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What to make when... you want a fancy weekend breakfast without giving up your lie-in

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BREAKFAST IS OFTEN said to be the most important meal of the day, and while weekdays might be all about grabbing some toast and a coffee on the go, weekend breakfast deserves to be a bit more special.

However, the thought of kicking off a Saturday morning with an hour of sweating in the kitchen isn’t my idea of fun. I’ve rounded up some fancy breakfast recipes that are simple enough to still allow for a truly lazy weekend morning.

These recipes are not only straightforward and quick to make, they’re also impressive enough to serve to any last minute guests or for a family gathering.

From French toast with a quick berry twist, to a veggie halloumi Benedict, this list will have every weekend craving covered.

1. Brioche French toast with caramelised banana: Brioche French toast is perfect as is, but topping it with caramelised banana makes it seriously delicious. Beat an egg with a generous dash of milk and soak two slices of thickly-cut brioche bread in the mixture until they’re fully coated. In a pan, melt some butter and, once hot, fry the brioche slices for about two to three minutes on each side until golden. Place on an ovenproof plate and allow to sit in a warm oven while you make the bananas. Add a sliced banana to a hot pan along with some butter, a drizzle of honey and the juice of half an orange. Toss them around until the liquid has turned to a syrup, which takes about two minutes, then serve on top of the French toast. Top with some more honey or mascarpone for something extra luscious.

2. Chorizo baked eggs: Served sharing style, baked eggs are great for feeding a crowd. To start, heat some oil in a large ovenproof pan and fry sliced peppers, onion and chorizo for about five minutes. If you don’t have chorizo in the fridge, black pudding would make a delicious alternative, as seen in this recipe. Add in some garlic and fresh chili if you like it hot, and fry for another minute, then pour in a tin of chopped tomatoes. Season to taste with salt and pepper, simmer for about ten minutes until the sauce has thickened, then make four wells and crack an egg into each one. Allow the eggs to simmer for another minute, then pop them into a hot oven for another five minutes or so, depending on how wobbly you like your eggs. Serve straight from the oven with plenty of fresh bread.

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3. Quick banana pancakes with berry compote: First, make a quick berry compote by adding a mixture of berries to a small pan, along with some water and a spoonful of sugar. Raspberries, blueberries and blackberries work well. Bring them to a boil, then remove the pan from the heat immediately and place the berries in a bowl to cool. For the pancakes, blitz two eggs, one ripe banana, a pinch of baking powder and a spoonful of oats in a food processor until smooth, adding some water or milk until the mixture is the consistency of a thick batter. Heat a small amount butter in a non-stick frying pan and spoon in the mixture, cooking two small pancakes at a time. Fry for two minutes on each side, repeating the process until the batter has been used up. Top with the berry compote and some natural yogurt, and serve – delish.

4. Breakfast burritos: Breakfast burritos make a really filling and impressive brunch, and the ingredients can be tailored to what you already have in the fridge. Start off by frying some sliced chorizo and peppers in a hot pan until the chorizo is golden, then set that aside. Next, scramble two eggs along with salt, pepper and a pinch each of cumin and paprika. If you have any leftover potatoes to use up, I love how they’re incorporated in this recipe. Once the eggs are cooked, begin to assemble the burrito by placing a warm tortilla on a plate and topping it with the chorizo and pepper, scrambled egg, grated cheese and crushed avocado. Wrap it up, then serve straight away.

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5. Halloumi Benedict with chili spiced yogurt: This makes a delicious veggie breakfast option and is packed with flavour. For the eggs, fill a large pot with boiling water, crack in the eggs, and cook for about three minutes (if you really want picture-perfect eggs, check out this guide). While the eggs are cooking, fry some sliced halloumi on a griddle pan until golden- for about a minute on each side. Next, make the yogurt dressing by mixing together a small tub of natural yogurt with a pinch of chili powder, cumin, and salt and pepper. To assemble the dish, top a breakfast muffin with the sliced halloumi, then place the poached egg on top and spoon over the spiced yogurt. Sprinkle over some freshly ground pepper and serve. 

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