24 February 2015

Bacon & Egg Toast Bowl Recipe - Brunch in 20 minutes

I managed to astonish my better half (aka Mr Kiwi) this weekend. Upon waking to the smell of coffee brewing, he found me busily messing up the kitchen, apron on and rustling up a delicious smelling brunch. Not only was I awake before my traditionally late hour (a luxury I allow myself once a week), but food was being prepared. In our kitchen. There were no plans to dash out and meet the girls for a coffee, no crazy London landmarks to abseil (though I did manage to fit an incredible visit to Neasden Temple later) and no blogging to do.

Bacon & Egg Toast Bowl Recipe - Brunch in under 20 minutes
His: Bacon & Egg with a brown sauce base - served with a vat of baked beans and an 'I love football' mug of coffee.

We have a perfectly nice kitchen, it just suffers from what I call 'London Under Use Syndrome". With a lovely south facing double window and steps leading onto the jungle that we like to affectionally call the lawn (another of my domestic failings - I'm not really a growing things kinda gal unless you count trees - which somehow manage to keep growing despite my best efforts) it should really be the hub of our domestic life. It isn't.

Bacon & Egg Toast Bowl Recipe - Brunch in under 20 minutes
Mine: Plain with a mustard & cream cheese base - served with Salmon & leftover roast potaties

We're both Londonites, commuting in & out of the big smoke, so breakfast tends to be a la desk or a coffee on the run, lunch is whatever we manage to sneak out for and dinner, well dinner tends to be in London on the way home - often tying into the reviews or a wee tipple to unwind with friends. Talk about the best hobby. I can cook, and rather love getting involved in the kitchen, it's more a case of needing at least 3 more hours in the day. That in mind, when a lazy weekend morning beckoned and with the tea time treats challenge from Lavender & Lovage and The Hedgecombers, and then Belleau's Simply Eggcellent (and pun-tastic) challenge beckoning, how could I refuse?
Bacon & Egg Toast Bowl Recipe - Brunch in under 20 minutes

This month the theme is Toasts (well, 'Toast, on Toast and Toasted' to speak better English). Toasts are more my weekend style, domestic chaos rather than domestic goddess. Almost. My husband's eyebrows almost shot through his forehead when he'd realised that even the iron was cooling down... until he fell about laughing, having added two and two together, realising I had ironed a backdrop for the ensuing blog post photos. Aliens hadn't quite replaced his Kiwi wife, and there were many, many dishes to be done.

 Egg & Toast Bowls (Bacon recommended, but entirely optional)

Bacon & Egg Toast Bowl Recipe - Brunch in under 20 minutes

Ingredients (per breakfast bowl - I recommended two if you're eating them solely)
  • 1 bacon slice (depending on how bad the hangover is)
  • A scattering of cherry tomatoes, mushrooms (etc...)
  • 1.5 slices of thick bread - the softer the better, and if you're making them for me, crusts off please!
  • 1 TBSP of cheese
  • 1 TBSP of your favourite sauce or chutney
  • 1 good sized egg
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C (and pop in accompaniments to begin warming such as hashbrowns, left over roasties...)
  2. Cut your bacon into roughly thumb length and width size pieces (being accurate isn't nessecary) before lightly frying in a pan for 3-4 minutes (just until beginning to slightly brown). Set aside for a moment.
  3. Add any cherry tomatoes halved, mushrooms etc. and slightly sweat in the pan.
  4. Pull out ramekins or muffin trays and lightly grease.
  5. Take the slice of bread and use to line the base and sides of the ramekin. Use the half to patch repair any gaps and feel free to press the bread against the walls firmly, creating room for the tasty bits.
  6. Add the cheese, bacon, sauce, vegetables before cracking your egg in - one-handed Jamie Oliver flourishes totally optional. 
  7. Salt & Pepper to taste.
  8. Pop in the oven for 15-18 minutes or until the white appears to have set.
* Pro tip: Word on the street is for properly Delia-esque presentation and properly dippy egg yolks, separate the white & yolk, adding the white on it's own initially. About 10 minutes into cooking, as the whites are just beginning to go white, add the yolk.

I definitely need to cook more often - maybe this weekend we should have dessert porridges, autumnal pumpkin smoothies, or breakfast cake. Ah, who am I kidding? It's going to be Toast bowls again - this time with Mince and cheese a la Kiwi style! Domestic goddess here I come!

Tea Time Treats
  Simply Eggcellent

What's your favourite toast recipe/combo?


  1. I really should have had breakfast this morning... x

  2. Serious comfort food for a cold weekend :)

    Lots of love,

    SilverSpoon London

  3. Those look super yummy! I have to say though going around adding in the yolk at a later time sounds a bit to over the top!

  4. This is amazing! I have never seen them before!

  5. Fancy fancy! If I pour granola into my yogurt I consider that an effort haha. These sounds so yum though!

  6. Whoa, get you Martha! This is quite impressive and if I'm ever needing to get into Hubby's good books (i.e. I want him to buy me shoes) I shall try this out. Just don't tell him about my cunning plan x

  7. Oh my word, I am sooooo in need of this right now! They look so yummy!

  8. I keep meaning to try something like this - it looks so tasty. What's not to love really?!

  9. Yum! These look really good. Mince and cheese would be amazing, that just gave me such kiwi nostalgia! xx

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

  10. Oh hells yes. Doing this, stat :) thanks for sharing!

  11. OOoooooh god this is amazing! I'm going to show this to my husband and force him to make them. We're going through a bit of a bacon and egg obsession lately - been making pies!

  12. There is nothing quite like a well made Bacon & Egg pie. Nothing :)

  13. They are delicious, simple and delicious I tell ya!

  14. Perfect comfort food - and not so very naughty :D

  15. It was so quick and easy - a perfect 'bit of effort but no too much' kind of weekend breakfast!

  16. I guess it depends how serious you are about the state of your yolk ;)

  17. okay, delish! i need this tomorrow! love the photos.

    xo welltraveledwife.com

  18. Absolutely GENIUS tip about doing the egg separately! I've tried baked eggs before and always have overcooked the yolks in an attempt to have cooked whites. You've just re-opened up our weekend brunches! With a Jamie flourish but of course! xx

  19. I thought *exactly* the same!! A little cumbersome, but worth every dippy minute :)

  20. Dominic Franks1 March 2015 at 19:23

    these are totally brilliant! i've often seen these but never attempted them... I simply must now, they look genius!, thank so much for entering them into my new Simply Eggcellent bloggers linky!


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