Make your bank holiday feast a more relaxed affair with a beautiful brunch, from polenta French toast and hearty shakshuka, to tear-and-share hot cross buns

It may be traditional to spend hours slaving over a roast joint of lamb and all the trimmings, not to mention decorating eggs and organising a complicated scavenger hunt. But we reckon the Easter bank holiday weekend should be a long, lazy affair – and nothing goes better with that than brunch

 

From classic eggy dishes and waffles to simple sides that everyone can dive into, brunch is possibly the most sociable meal of them all. Here’s how to create an Easter brunch worth lingering over.

 

Start in style

Who says brunch shouldn’t have starters? Not us. This tomato bruschetta is the perfect bite to keep everyone ticking over until the main event. Like a sun-soaked Mediterranean vineyard – on toast. Get the recipe for fresh tomato bruschetta.

 

Make your own

Rather than spending the day mixing drinks for everyone, set up a bar with all the fixings needed for some classic brunch cocktails. Lay out the ingredients for a Bloody Mary so people can make their own. Or try mimosas – you’ll just need prosecco, fruit juice or syrups and some fresh, juicy berries. Get the recipe for the ultimate Bloody Mary

 

Sharing dishes

Sharing is caring. It’s also much easier and means less time slaving in the kitchen creating individual dishes for everyone. Shakshuka North African baked eggs are served in one dish so everyone can dig in with fresh crusty bread to mop up the sauce. Try this green shakshuka for a twist on a classic, or a meaty version with aubergine and beef. Get the recipe for green shakshuka.

 

Sweet somethings

If you’re looking to impress, polenta ‘French toast’ with spiced apples should do the trick. They take just 20 minutes to make but can be prepped the night before, in case you'd like to take advantage of the snooze button. Get the recipe for polenta French toast.

 

Bits on the side

Lay out a few crowd-pleasing side dishes, such as these smoky bacon beans. Hearty salads, like this spiced squash and mixed grain bowl or chunky guacamole will complement your brunch dishes, too. Get the recipe for smoky bacon beans on toast

 

Don’t forget the hot cross buns...

Pile toasted, buttered buns on the table for everyone to munch. Make a gluten-free version or this scrummy tear-and-share masterpiece. Get the recipe for tear-and-share hot cross buns.

 

And to finish...

Chocolate egg bread
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A slice of festive chocolate egg bread is the perfect finish, especially when it's dotted with edible party sprinkles and mini Easter eggs. Get the recipe for chocolate egg bread.