Easter brunch is a staple in many families. It’s a great opportunity to get in some quality time with the ones you love and eat some great food. But Easter brunch doesn’t have to be a big production. These Easter brunch recipes are easy enough to whip up in the cabin, and most make for great all-day snacking. You can even make several ahead of time so you can skip the work on Easter day. Or just toss them in the fridge at the cabin and enjoy leftovers while you’re hanging out and relaxing.
Bacon with Citrus Glaze | Martha Stewart | 40 minutes | 4 servings
- 8 slices slab bacon (1/4-inch thick) or regular bacon
- 2 navel oranges
- 1 tablespoon cane syrup or honey
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lay bacon on a baking sheet. Juice oranges into a small saucepan and add cane syrup. Cook over medium heat until glaze is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 8 minutes.
Brush some glaze over the bacon and bake for 10 minutes. Brush with more glaze. Continue to bake until golden, about 15 minutes more (10 minutes if using regular bacon). Brush bacon with remaining glaze and transfer to a parchment or paper-towel-lined plate to drain before serving.
Bacon-Cheese Quiche | Martha Stewart | 1 hour, 30 minutes | 8 servings
- All-purpose flour, for rolling
- 1 homemade or store-bought single-crust pie dough
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 2 cups medium diced yellow onion
- Coarse salt and ground pepper
- 6 large eggs
- ¾ cup heavy cream
- ¾ pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 1 cup shredded Gruyere cheese
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly flour a rolling pin and work surface and roll out dough to a 12-inch round. Place in a 9-inch pie plate, fold overhang under, and crimp edge. Place a sheet of parchment paper over dough and fill with pie weights or dried beans. Bake until edge is dry and light golden, about 20 minutes. Remove parchment and weights.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet, melt butter over medium-high. Add onion, season with salt and pepper, and cook until light golden, 8 to 10 minutes. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs and cream. Add onion, bacon, and cheese and season with ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Whisk to combine, pour into crust, and bake until center of quiche is just set, 40 to 45 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Cinnamon Roll Casserole | Delish | 30 – 35 minutes
- Butter or cooking spray, for baking dish
- 3 cans refrigerated cinnamon rolls (such as Pillsbury)
- 4 large eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Maple syrup, for serving (optional)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and grease a glass baking dish. Cut cinnamon rolls into thirds and layer in dish. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla extract, and cinnamon. Pour over cinnamon rolls and bake until egg is cooked through and cinnamon rolls are deeply golden, 20 to 22 minutes.
Let cool about 10 minutes, then drizzle with cinnamon roll icing and pour over maple syrup (if using).
Strawberry-Banana Bread | Delish | 1 hour, 10 minutes | 12 servings
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated or ground nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 4 large eggs
- 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
- 2 large ripe bananas
- 1 pound strawberries
- 1 ½ cups walnuts
- 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Oil and flour a 9×13-inch casserole dish. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg, and salt. In a medium bowl, lightly beat eggs. Add granulated sugar, oil, vanilla, and lemon zest and whisk to combine. Mash bananas (you should get about 1 cup) and stir into egg mixture. Add egg mixture to flour mixture and mix just until incorporated. Fold in strawberries and walnuts.
Transfer batter to prepared dish and bake until a wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack and let cool for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together confectioner’s sugar and lemon juice until smooth. Spread icing over warm cake, then let cool completely.
Easter in the Smokies
Besides the beautiful spring weather and gorgeous scenery of the Great Smoky Mountains, Easter is a great time to be in the Smokies because of the fun, family-friendly events happening in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. From a special sunrise service to Easter egg hunts for the kiddos, there’s plenty to pack in on Easter in the Smokies.
Great Smoky Easter Arts & Crafts Show
When: April 12 – 18
Where: Gatlinburg Convention Center
Easter Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny
When: April 15
Where: Pigeon Forge Community Center
Brunch with the Easter Bunny
When: April 15
Where: The Old Mill Pottery House Café & Grille
Easter Sunrise at Ober
When: April 11 – 15
Where: Ober Gatlinburg