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At Your Leisure: Simple, Sophisticated Brunch Recipes

  • Photos by Linda Pugliese

Fresh flavors prepped in advance mean you can spend more time fussing over your guests than the food.

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Our weekend mantra: Easy does it -- especially when entertaining. This inspired menu allows most of the prep work to be done in advance, leaving you free to tell the long version of that funny thing that happened the other day.

The Menu

Because the main dish is both sweet and savory, all you'll need to round out the meal is a crisp salad and a light yet festive dessert. (And maybe a cocktail, too.)

Set up a coffee station with the brunch buffet. Your guests can have their java just the way they like it -- and you'll have one fewer task on your to-do list.

 

The Make-Ahead Plan

  • One Week Before

    Shop for nonperishables and specialty items. (Give our favorite brunch boosters a try.)

  • One Day Before

    Whisk yogurt. Chop pistachios and fruit. Stuff and soak French toast.

  • Three Days Before

    Shop for remaining ingredients. Make vinaigrette. Toast coconut (see below). Infuse gin; freeze large ice cubes.

  • Just Before Guests Arrive

    Bake French toast. Prepare salad. Make cocktails.

  • One Week Before

    Shop for nonperishables and specialty items. (Give our favorite brunch boosters a try.)

  • Three Days Before

    Shop for remaining ingredients. Make vinaigrette. Toast coconut (see below). Infuse gin; freeze large ice cubes.

  • One Day Before

    Whisk yogurt. Chop pistachios and fruit. Stuff and soak French toast.

  • Just Before Guests Arrive

    Bake French toast. Prepare salad. Make cocktails.

The Perfect Cut

It doesn't matter whether the loaf you choose is Italian or French, as long as it's wide and properly sliced. With a serrated bread knife, trim the ends, then cut the loaf into eight slices, each 1 1/2 inches thick.

Fizz Fix

A single large ice cube -- made with a special ice cube tray -- works best for fizzy cocktails. Smaller cubes melt faster and make the drink go flat quicker.

Ambrosia Update

To toast the shaved coconut, spread it on a rimmed baking sheet in a single layer and bake at 350 degrees until golden, about five minutes. Keep a watchful eye on it, as coconut burns easily.

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