When I moved to Brooklyn, a few of my friends speculated that they would never see me again – that I would hole up and become a complete recluse. While that’s been true some of the time (after a big trip or night out I almost always take the next day to myself to read/watch movies/etc), the opposite has actually happened. Now that I finally have a proper space to entertain, I am always hostessing and my apartment has sort of become the place everyone comes to hang out, which I really love.
Last Sunday, before leaving for Palm Springs, I hosted seven of my friends (+ one really cute baby) for brunch. I had been sent some amazing white wines from the Spanish wine region of Rueda so decided to use that as the perfect opportunity to break out a few of my family recipes, put on a good playlist, and play hostess! Rueda Verdejo wines are perfect whites wine for summer… they’re light, refreshing, and versatile which means they pair pretty perfectly with just about everything. Verdejo is a type of grape and out of the two I tried, my personal favorite is the Protos Verdejo which is bright and citrusy (similar to a Sauvignon Blanc or Sancerre). (And at $13.99 a bottle it’s a great value.)
- My mom’s overnight French Toast (the best because you can make it the night before and just pop it in the oven when company arrives) – recipe at the bottom of the post.
- My grandmother’s cinnamon coffee cake – recipe at the bottom of the post
- Fresh berries + Greek yogurt
- Donuts from Pies & Thighs.
- Rueda Verdejo Wines (Specifically, I served Protos Verdejo 2016 and Bodegas Mocen Verdejo Seleccion Especial 2015)
When visiting the local wine store, look for the Rueda logo (or just order directly from wine.com). If you go the wine.com route, you can save 10% by entering code RUEDA at checkout.
My Grandmother’s Cinnamon Coffee Cake
- 1/4 cup butter or margarine
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 beaten eggs
- 2 cups sifted flower
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/4 tablespoon salt
- 1 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 cup milk
- 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tsp. melted butter
- Grease a 9×9 baking pan.
- Cream butter/margarine with sugar.
- Add 2 beaten eggs.
- In a separate bowl, combine sifted flour, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon.
- Alternately add mixture to batter with 1 cup of milk.
- Pour into pan.
- Mix topping ingredients and sprinkle on top.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, until the cake pulls away from the sides of the pan.
My Mom’s Overnight French Toast
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1/2 cup butter or margarine
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 loaf French bread
- 8 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- In a small saucepan, combine maple syrup, butter, and brown sugar. Heat on low and stir until sugar dissolves. Pour mixture over the bottom of a 8″ x 13″ baking pan.
- In a bowl beat together eggs, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon.
- Slice bread into 17-20 slices and dip them into the egg mixture until they are well coated.
- Place bread vertically (like you would with garlic bread) over the sugar mixture in the pan.
- Pour remaining egg mixture over the top of the bread, cover, and refrigerate overnight.
- The next day, bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
Created in partnership with Rueda Wines.