Thursday, April 10, 2014

Vintage Chic Easter Brunch for Two

Gather together some olden linens, treasured Easter decorations and a couple of recipes your grandma probably made long ago, for a vintage brunch that mostly can be prepared ahead.

Menu

Pickled Egg Salad
(recipe coming)

Cinnamon Swirl Mini Bread Loaves
(recipe below)

Pickled Beet and Egg Salad with Raspberry Balsamic Dressing
(recipe coming)


 Pickled Egg Salad served in a ceramic Easter egg-shaped candy dish made for me by my mother-in-law while my husband and I were just dating.
 Cinnamon Swirl Bread Mini Loaves and Easter egg-shaped butter pats (made in same silicone mold as peanut butter eggs)
 Pickled Beet and Egg Salad
Raspberry Balsamic Dressing

In the Easter Tablescape Parade
 Little wooden crosses to remind us of the greatest gift ever
 Ceramic Easter eggs painted years ago.The top right egg was painted by our oldest daughter, Erin, when she was just a wee one. 
 A collection of crocheted animals made by myself and my mom when I was expecting our oldest daughter.
 a crocheted diorama chocolate Easter egg
 similar pattern but created to open to hide treats
 Remember L'eggs pantyhose containers?  They were used to give this nesting hen her body. 
 A chocolate ceramic bunny made when I was just married with more recent purchased decorations
 A pair of aqua bunny napkin rings picked up this year at cts hold vintage linen napkins.
 all on a softly faded vintage tablecloth found at a garage sale
Swirls of cinnamon and sugar (you could also add raisins) with a sweet frosting and festive sprinkles are just the right size for two.  The loaves can be made ahead; wrapped well and frozen.  Add the frosting after thawing.  If planning to toast, omit frosting as most of it melts off.
Cinnamon Swirl Mini Bread Loaves

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BREAD INGREDIENTS:
1 large egg plus enough very warm water to measure 1 cup
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 tsp. salt
3 cups bread flour
3 Tbs. Nonfat dry Milk
3 Tbs. sugar
2 tsp. Bread Machine Yeast

FILLING:
2 tbs. sugar
1 Tbs. brown sugar
1 Tbs. cinnamon
2 Tbs. butter, softened

Add all of the bread ingredients in the order recommended by manufacturer of your bread machine (usually wet ingredients followed by dry ingredients and ending with the yeast).  Set the machine to dough setting. When complete, remove dough from machine and allow to rest, covered for 5 minutes.

Spray three 3-inch x 5-inch mini loaf pans.  Divide dough into 3 equal pieces.  Roll each piece to 5-inches x 10-inches. Spread about 2 tsp. butter onto each.  Sprinkle each with  third of the sugar mixture.  Beginning at the short side, roll up tightly; pinch edge to seal and place into prepared pan.  Cover lightly and place in a warm, draft-free place and allow to rise for another 30-60 minutes.

Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 18-20 minutes or until golden brown. Tent with foil if browning too quickly.

Remove from pans to cooling rack.

FROSTING
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1/2 tsp. melted butter
1-2 Tbs. cream or milk
tiny pinch salt (optional)

In a small bowl, combine all ingredients and stir until smooth adding the cream little by little to achieve the right constancy. Spoon/spread over bread; sprinkle with jimmies, if desired.

NOTE: If you want your frosting to be thinner and be more of a glaze, frost when the bread has cooled just a bit.  If you prefer the frosting to be thicker and whiter, allow the loaves to be just a little warm before spreading on the frosting.

23 comments:

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

This post is oh so sweet! Thank you for sharing it all.

Happy Easter ~ FlowerLady

Snap said...

fun fun fun! i'm going to your house for brunch. :)
I love pickled eggs and beets -- looking forward to this recipe. happy spring!

Mona said...

Such a lovely table. I spotted the little bone china rabbit right away. I have one of those from my 13th birthday cake. I love all of your memories that you shared...the feel of this post is so much family love...
Love, Mona

Debbie said...

Oh I LOVED this...looks soo good, and soo sweet. The pickled eggs and beets intrigued me and love the dish you mil made you. Enjoy your day!

Debbie Petras said...

I want to come to your house! Everything looks so lovely and yummy too. You photograph everything so well. I pinned your recipe for future use. I need to get a bread machine.

Blessings and love,
Debbie

Sangeetha said...

Beautiful table setting. Love the idea for the butter pats. Cinnamon bread looks scrumptious! The bunny napkin rings are so cute. Have a nice day. :)

Debby Ray said...

Lorraine, you have out-done yourself, girl! This is BEAUTIFUL! I remember a table cloth very similar to that when I was growing up. My mom always made pickled eggs and pickled beets every year for Easter but never put them in a beautiful salad like that...oh my goodness, it looks heavenly! Can't wait for the recipe for that yummy salad! Thanks for sharing this!

Laurie said...

This looks so inviting and I love the vintage touches. The recipes sound delicious!

podso said...

Lorraine this is pure delight! I could comment on each item. You've outdone yourself with this post! Love that tablecloth--what a find for you. And the little crocheted egg with the diorama ---wow that flashed me right back to my childhood and a memory I had forgotten. How I used to love those little egg dioramas or whatever else they may have been in. I hope you could use this lovely tables cape more than once!

NanaDiana said...

I spent a long time on this post,Lorraine. I love that everything there has a story to it. I had some of those crocheted toys for my oldest son but I don't know what ever happened to them. I love that you still have yours.

It looks like you did a lot of ceramics when that was the craze years ago-me, too. I did all sorts of things..and even did some of the heavy plaster pieces. I don't think I have any of my items left.

What a fun post and that sweet tablecloth is the perfect beginning touch. xo Diana

Barbara F. said...

I want to come to your house for Easter! I love everything in the post. So beatiful. Looking forward to the pickled eggs. xo

Blackberry Lane said...

I have decided I'd like to come live with you!!! Everything looks so pretty and the food looks delicious. May God bless you and your family this Easter.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I love pulling out all of the old decorations at Easter. Fun for our adult kids to see again :) What a delicious luncheon!

Ann said...

I can't wait to hear more about that salad, it looks delicious. Everything looks so good and your table is amazing. So many sweet decorations and filled with lots of memories

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Your bread looks gorgeous, what perfect spirals! Also lovin' those cute bunny napkin rings-fun:@)

Melissa @ My Recent Favorite Books said...

I loved this post! =)
Everything looks so lovely, - I really like the crocheted items.

The Old Parsonage said...

Everything looks fab! Love the history behind some of your decorations too. Mmm.. i would love to toast that bread!

Leann

Just a little something from Judy said...

By far, one of the prettiest vintage set tables ever! You use the old, you add the spiritual, you make it all simply beautiful, and on top of it all, it looks most delicious! You certainly make holidays special! Inspiration abounds here!

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

That is the sweetest Easter table. And the crocheted animals are adorable. Happy Easter! Tammy

corners of my life said...

How lucky it would be to be a guest at this Easter Brunch for Two.

Lorrie said...

It all looks so scrumptious and pretty. Love the little blue ceramic napkin ring. The mini cinnamon loaves sound delectable! Happy Easter.

kitty said...

Oh Lorraine, I want to come to your house for Easter! I love pickled beets and putting them on the lettuce is just so beautiful. The egg salad looks fabulous, too. I will have to make your mini cinnamon swirl breads for sure. Thanks for all your inspiration. Happy Easter!!

Adrienne said...

I'd like to live next door to you! I could watch you make these tasty delights - and I would volunteer to be your taste-tester! Thank you for sharing the wonderful things you make. You are an inspiration!
~Adrienne~

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