Friday, November 20, 2015

Homemade Hostess Breakfast Basket

Flowers, a bottle of wine or champagne are always a welcomed gift to every hostess.  While contributing to the main course is  always appreciated, thinking a bit longer term never hurts either.  All meals are a labor of love, but meals around the holidays; Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years are on a level all their own.

The host and hostess spend days, weeks and even months planning and preparing for the big day.  So the thought of what will be for breakfast the day after the big event probably never crosses their mind.  So a basket packed with goodies for breakfast the next morning is a thoughtful, sweet and personalized "thank you" to the person who has put so much work into the event.

This basket will give them something to look forward to once the last piece of pie is eaten, the dishes are put back in their home and the house is back to normalcy.

And, who doesn't like a basket packed full of breakfast goodies?

I packed this one with homemade orange cranberry bread, creamy whipped orange butter and freshly ground coffee from one of my favorite local coffee companies; Mylo Coffe Co.  What else?  A hand written thank you note, a few kitchen tools and a kitchen towel.
Honestly the options are endless for a personalized hostess basket; movies, popcorn and candy, gourmet s'mores kit, candles and bath salts, cookies and coffee.  Truly the list goes on and on.

So the next even you go to, get creative and whip up a personalized gift basket for the hostess to show just how much you care!

What you need:
Basket or bucket
Kitchen towel
Kitchen tool
Thank you note
Freshly ground coffee

For the bread-
Favorite loaf of quick bread
Plastic wrap
Freezer paper
Kitchen twine or ribbon

For the butter-
4 Tbsp salted butter (or unsalted butter along with a pinch of salt)
Zest of half an orange
2 Tsp freshly squeezed orange juice
3 Tbsp powdered sugar

To assemble-

Wrap bread in plastic wrap, then wrap in freezer paper, making sure seems are on the back side of the loaf.  Tape the paper on the back.  Wrap twine or ribbon around the loaf.

For the butter-
Place butter in a medium bowl and whip on high until smooth.  Add the orange zest, juice and powdered sugar and whip on low until just incorporated, increase mixing speed to high for 30 seconds.  Transfer to a jar and seal tightly.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.

For the basket-
Place tissue paper in the bottom of the basket.  Place bread, coffee and butter in the basket.  Tuck in the spoon, thank you note and towel and head to your hostess' house.

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