16 Holiday Brunch Recipes For Cozy Mornings

Big Blueberry Muffins | ZoeBakes | photo by Zoë François

One of my favorite ways to celebrate just about every holiday is with a big brunch. It’s the perfect meal for combining all kinds of sweet and savory flavors, and putting together a beautiful spread. This list of holiday brunch recipes includes some of my favorites that are perfect for celebrations any time of year. All of these are wonderful for the fall and winter or a Mother’s Day brunch spread!

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Essential Baking Ingredients: Uses, Tips, Substitutions & More

Zoë François reaching into her kitchen pantry

There are so many magical moments in baking, it’s one of the things I love about being a pastry chef. I went to culinary school to learn the techniques of baking, but I also wanted a better understanding of why cakes rise, what makes cookies spread and how to fix a failed recipe. As a cookbook author and teacher, I want to bring out the joy, love, and art of making food with fun recipes that are delicious and beautiful. There is also some basic food science at the heart of these recipes. The reason baking ingredients and measurements matter so much is that slight changes in either can affect the outcome of a recipe. The results are dependent on the quality and types of baking ingredients and the chemistry of mixing them together.

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A blue and white plate topped with folded lefse, a dish of butter and a bowl of sugar.

Lefse is a super-simple and surprisingly delicious Norwegian flatbread made by mixing mashed potato, flour, and butter together, rolling it thin, and cooking it on a griddle. The recipes are all similar and yet every Norwegian family seems to have their own secret way of making them. Some like a thicker pancake and others roll until you can read through the dough. Having the right equipment makes the process easier and it all gets passed down through the generations. I just ordered my own Lefse kit and can’t wait to roll them out with the boys for the holidays.

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21 Favorite Pie Recipes For Any Occasion

Pie! There’s almost nothing else you need to say about the classic dessert. It comes in all kinds of flavors and textures, from fruit pies to cream pies to toasted meringue topped beauties. I love all the flavors and varieties. You can find a pie for any occasion, all year long, and this list of pies includes all of my favorite recipes.

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And if you came across this post around Thanksgiving and are looking for something a little different this year, try my 10 desserts that go beyond pie!

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15 Thanksgiving Desserts That Go Beyond Pie

If you’re like me, by the time November hits you’re already thinking ahead to Thanksgiving desserts. The holiday meal, of course, has plenty to offer, but what stands out more to your guests than the grand finale? Whether you are looking for simple or classic fall flavors, or want to try something a little different this year, I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite Thanksgiving Desserts. Of course, if you want to keep it simple, you can always make a classic apple pie. Or better yet, if your guest list is big enough make the apple pie and one or two of these recipes.

These 15 desserts will help you shake things up if you are looking for something other than pie this year. And if you are looking for even more Thanksgiving Dessert ideas, check out some of these favorites:

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Perfect Whipped Cream

Cheesecake on a white plate with piped whipped cream

What’s the secret to making the perfect whipped cream? Go low and slow. It’s a very simple recipe that everyone can make at home with a little heavy whipping cream, confectioners’ sugar and vanilla. You’ll want to use this recipe up as soon as it’s done, because whipped cream is best served immediately, but it will keep for a few days on cakes in the refrigerator.

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