Since lockdown - many brunch-goers will be missing their maple syrup pancakes and banana bread - but don't worry, making your own brunch can be just as tasty and fun! Cooking at home with the kids can be a really fun way to spend the morning and it is much more of an affordable habit! So take some inspiration from our easy brunch recipes and make your own delicious meal for the whole family!
Traditional breakfast ingredients options:
If you enjoy having a classic egg and bacon breakfast, then these brunch ideas will get your taste buds excited!
Egg-in-the-hole: Use a circular cookie cutter or similar to punch out a circle in the centre of each piece of bread that you wish to may. Crack one egg into each hole in the bread, season the eggs with salt and pepper and cook for two minutes on each side under the grill. Now that you've made this egg-in-the-hole bread, why not turn it into an amazing sandwich? Prepare some 'breakfasty' sandwich fillers such as bacon, kale, black pudding, sausage, tomato etc. and allow the family to personalise their own sandwich to suit their individual brunching-needs.
Eggs in Purgatory: Add garlic and seasoning to a pan with oil, cook until lightly brown and then stir in red pepper flakes, then add your tomatoes and cook, until they look plumped and some of the skins start to split. This is when you crack your eggs into a separate bowl and then slip one at a time into the cooking tomato mixture. Space them evenly around the pan and leave the mixture on heat until the eggs turn white. Spoon the mixture into a bowl - then serve with a light salad and toast for dipping. This egg recipe is such an easy and quick way to host a brunch for the family!
Omelette taco: Start this brunch recipe by cooking bacon slices with finely chopped mushrooms. Then add ricotta and parmesan to the mixture and stir well - don't forget to season to your taste with salt, pepper and basil. Then, in a separate pan, cook an omelette as normal - using whisked eggs. When the omelette is almost cooked, add the mixture to the top and serve folded over into a 'taco'. If you have a sweet tooth - try adding some maple syrup as an optional topping. A salad will also go well with this as a garnish.
Breakfast nachos: Sorry (not sorry) for another Mexican inspired egg brunch recipe... but this one really is too inventive to miss! Feed your nachos cravings at 11 am by creating a breakfast version using either nachos, toast or waffles as the base. Then, add sliced avocados, jalapeños, sliced scallions, sliced radishes, cilantro leaves with tender stems and hot sauce, and lime wedges - and of course, the trusty fried eggs and bacon!
Brunch recipes for a sweet tooth:
If you're more of a sweet person (or you want a dessert to follow your savoury brunch), try one of these sweet brunch ideas!
Matcha doughnuts: Are your family obsessed with matcha yet? If not, then this easy to make recipe might just do the trick. Start by whisking granulated sugar, baking powder, salt, and 2 cups flour in a large bowl. Then, make a well in the centre and add egg, buttermilk, and butter (this is just a normal doughnut mixture that can be found online). Using a wooden spoon or a spatula, carefully mix in the dry ingredients until a dough forms. Roll out the dough and punch out circles using a cutter, then use a smaller cutter to punch out the centres. Fry in a saucepan until deep golden brown (probably about 3 minutes per side) and then toss still-warm doughnuts in matcha sugar/powder or matcha glaze!
Buttermilk biscuits: Start by adding baking powder, salt, sugar, baking soda, and 3.5 cups of flour into a mixer to stir. Add 1 cup of chilled butter and mix again. Then, move to a larger bowl and gradually drizzle buttermilk (1 cup) over top, whilst mixing carefully. Knead mixture a few times in bowl until a dough forms, then pat out the mixture onto a flour-covered surface. Using a knife cut the dough into 4 pieces and stack the pieces on top of one another, then press lightly to flatten. Then, roll it flat again and cut into 12 pieces that are ready to be cooked. Start by freezing for 10 minutes, then transfer them into the oven with melted butter poured over the top. Cook at roughly 180 degrees until the top is golden brown (about 20 minutes). When finished, the lovely layers can be torn apart and eaten with butter, syrup or jam.
Classic French toast: Lightly beat 6 eggs with 3/4 of a cup of full cream, 3/4 of a cup of milk, 1/4 of a cup of sugar, and a pinch of salt into a large shallow bowl. Once made into a mixture, add your bread (homemade would be divine) and turn them until fully coated. Push down on the bread to allow it to soak further, then after 10 minutes, you're ready to pan-fry! Cook your French toast to taste (should be about 2 minutes) and then serve with syrup, jam, sugar or any other sweetness that you desire. We would highly recommend this toast recipe as a follow up to one of our other brunch ideas (we know the kids would never say no to a desert).
Cinnamon bombs: This easy to make treat starts with using a mixer to beat 1/2 a cup of butter and 3/4 of a cup of sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Then as with any cake mix - beat in 1 egg. Then, slowly mix in 2 & 1/4 cups of self-raising flour, salt and nutmeg. As you're mixing in this dry mix, also add in some milk - about 1 cup should do it. Then, divide the cake mix into muffin cups and bake for about 35 minutes. When cooled, mix sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and dip the cakes into it after dipping them into melted butter first.
Easy & healthy smoothie ideas:
These smoothies would make a great accompaniment to one of our main dishes - or, if you're after a lighter meal, make one of the thicker ones to have on its own!
Double layer smoothie: In your blender, mix 2 cups of a fruit of your choice fresh summer fruits - try any berries, peaches or nectarines. Then add 1/2 a cup of plain yoghurt and 1/4 of a cup of milk (dairy or non-dairy). This is one layer of your smoothie done. Then, using the same yoghurt and milk base, make another smoothie that is a different colour using different fruits (you'll most likely have one orange layer and one purple). Pour one in and then the other, or get creative in mixing them to make a pattern for your family! This can be a really fun activity for kids to get involved with!
Banana & peanut butter smoothie: This easy smoothie is another great idea for the family to make. Some families may not wish to have citrus smoothies in the morning - as they're slightly sourer and can be bad on an empty stomach! In which case - this sweet and smooth smoothie would be perfect for you! Blend a mix of peeled banana chunks, milk, sugar/honey and peanut butter, give it a taste and add more to it if you wish!
Mango Madness Smoothie: The tropical flavours in this are enough to make you forget that we're in lockdown! It tastes like a tropical holiday in a cup. So, to try it - blend: 1 cup of orange juice, 1⁄2 a cup of coconut yoghurt, 1 & 1⁄2 cups of frozen mango, and 1 medium carrot (grate this first). The trick with this smoothie is to get it super smooth to appreciate the blend of those tropical flavours together!
The mean green machine: If you think your family could do with a detox or a pick-me-up because of all the lockdown treats you've been having - this is the smoothie for you. Blend: 1 banana sliced, 1/2 a cup of pineapple chunks, 1/2 a cup of mango chunks, 1 cup of kale, 1 tablespoon of chia seeds, 1 teaspoon of spirulina powder, 3/4 of a cup of orange juice (preferably freshly squeezed) and finally, 1 tablespoon of hemp seeds! Consider this easy recipe your brain fuel for the day!
Vegan brunch recipes:
If you're not into eating eggs or bacon for breakfast - then try one of our easy vegan brunch recipes!
Scrambled tofu: If you're fairly new to veganism, you'll know that it can be hard to make a brunch menu to please everyone without using eggs - but luckily tofu can effortlessly play the part! Use soy sauce, onion powder, garlic powder and turmeric (this gives it that yellow colour) to fry with the tofu block and watch it become soft and egg-like!
Potato savoury pancakes: Mix the following into a bowl and pat into pancake shapes when ready: 1 large potato (peeled and grated), 1/4 of a teaspoon of minced yellow onion, 1/4 of a cup of plain flour, 1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds mixed with 3 tablespoons water, 3/4 of a teaspoon of sea salt. Bake for 8 minutes and then pan fry to brown off. Top with any vegan toppings - such as fake-on (bacon) and vegan sour cream!