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12 Leisurely Sunday Brunch Recipes

Skip the lines and make brunch at home -- these recipes are all easy like Sunday morning.
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Skip the lines and make brunch at home -- these recipes are all easy like Sunday morning.

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These comforting breakfast treats are like a cross between scones and oatmeal cookies: buttery and tender on the inside, crisp and craggy on the outside, and chockfull of oats, pecans and currants. The recipe is the first I tried from Joanne Chang's wonderful cookbook, Flour: Spectacular Recipes from Boston's Bakery & Cafe, and it was love at first bite. GET THE RECIPE

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Frittatas are often dry and tough but this one is delicate and creamy, almost like a crustless quiche. GET THE RECIPE

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This dish looks fancy but it's incredibly easy to make. Simply wrap big, thick asparagus spears with pancetta and sauté them until nice and crisp. GET THE RECIPE

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Bursting with fresh blueberries with a tender, cakey crumb and sparkling sugar crust, these really are the best blueberry muffins. GET THE RECIPE

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In this refreshing fall fruit salad, oranges, grapefruits and pomegranate arils are soaked in their own juices. The fruit soaks up the sweet syrup -- and the syrup is so good you'll want to drink it straight from the bowl. GET THE RECIPE

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Part booze, part French toast, part bread pudding -- how can you go wrong? GET THE RECIPE

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Here, I've taken one of my favorite banana bread recipes and subtly infused it with warm chai spices like cardamom, cinnamon, ginger and allspice. It's wonderfully moist and aromatic -- a sophisticated twist on basic banana bread. GET THE RECIPE

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This elegant brunch strata -- really a savory bread pudding with spinach, cheese and cubes of bread baked in custard -- is perfect for entertaining because you can prepare it the day before. The next morning you simply turn the oven on, place the strata in, and effortlessly wait for brunch to emerge. GET THE RECIPE

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Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread is perfect for your morning chocolate fix. It has a deep chocolate flavor yet it's not so sweet that it tastes like dessert. It's also loaded with zucchini, so there's some virtue in it. GET THE RECIPE

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Fluffy on the inside, crispy on the outside -- these are phenomenal banana pancakes. The recipe, believe it or not, is adapted from a children's cookbook, which only proves how easy they are to make. Top them with a drizzle of maple syrup, fresh sliced bananas and a dusting of confectioners' sugar. GET THE RECIPE

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Studded with juicy red grapes with hints of vanilla and citrus, this is a simple and lovely Italian-style cake -- perfect for breakfast, brunch or tea. It's called a "harvest cake" because it's traditionally made during the grape harvest season to use up the small grapes not going for pressing. GET THE RECIPE

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Last, but obviously not least, the brunch cocktail. Grand mimosas are festive drinks made with orange juice, Champagne and orange liqueur. Cheers! GET THE RECIPE