How to Host Brunch and a Blueberry Scones Recipe

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How to Host Brunch

Brunch. blueberry scones, cinnamon rolls, bacon apple cinnamon rolls, ham biscuits
Brunch buffet, with fresh baked blueberry scones (recipe below) and bacon apple cinnamon rolls.  We also served bagels and hot ham biscuits with peach mustard.

How to Host Brunch

Sometimes, as a personal chef, you are challenged to cook in tough situations.  Last weekend I had the opportunity to prepare brunch for 75 people for a groundbreaking ceremony. The site is a vineyard currently under construction. (more…)


Panettone French Toast Recipe

French toast, panettone, breakfast, brunch, Christmas
I made our Christmas morning breakfast French toast with panettone, an Italian fruit cake. It’s only slightly sweet with a bread like texture and its’s loaded with raisins and candies fruit rinds.  It has a more delicate flavor than the fruit cake your aunt brought last week. You’ll usually see panettone in stores in the U.S. around Christmas time

If someone brought a panettone to your Christmas party, here’s the BEST thing you can do with it.

French toast, panettone, breakfast, brunch, Christmas
Cut some of the slices in half to make it a more manageable size.  Cook the French toast in butter on a griddle or in a pan for 2-3 minutes per side. Put cooked French toast on a pan with a rack while the rest are cooking.
French toast, syrup, butter, panettone, breakfast, brunch, Christmas
Drizzle a little syrup on the finished French toast and you’re good to go

French Toast Recipe serves 8 people

1 Panettone cake about 26 ounces or 16 slices of bread

2 cups half and half

6 large eggs

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

zest of one orange about 1 Tablespoon

4 ounces of butter

Equipment: Griddle or wide shallow pan, 2 sheet pans, 2 wire racks, 1 pie plate

Slice the pannetone serving sizes about a 1/2 inch thick

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Beat half and half, eggs, sugar, vanilla and orange zest in a bowl.  Pour batter into a pie plate.

Dip panettone slices (or bread) into the batter for about 15 seconds per side. Cook the French toast in about one tablespoon of butter on griddle set to medium heat (325 degrees on an electric griddle). Cook for 2-3 minutes per side, until golden brown.  Remove cooked French toast to a wire rack placed over a pan.  When all of the French toast is finished on the griddle, place the French toast (still on the pan on the wire rack) into the oven and bake for 5 minutes.

Serve with butter and syrup.

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