Early Summer Brunch

Brunch is my absolute favourite meal. Hands down. Day drinking? Yes please! French toast, muffins, hashbrowns, pancakes . . . all of these foods are ridiculously delicious. I had two of my very best friends over for brunch and it was weekend perfection. It is so difficult to find time that we can all get together, when it happens it is the best! I am lucky to have incredibly talented driven friends, who always have a thousand projects on the go. It always makes for fascinating conversation!
 I may or may not have gone a little bit overboard. Two dozen muffins, french toast and champagne grapefruit mimosas seemed like just barely enough food for three. I made two kinds of muffins (it is a curse in my family that we never believe there is enough food) lemon poppyseed (recipe here)
And these beauties! Banana chocolate chip muffins, with maple syrup instead of refined sugar. I found the recipe over at Silk and Spice. These muffins were insanely good and are going to make an appearance whenever I find myself with mushy brown bananas!
No brunch is complete without something delicious to drink. I decided to go all out and make a pitcher of champagne grapefruit mojitos. Let me tell you, this cocktail was a huge success!
It is absolutely perfect for summer. The mint, fresh citrus, rum and champagne all scream hot summer days (and even better hot summer nights)
The main event was cinnamon infused, syrupy french toast. It was delicious if I do say so myself. The happy, sticky faces around the table certainly seemed to agree! There are very few things better then good food shared with good friends. I cannot wait for more sunny summer mornings filled with the delicious smells of cinnamon and maple syrup! A perfect way to start the summer!
Champagne Grapefruit Mojitos (to make a full pitcher)
Two large handfuls of mint leaves
Two grapefruits cut into quarters (one to muddle and one for garnish)
Two limes
A bottle of your best rum! (Mine was from my trip to Jamaica in January)
A bottle of champagne
A can of tonic water
Muddle the mint, one of the grapefruits and the two limes in the bottom of the pitcher, until the citrus has released its juices and the mint is well crushed
Fill the pitcher about an 1/8 of the way up with rum
Pour the entire bottle of champagne in
Top with the can of tonic water
And serve over ice with a wedge of grapefruit for garnish!
Vegan French Toast (Makes 8 pieces)
8 pieces of texas toast
1 cup all purpose flour
1 1/4 cup soy milk
1 1/2 tbl maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tbl ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt
Sunflower oil for greasing
In a big bowl whisk together all of the ingredients.
Take a knife and spread the sticky mixture over each side of each piece of toast
Grease the pan with the sunflower oil
Add one to two pieces of the coated bread at a time until golden brown and crispy on each side
Serve with powdered sugar and maple syrup

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