Create a beautiful brunch board for Easter filled with cinnamon roll bunnies and bacon flowers to elevate your holiday meal and presentation.
Easter brunch is the most important meal on Easter in our family. After the kids go through their Easter baskets, we all sit down to enjoy brunch together. Since I love making holiday snack boards, I decided to make a fun Easter-themed brunch board this year. The board contains all of our favorite brunch foods, like cinnamon rolls, eggs, and bacon. Plus, a few extra Easter treats like jelly beans and Cadbury Mini Eggs.
Use any leftover Cadbury Mini Eggs to make these yummy Cadbury Mini Egg cookies too!
What You Need to Make This Easter Brunch Board
- Bunny shaped cinnamon rolls
- Bacon rosettes
- Hard boiled eggs
- Cadbury Mini Eggs
- Jelly beans
How to Make a Cinnamon Roll Bunny
What is more appropriate for Easter brunch than cinnamon rolls shaped like bunnies? They are incredibly simple to make, but look so cute! To make these adorable bunnies, you need a can of large cinnamon rolls. I used Annie’s Organic Cinnamon Rolls. Pillsbury Grands Cinnamon Rolls also work very well. Just be sure that the cinnamon rolls are large! Last year I attempted to make these with regular-sized cinnamon rolls. They turned out more like mice than bunnies!
Open the can of cinnamon rolls and lay each roll on a baking sheet. The baking sheet should be greased or lined with parchment paper. Slowly unroll the outer layer of the cinnamon roll. Do not break the dough off! Simply unroll the outer layer and half of the second layer. Use this dough to form two bunny ears at the top of the roll. The ears need to be between 2 to 3 inches tall. They also should stick straight off the top. Once the ears are formed, press the end of the dough back into the cinnamon roll. All of the dough needs to be securely attached. Then follow the baking instructions on the cinnamon roll can.
After the cinnamon roll bunnies are finished, add a little bunny face! Use raisins for the eyes and a pink jelly bean for the nose. Then apply three thin lines of icing on either side of the nose for the bunny whiskers. Serve up your adorable cinnamon roll bunny on your brunch board.
How to Make Bacon Rosettes
Bacon is a brunch must, but why serve regular bacon strips when bacon rosettes are more fun! These little bacon flowers may look complicated, but they really aren’t! Start with raw bacon, whatever kind you prefer. Roll each bacon strip up to form a spiral. Pinch the bottom end of the spiral together. Secure the bottom with two toothpicks from either end. The toothpicks should form an X.
Place the bacon rose on a wire rack over a foil-lined tray. Then place the tray in the oven at 375. Bake the roses for 45 to 50 minutes, until the top edges are crispy. Then remove them from the oven. Transfer the bacon roses from the wire rack to a paper towel-lined plate. Let them cool for 15 minutes. Once the bacon is cool enough to touch, gently remove the toothpicks. Then add the adorable bacon roses to the brunch board.
Making Hard Boiled Eggs Look Pretty
For this brunch board, I used regular hard-boiled eggs. But rather than simply cutting them in half, I wanted to make them a little prettier. After cutting the eggs in half I scooped out the yolks and added them to a bowl. I seasoned the yolks with salt and pepper. Then I added a small scoop of yogurt to give them a creamier consistency. I stirred the mixture until it was a little creamy. Next, I added the yolks to a pastry bag and filled each egg half with the yolk mixture. To finish them off I sprinkled a little bit of dill over each egg. They are simple but look much cuter than just an egg cut in half.
Arranging the Board
The most fun part about creating a food board, aside from eating the yummy food, is the presentation. Arranging the food in a beautiful way elevates it. And a beautiful presentation doesn’t cost any money!
For this Easter brunch board, I started with the eggs. I used hard-boiled eggs, but you could also use deviled eggs. Arrange the eggs in a curving line that flows from one corner of the board to the next. Then fill in the board around the eggs. Bacon rosettes fill in the curves on the right side of the board. The upper right corner is filled with strawberries. The left side of the brunch board contains the cinnamon roll bunnies. Any remaining space on the board is packed with blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and Cadbury mini eggs. I alternated the berries by color to create more visual interest. The multicolored chocolate eggs also add a nice pop to the board. Fill in any remaining space with jelly beans! You could also substitute greenery, like rosemary sprigs or basil leaves, if you don’t like jelly beans.
This Easter brunch board is a fun and festive way to serve brunch. Enjoy it with your family to make the holiday a little extra special.