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A perfect summer brunch menu

Make the most of the warm weather and invite your family and friends over for a summer brunch — your guests will appreciate a delicious, home-cooked meal to enjoy outdoors. All of these recipes can be made in advance, giving you time to savour the simple decadence of this most lovely of in-between meals.

Donna Griffith

Donna Griffith

Main

Classic tomato-chèvre tart

Egg dishes are always fantastic for midday meals. Aim to construct this tart with garden fresh chives, plum tomatoes and gooey goat-cheese; it exudes brunch perfection. For guests wanting a more protein-packed alternative, another option is the ham and cheese frittata.

 loaf recipes: Anna Olson's morning glory yogurt loaf

Starter

Anna Olson’s morning glory yogurt loaf

This breakfast loaf takes advantage of late summer peaches and fragrant coconut; it’s a casual alternative to pancakes or waffles.

salad recipes: Maple-balsamic arugula salad

Side

Maple-balsamic arugula salad

This uncomplicated summer salad gets lively with a maple-infused vinaigrette and toasted almonds. Serve with fruity, creamy crostini, which are complemented by ripe, seasonal plums.

dessert recipes: Fresh fruit salad with lime-ginger drizzle

Dessert

Fresh fruit salad with lime-ginger drizzle

You’ll love this healthier dessert idea with minty lime syrup drizzled over fresh-cut fruit.

Cocktail

Apricot sangria

A light, refreshing cocktail is de rigeur these days. Celebrate summer by adding sweet apricots to this white wine sangria.