The Daring Baker's challenge this month was a yeasted meringue coffee cake which I decided that I would make for the brunch. Its a sweet enriched dough which is rolled out, spread with meringue and toppings and then baked.
..and smoked salmon with cream cheese on baguette slices. The capers and red onion are hidden underneath the salmon to keep them from rolling away when you go to take a bite. Nobody wants rogue capers rolling around willy nilly.
Speaking of things that nobody wants.... a thick icy fog hung around all day. I avoided looking out the window and just focused on the food and flowers on the table. Its not still winter outside if I can't see it!
It was easy to forget about the crappy weather when the flatbread turned out so well. It was topped with potatoes, shitake mushrooms, thyme, shallots and then drizzled with creme fraiche. The soft potatoes and mushrooms against the cripsy flatbread was a delicious combination.
We also had quiche lorraine and asparagus marinated in a french vinaigrette. This was the first time that I have made quiche and I was very happy with the way it turned out. My mom makes excellent quiches so I was glad to have her in the kitchen to determine when it had finished baking.
( Inside my head it is spring.)
Didn't matter that everyone was full because there is always room for cake. Especially when its tres leches cake topped with mounds of billowy whipped cream.
It was a fantastic birthday brunch with good food and good people. Only 364 days until I can do it again.
Note: I'll be putting up some recipes for the brunch items later this week. It will probably be that long before I'll ever want to eat/ think about food again.