I think everyone gets bored of the usual breakfast offering of cereal, toast, fruit and yoghurt so I’ve been having a little search around for some great brekkie ideas which are quick but tasty.
What you will need:
Crusty White Loaf
Grated cheese (enough to top as many slices of bread you want to make)
Salt and Pepper (optional)
How to do it:
Slice the bread into nice thickish slices.
Using a spoon or knife press the middle of the bread down to form a square that will hold the egg.
Season the bread to your liking (lots for Daddy).
Butter the non-flattened edges of the bread and add the grated cheese to the edges.
Season the top.
Bake in the oven at gas mark 5 for about 15 – 20 mins.
Breakfast is ready!!
Ps – I have to confess that my earlier attempts at this were a major fail as I put them in the pan which resulted in the bottom of the bread burning and the egg not cooking so I flipped them over and this is what I got!
Simple Cookie Dough Recipe. We love to bake and aside from cupcakes, cookies are the easiest thing to make and keep the children entertained as they can help to make them and then decorating them afterwards is really fun and a great chance for mum to grab a cuppa.
Here’s the recipe that we use which can be frozen if you don’t use it all for another day.
10oz/300g plain flour
5oz/150g caster sugar
8oz/250g butter, diced and at room temp
1 large egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla essence
Pinch of salt
2 tablespoons of cocoa powder (if wanting chocolate biccies)
Put the sugar and butter in a bowl. We tend to put our butter in the microwave for about 10 seconds to make it easier for Isabelle to mix with the sugar.
Separate the egg yolk and add to the bowl with the vanilla essence, mixing until smooth.
Adding the flour, cocoa powder (if making choccie biscuits) and pinch of salt, mix everything together. May require little hands to get stuck in.
Once the mixture is formed into a ball, wrap in clingfilm and put in the fridge for about half an hour.
Sprinkle flour on an even surface and roll out so that it’s about 1/2cm in thickness and cut using whatever cutters or shapes you have.
Put them onto a non-stick baking tray and bake at gas mark 4/180 degrees for approximately 12 minutes.
Once cooled these can be decorated with icing, sprinkles, chocolate buttons or whatever cake toppings you may have.
As you can see, ours received a thorough makeover with lots of edible glitter to make them extra special.
Jam Heart Biscuit Recipe – Today the weather was so weird. One minute it was bright blue sky and the sun was shining so I put out the washing and was due to head out for a walk with the dog. I turned my back and the next thing it was bucketing down and I had to run like a crazy person to get all the washing back in. This occurred three times so I gave up and put the washing on the airer and we made the decision to bake. So here the recipe which is really easy to make.
What you need:
For the dough
300g/10oz Plain Flour
150g/5oz Caster Sugar
1 large egg yolk
2 tsp Vanilla Essence
1/2 tsp Salt
For the filling
90g/3oz Icing Sugar
A couple of drops of Vanilla Essence
1 tsp Water
How to make the dough:
Put the butter and sugar in a bowl and beat together.
Add in the egg yolk and vanilla essence and mix until smooth.
Sift in the flour and salt and mix everything together to form a dough.
Roll the dough into a ball and wrap in clingfilm and pop in the fridge for around 30 minutes.
To make the biscuits:
Pre-heat your oven to Gas Mark 4 (180ºC/350ºF)
Sprinkle the work surface with flour so that it doesn’t stick and then roll out the dough so that it is about 1/2cm thick.
Grease your baking trays (we used two).
Get your cookie cutter of choice (we went for a heart shape with a circle in the middle) and cut out your biscuits.
Once you have cut out the biscuits, count them. Put one half of the biscuits to the side and the other, cut out a smaller circle in the middle. These will be the tops.
Bake the cookies in the oven for approximately 12 minutes or until golden.
Whilst these are cooling you can prepare your filling.
For the filling:
Put the butter in a bowl and microwave for about 20 seconds. This makes it so much easier to make butter icing.
Sift in the icing sugar and add the water and vanilla essence.
Mix together until you have a smooth consistency.
Once the cookies are completely cooled, spread a small amount on the bottom biscuits (without the hole) and then add a small blob of jam before popping the lid on.