10 Brilliant Brunch Ideas for New Year’s Day

Jill Holtz

December 28, 2020

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New Year’s Day is often a lazy day at our house. The late night before usually leads to breakfast time becoming brunch. If you’re like us, here are 10 brilliant brunch ideas to choose from.

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Indulge in gorgeous granola, cheesy nachos and veggie paella to make New Year’s brunch special, without spending all day in the kitchen. These recipes can be prepared in advance, so the chilled and relaxed atmosphere can continue.

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10 Brilliant Brunch Ideas for New Year’s Day

#1. Gorgeous Granola

Vegan Granola

Image: Jamie Oliver

We love this gorgeous granola! It’s nutritious, tasty and really easy to make. Prepare it the night before and keep it in an airtight container in the fridge. The recipe is vegan-friendly, but it can be tailored to suit your family’s dietary preferences. Sprinkle the granola on yoghurt or porridge to start the New Year with some healthy sweetness.

#2. Perfect Pancakes


Who doesn’t love pancakes? They are a huge hit in my household and are great for filling hungry or peckish appetites. Pancakes are one of my best brunch ideas because the batter can be made in advance and everyone can be catered for with different toppings. Here are 4 of the best pancake recipes to make New Year’s brunch a breeze.

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#3. Fantastic French Toast

This drool-worthy french toast recipe from Tablespoon will go down a treat and it only takes 10 minutes to prep. Get it ready the night before and leave it to sit overnight to soak up all the favour. Bake it in a hot oven the next morning for 35 minutes and enjoy!

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#4.  A Quick Quiche

Brunch Ideas

This quick quiche is a firm family favourite! Taking a total of 30 minutes to bake, you can make the pastry in advance. Add the toppings the following morning while the oven is pre-heating and then pop it in.

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#5. Breakfast Potato Cakes

Potato Cakes

These spectacular breakfast potato cakes are an indulgent brunch option. Topped with smoked salmon and a poached egg, it’s delicious comfort food that will keep tummies full until dinner time.

Created by Seasonal Spuds, prep takes 30 minutes the night before and a swift 20 minutes make, plate and serve.

#6. Cheesy Nachos

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Nachos are a brilliant brunch choice as everyone can dig in and take as much as their appetite desires. Add sides such as homemade salsa, guacamole and sour cream to really bring a burst of favour to your feast.

#7. Veggie Paella

This veggie paella is packed full of fibre and vitamins to start your New Year on a healthy note. Reduce preparation time by chopping the vegetables the night before. The paella can be stored in the fridge for three days, so you could make the entire dish the day before.

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#8. Sensational Scones

Award Winning Scones

As temperatures drop, this winter warmer definitely has a spot at the table. Make the scones in advance and heat it up for the brunch, so the butter melts into the middle when spread. Serve the scones with cream, fruit or jam.

#9. Buckwheat Crêpe Madames

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Pull out all the stops with these buckwheat crêpes, without spending hours in the kitchen. They look impressive and yet, they are simple to create. Prep takes 20 minutes and cooking time is half an hour.

#10. Apple, Cranberry and Walnut Bread

apple cranberry and walnut bread

Bake this delicious Apple, Cranberry and Walnut Bread first thing in the morning and eat it warm for brunch. If you don’t have the time, prepare it days ahead of New Year and freeze it. The night before the brunch, defrost it and warm it up before plating. You could add some butter or freshly whipped cream to make it very decadent!

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Have your say! Do you have any favourite brunch ideas you would like to share?  Leave a comment below and let us know – we’d love to hear from you!

Brunch Ideas

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