Workable's Top 5 - Brunch Recipes

Brunch the weekend away with our 5 delicious recipes. 

AMERICAN BLUEBERRY PANCAKES

Light, fluffy and fruity, these pancakes are a US classic. Serve them stacked high with syrup and extra fruit. 
 
Ingredients
Makes 10 pancakes
  • 200g self-raising flour 
  • 1 tsp baking powder 
  • 1 egg 
  • 300ml milk 
  • Butter 
  • 150g pack blueberry 
  • Sunflower oil or a little butter for cooking 
  • Golden or maple syrup 
     
Are you ready? Let’s get cooking!
  1. Mix together 200g of self-raising flour, 1 tsp baking powder and a pinch of salt in a large bowl. 
  2. Beat 1 egg with 300ml milk, make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and whisk in the milk to make a thick smooth batter. 
  3. Beat in a knob of melted butter, and gently stir in half of the 150g pack of blueberries
  4. Heat a teaspoon of sunflower oil or butter in a large non-stick frying pan
  5. Drop a large tablespoon of the batter per pancake into the pan to make pancakes about 7.5cm across, making three or four pancakes at a time
  6. Cook for about 3 minutes over a medium heat until small bubbles appear on the surface of each pancake, then turn and cook another 2-3 minutes until golden
  7. Cover with kitchen paper to keep warm while you use up the rest of the batter
  8. Serve with golden or maple syrup and the rest of the blueberries
     
     

CHOCOLATE & BANANA FRENCH TOAST

An indulgent treat for when you're in need of a sweet fix - chocolate and banana sandwiched in fried bread. 
 
Ingredients
Serves 2
  • 1 ripe banana 
  • 75g milk chocolate, chopped 
  • 4 slices crusty white bread from a round loaf 
  • 3 medium eggs 
  • 1 tbsp double cream 
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 25g unsalted butter 
  • Ground cinnamon, to serve 
  • Icing sugar or extra maple syrup, to serve (optional) 
 
Are you ready? Let’s get cooking!
  1. Slice the banana into a small bowl and mash using a fork. Add the chopped chocolate and mix to combine
  2. Lay 2 slices of bread on the work surface. Divide the chocolate and banana mixture between them, spreading almost to the edges
  3. Top each with a second slice of bread and press together to make a sandwich
  4. In a shallow dish, whisk together the eggs, double cream, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Melt the butter in a large frying pan over a medium heat
  5. Lay one sandwich into the egg mixture to coat one side, then carefully flip it over so that both sides of the sandwich are soaked in the egg
  6. Lower the sandwich into the hot frying pan and cook for about 1 min on each side, until golden brown and the chocolate has started to melt
  7. Repeat with the second sandwich
  8. Cut the sandwiches in half to serve and sprinkle with a little ground cinnamon and either icing sugar or extra maple syrup if you’re feeling super-indulgent!
     
     

FRIED EGG FLORENTINE TOAST

A fantastic toastie that makes a great breakfast or brunch treat - no need to bother with Hollandaise sauce. 
 
Ingredients
Serves 2
  • 2 slices of white bread 
  • Knob of butter 
  • 25g cheddar, grated 
  • Small handful baby spinach 
  • 1 tbsp olive oil  
  • 1 medium egg 
  • Sriracha hot sauce, to serve 
  • Extra spinach or watercress, to serve 
     
Are you ready? Let’s get cooking!
  1. Remove the centre of both slices of bread with the rim of a drinking glass or a cookie cutter
  2. Spread each slice with a little butter and top both with the cheddar and torn spinach leaves – pack as much cheese and spinach on as you can
  3. Heat a large non-stick pan over a medium heat and drizzle in the oil
  4. Once the pan is hot, sandwich the bread together, place in the pan and press down to brown
  5. Cook for 4-5 mins on a medium heat until the cheese begins to melt
  6. Flip the sandwich over and crack the egg into the hole in the middle. Cover the pan with a lid to cook the egg through for 3-4 mins 
  7. Transfer to a plate, drizzle over some sriracha and serve with spinach or watercress on the side
     
     

AVOCADO & FETA TOAST

This combination of creamy avocado, salty feta and a hint is worth getting up for! 

Ingredients
Serves 2
  • 175g butter, chopped 
  • 1 avocado 
  • 50g feta 
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes 
  • Juice ½ lemon 
  • 2 slices of sourdough 
     
Are you ready? Let’s get cooking!
  1. In a small bowl, mash the avocado, feta, chilli flakes and lemon juice, and season well with black pepper
  2. Toast the bread
  3. Pile the avocado and feta on the toast
     
     

ACAI BOWL

Try this fruity breakfast smoothie bowl for a quick, easy start to your day. Vary toppings according to the season – fresh berries or peaches work well in summer 
 
Ingredients
Serves 1
  • 2 tsp açaí powder 
  • Handful frozen berries 
  • ½ a very ripe banana, chopped 
  • Handful ice cubes 
  • 1 tsp coconut flakes, 5 pineapple chunks, ½ passionfruit, 1 tbsp toasted oats, to top (optional)  
     
Are you ready? Let’s get cooking!
    1. Put the açaí powder, frozen berries, banana and ice cubes into a powerful blender with 100ml water
    2. Blitz until smooth, then pour into a bowl and add your choice of toppings