Mother’s Day Brunch

Hope everyone had a fun Mother’s Day yesterday!  After debating whether or not to treat my mom by going out for brunch, I decided that it might be more fun to stay at home and have an excuse to get in the kitchen and make some treats…

And by treats, I mean, recipes that involved a nice dose of creamy and butter.  My favorite!

Mother's Day Brunch >> Blogging Over Thyme

It also gave me an excuse to go out and buy some fresh flowers–which almost never happens.  I’m that person that literally stands in front of the $3.99 flower bouquets at Trader Joe’s for several minutes during every shopping trip and walks away empty-handed every.time.

The highlight of yesterday’s brunch were definitely these scones!  In the midst of planning, my sister sent me this recipe with the note, “these look right up mom’s alley!”.   They did not disappoint–and I’m sure they will be made many times in the future.

figgy buckwheat scones >> Blogging Over Thyme

These Figgy Buckwheat Scones–a creation of Kim Boyce–(and discovered through 101 Cookbooks)–were incredibly light, crumby, and flavored with homemade fig jam–which is slathered on the scone dough and rolled up, similarly to cinnamon buns, to create beautiful rings of jam throughout the scone.

figgy buckwheat scones >> Blogging Over Thyme

The jam is a reduction of syrup-turned-light caramel, to which you add lots of port and red wine, dried black mission figs, star anise, nutmeg, and cinnamon, and allow to reduce down over a low simmer.  This then gets processed in a food processor until it is nice and smooth, at which point you add a small amount of butter, which really takes it over the top.

(Recipe Notes: I used freshly ground buckwheat flour, ground nutmeg, about double the port quantity (and half the wine–simply because that is what I had on hand), and scaled everything to the gram.  My dough only rolled out to a 8 x 12 inch rectangle (with the proper thickness)–which yielded 10 scones).

Even if you don’t feel like making scones, the jam alone is worth the effort!  I’m planning on slathering the leftovers on lots of things.  I prepped the jam and dough on Saturday and simply popped them into the oven on Sunday morning.  Worked perfectly!

Mothers Day >> Blogging Over Thyme

To serve along side the scones, I opted for a savory egg dish.  Eggs are a tricky thing to serve to a bunch of people (unless you go scrambled).  After toying with the making either a frittata or quiche, I decided to try these aptly named “Company Eggs” from a recent issue of Bon Appetit magazine.

Though you can prep the greens up to a day ahead, I decided to do it the morning of–and avoid the whole reheating process–and it didn’t take long.  The first step involves sauteing thinly sliced onion, garlic, and lots of fresh swiss chard.

Sauteed Swiss Chard >> Blogging Over Thyme

I ended up grabbing a few large bunches of rainbow chard from the farmer’s market on Saturday, which were very fresh and tender!   If you plan on making this recipe, definitely get about 1.5-2 times the amount of swiss chard that you think you will need…

Just after wilting the chard, you add a nice dose of heavy cream and allow it to reduce almost completely.  To add some brightness, I also added a touch of lemon zest as well!

Bon Appetit's Company Eggs >> Blogging Over Thyme

After spreading out the sauteed chard on the bottom of a baking dish (which doesn’t amount to a lot, but don’t fret, the eggs bulk it up)–you create little wells to which you add your eggs and a modest sprinkling of sharp cheddar cheese. I ended up cooking eight eggs (two per person) total.

This all pops into a 400 degree oven to bake for about 15-18 minutes until the whites are just set.  The yolks aren’t runny, like a normal fried egg, but are very soft and pillow-y.  We all really enjoyed it!  The cream definitely added a little something to the final dish–don’t skip it.

Mothers Day Brunch >> Blogging Over Thyme

On the side, I tossed together some fresh berries–which included the first batch of farmer’s market strawberries this season.  They were small, flavorful, and juicy.  We ate them all!

Scones, berries, eggs, lots of coffee refills, and ridiculous cat behavior made for a fun morning.

Farmer's Market Berries >> Blogging Over Thyme

Overall, it ended up being a really fun Mothers’ Day brunch!   And great way to treat my mom for all that she has done for us over the years.  After all, my sisters and I are quite the opinionated bunch and she puts up with quite a lot from us (right, mom?), so it is the least I can do.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

Company Eggs >> Blogging Over Thyme

19 Responses to “Mother’s Day Brunch”

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    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — May 13, 2013 @ 9:42 am

    Oh my, everything looks DELICIOUS. What a perfect Mama’s Day!

    • Laura replied: — May 14th, 2013 @ 6:48 am

      Thanks so much Stephanie!

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    Pippa@popovertopippas — May 13, 2013 @ 9:59 am

    I’m glad that the scones and eggs turned out well, I wish that I could have been there! That photo of Connor with Max (??) is so funny.

    • Laura replied: — May 14th, 2013 @ 6:48 am

      That’s Smokey! :)

      • Pippa@popovertopippas replied: — May 14th, 2013 @ 9:13 am

        It looked like Max for some reason (smaller than Smokey). Oh well, it’s difficult to tell them apart from the photos sometimes!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — May 13, 2013 @ 2:49 pm

    Aww, sounds like you treated your mom to a fabulous home-cooked Mother’s Day! Everything looks so delicious and your photos are truly beautiful. Thanks for sharing, Laura!

    • Laura replied: — May 14th, 2013 @ 6:49 am

      You’re so sweet. Thanks Georgia! I’m always worried about trying recipes for the first time with company, but everything turned out so well!

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    Sues — May 13, 2013 @ 8:23 pm

    Love love love the look of those scones!! And the eggs look glorious, too! What a fabulous brunch!

    • Laura replied: — May 14th, 2013 @ 6:50 am

      Thank YOU! The scones were amazing–I totally suggest taking some time some weekend to whip up a batch. Very unique and different!

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    Mr. & Mrs. P — May 14, 2013 @ 1:17 pm

    Lovely brunch.. Looks like you had a great time!

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    Marie-Louise Davidson — May 15, 2013 @ 6:37 pm

    Laura, again many thanks to you and Connor for an amazingly fun and super delicious Mother’s Day Brunch! What a creative and fun breakfast menu! Can’t wait to try something once I have a kitchen again! The scones and the eggs and the fruit were wonderful, and it would be difficult for me to choose one over the other as a favorite! The photos are so real that i can almost taste the food again! I am so lucky to have such a kind, talented, and generous daughter! Yum! Can we do this again next Sunday?
    PS I should have blow dried my hair that morning!

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    Julia — May 17, 2013 @ 7:42 pm

    Everything looks wonderful! The scones with fig jam look so scrumptious! What a lovely Mother’s Day brunch. I do the same thing at Trader Joe’s. You know, why do we think we need an excuse to buy (inexpensive) flowers? I say we should start going for it, we deserve them!!

    • Laura replied: — May 22nd, 2013 @ 10:31 pm

      Totally true, Julia! I’m glad I’m no the only one who ponders for minutes each time at TJ’s. It’s so silly–maybe I’ll start buying a bunch of flowers once a month :) Thanks so much for visiting!

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    Lisa @ Greek Vegetarian — May 20, 2013 @ 5:08 am

    Wonderful food and gorgeous photos. I see the beautiful cat appears to have missed out on a serve of this amazing meal!

    • Laura replied: — May 22nd, 2013 @ 10:28 pm

      Haha! Yes–no scones for Smokey. Thanks so much for visiting Lisa!

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    PapaLos - The Man, The Chef, The Dad — May 20, 2013 @ 11:43 pm

    Awww, sounds like it was quite the memorable Mother’s Day. That is great to hear. The eggs and scones sound absolutely amazing! It’s almost like you had the perfect brunch. It’s a good thing you didn’t ruin it by going out instead of staying in.

    • Laura replied: — May 22nd, 2013 @ 10:27 pm

      Thanks so much! I definitely recommend trying these dishes if you have a chance–they were both perfect for prepping ahead of time and serving to a larger (than usual) crowd.

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    Hadley Long — May 21, 2013 @ 2:38 pm

    Laura! Love keeping in touch with you, even if it is virtually, now and again. Your blog is still amazing! Looks like you had an amazing Mother’s Day.

    • Laura replied: — May 22nd, 2013 @ 10:32 pm

      Miss you Hadley! Hope everyone is going well for you–I’m going to send you an email SOON!

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