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What's on your breakfast table when family's in town or you're cozying up with friends on free-form snow days? For Brooklyn-based cookbook author Yossy Arefi, the homier the better, and that means skipping brunch out for the coziness of her own home. It’s warming dishes that can be whipped up quickly or made ahead—roasted pears that pack a punch of cardamom, easy-to-shape, cranberry-dotted scones—and served with just the basics: yogurt, honey, a little butter. Coffee must be present. A little table decoration like bittersweet branches and light linens goes a long way.
We recently tagged along with Yossy to one of our favorite places to buy seasonal produce—the Union Square Greenmarket in New York City—to see what she had up her sleeve for a simple holiday brunch. Take a peek above, get some hosting inspiration for your next gathering, and then grab the recipes below.
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, plus a bit more for sprinkling
- 1 tablespoon freshly grated orange zest
- Seeds of one vanilla bean or 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup spelt flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 ounces unsalted butter, cold and cut into cubes
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1/3 cup heavy cream
- 1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries
- A healthy dollop of yogurt (like vanilla or plain), for serving
- 1 pound small pears (about 6), seckle or fiorelle are perfect for this
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup pear or apple cider
- 1 to 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
- Seeds from one vanilla bean or 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
- 1 pinch salt
When it comes to their traditional Icelandic yogurt, siggi's keeps things simple—just like Yossy does when she's hosting a cozy holiday brunch. See all their flavors, ranging from plain (no added sugar) to several naturally-sweetened fruit varieties, here.