Breakfast in bed is one of those timeless luxuries enjoyed by everyone and a great way to show someone you care.
But what makes the perfect breakfast in bed?
Well, it needs a bit of pizazz – buttered toast just won’t cut it. It also needs to be made with love – so don’t even think of leaving shell in the poached egg!
It doesn’t have to be complicated though. So, to celebrate World Kindness Day, we’ve scoured the web for 5 recipes that are sure to brighten up any Sunday morning for your loved one. Enjoy!
The healthy option
This one takes a little prep the night before, but that just gives you a quick-win in the morning. Plus, it’s full of healthy ingredients to give you the perfect start to the day.
¼ tsp cinnamon
100ml of milk
50g rolled oats
2 tbsp natural yoghurt
50g mixed berries
Drizzle of honey
½ tbsp. nut butter
Here’s the best bit – it takes just two steps to rustle-up this number.
- 1. Add your oats into a breakfast bowl and mix with the milk and cinnamon – the milk just need to lightly cover the oats. Add a pinch of salt and pop into the fridge
- 2. Finish it off in the morning by adding a little more milk to loosen the oats before topping with: yoghurt, berries, honey and butter.
And there you have it – a super-healthy breakfast in bed recipe!
The indulgent one
Chocolate before 10am? Go on then…this indulgent recipe will gift you between 6-10 waffles. That’s how to win at Sundays…
2 ¼ cups of all purpose flour
½ cup cocoa powder
⅓ cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
½ cup vegetable oil
1 ½ cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1. Prepare your waffle iron according to the manufacturer’s instructions
- 2. Pick 3 bowls: 2 medium and 1 large. Whisk together the flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder and salt in the larger bowl.
- 3. This takes a little precision. Separate your egg whites from the yolks and place the yolks in another bowl. Steady hand required.
- 4. Beat the egg whites thoroughly until they form
- 5. Then in the final bowl mix the egg yolks, vegetable oil, milk and vanilla extract
- 6. Add the egg yolk mixture to the larger bowl from step one and fold in the egg whites
- 7. Pour the batter onto a waffle iron and cook accordingly (times vary according to waffle maker’s instructions)
- 8. When ready, add a topping of your choice. We advise going for chocolate syrup, whipped cream and strawberries. After all, you may as well commit when you’re this far in…
French Toast (plus a fancy topping of your choice)
You can’t go wrong this European classic. It’s really easy to rustle-up and you can make it fancy with a few carefully chosen toppings.
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract or ½ tsp cinnamon
4 slices of bread
2 tbsp butter
A topping of your choice – make it count!
- 1. Whisk the egg, milk, vanilla and cinnamon together then coat one side of the bread slices in the mix and leave to soak for 2 minutes or until the mix is fully absorbed.
- 2. Melt the butter into a pan and put on a medium heat before adding the bread. Let this cook until its golden then flip to the other side.
- 3. Add your toppings and serve. Toppings can include fruit, bacon, berries, syrup and…well…pretty much anything you fancy! Easy.
The Hipster’s Choice
Smoked Salmon and Avocado on Rye
Avocados – the fruit dividing opinion across the nation. Don’t let that put you off though. They make for a quick, tasty and ostensibly posh breakfast.
4 slices of smoked salmon
2tbsp of olive oil
2 sliced of rye
Salt and pepper
Freshly shelled peas
- 1. Chop the shallot and place in a bowl with the shelled peas before adding an oil and lemon zest dressing. Season with salt and set to one side.
- 2. Slice the avocado into segments and fold the smoked salmon on top. Scatter the pea, shallot and dressing mixture on top of the avocado.
- 3. Place the rye bread in the toast and serve the mixture on top – simple as that!
The Shamelessly Easy One
Anyone can make pancakes. But making pancakes well is a different story. This recipe will keep you straight when you need to show-off your culinary skills – however limited they may be…
3 large eggs
125g plain flour
Toppings of your choices
- 1. Crack the eggs and add to a blender along with the flour, milk and a pinch of salt. Blend until the mixture is smooth and pour into a bowl. Leave to stand for 15 minutes.
- 2. Melt the butter in a large frying pan on a medium heat, and tilt the pan until the butter has fully coated the pan.
- 3. Start pouring in the batter and tilt the pan to get the consistency you desire. Cook for 1-2 minute before flipping (the first couple may go a little awry) to cook for a further minute.
- 4. When cooked, serve with your favorite topping. Tradition dictates lemon and sugar as a classic staple, but you can easily brighten-things up with berries, Nutella, maple syrup or peanut butter.
Tip from the top:
Want to super-size things? Jamie Oliver advises switching plain flour for self-raising for an American-style pancake with a bit more oomph.