The weekend special: a classic brunch menu

By
Casey Warrener
Added
11 January, 2017

Try these classic brunch recipes with friends next weekend, including bacon- and egg-stuffed brioche rolls, sweet and savoury pancakes, and breakfast-appropriate booze.


Sometimes that flower-topped chia bowl or crispy kale construction induces eye rolls and sighs, and you’d happily sacrifice the social media snap for a simple breakfast instead. Say hello to a stack of syrupy pancakes, a glass of freshly squeezed juice, a steaming pot of coffee and a plate of bacon and eggs.

This is the ideal type of brekkie to tackle at home. You can go as simple as filling rolls with bacon, eggs and a sweet-smoky sauce. Or go the whole kit and caboodle with a banquet of options. Whichever way you choose to go, a plunger of freshly ground coffee and a few iced refreshments will add the finishing touch to your pitch-perfect brunch.

Get rollin’

Depending on how much of a planner you are, preparing items ahead will reward your weekend brunch. If you like the idea of bacon and egg rolls, try making Richard Burr’s brioche burger buns during the week, so that on the day all you'll need to do is slice up some tomatoes, shave a sharp, hard cheese, pre-heat the oven to a low temp and fry up your bacon and eggs. If baking your own bread sounds too tricky, buy a packet of brioche rolls or sweet challah instead. 

Try: brioche buns, challah rolls, the 'Vanessa' bacon and egg burger

Sweet or savoury?

If you want to prepare a breakfast buffet, you can’t go past pancakes, waffles or crepes, as you can serve them with the option of sweet or savoury toppings. For your sweet, put out bowls of fresh berries, cut lemons, maple syrup and caster sugar, and up the ante with a homemade chocolate or caramel sauce. For your savoury, cheese, ham, tomato and herbs will work, and if you’re keen, try making your own gravlax the night before.

As Sarah Coates says, ‘Nowhere do the worlds of sweet and savoury combine in a more explosive and delicious way than at the breakfast table,’ so think outside the square and add surprising items to your spread such as maple-glazed bacon, rosemary infused syrup, and pancakes or waffles with vegetables in the batter. 

Try: crepes with chocolate sauce, potato waffles and gravlax, sweet potato waffles with rosemary maple syrup, courgette cornbread pancakes, blueberry and buttermilk pancakes

Drink up

The question is, naughty or nice? If you want to go boozy, Billy Law’s bacon bloody mary is sure to impress, as is Paul Wilson’s coffee margarita. Smith & Daughters also features fun cocktails and mocktails you could work into the menu. If you want to stick to coffee and juice, that doesn’t mean you can’t jazz them up a little. Sabrina Parrini’s summer sunset mix is a winner (even better if you can serve them in cute milk bottles with colourful straws) and for a heart-starting coffee that’s ideal for summer, do as the Vietnamese do and make an iced brew topped with condensed milk.

Try: horchata, coffee with yoghurt, kimchi bloody mary, gangster horchata, virgin mary

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