Brunch – a portmanteau of breakfast and lunch – is a popular meal that is served in many hotels and restaurants either as a late breakfast or an early lunch. Brunch serving times in Europe begin at 11h or 12pm here in Spain (where traditional lunchtime is later than elsewhere) and usually end around 2pm.
What dishes must never be absent from a brunch?
Fans of brunches know that there will be a wide range of sweet and savoury dishes to sample, some of which are lighter than others. Brunches often include fruit, eggs, cured meats, salads, sea food and desserts such as pancakes, waffles, flans or cakes. Therefore, a key element of preparing a brunch menu is variety. Some brunch menus can be more sophisticated than others, but all are enticing and attractive to look at.
Brunch menus are always a set price, and they include many options from which to choose. Normally, the first dishes to be consumed are the sweet ones, followed by the savoury, but this depends on each person’s individual tastes.
What to drink at a brunch
- Herbal Tea.
- Fruit juice.
- Soft drinks.
What to eat at a brunch – sweet offerings
- Fresh or candied fruit with yogurt
- Different types of bread on which to spread butter, jam, honey etc.
- A wide variety of pancakes, crepes, french toast, waffles etc.
- Fruit skewers with all sorts of combinations
- Cakes, muffins, palmiers, elephant’s ears, pan au chocolat, croissants, biscuits, cookies, etc
What to eat at a brunch – savoury offerings
- Here the star ingredient for any brunch is, without a doubt, eggs. Be they fried, scrambled, poached, boiled, benedict, Scotch, shakshuka, etc.
- Sandwiches and bagels: these can be filled with a wide range of ingredients, from smoked herring or salmon, to ham, turkey, egg, cheese, lettuce, rocket etc
- Finger food: cold meat, quince jelly, cheese, smoked fish, tomato, endives, etc.
- Quiches: containing a wide variety of ingredients, brunch quiches are usually made in small molds so as to be consumed individually.
What surprise ingredients can you add to a brunch? Candied fruit and vegetables hold the key!
A successful brunch caters for all tastes and dietary requirements, offering vegetarian, gluten-free, low sugar and low-fat options. Being flexible and considerate enough to include such dishes on your brunch menu can help your establishment stand out from the rest.
As well as making sure you offer options to certain groups of people, it is also possible to surprise diners by making a few changes to everyday recipes to create unique and delicious dishes.
For example, yogurt with granola seeds is a ubiquitous sweet dish offered at all brunches, but this can be given a new twist by adding candied fruit or fruit in syrup, choosing from cherries, blackberries, kiwi or cubed fruit. Waffles and pancakes can be sprinkled with fruit, covered with yogurt, chocolate syrup or caramel sauce, and a touch of colour can be added by opting for fruit in syrup, such as orange, apple or cherry. Popular cakes such as carrot cake have their taste boosted by including candied diced carrot.
Chefs often decide to innovate in the savoury dishes that they offer at brunch by introducing new ingredients. Sometimes they include candied vegetables such as baby carrots or candied olive in their eggs benedict and when making sandwiches and bagels it is not unusual to find candied aubergines alongside cucumbers and tomatoes.
The flavour of a quiche can be enhanced by adding candied ginger; mini hamburgers gain an interesting advantage by including candied carrots as well as avocado and quinoa. When cocktails and vermouth are on the menu, they delight diners with cherries, candied fruit or candied olives, pleasing even the most exacting of palates.
It goes without saying that the opportunities to innovate are unlimited and that at Lazaya we want to make it as easy as possible for professional chefs by offering a wide catalogue of top-quality candied fruit and vegetables with all the advantages that these entail.
Our products are sold in different sizes and packaging that ensures perfect preservation at room temperature, allowing for a longer shelf life. Furthermore, we offer seasonal fruit all year around and have products that are suitable for special diets, such as diabetics and vegans. Get in touch today to find out more!