As book-themed parties go, this one was as fancy, fun, and feminine as you can imagine. We were thrilled to create a beautiful French brunch party centered around the Lola Dutch book character. And we put together the ideas, recipes, and resources you need to create your own party!
Quiche Lorraine (Ham & Cheese Quiche)
8 oz. ham, cut in small cubes
4 oz. Swiss cheese, grated
3 green onions, sliced (optional - I usually leave them out if serving children)
2 c. milk
1 c. Bisquick
1/2 t. salt
1/8 t. pepper
Grease muffin tin with nonstick spray. Preheat oven to 400. Divide ham among 12 muffin cups. Layer swiss cheese on top. Add sprinkle of green onions, if desired.
Add eggs, milk, Bisquick, salt, and pepper to blender jar. Blend until smooth.
Pour egg batter evenly into each of 12 muffin cups. Bake at 400 for 12-16 minutes, until center is set and top is lightly brown.
Serve immediately. To prepare in advance, cool completely, then freeze in airtight container. Thaw in refrigerator overnight, then microwave to reheat.
Crepes au Citron Sucre (Lemon-Sugar Crepes)
3 c. milk
1 t. lemon extract
1/4 c. sugar
1/4 t. salt
2 1/2 c. flour
1/4 c. butter, melted and slightly cooled
Topping: lemon juice and granulated sugar
Layer all ingredients except butter in a high-speed blender, with liquids at the bottom. Blend until very smooth. For best results, allow to stand 30 minutes. Add melted butter and pulse to combine.
Heat a small skillet over medium heat. Coat very lightly with butter. Add scant 1/4 c. batter to skillet and swirl to coat the bottom of the pan. Cook until top of crepe is nearly dry. Flip and cook a few more seconds, until a few brown spots appear. Lay on a plate. Repeat with remaining batter.
After all crepes are cooked, lay crepes on a clean surface. Drizzle with lemon juice (fresh or bottled), then sprinkle granulated sugar on top. Roll each crepe individually and serve. We stacked the rolled crepes and topped it with this beautiful felt flower cake topper.
Fleurs des Concombres (Cucumber Flowers)
2 English cucumbers
1/2 c. whipped cream cheese
1/2 packet Hidden Valley Ranch dip
Cut cucumbers in 1/4-inch thick slices. Using a small flower-shaped cookie cutter, cut each slice into a flower shape. Pat cucumbers slices dry with a paper towel. Stir together whipped cream cheese with ranch dip. Spoon cream cheese into piping bag fitted with large star tip. Gently squeeze a rosette onto each cucumber slice. For best results, serve within a few hours.
Fromage de Brie (Brie Cheese)
Grapes, pears, or apples
Arrange brie on platter with fruit and slices of baguette. Allow brie to rest at room temperature for 30 minutes for best flavor and texture. Be sure to let the young guests try a bit of the pungent cheese! But to be nice, let them cut off the white rind first. (See photo above for a good laugh.)
Brochette des Fruits (Fruit Skewers)
Rainbow variety of fruit
Cut fruit into large chunks of approximately equal size. Thread fruit onto skewer in rainbow order. We used strawberries, cantaloupe, and pineapple, but any variety of fruit will work!
Yaourt à la Framboise (Raspberry Yogurt)
2 c. Greek yogurt
1/4 c. raspberry preserves or jam
Stir together yogurt and jam. This high-protein side is a great way to balance this heavy-carb brunch. We served it on the side of the fruit skewers as a dip. You could also serve it in small bowls with berries or granola on top.
Macarons & Gateau d'Anniversaire (Meringue Cookies & Birthday Cake)
We left these delicate and time-consuming recipes to bakery professionals! Amelia at Dolcetti Gelato prepared the pink and white macarons, which were chewy and full of real vanilla flavor. Valerie at Baking Memories designed and crafted a one-of-a-kind Lola Dutch cake for the affair. BUT! If you want to create a birthday cake at home, you can easily print the Lola Dutch characters from the illustrator's website. Cut them out, tape them to skewers, and insert into the cake for a simple and darling topper!