This spread is our idea of the perfect way to enjoy the first meal of the day. All the familiar faces we like to see on the breakfast table are here and the clock is closer to midday than early morning. Because on the weekend, brunch trumps breakfast. For the guests, it means a lie-in. For the host, it means no manic rushing around.
Orange and lime juice
Start with a juice that shakes the sleep from your eyes.
Dippy eggs with rosemary and parmesan polenta soldiers
These boiled eggs (check out that oozing yolk) are served with polenta soldiers that demand attention on the plate but little in the kitchen.
Dipper soldier alternatives:
- Prosciutto-wrapped asparagus
- Truffled breadcrumb-coated portobello mushroom dippers
- Marmite and cheese toastie dippers
Breakfast fruit loaf
A raisin, sultana and date-crammed loaf, which can be made ahead of time.
Maple and pecan baked porridge
For a touch of indulgence, this oaty breakfast item does the job rather nicely.
Croque monsieur croissants
Croque monsieur flavours rolled inside super-easy croissants equal The Best Things Ever.
These can be made in advance and chilled in the fridge, but make sure you bring to room temperature before baking.
Marmalade shortbread bites
Finish with these perfect bites – very simple to prepare, very delicious with a cup of strong black coffee.