Step-by-Step Guide to Brunch

Brunch just got easier with this step-by-step guide. These simple tips will guarantee that you'll impress your guests -- without the stress.


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The Menu

    We'll show you the recipes and easy how-tos for a perfect brunch. Here's the menu -- just click on to see how it all comes together.

    -- Monkey Bread Rolls
    -- Buttermilk Coffee Cakes
    -- Eggs Benedict
    -- Skillet-Scalloped Corn
    -- Berry Trifle
    -- Drinks: Mimosas, Bloody Marys, Lime-Tea Punch

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Monkey Bread Rolls

    Your guests will find this sticky sweet bread irresistible, and pulling apart the sugar-coated layers is half the fun. Store-bought dough makes preparation a cinch. In the next three slides, we'll show you all our secrets to mastering this all-American favorite.

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Step 1: Divide the Dough

    Let the store-bought cinnamon-roll dough thaw overnight in your fridge. Use kitchen scissors to cut each roll into four pieces. The next slide shows how to create the Monkey Bread Rolls' signature glaze.

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Step 2: Creating a Glaze

    After quartering each roll in Step 1 (previous slide), dip the pieces in butter and roll them in sugar. Then, place two dough pieces in each muffin cup on top of the chopped pecans. The next slide shows the details of the Monkey Bread Rolls' creamy, cool topping.

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Step 3: Drizzle Sweet Topping

    Once you have topped the dough in Step 2 (previous slide), use a kitchen spoon to drizzle the ice cream topping and syrup mixture evenly over the dough.

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Buttermilk Coffee Cake

    Treat your friends -- and yourself -- to a crumbly, cinnamon-scented coffee cake. As an added bonus, leftovers work great for a quick snack or last-minute dessert. Just freeze remaining slices in plastic wrap, place in a freezer-proof bag, and freeze for up to a month.

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Eggs Benedict

    The next four slides lead you through the basics of Eggs Benedict. The secret of this no-fuss Eggs Benedict recipe is a rich, silky Mock Hollandaise sauce that's just as delicious as the real thing. The next four slides take you through the simple basics.

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Step 1: Top with Bacon

    After toasting the muffins under the broiler, top each half with a slice of Canadian-style bacon. The next slide shows you our tricks for adding poached eggs to your Eggs Benedict recipe.

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Step 2: Add a Poached Egg

    After topping your toasted muffins with bacon, use a slotted spoon to remove an egg from the warm water. Set the spoon and egg briefly on a paper towel to drain. Place an egg on each bacon-topped muffin half. The next slide shows our method for adding sauce to the Eggs Benedict.

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Step 3: Drizzle with Hollandaise Sauce

    After adding the bacon and egg to your English muffins, spoon the warm Mock Hollandaise Sauce over the top of each egg. Look to our Eggs Benedict recipe for all the details you need to prepare a batch of these tasty breakfast sandwiches for your next brunch.

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Step 4: Try a Twist

    Easy variations can take Eggs Benedict to the next level. Check out our complete recipe for details on preparing the Salmon Benedict, Reuben Benedict, or Portobello Mushroom Benedict (shown here).

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Roasted Asparagus

    Few veggies complement eggs better than asparagus. And it's easy to roast this vitamin-rich treat and get knock-out results. The next two slides will show you the best way to do it.

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Roasting Made Easy

    Roast asparagus, uncovered, in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes or until crisp-tender, lightly tossing twice during the roasting. Kitchen tongs make it easy to grab a bunch of asparagus spears.

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Quick Cook

    Save time by simmering spears on the stovetop instead of roasting them in the oven. Lay the asparagus in a skillet and top with an inch of water. Lightly salt the water and bring it to a simmer. Cook, covered, for 3 to 5 minutes or until the spears are crisp-tender.

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Skillet Scalloped Corn

    This corn recipe fits seamlessly onto any brunch table. Creamy kernels and Swiss cheese combine with crunchy crackers for a guaranteed crowd pleaser.

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Berry Trifle

    You can count on this light and luscious dessert to provide the perfect ending to your brunch. To add a signature flavor, try substituting raspberry-, lemon-, or orange-flavored yogurt.

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Mimosas

    These anytime cocktails feature tangy limeade concentrate and sweet strawberry ice cubes.

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Bloody Marys

    Bloody Marys are a must-have at any brunch celebration. Give your mix an extra kick with our recipe for Wasabi Marys.

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Lime Tea Punch

    This thirst-quenching recipe delivers a stylish sip without the alcohol. Made with black tea and garnished with a slice of lime, it's a perfect refresher.

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Anyone Can Cook

    Anyone Can Cook is an innovative cookbook that encourages those new to the kitchen to make simple yet tasty meals, while providing the tools to move on to more complex recipes.

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