Long weekends galore means more time to laze around, read the papers and kick back with a proper breakfast. You could go out of course (try one of these cafés for a good brunch alfresco), but if you’re staying in, swap the fry-up for one of our favourite brunch recipes.
Homemade baked beans
Try this extra special beans on toast recipe. In just 20 minutes, whip up your own beans; with more flavour and less sugar than the well-known tinned variety.
So simple to make, shakshuka is a Middle-Eastern dish of spiced tomatoes and red peppers with eggs cracked in and cooked all in one pan. Make it extra special with a final hit of Rooted Spices‘ single-origin Kashmiri chilli, Pul Biber or Za’atar Blend or swap the hen eggs for rich duck eggs.
Asparagus, dukkah & eggs
With English asparagus just in, now is the time to celebrate its short season. Pair it with eggs and dukkah in this deliciously seasonal brunch recipe. Dukkah is a savoury blend of toasted hazelnuts, sesame seeds, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, salt and pepper. You can find out how to make dukkah from scratch here or try Olives Et Al’s incredible Egyptian blend. Alternatively, make this Jersey Royal, asparagus and wild garlic frittata for a seasonal triple whammy.
Cauliflower cheese fritters
Georgina Hayden’s deliciously moreish, oozy cauliflower cheese fritters are so simple to mix up and dollop in a frying pan. Mix up the veg to use up whatever’s in season or in your fridge. The kids will love them too!
The pièce de résistance of any good brunch party: The Bloody Mary. So simple to make, and easy to change to suit your tastes. It’s a classic for a reason. The Pickle House’s Bloody Mary mix is the perfect combo of tomato juice, pickle juice, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, and black and cayenne pepper. We’ve given ours an extra kick with a Padron pepper garnish and a sprinkle of chilli flakes. Try this Bloody Mary recipe.
The fluffiest pancakes
Want to know the secret to thick, fluffy American pancakes? We’ve tried and tested a dozen different recipes (so you don’t have to) and can conclude that folding stiff egg whites into the batter is the winning formula for a perfect USA-style stack. Serve with crispy bacon or banana and plenty of maple syrup. Here’s the recipe.
A family favourite, this eggy bread recipe is a great one to do with the kids for breakfast on the weekend.
This is the ultimate in indulgent breakfast treats. Rich, creamy and smoky in flavour, this Arnold Bennett recipe uses sustainably caught cold smoked pollock from West Cork.
A decadent breakfast treat. The Croque Monsieur is an oozy, cheesy, creamy delight of a sandwich.
Love breakfast? Why not make your own peanut butter from scratch? Or try these healthier toast toppings the kids will go mad for.