Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash in bowl with fried egg
Brunch Recipes Worth Waking Up For

Brunch has no rules. Healthy, decadent, sweet or savory, a mid-morning feast is beloved for being whatever you want it to be. Personally, I like all of the above, topped off with a tall sparkling mimosa, of course. I’ve developed 5 recipes for a celebratory morning, some naughty, some nice, all delicious.

Blueberry Walnut Baked Oatmeal

Lots of baked oatmeal recipes call for melted butter, along with the eggs and milk, but mine uses olive oil for a sophisticated flavor. Without the requirement of melting butter, it also has the added benefit of requiring one less dish. Use a good quality, fruity olive oil, but not one that is a grassy or spicy finishing oil. This recipe comes together quickly in one bowl, but if you like you can prepare it the night before and keep it covered in the refrigerator. Bake as instructed in the morning, and top with more maple syrup, and if you are feeling decadent, a splash of heavy cream, or alt-milk to go dairy free.
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Almond & Raspberry Brioche Toasts

When I was working in a bakery at a posh ski resort, French pastries known as Bostock were a regular on the breakfast menu. Likely originating in Normandy as a means to use up leftover bread, brioche is topped with a thick frangipane spread – a simple mixture of butter, almond flour, eggs and sugar – and adorned with berries and sliced almonds. As it bakes, the frangipane and bread meld together into an almost custard like consistency, while the fruit releases its juices and the sliced almonds toast to a golden brown. You can prepare the almond spread the night before, simply assembling the toasts in the morning and popping them in the oven.
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Spinach & Roasted Bell Pepper Egg Muffins with Feta and Harissa

Think of these as mini frittatas. By baking them in a muffin tin, you get cute, individualized portions that are perfect for a brunch gathering. You can make them ahead and rewarm to serve, or prepare the egg mixture and bake them off in the morning. When buying harissa, look in the Mediterranean / Middle Eastern section of your grocery store. It usually comes in either spicy or mild, so choose whichever you prefer.
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Chocolate Chip Ricotta Cake

Adapted from Melissa Clark
I would gladly dirty several bowls to make this cake. It stole my heart the first time I made it with its insanely moist texture and elevated flavor. But since it requires only one mixing bowl and very little effort, it is all the more special. The inspiration comes from Melissa Clark’s ricotta bundt cake recipe, but I’ve added chocolate and more orange zest, which gives it almost a cannoli-like vibe. We usually have it for dessert one night, and breakfast the next morning. It is a versatile cake, which can be enjoyed any time of day.
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Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash

Usually, a hash is made on the stovetop in a skillet. For this recipe, I find it easier to roast the potatoes on a sheet pan in the oven. Much less stirring, much more hands off. If you’re making this for brunch, serving the potatoes topped with fried eggs would be a delicious addition, and a few splashes of hot sauce would be the icing on the cake.
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