Brunching with Bagels

Words and photographs by Joy Jaynes - Recipe development and styling by Rebecca Gallop
This story appeared in our Summer 2015 Issue.
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We wait all winter long for the promise of summer. As spring slips by in the blink of an eye, summer arrives in all its abundant glory, along with sultry nights, backyard barbecues, sunny vacations and, best of all, leisurely late-morning brunches.

The best part of hosting a summer brunch is celebrating what the season provides, from bright berries, fresh tomatoes and crisp beans to spicy peppers, sweet cherries and a vast array of nutrient-rich greens.


So hit the farmers market, set the table on the porch and gather your friends for a scrumptious Sunday brunch brimming with seasonal flavors. Today, we are brunching with bagels.

[box]Here are a few tips and tricks to help your brunch go off without a hitch: • Prep the dough the day before, so you can just shape/boil/ bake the bagels in the morning. Waking up two hours early on a Sunday morning to wait for dough to rise is nobody’s idea of fun. • Buy a few blooms from the market and throw them into small bottles. Simplest and prettiest centerpiece DONE in two minutes. • Err on the side of simple: neutral table settings, a small centerpiece, nothing too complicated, and the food will just speak for itself. • Base your menu on what’s available that week at the farmers market. This menu focuses on three simple bagel sandwiches with various toppings, but guests can make them however they wish and mix and match toppings. • Make the hot pepper jelly ahead of time. When you do make it, you’ll have a few jars on hand to use throughout the year or give as gifts.[/box]
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Brunching with Bagels Menu

Everything Bagel with Fava Bean Hummus Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta Topping, Sprouts and Feta Cheese Honey Oat Bagel with Whipped Cream Cheese with Berries Sesame Bagel with Fried Egg, Aged White Cheddar Cheese and Hot Pepper Jam Raspberry Basil Arnold Palmer

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Recipes for the toppings of the Everything bagel below:


Fava Bean Hummus Recipe

 Recipe for Honey Oat Bagel toppings below:



Brunching with Bagels was developed and produced by Joy Jaynes and Rebecca Gallop.

Joy Jaynes is a a photographer based in Old Town Alexandria. She is also a freelance content creator and creative strategist, and blogs at

Rebecca Gallop is a Northern VA-based prop stylist, event designer, and blogger (, and the founder of A Daily Gathering (, an ongoing series of seasonal dinners, workshops, and gatherings with the purpose of sharing food and conversation, and learning new skills.
Special thanks to West Elm for tableware and accessories.