Thursday, 9 April 2009

Gale Gand's BRUNCH!

"Every weekend is worth celebrating when you can relax over a good brunch."

So begins Gale Gand's newest cookbook to hit the shelves, Gale Gand's BRUNCH!
Gale is a James Beard Award-winning pastry chef and executive pastry chef and co-owner of the world-renowned Chicago restaurant Tru. This is Gale's seventh cookbook, and I was fortunate enough to be asked to read it and whip up a dish from it. Can do!

It was so hard to choose just one, as the book is divided into several delicious sections: Drinks, Brunch Basics, More Eggs, Pancakes, Waffles, French Toast and other Sweets, the Bakery, Brunch Bites, More Savories & Some Sides, Salads & Soups, Fruits and Condiments. As well as tips on Menus and Equipment and Ingredients.
Gale champions brunch as the perfect time to entertain, as the foods straddle sweet and savoury, and the mood is relaxed. She takes some old classics and gives them a fun new twist, leaving you to plan out just who you are going to have over and when.

I chose to make the Cucurumao, pronounced: goo-ga-de-mow. A dish handed down from Gale's Sicilian grandfather-in-law. I have always wanted to make an Italian baked eggs dish and this one looked so very tasty, with homemade bread of course!
As promised, the dish came together easily and was absolutely delicious. I can't wait to try some of the other dishes. Hmm, maybe the Iced Coffee with Cinnamon-Coffee Ice Cubes, Baked Eggs in Ham Cups, and Almond Ciabatta French Toast? What about the Ginger Scones with Peaches and Cream, Moist Orange-Date Muffins, Glazed Crullers, and Quick Pear Streusel Coffee Cake?

In the Brunch Basics section, Gale delivers a mini-course in perfect egg making with Omelet 101, Strata 101, Frittata 101 and Crepes 101, each time emphasising that it will take more time to read the recipe than to put the dish together.
In this 208 page book, there are 100 delicious brunch recipes and 60 colour photographs to inspire you for your next brunch party. There is something here for every type of brunch, kids fare, romantic rendezvous, friends and family and more!
This is a fun book that you will be going back to again and again, I am very happy with it. It would also make a good hostess gift. But not for me, I already have it. You could bring me something else...

Cucurumao, from Gale Gand's BRUNCH!