44 Fall Brunch and Breakfast Recipes
September 21, 2021
Hear me out: fall is the perfect season for brunch. The cozy flavors like cinnamon, apples, and pumpkins, the muted jewel tones and warm neutrals, the background atmosphere of cool, misty mornings and falling leaves. It’s just so picturesque for sipping a cup of coffee. That’s why I have gathered the ultimate list of fall brunch and breakfast recipes. Let’s get cooking!
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I’m breaking this down by type of dish, so you don’t get too overwhelmed with this incredible list of delicious creations. When planning your own fall brunch menu, pick one or two from each category, leave some out completely. It’s all flexible, and totally up to you.
Let’s start with drinks. Is it really brunch if you don’t have a cocktail? Well, yeah, sure. Brunch is whatever you want it to be. But I want bottomless booze at mine. Prepare these drinks to complement each course of your menu, or choose one to tie together the whole meal.
For those non-drinkers you may be inviting to brunch, it’s always nice to have a choice of a drink that feels just as fancy but without the alcohol. Fall spices have strong and fragrant flavors, which allow your zero-proof options to be just as tasty as those from the cocktail category.
Coffee & Tea
Those cool fall days are the perfect excuse to curl up with a cup of coffee, but for brunch, take it to the next level. The rich flavors of fall complement bitter coffee by introducing an extra layer of warmth. There’s even one option here with alcohol, so you know it’s super cozy.
I love a multi-course brunch, and that means beginning with appetizers. Whether you decide to have these plated, on a buffet bar, or passed around like hors d’oeuvres, brunch apps can really up your game from a casual get-together to a fancy feast.
It’s hard to determine what makes a salad acceptable for brunch, but one of the best ways to be sure it works is including fruit. Luckily, fall fruits lend themselves to working well with dark, flavorful greens, fun tangy cheeses, and tasty dressings.
There’s nothing better than pulling a warm slice of bread or a muffin out from its cozy home, all wrapped up in a tea towel in a basket. Serve one specialty bread or provide a variety for your guests to choose their favorite. And don’t forget to serve these with butter, honey, and jam.
What’s on the menu for fall? Brunch. Pick and choose from 44 sweet, savory, and side dishes as well as drinks to build your dream autumn brunch menu!
Carb-heavy brunch is my style for sure, so you know that I am headed straight to the griddle when it comes to thinking about favorite dishes. French toast, pancakes, and waffles are breakfast staples, but adding a little fall twist makes them excellent for your seasonal brunch as well.
Fall is fruit bake season. Apples, pears, and pumpkins are just so happy to be paired with a biscuit or crumble topping, a flaky pie crust, or some sweet oats for a fun, fall dish. Make these extra fancy by adding a scoop of vanilla or caramel ice cream, or just a dollop of whipped cream.
Bake up one of these dishes to serve the whole group at once, and fill their bellies with sweet, sugary fall goodness. I love the flexibility of these group dishes, which allow you to serve them plated or family-style, and create space in your cooking schedule to focus on other intricate courses.
It’s so easy to let brunch get overwhelmed with sweet fruits and sugary treats, especially in the fall. Don’t forget about the vegetables like celeriac and sweet potatoes, as well as the savory presentations of winter squash to balance the palate.
Tie together the whole meal with a few small-bite side dishes. You can add these to fill out a plate or provide more variety to a brunch buffet. There are no rules about the flavors of sides, but keep the sizes small so guests can grab one or two pieces to complement the rest of their meal.
Are you planning the menus for your next few fall weekends? I know I am, with so many of these delicious-looking fall brunch dishes. The combinations are endless, but I know that we are all going to have some incredible starts to our Saturdays and Sundays this season.