Want a make-ahead Easter Brunch Menu that lets you sleep in on Easter Sunday? Don’t miss these great recipes for the easiest and most delicious Easter Brunch Menu you could ask for.
It’s Easter morning and your kids are waiting for a visit from the Easter bunny and your extended family is coming over in an hour. Everyone is hungry, of course. You want to wow them all, but don’t want to spend your time in the kitchen cooking while everyone else is outside enjoying the festivities. The pressure is on, as it seems to always be, to get it all put together and be able to enjoy the day with family. I get it, I live it.
I have devised a menu that involves mostly make ahead items so that you actually be with your family for Easter brunch without having to hover over the stove.This menu definitely brings the wow factor, and sticks to the traditional Easter premise. All it involves is a little planning and prep… well worth it to be able to hunt for eggs with your littles.
Easter Brunch Menu
I will break down what should be prepared when, but to get your mouth watering, here is a look at the Easter Brunch Menu (links below and printable recipes at the end of this post):
Make-Ahead Easter Brunch Menu Preparations
This list may seem daunting at first, but I promise you that with planning and prep, this Easter Brunch Menu can be done ahead with little work the day of.
The best way to approach a holiday menu is to print out all of the recipes and make two lists. The first list is for the ingredients that I need to purchase, and other is a timeline of when things need to be prepared.
A week or so prior to the big day, make efforts to decorate as much as you can and try to clean out the fridge to make room for groceries and prepared dishes. It’s also a good idea to clean your oven if it hasn’t be done in a while. If you are setting up extra tables and chairs, do this ahead of time as well in case anything needs a good scrubbing, something you don’t want to do Sunday morning.
On Friday do all of your shopping and on Saturday plan to do most of your cooking. Hit up Costco and the grocery store in the morning with lists in hand, and some patience to boot because you know it’s going to be busy! When you get home, make as much room as possible in the fridge and organize your groceries.
Saturday Food Prep
This whole food prep process will take about 4-5 hours, so pour yourself a glass of wine and enjoy knowing you’re going to have a stress-free and totally delicious Sunday morning!
Boil the eggs and remove the shell. Cool and refrigerate until the next morning.
Completely prepare the Creme Brûlée French Toast and refrigerate and bake the next morning.
Completely prepare and bake the Sausage and Cheese Breakfast Tart. The next morning I cover in aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes to warm it up.
Prepare the glaze for the ham and refrigerate.
Trim the asparagus and prepare the filling for the Asparagus Tart. Refrigerate until the next morning.
Shred the Brussels sprouts and make the dressing. Refrigerate until the next morning.
Rinse the blueberries and strawberries for the fruit platter (don’t wash the raspberries until you are ready to use them). Cut the cantaloupe; leave half the cantaloupe for the bunnies face, and two wedges for the bunnies ears. Refrigerate.
Bake the cake layers for the Carrot and Pineapple Cake. When completely cool, freeze the cake layers in an airtight ziplock bag – this will make frosting so much easier in the morning. (Unfrosted cakes can actually be made up to a week advance and frozen until the day of.)
Blend the puree for the Bellinis and refrigerate.
Set the table and, if doing a buffet, set the plates and know the layout of the buffet area.
Put up and final decorations and make sure the Easter bunny is ready for the morning!
Say the company is coming over at 10:00 for brunch, so you should get started on final preparations around 7. Here is how your morning should go when preparing this make-ahead Easter brunch menu:
Take the cake out of the freezer to thaw at room temperature. At the same time, take the butter and cream cheese out to soften.
Take the breakfast tart and French toast out of the refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature.
Get the ham in the CrockPot. It will take about 3 hours on high, 6 hours on low.
Prepare the Asparagus tart and get ready to bake.
Finish the fruit platter and put in on the buffet table.
Make the frosting and frost the cake.
At around 9:00 start your baking. Bake the asparagus tart first at 425 degrees, then reduce the heat to 350 degrees and bake the French toast and warm the breakfast tart for the reminder of the time.
While things are in the oven, cut your eggs in half and prepare and fill them. Also toss together the Brussel sprouts salad.
Lastly, arrange the buffet. Right before guests arrive, set the Bellini Bar… making sure to pour one for yourself!
The best part is that you can actually enjoy your meal and spend time with guests when they arrive.
Easter Brunch Menu Recipes
Like I said, it’s always best to start by printing out your recipes and making your grocery list. The recipes I use are all provided below. If you are super savvy and have the time, stores readily discount items like ham, eggs, and asparagus this time of year, so look around and see what kind of deals you can find.
Easiest Ever Deviled Eggs
- 12 large eggs
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon white vinegar
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- paprika to garnish
- Place the eggs in a single layer in a saucepan and cover with enough water to completely cover the eggs. Heat on high until water begins to bubble, then bring to a simmer and cover. Cook for 10 minutes. Remove from heat immediately submerge eggs in ice water to cool.
- Crack egg shells and carefully peel under cool running water. Gently dry the eggs and refrigerate in airtight container if making the next day. Otherwise, proceed to next step.
- Slice the eggs in half lengthwise and remove the yolks to a bowl. Mash the yolks and add in the mayonnaise, mustard, vinegar, and salt. Mix well.
- Set the egg whites on a tray, cut side up. At this point you could either spoon the yolk mixture evenly into all of the eggs, or pipe the yolks in to create a fancier look. To do this, put the yolk mixture into a ziplock bag, snip the corner of the bag and pipe into the eggs. Sprinkle with paprika and serve.
Crème Brûlée French Toast
- ½ cup unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons corn syrup
- 1 cup brown sugar, packed
- 5 large eggs
- 1 ½ cups half & half
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 loaf of Challah bread could substitute French bread
- Melt butter, brown sugar, and corn syrup in a small saucepan. Once melted, remove from heat and whisk to combine the mixture until smooth and fully incorporated. Pour into a 13 x 9 inch baking dish.
- Cut 6 (1 inch thick) slices from the bread and arrange them in a single layer in the baking dish, squeezing them to fit snuggly.
- In a bowl, whisk together eggs, half & half, vanilla, and salt. Pour over the bread. Gently push bread down to make sure the custard covers all pieces. Cover the bread mixture and refrigerate for at least 8 hours. (Can make up to 24 hours in advance).
- When ready to eat, bring bread to room temperature (about 30 minutes). Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake uncovered until the bread is puffed and the edges are pale and golden, approximately 40 minutes.
- Allow bread to sit for 5 minutes before serving. Serve with warm maple syrup.
- Be sure to bring the brown sugar, butter and corn syrup to a low simmer. Whisk it well to get rid of any graininess from the brown sugar.
- Can’t find Challah bread? You can use French or Italian loaves, or any other hearty sweet bread in its place.
- Prep the entire recipe the day before. This can be anywhere from 8 to 24 hours in advance. Just cover and refrigerate until ready to bake.
- If you can, remove the casserole from the fridge 30 minutes prior to baking to take the chill off.
- Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.
Sausage and Cheddar Breakfast Tart
- 1 unroll-and-bake refrigerated pie crust
- 1 egg white, lightly beaten
- 6 oz pork breakfast sausage like Jimmy Dean
- 5 eggs
- ½ cup cream cheese, at room temperature
- 2 cups shredded cheddar
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- diced green onion for topping optional
- nonstick cooking spray
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a 9-inch tart or pie pan with cooking spray.
- Unroll pie crust and arrange it on prepared pan. Gently press the crust into the bottom and sides of pan, trim any excess dough. Use a fork to prick the pie crust in several places (sides too). Brush on the beaten egg white on the dough. Bake the pie crust until slightly brown, about 10 minutes. Allow the crust to cool for 5-10 minutes.
- In a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, crumble in the sausage and cook until brown, about 5 minutes. Drain on a paper lined plate and set aside to slightly cool.
- In a large bowl, beat the eggs, then add in the cream cheese, cheddar, and salt, mixing until smooth. Pour the mixture into the cooled crust and bake until set and the top is golden, about 25-30 minutes. Cool the tart for 10 minutes before removing from tart pan or cutting. Optional, garnish with diced green onion.
Slow Cooker Ham
- 1 boneless ham I use the Kirkland brand
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- Spray the inside of a slow cooker with cooking spray. Remove ham from packaging and place in slow cooker. (If the ham doesn't as is, you can cut it to make it fit.)
- Make the glaze by combining the brown sugar, dijon, and apple cider vinegar in a small bowl. Pour over the ham. Cook ham at low heat for 3-5 hours or until thermometer reads 140 degrees. Let the ham rest for 10 minutes before slicing. Pour on glaze from the slow cooker.
Roasted Asparagus and Ricotta Tart
- 1 sheet frozen puff pastry (half of 17.3 ounce package, thawed
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup ricotta cheese (part skim works)
- ½ cup Garlic and Herbs Spreadable Cheese like Boursin or Rondele
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 1 lemon, zested
- 2 scallions, chopped
- 12 ounces asparagus, trimmed
- ½ tablespoon olive oil
- Heat oven to 425 degrees; place oven rack in lower third of oven. Unfold pastry onto piece of parchment paper and rol ½ inch bigger on all sides. Slide parchment and pastry onto baking sheet. In medium bowl, beat egg. Lightly brush ½-inch border of egg around pastry.
- Add ricotta, garlic and herbs cheese, and salt, pepper, and lemon zest into bowl with remaining egg. Mix well then fold in scallions. Spread onto pastry, leaving ½ inch border uncovered.
- Top filling with asparagus using remaining pieces to fill in any empty spaces; drizzle with olive oil. Bake until crust is golden brown, 18 to 20 minutes.
Brussels Sprouts Salad
- 1 pound brussels sprouts
- ½ cup golden raisins
- ½ cup sliced or slivered almonds
- ½ cup feta cheese crumbles
- ¼ cup sunflower seeds
- ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
- ¼ cup lemon juice approximately one lemon
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 1 clove garlic, finely minced
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt add more to taste
- 1 /2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- Trim the Brussels sprouts if needed and either slice thinly or put through the shoot of a food processor using the slicing blade. Put the shredded sprouts in a large mixing bowl. Add the raisins, almonds, feta, and sunflower seeds.
- Make the dressing. Combine all ingredients and mix well until completely combined.
- Add about half the dressing to the salad and toss. Taste to see if more dressing is needed.
Funny Bunny Fruit Platter
- 1 cantaloupe
- 5 oranges
- 1 pint raspberries
- 2 cups sliced strawberries, save a leafy top for the bunny whiskers
- 2 cups grapes
- 1. Slice the cantaloupe in half and remove the seeds. Save one half of the cantaloupe for the bunny’s face. Cut 2 lengthwise slices from the other half of the cantaloupe for the bunny’s ears. Cube or ball the reminder of the cantaloupe for the platter. 2. Make three long slices through the top of the orange, being careful not to cut all the way through the orange. Place a raspberry in the middle of the orange opening. 3. Wash and cut the remainder of the fruits. Arrange the bunny on the platter using toothpicks to spear the fruits onto the bunny’s face if necessary. Use blueberries for the bunny’s eyes, a raspberry for the nose, strawberry tops for the whiskers, and a sliver of melon for the mouth. Surround the platter with the rest of the fruit and arrange the oranges on the outside of the platter.
Barefoot Contessa’s Carrot Pineapple Cake
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 ⅓ cups vegetable oil
- 3 extra large eggs, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 ½ cups all purpose flour plus 1 tablespoon for raisins/walnuts
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 pound grated carrots
- ½ cup diced fresh pineapple
For the Frosting
- ¾ pound cream cheese, at room temperature
- ½ pound unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 pound confectioners’ sugar, sifted
For the decoration
- ¼ cup chopped walnuts
- ¼ cup candied pineapple (like Paradise)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter 2 (8-inch) round cake pans. Line with parchment paper, then butter and flour the pans.
- Beat the sugar, oil, and eggs together in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until light yellow. Add the vanilla. In another bowl, sift together 2 ½ cups flour, the cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Toss the raisins and walnuts with 1 tablespoon flour. Fold in the carrots and pineapple. Add to the batter and mix well.
- Divide the batter equally between the 2 pans. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow the cakes to cool completely in the pans set over a wire rack.
- For the frosting:Mix the cream cheese, butter and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until just combined. Add the sugar and mix until smooth.Place 1 layer, flat-side up, on a flat plate or cake pedestal. With a knife or offset spatula, spread the top with frosting. Place the second layer on top, rounded side up, and spread the frosting evenly on the top and sides of the cake. Decorate with diced walnuts and candied pineapple
- 1 (16 ounce bag) frozen peaches, thawed
- 1 (16 ounce bag) frozen strawberries, thawed
- 1 (16 ounce bag) frozen mixed berries, thawed
- 4 bottles Prosecco, chilled can substitute other sparkling white wine
- fresh berries, peaches, mint sprigs for garnish (optional)
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup water
- 1. Blend separately the peaches, strawberries, and mixed berries. Strain each through a fine mesh sieve, put in three separate carafes and refrigerate. 2. Make the simple syrup. Bring the sugar and water to a boil and stir until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and chill. 3. Pour a third of the sugar mixture to each carafe and stir to combine. 4. Set up the Bellini Bar. Put out 12 Champagne glasses, the chilled Prosecco, and the three carafes of purees. Include the garnishes at the end of the bar.
The most important part of this Easter Brunch Menu is to have fun and enjoy time with your family. These recipes are easy enough to follow that you shouldn’t stress about pulling it all together for the big day.
The ingredients are simple and inexpensive (especially this time of year!) so you can really put this together for the cost of 1-2 adults at a fancy resort buffet. And think of the leftovers! You’ll have enough to eat for the week.