How many of us enjoyed pancakes for tea on Shrove Tuesday and vowed to make breakfast for dinner a regular feature? Breakfast foods are so fun! So when I was asked if I'd like to review (and giveaway - scroll to the bottom to enter!) a copy of a cookbook called Breakfast For Dinner, I leapt at the chance!
I have had a LOT of fun with this book. The recipes utilise traditional breakfast foods like eggs, bacon, coffee, cornflakes etc. making everything from light and main meals to desserts, cocktails, cakes, preserves and more.. it's all going on in this book - in ways you'd expect and ways you really wouldn't!
The first thing I tried was the recipe for Bacon Jam.
I had been resisting recipes for this that I had seen online because I thought it was going to be frightfully unhealthy but I was pleasantly surprised to find that most of the bacon fat is drained away, there's minimal sugar, a tiny bit of maple syrup and the rest are ingredients I'd use in every day cooking, including coffee, orange juice, vinegar and actual vegetables!
The bacon jam tasted - as you would imagine - incredible! And keeps well in the fridge for a few weeks. When I make it again I will not add the bacon pieces to the blender because just a few pulses made the bacon almost puree when what I really wanted was chunks of bacon (perhaps my blender is just too efficient?).
In the same weekend I made the Habanero Cheddar Bread Pudding which was a bread pudding made in the style of American stuffing with chunks of bread rather than sandwich-style pieces. It has prosciutto, cheese, garlic and veggies and I made mine with gluten free bread. It made a really comforting meal - great for cold weather!
(my photo is a bit naff, it was too deliciously cheesy to hang around for big camera photos!)
I am planning to make the Vietnamese Iced Coffee Pops which have only two ingredients and look right up my street.
I just picked the recipes that jumped out at me at the time but this book has a lot of versatility. There are more vegelicious recipes such as the asparagus tart, the Broccoli and Cauliflower Omelettes and there are more indulgent recipes such as Maple Bacon Cupcakes (which are chocolate cup cakes with chocolate buttercream and maple bacon - I'll leave you alone with that thought for moment....).
The Greek Baked Eggs (which are pretty much oeufs en cocotte) look incredible and the book - as well as being beautiful - has some great practical tips.
I have a copy of Breakfast for Dinner to give away!
This giveaway is now closed - thank you to everyone who entered. The lucky winner is Karen - congratulations!
Pop me an email (homebakedonline at gmail dot com) with your details and I will organise for delivery of your prize.