Cute animals, fun colors, scavenger hunts and breakfast-focused food? No wonder kids who celebrate Easter love it so much. Amp up the delight factor for them this year by picking brunch items they can help make (Enchanted Pancakes), watch puff up in the oven (Dutch babies) or tailor to their own specifications (rainbow smoothies!)
Try to remember to have a combination of sweet, savory, and fruit-forward. You might even want to put healthy items like smoothies out first, so kids are sure to get some fresh foods into their bellies while they’re hungry. Here are a few recipes that the kids will love:
If unicorns, butterflies and tropical blossoms sound like welcome guests for your Easter brunch, then we’ve got you covered. Kids will love making the pancakes themselves with our easy-to-use pancake molds. (Shaped pancakes are a favorite in the Williams Sonoma kid kitchen, so we have a variety of molds from which to choose!) To make the pancake-making process super easy, young cooks will appreciate a pancake pen to ensure the batter reaches all corners of the mold and a simple step-by-step tutorial.
Take the egg-in-a-hole breakfast classic up a notch by inserting maple-glazed bacon into the mix. This recipe was developed with kids in mind (one of the recipes from our popular Junior Chef cookbook) and strikes the perfect balance of savory and sweet for Easter morning.
For kids, watching a Dutch Baby puff inside the oven (from a safe distance away, of course) is like watching the very best short film. Not to mention the fact that it’s a brief moment of peace for mom and dad! This one, brimming with fresh berries, is as delicious as it is pretty. Pro tip: Rush it to the table while it’s still hot, then dollop it with toppings. It starts deflating quickly!
Açai berries are delicious and deceptively nutritious. The puréed berries make a vibrant, raspberry-hued base for your favorite collection of fresh fruits, nuts and other flavorful toppings. Let kids come up with their own favorite combinations or try our açai bowl with berries and coconut. Look for frozen packets of puréed açai in the freezer section of your grocery store.
Got the sort of kids who just want their own tiny adorable treat to eat? We’ve all been there, and these popovers are here to help. Tiny hands can be involved in making them, and their single-serving size will help prevent tot turf battles. Eating these, after releasing a puff of steam, slathered in jam or butter, is pure pleasure.
Sometimes, the trick to getting a kid to try something is all in its name. “Rainbow fruit bowls” will get them salivating much faster than ho-hum “fruit salad,” especially with that pesky “salad” word in there. Set these out before the pancakes and sweets, using whatever fruit you have on hand, and watch the little bowls empty under tiny fingers.
Maybe it’s because they feel kinship with their size, but kids sure are partial to tiny things. If your kid likes savory food, she’ll love little bacon-and-egg bread cups made in a muffin tin. They look adorable and taste great. It’s a win-win.
If you label something “rainbow,” children are likely to love it. (Hello, rainbow bagels!) Buy a few containers of vanilla or plain yogurt, plus a ton of fresh or frozen fruit in every color of the rainbow. Think: Raspberries, strawberries, cherries, bananas, pineapple, kiwis, limes, blueberries, and any local fruits in season. Then, ask kids what color smoothie they want. You can make pineapple ones for yellow, kiwi-lime for green, and simple blueberry smoothies for blue or purple. It’s a pretty adorable way to sneak kids their vitamins too.
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