looked for recipes that would be good brunch favorites.  So, my menu had to include at least one egg dish, fresh fruit, bread, breakfast cake or scones.  I was off and running to the kitchen to come up with a menu.

The first book I turned to Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa at home  cookbook and found the most wonderful blueberry crumb cake.  This cake was so simple to make and absolutely delicious.  The cake is soft, the layer of blueberries has the consistency of a pudding and the crumb topping reminded me of the coffee cakes made by mom oh so many years ago. 

The second book I looked into was also an Ina Garten book called Barefoot Contessa back to basics.  In this book I found a wonderfully delicious and simple to put together fruit salad with limoncello.   

I love the combination of strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and bananas.  The limoncello added just a hint of liquid and citrus to the fruit that was really quite refreshing.  Add to that combination a dollop of Greek yogurt mixed with lemon curd and honey on top and WOW!  Then just a sprig of mint to finish it off and this fruit salad was a big hit.  I tripled this recipe and it was all finished before the end of the morning!

The third cookbook I chose was Paula Deen & Friends where I found two really good breakfast recipes. 

 This is the menu I finally decided on:

 Breakfast casserole (egg and sausage-I used turkey sausage) (Paula Deen)

Hash brown casserole with bacon, onions, and cheese (Cooking Light)

Bacon Tomato Cups (Mine)

Praline French toast casserole (Paula Deen)

Fruit salad with limoncello (Ina Garten-Barefoot Contessa)

Cinnamon Bun Scones  ( )

Blueberry Crumb Cake (Ina Garten-Barefoot Contessa)

Pumpkin Bread (Libby’s Pumpkin bread kit)

The two recipes I chose from Paula’s book was a breakfast casserole and a praline French toast casserole that were actually easy to make and could be put together the night before and then baked in the morning.  The French toast casserole was deliciously sweet and crunchy on top and pillow soft inside.  Unfortunately, I was unable to find the egg casserole on line.

Next I went to one of my favorite recipes that I downloaded from Cooking Light last year, Hash brown casserole with bacon, onions, and cheese.  YUM!  Again this recipe was easy to put together and could be put together the night before. 

Another recipe I found on the Internet a few years ago was a cinnamon bun scone recipe that is really easy and yummy.  The recipe called for ¼ cup of the mix to bake.  I chose to make 1/8 so I could make bite size scones.  They came out just wonderful!

My granddaughter and I actually made this recipe last summer and we wrote about it on another blog ‘Breakfast for Dinner’.  You can read about it at

One recipe that I did not make from scratch was the Libby’s pumpkin bread.  I had purchased this kit as an extra for Thanksgiving and I must tell you the bread was so rich, spicy and moist it was just wonderful.  My husband loves to eat this as dessert.  The kit comes with a drizzle icing but for the coffee I decided to put a thick layer of butter cream icing on instead.  The butter cream added another layer of flavor that was just wonderful.  Periodically boxed cakes, breads, etc. are just what the cook called for. 

While all the recipes were wonderful the two that I enjoyed especially was the fruit salad with limoncello and the blueberry crumb cake. 

A few days after the coffee our friends Jim and Vilma stopped by for a few days and I made these two recipes again.  And, again they were a hit so much so that the day they were leaving Vilma had one slice for breakfast and another before heading to the airport.  I think that is a wonderful testament to a great recipe don’t you?



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16 Responses to Come for coffee stay for brunch

  1. Great great job and such fabulous ideas, especially the brunch! I do love to party! And I do love Ina Garten. . .the same books that you mentioned. Remind me sometime when you’re not cooking up a storm and I’ll forward the best French Toast recipe. . .that can be made the night before. Happy Cooking. Robyn

    • Hi, Robyn–Thanks for the words. Send along the recipe and I will try it out. I love new recipes and any opportunity I get to cook. It is a little harder now that it is only the two of us so I am always open to having company. Gives me an opportunities to spread my cooking wings. Keep reading. Thanks, Mary

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