Figuring out what to make for a crowd can be a challenge, mainly because lots of large-batch recipes seem hugely complicated with unending lists of ingredients and supplies and vague directions. You want to make a breakfast that’s simple but impressive if you’re hosting a brunch or going to a potluck, a dish that’ll make your friends and family think you’re a gourmet chef even if your preferred kitchen accessory is a microwave. Lucky for you, making an impressive breakfast doesn’t have to be difficult, and your breakfast doesn’t have to look like you threw it all together while you were half-asleep, even if that’s what actually happened.
These easy brunch recipes not only look good and taste even better, they’re practical. These recipes will keep in the fridge or freezer for a while, which means that even if you don’t have any group brunch plans in the near future, you can still make a batch of these on the weekend and enjoy a gourmet breakfast before work every morning in the same time it would take to grab a granola bar.
A simple breakfast can still be impressive, so stop freaking out about your upcoming brunch potluck or worrying about what to make this week, and give these easy recipes a try instead.
This ring of monkey bread can be made using premade biscuits, which cuts down on prep time significantly. Just throw the dough and other ingredients into a bowl until combined, transfer to a tube pan, and bake. Flaky and covered in caramel, monkey bread is the perfect sweet dish to bring to a brunch with a large group of friends.
Strawberry Cream Cheese French Toast
Another easy breakfast dish is baked French toast, and this version, with strawberries and cream cheese, is particularly decadent. Chop up crusty bread into cubes; top with cubes of cream cheese and strawberries; blend together eggs, half-and-half, and maple syrup; then pour over the bread until soaked. Bake, then serve to a hungry crowd who are sure to be impressed.
The prep time for this easy baked asparagus tart is only 15 minutes, and it’ll be on the table, ready to eat, in under an hour. The base is premade puff pastry, topped with asparagus, prosciutto, ricotta and parmesan cheeses.
Crustless Quiche Lorraine
One of the most time-consuming parts of making a good quiche is making a good crust. Eliminate that complicated step with this crustless quiche Lorraine and serve up the eggy and cheesy filling.
Giant Cinnamon Roll Cake
Don’t be intimidated by the stated prep time for this giant cinnamon roll cake recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction. It’s actually fairly easy to put together, although you do need to take some time to let the dough rise, and the payoff is a giant cinnamon roll cake that you can eat for breakfast. There’s nothing not to love about that.