Mother’s Day sneaks up on me every year. We have several family birthdays in the first two weeks of May and celebrating my moms sometimes gets lost in the commotion. Now that we are grown up and out of the house, Jacob and I have put priority on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day as a way to thank our parents for everything they have done for us. This year will be no exception.
As you know, I love hosting and welcoming others into our house. As I was thinking of ways to celebrate our mothers, the idea of a Mother’s Day brunch popped in my head. Brunch seems to be the favored meal of our generation and I just love how many food options there are. For this Mother’s Day inspired brunch, I decided to use Pepperidge Farm® Harvest Blends bread as my base for a variety of breakfast options. Gourmet toast, french toast and egg bake are favorites in our household and all use bread as a consistent ingredient. When making multiple dishes, especially for entertaining, it is helpful to use shared ingredients for the ease of grocery shopping and prepping.
To cut down on time in the kitchen, I like putting out a few food options that can be made by the guests themselves. This makes for less work on the host’s end and creates an interactive gathering. The gourmet toast is the easiest of all the dishes to make and can be specially made by the guests to their liking. Harvest Blends Seeded Grain bread is the perfect toasting bread. I set out a variety of spreads like Nutella, peanut butter, cream cheese and jam along with strawberries, chocolate chips, mint leaves and a variety of nuts for toppings. The options are all so delicious, especially on top of high-quality seed bread!
The french toast recipe is nothing special as I feel like french toast can get away with being plain and simple. I soaked the Harvest Blends Ancient Grain bread in a mixture of eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla and cinnamon and threw them on the griddle until golden brown. With strawberries, powdered sugar, syrup and whipped cream as optional toppings, even the most simple french toast can be dressed to brunch perfection.
The egg bake recipe has been in our family for as long as I can remember. It makes an appearance at many gatherings, including our wedding gift opening a few years ago. I love having a few recipes that are not only amazing tasting, but also hold a special place in our hearts (and stomachs). Enjoy this special family recipe for homemade sausage egg bake and give it a try for a Mother’s Day brunch.
- 8 slices torn Harvest Blends Sprouted Grain bread
- 2 pounds Italian sausage
- 8 oz sharp cheddar cheese
- 4 eggs beaten
- 1 tsp dry mustard
- 2 1/2 cups milk, divided
- 1 can cream of celery soup
- Layer cubed bread, cooked sausage and cheese in a greased 9x13 baking dish.
- Mix together eggs, dry mustard and 2 cups of milk; pour over all.
- Add 1/2 cup remaining milk with soup, mix and layer on top.
- Refrigerate overnight.
- Bake uncovered at 300°F for 75 minutes.
- Let sit before serving.
How are you celebrating the moms in your life this year? I encourage you to try Pepperidge Farm Harvest Blends bread for yourself, available in the Midwest at your local grocer.
This post is sponsored by Pepperidge Farm in conjunction with Blog Meets Brand and I have been compensated for my participation. My love for brunch and all opinions are my own.