December 29, 2009
The one thing I love about the holidays is the chance to get together with old friends and current friends who have just been too busy the rest of the year to see. Everyone slows down for a week or two at the end of December and just takes a short break from the hecticness of life. It was great to get together with some of my favorite girls and do a “girls brunnch”.
From Top: Whole Wheat Pancakes, Pillsbury spinach and cheese savorlings, Phyllo Quiches and “simple” Croissants
For the whole wheat pancakes I used the recipe from Whisk Kid but simply replaced the flour with whole-wheat as well as replaced the butter with vegetable oil. Unfortunantly, I forgot to bring along my almond extract to my friends house where the brunch was being held. They were still delicious but they are even better with almond extract – this recipe has become my new pancake go-to recipe!
I found the little Pillsbury “savorlings” in my freezer that morning and they were a great throw-in-at-the-last-minute sort of thing – tasty too!
For th Phyllo Quiches I loosely based my recipe off of this recipe from Planning with Kids. I emprovised with phyllo of course and threw in some parsley and pepper. They turned out great. The only thing I’d do dfferently would be to load up on more spices. Even with the addition of parsley and pepper they still lacked the strong sort of taste that I prefer, but were still very good.
As for the Croissants, I must admit, I was a little nervous. I’ve never made croissants before and was so afraid of messing up and not having them for the brunch (and afterall, what is a brunch without croissants?). But I followed this great recipe from Snippets and they turned out lovely. Not as flakey as some people like, but certainly buttery and soft!