The Menu:
Orange Baskets With Fruit
Colored Eggs In The Shell
Sliced White Bread
Rolled Ham, Swiss Cheese, and Thuringer Sausage
Marble Pound Cake
Your Choice Of Tea, Coffee, Or Hot Chocolate
After the traditional Easter morning egg hunt, a buffet-style brunch is a pleasant way to serve family and guests. The meal suits a range of ages and a flexible number of diners, and since only the beverages are hot it can be set up well ahead of time.
Table decorations are built right into the menu —dyed Easter eggs in a basket, pound cake baked in a fancy mold, and colorful orange-shell fruit baskets. Bake the cake a day in advance; or bake it and freeze it a week or more ahead. You can also make the orange baskets a day ahead, then mix in the other fruits just before serving.
Easter morning, arrange sliced boiled ham, cheese, and sausage on a large board. Set out the bread and cake and fill the orange baskets. Arrange all on a buffet, and time the beverages to be hot when everyone is ready to eat.

Easter Brunch

Orange Baskets With Fruit

Cut 4 medium-sized oranges in half, in a zigzag fashion; remove the fruit with a grapefruit knife and cut it into sections, discarding the white membrane. Mix the orange segments, 1 cup hulled strawberries, and 2 sliced bananas and pile all of this into the orange shells. Cover the orange shells and chill.


A fancy bunt (fluted tube) pan will make an especially festive-looking cake, but you can use an ordinary 10-inch tube pan. Dust the cake with powdered sugar, if you wish.


2 ounces unsweetened chocolate

1/3 cup hot water

1/4 teaspoon soda

6 eggs, separated

1 cup (1/2 Ib.) butter or margarine

2 cups sugar

2 teaspoons grated orange peel

3 3/4 cups regular all-purpose flour

3 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup milk

Melt the chocolate in the top of a double boiler over simmering water; stir in the water and the soda, then cool. Beat the egg whites until they hold firm but have moist peaks and set aside. Cream the butter with the sugar thoroughly. Beat in the egg yolks and the orange peel

Sift the flour, measure, and then sift with the baking powder and the salt. Alternately add the flour and the milk to the creamed mixture, mixing until blended after each addition. Next, add the whites to the creamed mixture. Stir 2 cups of the batter into the chocolate mixture. In a greased and flour-dusted tube pan, alternate the dark and light batters.

Bake in a 325 degree oven for about 1 hour 10 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the cake comes out clean.  Cool 15 minutes, remove the cake from the pan and cool thoroughly.


You can add other foods to this menu. Just keep it simple and serve foods that are quick and easy to make so that you can relax and enjoy the brunch with your family.