- Prosciutto, Asparagus & Tomato Tart
- French Toast with Caramelised Banana, Bacon and Maple Syrup
- Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon
- Home-made Hot Cross Buns
- Easter Chocolate Cake
Prosciutto, Asparagus & Tomato Tart
This is so easy and quick and it's super delicious
Heat your oven to 220C while your pastry rests - it is really important to put puff pastry into a very hot oven as this is what causes the pastry to lift or rise.
You will need:
1 Pack all butter puff pastry
A bunch of fresh green asparagus, lightly blanched and sliced in half lengthways
5 Slices Prosciutto OR your favourite cured ham
About a half cupful of Cherry or Rosa tomatoes, halved
1 Cup Mozzarella, grated
1 Egg mixed with 15ml milk (egg wash)
Place the puff pastry on a baking sheet and sprinkle the cheese all over the pastry, leaving a 2cm gap from the edge of the pastry.
Place all the ingredients attractively over the cheese, tearing the ham into bite sized strips
Brush the edge of the pastry with the egg wash
Place the tart in the fridge to rest for 1/2 hour - DON'T FORGET TO TURN ON THE OVEN
Place the tart into the preheated oven and bake 15 minutes at 220 and then turn the heat to 150 and cook another 10 minutes or so until the pastry is golden and well risen and cooked through.
French Toast with Caramelised Bananas, Crispy Bacon & Maple Syrup
I don't think there is anything more comforting or more decadent than this combination. It is definitely my favourite breakfast EVER. I had this in a little restaurant/ cafe in Notting Hill in London called 202 and this is my attempt to replicate it:
Start with a lovely chunky slices of sour dough bread (their slices were about an inch thick)
1 Banana and 2 smoked bacon rashers per person. (Try to find an organic bacon as I find the commercial varieties full of water and additives and completely flavourless), and finally lashing of Maple syrup. You must use the real thing here - the flavoured syrups simply won't do. I know the real one is expensive but it is so worth the investment I PROMISE and I have a few other recipes up my sleeve where it can be used.
2 Eggs beaten per portion
Butter for frying.
Heat your oven to 100C - to keep the bananas and bacon warm while you fry the toast.
Peel the bananas and slice in half lengthways
Heat a heavy based pan and add a generous dollop of butter and allow it to melt Place the bananas flat side down into the pan for about 2 minutes or until beautifully golden and then turn them carefully with a spatula and fry the other side - set them aside in the oven.
Grill the bacon until crispy and set aside in the warm oven
Whisk the eggs in a large square flat dish (so you can lay the bread in the egg and turn it over without squashing the sides)
Heat a clean heavy based pan until hot (if it is cold the egg won't brown nicely) Add a generous knob of butter to the pan and then dip the egg on both sides into the egg (I don't like my French toast soggy so I do this at the last minute) and then place into the hot melted butter and fry. About 2 minutes per side should do the trick.
Place a slice of toast on a gorgeous big whit plate, pile on the bacon and banana and then drizzle with heaps of Maple syrup. DELISH
Recipes and Pics to follow!!
Ginger & Spice Hot Cross Buns
Hot Cross Buns
50ml Castor Sugar
15 ml Mixed Spice
5 ml Cinnamon ground 25ml Butter 15ml Instant dry Yeast 200ml Luke warm water 1 Egg
150ml chopped crystallised ginger
Slack Dough for the Crosses
10ml vegetable oil
5ml Baking Powder
Sugar Syrup for Glazing
125ml Sugar 125ml Water
Heat your oven to 220C
Sift the flour, salt, sugar and spices together into a bowl and then stir in the yeast
Rub in the butter
Make a well in the flour and add the egg and lukewarm water - don't add all the water at once, you need a soft pliable dough - not too tough and not too sloppy - rather add a little more if needed.
Mix well until the dough is formed and then knead until smooth and glossy
Place the dough in a clean greased bowl and cover with cling film and leave to rise until doubled in volume - this should take an hour in a normal kitchen
Knock down the dough and add the ginger and form the dough into 12 balls and place on a greased oven tray and allow to prove (about 30 minutes)
Make the slack dough by combining all the ingredients to form a thick but runny paste and just before placing the buns in the oven, pipe the crosses onto the buns.
Bake 12 - 15 minutes or until the buns are golden and cooked through
While the buns are baking make the sugar syrup by boiling the sugar and water together until syrupy
As soon as the buns come out of the oven brush them with the glaze.
Serve them piping hot with butter and freshly brewed coffee. Mmmmm