I love a recipe that’s accidentally vegan. I often find that they tend to be the least ‘detectably vegan’ recipes too. These only came about because I had a batch of applesauce that I desperately wanted to get out of the freezer to make way […]
In our house we always try to make weekend breakfasts a little bit special. I think that it stems from years and years of working in retail and never really being able to spend the weekend together.
I often try to make something a little bit more exciting than just a rushed bowl of shredded wheat. Something which can be shared and savoured – even if it does take a little more effort to prepare.
This Dutch baby (yes, it is a weird name) is the perfect dish to indulge in together. It’s essentially a sweet Yorkshire pudding made from a rich, fluffy batter and sweet ripe stone fruit. Ideal for this time of year.
6 ripe, sweet apricots
1/2 tsp almond extract
2 tbsp oil
honey, greek yoghurt and chopped pistachios to serve
Pre-heat your oven to 220°c. Halve the apricots and remove the stones. Pour the oil into an oven-proof frying pan or tart tartin tin and arrange the fruit to cover the bottom it. Put it in the oven so the fruit starts to cook and the oil gets really, really hot.
Put the flour into a large mixing bowl and make a well in the centre. In a separate bowl or jug whisk together the eggs, milk and almond extract. Pour this into the flour and gradually whisk it all together to leave you with a thick smooth batter.
Once the fruit and oil are smoking-hot carefully remove the tin from the oven and pour in the batter. Bake the Dutch baby for 20 minutes, until it is golden and puffed up like a Yorkshire pudding.
Drizzle with honey and scatter over the chopped pistachios before serving with a dollop of thick creamy Greek yoghurt.
Generally speaking I’m not too fussed about smoothies. I love fruit so eating it never feels like a chore and I also think that eating it rather than drinking it makes me feel more full (and therefore a lot less likely to reach for less healthy treats!)
As a vegetarian I’ve always struggled with my iron levels and I also suffer from endometriosis which means I do get a bit anaemic now and then. So lately I’ve been channelling my inner-Popeye and knocking up these fruity little numbers to try and get a little more iron into my diet without making myself sick of green veg – I love broccoli but I’m really not sure it’s a breakfast food!
200g frozen mixed berries
1 tbsp honey/maple syrup
2 tbsp of skyr (or other thick fat-free yoghurt)
huge handful of spinach
8 basil leaves
4 mint leaves
Whack everything into a blender/liquidiser and blend the life out of it, obviously. Done!
You just can’t go wrong with a Chelsea bun. Soft enriched dough crammed full of rich, sweet fillings and covered in finger-licking sticky glaze. Always a winner!
I love these warm for wintry breakfasts or with a cup of piping hot tea on a chilly afternoon. The soft sweet apple and tart, chewy, jewel-coloured dried cranberries are a perfect combination for this time of year.
150g strong white bread flour
80g wholemeal flour
7g easy blend yeast (1 sachet)
1 tsp sugar
big pinch of salt
125ml warm milk
250g(ish) cooking apples
2 tbsp soft brown sugar
1 tbsp cornflour
35g soft butter
75g dried cranberries
pinch of ground allspice
icing sugar and milk or warmed honey to glaze
Sift the flours into a large bowl and mix through the salt, sugar and yeast. Rub the butter into this mix. Warm the milk a little (so it’s just tepid) and use a fork to beat the egg into it. Gradually pour the egg/milk mixture into the dry ingredients and bring it all together to form a soft dough. Remember that the flour may not be able to absorb all of the liquid, so it’s a good idea to add the wet ingredients a little at a time.
Once you have a nice soft ball of dough, turn it out onto a very lightly floured surface and knead it for a few minutes until if feels smooth and springy.
Wash and dry the bowl you mixed the dough in so that it’s nice and warm and lightly oil it. Pop the dough in the bowl, cover with oiled cling film and put it somewhere warm for about an hour, until it has doubled in size.
Whilst the dough rises you can prepare the filling. Peel and core the apples before chopping them into quite small pieces. Whisk together the sugar, cornflour and allspice in a large mixing bowl and then toss the apple and cranberries in it.
Once the dough has risen take it out of the bowl and knead it again for a minute or two on a lightly floured surface. This means that all the air bubbles will be evenly distributed throughout it. Roll the dough out into a rectangle, a little bigger than a piece of A4 paper. Spread the surface with the butter and then scatter over the filling mixture. Roll the dough up tightly, starting at the long edge. Cut it into eight even-sized pieces and place these, cut-side down into a generously buttered baking dish. Re-cover with cling film and put the dish back in a warm place for another hour until the buns have risen and are sitting quite snugly in the tin.
Pre-heat your oven to 190°c. Bake the buns for about 30 minutes until they are golden brown.
Make a simple glaze by combining a couple of tablespoons of icing sugar with a splash of milk and brushing onto the buns or simply warming some honey and drizzling it over them.
When I was younger I would generally end up dodging breakfast, much to my mothers frustration I should imagine. I always felt that the extra 15 minutes in bed was far more preferable! I’m quite different now and get positively excited about the first meal […]