Easter Brunch

Brunch is always a good idea. Even better if the occasion is easter! Usually, we would have lots of eggs, easter ham with horseradish, charcuterie, great cheese, little cakes, and fruit. Now, that I am far away I tried to re-assemble my family's easter brunch with a healthy twist.  


Easter 'Striezel'

 

I did not change this recipe. It contains gluten, dairy, butter, sugar, yeast, eggs...and tastes delicious! Some things just need to remain the same. The smell of the yeast dough will always remind me of home. Treat yourself with some traditions and nostalgia ;-) 

100g Milk

100g cream

60g butter

80g sugar

2 eggs

1 sachet dry yeast (14g) 

zest of 1 organic lemon

1 tsp salt

500g flour

heat milk in a saucepan until lukewarm 

add milk, cream, melted butter, sugar, eggs, yeast and lemon zest into a kitchen machine and turn on (or whisk with a hand mixer) for a couple minutes or until yeast is dissolved 

add flour and salt 

with a dough hook attachment, knead the dough on low speed for 6 to 8 minutes. (Alternatively, turn out the dough onto a floured work surface and knead by hand for about 10 minutes

place the dough in an oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and place somewhere warm

let the dough rise until doubled (approx. 1h)

separate the dough into three or six equal pieces, depending on the type of braid you'd like to do

braid dough, 

place on baking tray and let rise for another 15-30min

preheat oven to 170C/350F

brush dough with egg wash

bake for 30 to 35 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through cooking


Asparagus Quiche (gf)

for the crust

1.5 cups soaked chickpeas (overnight)

1/3 cup flax seeds

1/3 cup buckwheat flour

2 Tbsp coconut oil or organic butter

salt, pepper

 

for the filling

300g asparagus

2 handful spinach

2 stalks spring onions

3 garlic cloves

olive oil, salt, pepper

4 whole organic eggs

2 tbsp cream

grated parmesan cheese (optional)

add flaxseeds into a food processor and blend until ground

add rest of ingredients and blend until comes together 

wrap in cling film and store in the fridge for 30min minimum

preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF

snap off and discard the woody ends from the asparagus

blanch the asparagus in a pan of boiling salted water for 1 minute, drain

in a pan, add olive oil, chopped spring onions, garlic, and spinach and cook until soft

on a flour-dusted surface, roll out the rested dough to roughly ½cm thick. 

roll the pastry up around the rolling pin, then carefully unroll it to cover a 23cm tart tin (or similar dish)

press the pastry into the tart tin

bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until lightly golden

mix eggs, cream and salt/pepper together 

take out of the oven, add spinach and asparagus, pour in egg mixture (top with parmesan cheese)

place the quiche in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until just set

 


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Roasted carrot hummus 

You can find the recipe for my classic hummus recipe here.

Add 1 cup of roasted carrots and a tsp of smoked paprika powder to the basic recipe. 


 

 

 

 

buckwheat banana pancakes 

 

 

 

 

Check this recipe for the delicious buckwheat banana pancakes. 


PEA AVOCADO MINT SPREAD

1 cup green peas

1 cup edamame beans (optional)

1/2 cup fresh mint leaves

salt, pepper

1/2 avocado

juice of 1 lemon

2 garlic cloves

add all ingredients into a food processor and blend to combine OR chop garlic and mint leaves by hand and smash the rest with a fork and combine


I used my sweet potato protein bread to make the little soldiers which I dunked into the soft boiled egg and as a bottom for the avo on toast with poached egg. 


Instead of buying fruit yogurt which is usually loaded with sugar, choose plain yogurt and add fresh fruit or make a berry compote (just cook frozen or fresh berries in a small saucepan until soft and reduce juices for a few minutes until it becomes syrup-like. top with homemade granola. 

 

green smoothie (serves 2)

 

blend 1 banana, 1 handful of spinach, 1 cup mango, 1 cup pineapple, 1 knob fresh ginger, a few mint leaves, juice of 1 lime, and 300ml coconut water together until smooth. 

If you use fresh fruit, add a few ice cubes. I used frozen mango and banana, so no ice cubes needed. 


 

Place some cheese, veggies, nuts, smoked salmon or meat on a nice board and serve. easy!  


HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE! 

If you have any questions leave a comment below :) 

XX JZ