Nothing gets your day off to a great start like the right breakfast. If you’re looking for some inspiration beyond the usual cereal or toast, take a look at our mouthwatering selection of breakfast and brunch dishes. There are breakfasts for every occasion, from quick and easy choices for when you don’t have much time, to worth-the-wait dishes for a lazy weekend brunch, healthy dishes to give you an early-morning boost of energy, and indulgent treats to savour. Dig in and enjoy.
Start the day full of energy with this warm and comforting oatmeal porridge. Our recipe adds a generous topping of juicy summer berries and chopped banana, but you can add your favourite fruit instead, or mix it up depending on what’s in season.
The ultimate brunch favourite, this light, fluffy French toast is topped with maple syrup, a handful of red berries, and a dusting of powdered sugar. Easy to make but still indulgent, try some French toast with mimosas next time you have friends over for brunch.
Chia Pancakes with Kumquats and Persimmon:
For something a little different, try these simple pancakes, made with heart-healthy chia seeds and mashed bananas, with an Asian-inspired topping of fresh kumquat and persimmon fruit.
If you prefer the classics, this all-American favourite is a real winner. And for a classic topping, it has to be blueberry syrup.
Cranberry Bran Muffins:
The perfect moist and fluffy muffin, made with healthy bran, sweetened with golden syrup, with a scattering of tart and chewy dried cranberries. Make a big batch at the weekend so you can grab one and go when you’re in a hurry.
Gluten Free Coconut Flour Waffles With Blueberries:
If you’re coeliac, gluten-intolerant, or just trying to cut down on stodgy food, these low-carb, gluten-free waffles are a real treat. Fluffy and a little sweet, with a distinctive coconut flavour, they taste great stacked high and covered in fresh blueberries.
Vegan Chocolate Donuts:
An irresistible treat suitable for just about anyone, these chocolicious donuts are vegan and gluten free. Rich chocolate donuts with a sticky chocolate glaze is enough to satisfy any chocoholic.
Peanut Butter Sandwich:
Perfect for if you’re in a hurry, the classic combination of peanut and jelly satisfies the fiercest morning hunger and provides you with an energy boost to keep you going until lunch. You can use whatever flavour jelly you have to hand - grape is the traditional choice, but raspberry and strawberry work well too.
Packed full of apples and banana, with a hint of sweet maple syrup, cinnamon and vanilla, this apple pie smoothie is your favourite dessert in drink form. And because it’s made with coconut milk, it’s good for vegans too.
Peach and Papaya Smoothie:
If you like tropical flavours, you’ll love this refreshing peach and papaya smoothie. Bursting with the fruity flavours of papaya, peach, lime and banana, you can almost taste the sunshine.
Another brunch classic, this popular Spanish egg dish is deeply satisfying without being too filling. Fried eggs on a bed of juicy tomato and sweet bell pepper, cooked with onion, garlic and chilli and garnished with fresh marjoram.
Cornbread With Red And Green Chilies:
Moist, buttery and delicious, with a crisp, golden crust, a slice of sunshine-yellow cornbread is the ultimate comfort food. Take yours to the next level with diced red and green chilis for a fiery kick.
Enjoy an Italian-style brunch with this flavourful frittata, made with eggs, cream and Parmesan, seasoned with garlic and herbs and filled with fresh sliced zucchini.
Egg and Bacon Pie:
What could be better than breakfast? Breakfast in a pie, of course! The classic breakfast combination of salty bacon and rich egg yolk just got a brunch makeover in the form of a golden, puff-pastry pie crust. A real feast made from just three ingredients, and ready in 40 minutes.
Otherwise known as Eggs Florentine, this luxurious breakfast classic is made with poached egg and spinach on a deliciously chewy English breakfast muffin, all smothered in a rich hollandaise sauce. The perfect vegetarian breakfast.
Cheese and Tomato on Toast:
Sometimes the simplest dishes are the best. Make the most of this old favourite with quality ingredients - thick slices of your favourite bread, a sharp mature cheddar and fresh tomatoes.
Another Italian-inspired brunch, these simple savoury crepes taste delicious stuffed with a herby ricotta and Parmesan filling.
Potato and Spinach Pie:
Perhaps a little more on the ‘lunch’ side of brunch, this layered filo pie would look great as the centrepiece for a special-occasion brunch. A hearty and flavourful vegetarian feast, made from layers of golden, buttery pastry, stuffed with potato, ricotta, spinach and tomato, and seasoned with garlic, nutmeg and tarragon.
This classic French dish may not typically be associated with breakfast, but there’s no denying it’s full of breakfast flavours, with the rich egg filling and salty cured ham playing a starring role.
Potato Tortilla with Pepper and Tomato:
Spanish tortillas make for a tasty and filling vegetarian brunch, and they’re great for using up leftover potatoes, too. Add a little colour to this old favourite with some sweet red pepper and juicy tomatoes.
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