Holiday Brunch Ideas

Camryn Elizabeth Photo 

Camryn Elizabeth Photo 

It’s about this time every year Amber and I sit down and excitedly talk about the meals we will prepare for family over the holidays. She will host Christmas morning and I’m in charge of preparing Boxing Day brunch at my in-laws.  We're usually finalizing our list of ingredients then calling up a friend with a Costco card. We love the following recipes, we’ve made them for family in the past and they’ve been a hit.  We hope you enjoy them as well.

Camryn Elizabeth Photo 

Camryn Elizabeth Photo 

Egg, Cheese & Crab Bake

Every brunch needs an easy egg dish and crab is such a wonderful way to make it even more special. 

Prep for this 30 minutes plus chilling

Bake 50 minutes.

This can and should be made the night before. 

This will make 12 servings


2 tbsp Dijon mustard

3 English muffins split and torn into bite-size pieces

1 can of crab meat (or more to your taste)

2 tablespoons lemon juice

2 teaspoons grated lemon peel

2 cups shredded white cheddar cheese

12 large eggs

1 cup half and half cream

1 cup 2% milk

½ cup mayonnaise

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

½ teaspoon pepper

2 cups shredded Swiss cheese

1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

4 green onions, chopped

¼ cup finely chopped sweet red pepper

¼ cup finely chopped sweet yellow pepper

Place torn English muffins on the bottom of a greased 13x9 inch baking dish, I don’t like a lot of bread in my egg dishes so it will look a bit sparse.

Lay crab on top, followed by lemon juice and peel. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese.

In a large bowl whisk eggs, Dijon mustard, cream, milk, mayonnaise, salt, cayenne and pepper. Pour over muffin/crab mixture. Sprinkle with Swiss cheese, Parmesan cheese, onions and peppers. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Remove from fridge 30 minutes before baking to bring to room temperature. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cover and bake 30 minutes.  Uncover and bake 20-25 minutes longer or until set. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Camryn Elizabeth Photo

Camryn Elizabeth Photo

Gingerbread Pancakes

I tried these out on my family for the first time last year and they were a hit!  My sister in law who’s from New Brunswick appreciated the molasses in the batter. -Chrissy

Prep 20 minutes

Total Cook Time 35 minutes

This will serve 4

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground ginger

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon all-spice

¼ teaspoon ground cloves

1 ½ cups whole milk

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

1 large egg

1 tablespoon dark brown sugar

1 tablespoon molasses

1 teaspoon vanilla

Canola oil for skillet

Gingerbread people cookie cutters

Maple syrup and butter for serving

Whisk flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, baking soda, salt, allspice and cloves in a large bowl.

In a separate medium bowl, whisk milk, melted butter, egg, brown sugar, molasses and vanilla until smooth. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and add the wet ingredients, whisking until smooth. Set batter aside for about 15 minutes. Resting batter makes for more tender pancakes.

Heat nonstick pan over medium-high, add oil. Working in batches and adjusting heat as necessary, scoop ¼ cup of batter into the pan. Cook pancakes until bottoms are brown and bubbles form on top. Flip and cook until pancakes are just cooked through and the underside is brown. Cut out shapes using cookie-cutter and serve with butter and maple syrup.

Camryn Elizabeth Photo

Camryn Elizabeth Photo

Starbucks Copycat Scones

These are as good as the real thing and fun to make for family and friends.

This makes 12 scones


3 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar, divided

3 teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

¾ cup cold butter, cubed

1 cup buttermilk, regular milk or dairy-free milk

1 ½ cups dried cranberries, divided

2 ½ teaspoons orange zest

2 teaspoons maple syrup


½ cup powdered sugar

¼ teaspoon orange zest

2 teaspoons maple syrup

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, 1/3 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt

Add butter cubes and mix in with your hands until dough becomes coarse crumbs

Stir in buttermilk until just moistened. Mix and fold in 1 cup dried cranberries and 2 teaspoons orange zest

Turn dough onto lightly floured surface and knead gently until dough is no longer sticky

Divide dough in half and gently form each half into a 7” circle (about 1” high)

Using a sharp knife, cut each circle into six even pieces.  Separate.

In a small food processor or blender, mix remaining 1.2 cup dried cranberries, ½ teaspoon orange zest, 1 tablespoon hot water and 1-2 teaspoons maple syrup.  Blend until a rough pastes forms (you want cranberry remnants)

Using a sharp knife, slice scones through the middle beginning at the tip stopping 3/4way back

Spread about a teaspoon of cranberry paste and sandwich it closed. Repeat with remaining scones. Sprinkle remaining 2 tablespoons sugar over the scones.

Camryn Elizabeth Photo 

Camryn Elizabeth Photo 

Orange Creamsicle Mimosas

This recipe is a great break from traditional mimosas. The cream is a nice twist.

This serves 6-8


2 cups orange juice

2 tablespoons half & half

1 – 750 ml bottle of Prosecco (or Champagne or sparkling white wine if you prefer)

2 oz Triple Sec

Chill champagne glasses in the fridge.

Mix together orange juice and half & half until combined. Pour halfway into glasses and slowly top each glass with champagne. Add a splash of Triple Sec. Garnish with an orange slice.

Camryn Elizabeth Photo 

Camryn Elizabeth Photo 




Amber Saleem