The age-old adage “eat breakfast like a king; lunch like a prince; and dinner like a pauper” seems an apt way to begin this blog post about hosting brilliant brunches*. After all, brunches should be resplendent and indulgent gatherings, with plates of delicious food enjoyed at a leisurely pace. Brunches are a weekend or holiday treat and are truly a wonderful opportunity to spend a few hours with your nearest and dearest.
Our caramel sauces are absolutely delicious and completely natural, and we think that very lovely gatherings should be founded on these two same principles. The first key ingredient of a brilliant brunch is therefore absolutely delicious food. But, we hear you cry, where do I begin?
Michelle and her family love to create piles of pancakes (or open packets of waffles) and load them high with delicious toppings — all accompanied with a very lovely caramel sauce, of course. Her daughter is truly the Queen of Pancakes. Why not give her fool-proof Mary Berry-based pancake recipe a go?
- 175g/6oz Self-Raising Flour
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- 40g/1½oz Caster Sugar
- 1 Free-Range Egg
- 200ml/7fl oz Milk
- Sunflower Oil, for greasing
1. Turn the oven on to the lowest heat and put a large plate in.
2. Put the flour, baking powder and sugar in a bowl and mix. Create a small well and add the egg and half of the milk. Beat well with a whisk and continue adding milk until the point you have a smooth, thick batter.
3. Lightly grease a large non-stick frying pan with some of the sunflower oil. Drop dessertspoonfuls onto the hot pan, spacing the mixture well apart to allow for them to spread. When bubbles appear on the surface, turn the pancakes over with a spatula and cook on the other side for a further 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until they are lightly golden brown.
4. When cooked, lift from the pan and set on the plate in the oven to keep warm until all of the batter is cooked.
Having made your delicious stacks of pancakes, the next step is to select some equally lovely toppings. The options really are endless, but here are three of our favourite flavour combinations: gingerbread caramel sauce with crispy bacon, hickory smoked caramel sauce with sliced bananas, and liquorice caramel sauce with fresh raspberries. In our eyes, they’re all a winner!
Sophie, on the other hand, is a self-confessed Greek yoghurt addict and, at even at this very moment is diving into a bowl of milky goodness! She truly believes that a drizzle of a lovely caramel sauce is the necessary je ne sais quoi to top off her brilliant breakfast bowl. The slight acidity of Greek yoghurt is complemented so well by the sweetness of caramel sauce — it makes her taste buds dance! Why not try a bowl of Greek yoghurt topped with fresh berries, a sprinkling of muesli, and a generous drizzle of your favourite caramel sauce? Completely lovely.
Waffles and French Toast are also exceptional bases for our sauces — watch this space for another blog post dedicated to these two stalwarts of the brunch scene.
The second key ingredient to ensure that you host a lovely gathering is that complete naturalness. Before Covid, we would have suggested that you carefully considered your list of invitees to ensure that conversation would flow, and laughter would abound. However, in these strange and unprecedented times, your guest list is already sorted — it most likely comprises the members of your household or, if you are flying solo and willing to brace the cool late winter (early spring?) air you could host your brilliant brunch outside with one other person. The fundamental principles remain the same: brunches should be relaxed gatherings without airs and graces. Put on some great background music, ensure that you have set aside plenty of time to prepare the food, and then sit back and enjoy both good food and good company. There’s really no need to get flustered — you, reader, were truly born to be a fantastic host!
As said last week, we really are so excited to see your brilliant brunch creations and photographs of your very lovely gatherings — please do let us know how you have got on via our social media channels or via email.
If you’re tagging us in your photographs, why not also let us know whose breakfast/brunch idea is your favourite?
#TeamSophie – for bowls of yoghurty goodness
#TeamMichelle – for pancake waffley creations