A friend's daughter is getting married on Friday, and, as the mother-of-the-bride, she is also hosting a casual brunch for a group of 30 out-of-town friends and family Saturday morning after the wedding.
Not wanting (understandably) to do much more than put out plates, fruit, and juice, she asked me if I would be willing to put together a spread of muffins and coffee cakes. I'm pretty sure I didn't even let her finish the question before enthusiastically responding "YES!"
While my first instinct is to go into brunch overdrive - cinnamon rolls? sausage and egg braid? cherry danishes? - I have been trying to keep my baking imagination to a minimum in order to match her low-key, country style. Instead, I'm throwing in just a touch of flare with the presentation via a little shopping trip to World Market recently. Hellloooo baskets!
So what am I making? Here's my list right now:
Orange Blueberry Muffins
Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins
Sour Cream Coffee Cake with Maple Glaze
Apple Coffee Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze
Strawberry Jam Coffee Cake
Lemon Ginger Scones
Bacon & Cheddar Scones
I still really, really want to make some danishes just to try it out a recipe. We'll see if I walk past the puff pastry without putting some in my cart... I think you know how that will end.