Girls Brunch

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Girls love brunch; so when my college roomies; Allie, Andrea and Ashley, came in for a visit I knew throwing a colorful and delicious brunch would be a perfect way for us to catch up.  I wanted to keep the table-scape simple, but still make it feel like a special occasion. I decided to use my everyday place settings from Anthropologie that have a lot of blues and purples in the pattern.   A light blue table runner, matching linen napkins and purple water glasses (all from Relish Decor) matched perfectly.  

Its not brunch without mimosas; so naturally we had to have a mimosa bar! I had the traditional OJ, cranberry & grapefruit juice along with some raspberries for garnish on my favorite bar cart. 

I grabbed some purple tulips for the table and red/yellow multi colored tulips for the mimosa bar from my local grocery store for a finishing touch. 

As far as the menu goes, I wanted to cover all the bases- Sweet, Savory and Healthy.  For healthy I went with a Winter Fruit Salad. (which I shared with you guys here) For Savory I baked a crustless Caprese quiche following this recipe fairly closely (but threw in some extra veggies and sliced fresh mozzarella on top!) Sweet was the main entree- a Butter Pecan Waffle with Spice Bourbon Whipped Cream which was amazing! (recipe below)

What a wonderful time with great food and great company! Cheers to reminiscing on great times!Photo Jan 30, 2 21 03 PM (shop items in this post below)Photo Jan 30, 12 50 25 PMPhoto Jan 30, 10 21 33 AM Photo Jan 30, 1 10 14 PMPhoto Jan 30, 12 51 17 PMPhoto Jan 30, 10 20 49 AMPhoto-Jan-17-4-29-05-PM-2Photo Jan 30, 12 50 52 PM Photo Jan 30, 1 10 35 PM Photo Jan 31, 9 26 45 AMPhoto Jan 31, 2 50 00 PM

Butter Pecan Waffles with Spiced Bourbon Whipped Cream
Adult version of a classic!
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For the waffles
  1. 2 large eggs
  2. 2 cups milk
  3. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  4. ⅓ cup olive oil
  5. 2 cups all purpose flour
  6. 1 tbsp baking powder
  7. ½ tsp salt
  8. 2 tbsp sugar
  9. ½ cup chopped pecans
For the Butter Pecan Maple Syrup
  1. 1 cup maple syrup
  2. 1 tbsp packed light brown sugar
  3. 3 tbsp butter
  4. ¼ cup roughly chopped toasted pecans
For the Spiced Bourbon Whipped Cream
  1. 1 cup cold heavy cream
  2. 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  3. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  4. 2 to 3 tsp bourbon
  5. dash of cinnamon and nutmeg
For the waffles
  1. In a blender, beat the eggs, milk, vanilla and oil until frothy.
  2. In a large bowl, stir all of the dry ingredients together until well mixed. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, pour the wet mixture into the well, then stir just until the mix is moistened. Avoid over-mixing. Gently fold in the chopped pecans.
  3. Spray your waffle iron with nonstick spray, and spoon batter onto a hot waffle maker and cook until golden brown.
  4. Serve with a pat of butter, the butter pecan maple syrup and the spiced bourbon whipped cream.
For the Butter Pecan Maple Syrup
  1. In a small saucepan over medium high heat, bring all ingredients, except the pecans, to a steady simmer then reduce the heat to medium low and allow to cook an additional 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in the toasted pecans at the end. Remove from heat and serve on top of your waffles.
For the Bourbon whipped cream
  1. In a stand mixer, or with an electric hand-mixer, combine the heavy cream, sugar, vanilla, and bourbon in a bowl except the cinnamon and nutmeg and whip until soft peaks form, about 3 to 5 minutes. Don't over-mix or it'll turn into butter.
  2. Once it's ready, sprinkle a tiny bit of cinnamon and nutmeg and stir by hand to incorporate. Serve on top of your waffles.
  3. This can be made a day or two in advance.
Lace And Grace

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  • Reply Lynn @ Fresh April Flours Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    Thanks for using my recipe! And these photos are just gorgeous!

  • Reply Erin Friday, February 12, 2016 at 6:27 am

    Gorgeous setup!! Makes me want to host a brunch for my girls!

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