Had a blast on CTV Morning Live Ottawa this morning sharing two delicious and doable Easter Brunch recipes!! Click here to watch the live segment.

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Grilled Chocolate Sandwiches with Vanilla Orange Compound Butter and Gay Lea Whipped Cream

Yep, you read that right: Grilled chocolate sandwiches – Easter Bunch never tasted so good!

3 tbsp (45 mL) Gay Lea Spreadables (*or, softened Gay Lea butter)

1 tsp (5 mL) Canadian Maple Syrup

½ vanilla bean scraped (paste only) OR 1 tsp (5 mL) pure vanilla extract

1/2 tsp (2 mL) finely grated orange zest

4 slices of Ace Bakery Sliced Sesame Honey bread (*or sliced cinnamon raisin bread or sliced egg bread)

1 (100 g/3.5 oz) quality dark chcolate bar (at least 70%), broken in half

Gay Lea Regular or Coconut Whipped Cream – click here to learn more.

Garnish: fresh berries

Stir together butter, maple syrup, vanilla and orange zest.  Divide butter evenly between, and on both sides of bread (as you would if making a grilled cheese sandwich).  Pre-heat a non-stick pan or flat griddle to medium high.  Place two slices of bread on pre-heated griddle and divide chocolate evenly between bread.  Top with remaining piece of bread (to make a sandwich).  Grill for about 3 minutes, while gently pressing each sandwich down with spatula.  Flip sandwich over and grill for an additional 3 minutes (approx.) until bread is grilled and chocolate is soft.  Cut each sandwich in half and garnish with fresh berries and whipped cream.  Makes two sandwiches.

Peanut and Pulses Springtime Salad

No brunch is complete without a side of mixed greens. This salad is full of pantry-staple-good-for-you-ingredients including peanuts and peanut butter. Click here for the recipe.

Charmaine is the host of “In Char’s Kitchen” on YourTV Muskoka and regular guest on: Rogers Daytime OttawaCTV Morning Live OttawaCHCH Morning LiveBreakfast Television What She Said Radio sharing her love and enthusiasm for all things food, cooking and fitness.

Most importantly; Charmaine is the mother of two active boys; Tyler & Colgan.

Charmaine understands the importance of preparing healthy, wholesome dishes all while keeping budget and time in mind.

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