How to make the perfect Bank Holiday brunch and the easy menu you need

Ease yourself into Bank Holiday Monday with a relaxed brunch
How to make the perfect Bank Holiday brunch and the easy menu you need

The perfect brunch should be relaxed as well as delicious. Picture: Daria Shevtsova/Pexels

Keep it simple

By its nature, brunch should be a relaxed meal, and that means the cook, too! Don't go overboard with your menu, choose one main protein-based dish, one fruit-based one and then serve with some pastries and warm bread. 

Choose eggs wisely

A frittata is the ideal brunch main course. 
A frittata is the ideal brunch main course. 


If you are cooking for a crowd, poached eggs are a definitive no-no. Instead, go for a frittata which can be served at room temperature in wedges at the table. 

How you serve coffee is important

Step away from the coffee machine! Brew a cafetière of coffee and encourage guests to serve themselves. If you want to be extra fancy, whip some cream and encourage them to add a dollop to their cup. 

Cruise with a cocktail

A Bloody Mary is a brunch classic. Picture: Pexels
A Bloody Mary is a brunch classic. Picture: Pexels

If you are serving cocktails at your brunch party, consider making a jug of one or two drinks. Bloody Mary is always a winner, and Darina Allen favours Sarah Raven's recipe, which serves four:

Ingredients:

  • 175ml vodka 
  • a dash of dry sherry 
  • 500ml tomato juice 
  • Juice of 1 lemon 
  • 1 tsp fresh grated horseradish 
  • Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce, to taste 
  • Celery Salt, to taste 
  • Freshly ground black pepper 
  • Ice

Method:

  • Pour all of the ingredients into a jug, mix well and add ice. 

Serve family-style

 Brunch dessert is non-negotiable.
Brunch dessert is non-negotiable.

The key to a successful brunch is to serve everything on the table at the same time and allow everyone to help themselves at their leisure. Make sure that butter is at room temperature and spreadable, that you have an array of jams and condiments (hot sauce is always welcome) and something sweet, for brunch dessert. 

The menu:

American-style pancakes with bacon

Blueberry granola buns

Toasted sourdough with whipped feta and pesto eggs

 

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