Allow dad to sleep in on Father’s Day and present hime with a Father’s Day Brunch. Most men enjoy a hearty brunch so start your Father's Day off with a meal the kids can help with. Fruit fizzies, Toad in the Hole, and frozen melon pops are easy and kid friendly to prepare.
Fruit fizzies are fun and frothy. Fill a glass with ice, then half full with lemon lime soda, plain carbonated soda, or sparkling mineral water. Top it off with your favorite fruit juice. Garnish with an orange slice.
The frozen melon pops should be prepared the night before so they have time to freeze. Cut watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew melons in bite size pieces. For faster preparation, buy prepared melon chunks from the grocer's produce case. Dip in a mixture of half lime juice and half water for flavor and to prevent discoloration. Thread the melon chunks onto a wooden skewer and freeze overnight. Serve, for father’s day brunch, as they are or with a dip of yogurt sweetened with honey.
Toad in the Hole is a fun dish for kids to make for the father’s day brunch. It doesn't take a lot of expertise to assemble and is pretty hard to wreck. Spray an oversized muffin pan with cooking spray. This is important. Cooked egg can be very difficult to remove from a baking dish. The cooking spray makes it much easier. If you don't have the large size muffin pan, use an oven proof 8 oz glass dish. You will need a slice of bread, cooked bacon, pat of butter, and an egg for each serving. The toad is the egg and the hole is the slice of bread.
Put 1/2 a pat of butter in the bottom of each muffin tin. Gently place a slice of bread in the tin pushing it down to form a hollow. Break an egg into a measuring cup and then slide the egg from the cup into the bread hollow. Breaking the egg into the cup allows you to remove any pieces of shell. Salt and pepper to taste. Place the other half of the pat of butter on top of the egg. Crumble one slice of bacon over the top of the egg.
If your Dad really loves bacon, before you add the egg to the bread hollow, crumble a slice of bacon directly over the bread in the muffin tin, add the egg and then crumble a second piece of bacon on top. Bake in a pre heated 350 degree oven for about 8 minutes. Check the egg to see if it's done by jiggling it. If it's wobbly it probably needs another minute or two of baking.
Remove the Toad in the Hole with two spoons. If Dad has a big appetite add some toaster hash browns to the plate. Start your Father's Day brunch off with a hearty Toad in the Hole.
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