Weekend Special: breakfast in bed

Our daily culinary expert, Shaheen Peerbhai has chosen a summery breakfast spread that you and your family can whip up together.

Shaheen_Peerbhai May 20, 2011 20:45:02 IST
Weekend Special: breakfast in bed

This weekend, go ahead and surprise your family by sneaking out of bed early to cook up a delicious little breakfast. Or maybe even have everyone join in the cooking to make it a fun activity for your entire family. Cook up Belgian waffles, banana pancakes, hearty French toast and a frittata that can be washed down with the flavour of the season— mango milkshake.

Shopping list:
3 mangoes
6 banana
100g walnuts
A loaf of bread
250g sausages
1 red pepper
1 packet basil leaves
Pecorino Romano cheese
Fresh mozzarella cheese

Weekend Special breakfast in bed

Belgian Waffles with chocolate syrup. Image from Andreasrecipes.com.

Belgian waffles
Everybody loves waffles. It’s something to do with the shape, more specifically, filling those square wells with butter, syrup, coulis and sauces. Even better: copious amounts of Nutella. In this recipe, fluffing up the egg whites till they’re stiff takes a little bit of effort, but this really helps attain the right structure of the waffle: light and airy, since a dense waffle can be a total turn off. To take it to the next level, serve with some whipped cream on the side.

View recipe on Use Real Butter.

In case you’d like to go the healthy way and use whole wheat flour, here is a gorgeous looking recipe at Andrea’s Recipes.

Banana nut pancakes with caramel sauce

Fluffy pancakes enrobed in golden caramel sauce and topped with sliced bananas; must be how breakfast in heaven tastes like. What’s more, with just this one recipe, you can make a second type of pancake. Split the plain pancake batter and then add your favouite fruits and nuts.

Weekend Special breakfast in bed

Banana nut pancakes with caramal sauce. Image from mykitchenaddiction.com

For example, in the other half you can add chopped roasted hazelnuts and top it with chocolate chips when it’s cooking in the pan. Don’t worry about the buttermilk in the recipe, make the Indian version of it with 2 tbsp yoghurt for half cup water, and you’re good to go.

Super shortcut: Use a box the abundantly available Betty Crocker Pancake Mix.

“These pancakes are fluffy and thick, which is how I prefer my pancakes. I topped them with some sliced banana and caramel sauce”

View recipe at My Kitchen Addiction.

Tuscan frittata affogata

Weekend Special breakfast in bed

Tuscan frittata affogata. Image from williams.sonoma.com

Simply put, a frittata is an Italian omelet. Additionally, several eggs are cooked together in a large pan and then cut into wedges to serve. Frittata affogata literally means “drowned frittata” in Italian. And this frittata is drowned in lots and lots of cheese.

View the recipe on Williams Sonoma.

French toast
Three tip to making the best French toast:
1. Use stale bread: The dry slices will soak up the custard much better than fresh bread.
2. Use thick slices of bread: The thicker slices will help you attain the contrast of crispy outside and creamy inside better than thin slices of bread.
3. Soak, soak, soak! The better the breads soaks in the egg and milk mixture, the creamier and custardy it will become.

A quote from original source:

"Is there nothing better than French toast for Sunday breakfast? Thick slices of bread, soaked in a mixture of beaten eggs with milk and cinnamon, toasted in a frying pan, and served with butter and maple syrup, this has to be one of our favorite breakfast dishes."

View the recipe on Simply Recipes.

Mango milkshake
The one thing that makes the Summer better is the Alphonso mango. And there’s no better way to end the meal than with a chilled glass of mango milkshake. You can add spices that complement the mango milkshake to veer it towards a direction you like: a little ground ginger for some spice, or vanilla for an even sweeter smell, or the best yet — saffron and a hint of cardamom to make the flavour of mango shine through.

You don’t even need a recipe for it: 1 part mango pulp to 1 part milk can be taken as the base for the recipe, and then you can add sugar and spices as per your taste.

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