Whirl Up a Fall Brunch
Serving up an elegant fall brunch is easier than you think with a high-powered blender as your prep chef. Sponsored by the new KitchenAid® K400 Blender.
Sponsored by KitchenAid and the new K400 KitchenAid blender.
There’s a fresh crispness in the air, and back at work, you hit the ground running. The kids hunker down over the pages of pristine notebooks. New clothes fill the closet and the sweet musk of autumn leaves permeates the air.
As you walk along the produce aisles, it’s hard not to be dazzled by the bounty of the fall harvest — pomegranates, pumpkins, butternut squash. And this lull before the madness of the holiday season is a wonderful time for casual entertaining with few good friends.
It’s less work than you think to whirl up a wonderful fall brunch using a high-powered blender as your prep chef. It helps turn a sophisticated dish into a quick-and-easy tour de force — and some of these recipes can even be prepared in advance. We took inspiration from our partners at KitchenAid and the new K400 blender to put together a delicious fall brunch where every recipe is made faster and easier with a blender.
Cranberry-Orange Prosecco Cocktail
A brunch without mimosas is just breakfast, and this autumnal version jazzes it up with a vivid splash of cranberry red. Chopping cranberries — either fresh or frozen — in a blender with cranberry juice cocktail makes the process really easy. Combine the cranberry mix with sugar, orange juice, and zest to boil up a bright and tangy syrup, then strain and cool to room temperature. When your guests arrive, splash a dash into elegant flutes, pour in the Prosecco (or Champagne if you prefer) and garnish with an orange wheel. It’s a drink that will put everyone at ease and get a sparkling conversation going.
Extra-Creamy Oat Milk
Almost overnight, oat milk has become a thing — and you might be wondering why. One reason is that oats are a natural anti-inflammatory and also contain beta-glucan, a heart-healthy soluble fiber. What’s more, unlike other alt-milks (like coconut milk or almond milk), oat milk is not just vegan, but also low in fat, and free of nuts, gluten, and phytoestrogens — and whips up into an awesome foam. This easy blender recipe can be made several days in advance of your brunch, and it makes a great substitute for milk in this blender-made Pumpkin Spice Latte.
Spiced Pumpkin Donuts
Hot donuts fresh out of the kitchen — could anything be better? Well … yes. Hot pumpkin donuts fresh out of the kitchen, dusted with a melt-in-your-mouth coating of sugared cinnamon. The dough, made from simple ingredients that include pumpkin puree, eggs, sour cream, and butter, is surprisingly easy to make in a blender. And deep-frying donuts is not as hard as you might think — just use a deep-fry thermometer or electric deep fryer to keep the oil at an even temperature. For pumpkin lovers who can’t get enough of a good thing, dunk your donut in a pumpkin latte for a fast-pass to pumpkin heaven.
Gluten-Free Apple Spice Blender Muffins
More than three million Americans follow a gluten-free diet — and chances are at least one of your guests is among them. With these apple spice muffins, they don’t have to miss out on the pleasures of pastry, and thanks to a kiss of maple syrup and applesauce, your gluten-loving guests will love them too. The dough can be prepared entirely in your blender — including the oat flour, made from scratch with whole oats. You can also bake the muffins ahead of time: They’ll keep for two days at room temperature, four days in the fridge, or two months in the freezer.
Savory Parmesan French Toast with Hollandaise Sauce
There’s only one word for this savory take on French toast — wow! Dip thick-sliced bread (we like an Italian or sourdough loaf) in a bath of egg, milk, cream, Parmesan cheese, and seasonings. Sizzle the slabs in butter till they’re golden brown, then keep them warm in the oven. When you’re ready to serve, top them off with Hollandaise sauce. It’s a dish your friends will rave about, and you can put aside your worries about making Hollandaise, with an easy blender version that gives you a velvety-smooth sauce without the worry.
Turkey Sausage Frittata
A hearty frittata made with turkey sausage and melted cheddar is a wonderfully satisfying main course, and keto-friendly to boot. Mix the liquid ingredients in a blender for just 30 seconds and your eggs will cook up fluffy and light — it’s so much easier than using a whisk. The recipe calls for lactose-free sour cream, but if lactose isn’t a concern, by all means, use the real stuff. Pop it in the oven for half an hour, then top it with grated cheese while it’s still piping hot and let it melt before serving. This dish is so simple to make and is always a crowd-pleaser.
Maple Roasted Butternut Squash Pomegranate Harvest Salad
Round out your brunch with a healthy dose of fall veggies. Take a classic green salad, pep it up with some sharp Gorgonzola cheese, then add something so delicious it borders on sinful: caramelized butternut squash and sugared pecans. Amazing. But you’re not done yet. Sprinkle pomegranate seeds over the salad — their sweet piquancy and brilliant red color will add a refreshing note — and top it all with a bright pomegranate salad dressing that’s a snap to make in your blender.