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Fairy Bread – It’s not just for parties, plus July Breakfast Club

Fairy Bread

The past few weeks in the UK have been so incredibly hot it’s been borderline unbearable. We’re talking sleep in your underwear with the fans on kinda weather. We’ve been enjoying early morning and evening walks while it’s still cool enough to be comfortable outside.

I love this time of year.  I’ve really begun to embrace the ‘Great British Summer’ and the traditions that go alongside it. Last weekend it was too hot to sleep.  The sun started streaming into our bedroom window shortly after 4am, and after laying in bed for over an hour without falling back asleep I decided it was time to get up. Yeah. On a weekend.

Normally I try and make something something a bit different for breakfast on the weekends, but I was feeling particularly lazy so wanted something simple. No waffles, pancakes, or french toast in sight.  Instead I charged myself up with a couple of Nespresso shots and wandered down to our local M&S in search of some breakfast inspiration.

I ended up leaving with a bunch of peonies and a loaf of brioche.

When I got back home everyone was up, and my son was asking for something ‘special’ for breakfast. Anything that’s not cereal is something special for him, so I didn’t feel a whole lot of pressure to impress my 3 year old with something fancy.

I took inspiration from my instagram account and some of the Australian accounts I follow, and whipped up some classic Australian fairy bread using the loaf of brioche I picked up earlier.

I’d never heard of fairy bread until a year or so ago when I stumbled across it on instragram. It’s essentially buttered white bread covered in sprinkles, and it’s delicious!

As far as I’m aware of fairy bread isn’t something we eat in Canada (if it is, I was severely ripped off as a child). Apparently it’s traditionally served at kids parties in Australia, as well as the UK (I think?).  I figured with the weekend ahead of us, and not having to go to to work was cause enough for a fairy bread celebration. In addition to the traditional buttery version, I also opted to make a few slices with Nutella as well which were my favourite.

Fairy Bread

Fairy Bread

 

Fairy Bread

Ingredients

  • Sliced White Bread or Brioche
  • Butter
  • Nutella
  • Sprinkles (100's & 1000's)

Instructions

  1. Slather an even coating of butter or Nutella over a slice of brioche or white bread.
  2. Shake on an even coating of sprinkles so that they stick to the Nutella or butter covered surface.
  3. Enjoy!
http://www.madewithpink.com/2015/07/fairy-bread-its-not-just-for-parties/

Obviously this isn’t something you’d eat every morning (or every week for that matter), but every once in a while it’s ok for a special treat – or breakfast. My son loved his breakfast treat, and luckily for me it was nice and warm so he was able to eat it outside so I didn’t end up with a kitchen floor covered in minuscule round sprinkle balls.

Fairy Bread

I’m linking my fairy bread up to Breakfast Club hosted by myself this month.  Breakfast Club was started by Helen from Fuss Free Flavours, and now co-hosted by myself and Sarah at Maison Cupcake.

Please publish your new post linking to the current host’s (Andrea Made With Pink) monthly announcement post, and the co- host’s blog (which this month is Sarah Maison Cupcake). If you mention either of us on Twitter (@Made_With_Pink and @MaisonCupcake) with the #BreakfastClub hashtag, we’ll try to RT as many entries as we can.

Don’t forget to include the below Breakfast Club badge in your post as well!

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Breakfast Club May Roundup

Last month marked the re-launch of Breakfast Club – the monthly linkup event originally started by Helen of Fuss Free Flavours which I now co-host with Sarah from Maison Cupcake. The great thing about Breakfast Club is that there’s no monthly theme to stick to, so you won’t be forced to blog about a full English, if you’re really craving eggs benny.

We had some fabulous entries in May which had me wishing there were more weekends in a month so I could try to make them all myself. Check them all out below if you need some inspiration for this month’s Breakfast Club, hosted by Sarah from Maison Cupcake.

May Breakfast Club Entries

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1.  Rhubarb Curd by Claire at Foodie Quine
2.  Sugar Free Almond & Sultana Breakfast Oatmeal by Margot at Coffee and Vanilla
3.  Shakshuka with Chickpeas by Sus at Rough Measures
4.  Drop Scones (Scotch Pancakes) by Coriander Queen

May2

5.  Vegan Berry Smoothie by Cotton Cloth Eco
6.  Gluten Free Belgian Waffles by Sarah at Maison Cupcake

May3

7.  Huevos Rancheros by Megan at Got To Be Gourmet
8.  Belvita Breakfast Yoghurt Parfaits by In The Playroom
9.  Chocolate Covered Alpin Swiss Muesli Bars by Elizabeth at Elizabeth’s Kitchen
10. Sugar Free & Gluten Free Lemon Poppyseed Waffles by Andrea at Made With Pink

The June edition of Breakfast Club is currently being hosted by Sarah over at Maison Cupcake. We’d love to see your breakfast recipes from this month!

 

Introducing Breakfast Club

Breakfast lovers unite!  I’m pleased to say that I’ll be co-hosting a monthly link up called the Breakfast Club. This is the first month of the newly re-launched Breakfast Club, co-hosted by myself and Sarah from Maison Cupcake.

Originally started by Helen at Fuss Free Flavours, Breakfast Club is the place to share and celebrate the variety of things people eat for breakfast.  From sausage sandwiches and bacon butties, to waffles with berries and cream, and everything in between. If you eat it for breakfast we want you to share it with us!

Breakfast Club Blogger Link Up

You may enter up to two dishes per month. We don’t mind your dishes being entered to other events, but the post must be newly published material. All entrants participating in Breakfast Club are also offered an invite to pin to the Breakfast Club Pinterest Board.

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To get you going, here are some ideas of things you can enter into Breakfast Club:

Bacon and sausages
Bagels and pretzels
Breads
Breakfast bars
Brunch dishes
Cereals, granolas, mueslis
Cooked breakfasts
Egg dishes including tortillas and omelettes
French toast
Fruit based salads
Home cured meats
Home made cheeses
International breakfast dishes
Jams, curds, preserves
Kedgerees
Pancakes, crepes and blini
Pastries and muffins
Porridges
Nut butters and spreads
Scones and drop scones
Smoothies, shakes and juices
Soy milk or soy yogurt dishes
Waffles and griddled things
Toasties or things on toast
Yogurt dishes

Please publish your new post linking to the current host’s (Andrea Made With Pink) monthly announcement post, and the co- host’s blog (which this month is Sarah Maison Cupcake). If you mention either of us on Twitter (@Made_With_Pink and @MaisonCupcake) with the #BreakfastClub hashtag, we’ll try to RT as many entries as we can.

Don’t forget to include the below Breakfast Club badge in your post as well!

Breakfast Club Blogger Link Up

I’ll be posting a recap of all the entries at the end of the month.

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Breakfast Club

Breakfast lovers unite!  I’m pleased to say that I’ll be co-hosting a monthly link up called the Breakfast Club. This is the first month of the newly re-launched Breakfast Club, co-hosted by myself and Sarah from Maison Cupcake.

Originally started by Helen at Fuss Free Flavours, Breakfast Club is the place to share and celebrate the variety of things people eat for breakfast.  From sausage sandwiches and bacon butties, to waffles with berries and cream, and everything in between. If you eat it for breakfast, we want you to share it with us!

You may enter up to two dishes per month. We don’t mind your dishes being entered to other events, but the post must be newly published material. All entrants participating in Breakfast Club are also offered an invite to pin to the Breakfast Club Pinterest Board.

Breakfast Club Pinterest Board

To get you going, here are some ideas of things you can enter into Breakfast Club:

Bacon and sausages
Bagels and pretzels
Breads
Breakfast bars
Brunch dishes
Cereals, granolas, mueslis
Cooked breakfasts
Egg dishes including tortillas and omelettes
French toast
Fruit based salads
Home cured meats
Home made cheeses
International breakfast dishes
Jams, curds, preserves
Kedgerees
Pancakes, crepes and blini
Pastries and muffins
Porridges
Nut butters and spreads
Scones and drop scones
Smoothies, shakes and juices
Soy milk or soy yogurt dishes
Waffles and griddled things
Toasties or things on toast
Yogurt dishes

Please publish your new post linking to the current host’s (Andrea Made With Pink) monthly announcement post, and the co- host’s blog (which this month is Sarah Maison Cupcake). If you mention either of us on Twitter (@Made_With_Pink and @MaisonCupcake) with the #BreakfastClub hashtag, we’ll try to RT as many entries as we can.

Don’t forget to include the below Breakfast Club badge in your post as well!

Breakfast Club Blogger Link Up

Waffles with Strawberries and Whipped Cream

Waffles with Strawberries & Whipped Cream

We’ve been going strawberry mad in our house lately.  Between harvesting our own from the garden and regular visits to the local pick your own farm, we’ve got a lot of strawberries to use up.

These waffles with strawberries and whipped cream are probably my favourite breakfast of all time. Mum used make them for special occasions like birthdays and when our friends came to the house for sleepovers.

Last month I made some healthy sugar free & gluten free lemon poppyseed waffles with fresh strawberry sauce, but there’s just something about waffles with fresh strawberries and whipped cream that makes everything right in the world. The warmth of the fluffy waffles topped with cool silky clouds of whipped cream, topped off with sweet syrupy strawberries = a whole lotta AMAZING in your mouth.

Mum used my grandmas special waffle maker. I have no idea what brand it was, but it’ll be a vintage piece now that’s for sure. The main thing I remember about it was that the waffles were nice and square, and they weren’t super thick like a lot of the waffle makers make nowadays.

Strawberry Basket

The waffle maker I’ve had for years has been temperamental recently, so I was pleased to be invited along to an event with George Foreman Grills where I could test out their new Evolve Grill. I know what you’re thinking – what does a George Foreman Grill have to do with waffles? That’s what I thought too when I first received the invite, but then I realised that the George Foreman Evolve Grill was different than other grills. Why?

It can make waffles!  AND brownies!

The Evolve Grill has interchangeable plates that allow the grill to do triple duty. The grill plates are ceramic coated which has proved to be a breeze to clean after the cooking is done. In addition, there are interchangeable waffle plates, and a deeper pan that’s suitable for a variety of things including omlets, pizza, and brownies. During the event we tested out the grill and deep dish plates, by making seared sesame tuna & pesto and beetroot pizza. Both were amazing, and I was impressed with how well the Evolve Grill performed.

George Foreman Evolve Grill

Shortly after the event I was sent my very own Evolve Grill, along with a set of interchangeable waffle plates. I couldn’t wait to try them out. I didn’t have mum’s waffle recipe on hand, so I opted to try out Maison Cupcake’s Gluten Free Belgian Waffle recipe that she shared in last month’s Breakfast Club linky.

Waffles with Strawberries and whipped cream

Waffles with Strawberries and Whipped Cream

Yield: 8

Recipe slightly adapted from Maison Cupcake

Ingredients

    For the Strawberries and Whipped Cream
  • 250g Strawberries, washed and sliced
  • 2-3 Tbsp Castor Sugar
  • 300ml Double Cream
  • 2-3 Tbsp Icing Sugar
  • 1tsp Vanilla
  • For the Waffles
  • 2 Eggs
  • 300ml Whole Milk
  • 80g Butter, melted
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 270g Gluten Free Self Raising Flour
  • 45g Caster Sugar

Instructions

    For the Strawberries and Whipped Cream
  1. Toss the sliced strawberries and 2-3 tablespoons of castor sugar into a bowl, and stir lightly to coat the berries in sugar. Set aside in the fridge for at lest half an hour so the strawberry syrup can develop.
  2. In a medium bow, place the double cream, 2-3 tablespoons of icing sugar and vanilla, and whip until medium soft peaks form. Set aside.
  3. For the Waffles
  4. Preheat your waffle maker (220ºC if using the Evolve Grill).
  5. Combine the the eggs, milk, melted butter, and vanilla extract into a medium bowl, and set aside.
  6. In a sepearate bowl, sift the gluten free flour and caster sugar.
  7. Slowly pour the liquid mixture into the dry ingredients while string constantly until most of the lumps are incorporated.
  8. Pour the batter onto the waffle maker, making sure not to overfill. Cook until golden brown according to the directions of your waffle maker.
  9. Serve with your fresh whipped cream and strawberries.
http://www.madewithpink.com/2015/06/waffles-with-strawberries-and-whipped-cream/

I like to consider these waffles breakfast, but they’ll easily double as a fantastic dessert.

Waffles with Strawberries and whipped cream

So what did I think of the George Foreman Evolve Grill?

Pros: I love the fact that this grill has interchangeable plates. The fact that they’re removable makes them sooo much easier to clean, and the ceramic coating on the main grill plates means nothing sticks. Although I’ve yet to try baking brownies in it, the deep dish pan cooked my pizza surprisingly well. The waffle plates make larger waffles than most other square waffle makers on the market, so I feel these are the perfect size. Normally I would have forced myself to eat two square waffles, but with the evolve I’m quite happy to stick to one, as one Evolve waffle equals about 1.5 regular square waffles.

The fact that I could have this grill sitting on my counter top and cook 3 different ways in it is really appealing, especially since I lack storage space so the more uses I can get out of an appliance, the better.

I also liked the digital display screen and timing feature on the Evolve. My previous George Foreman grills didn’t have this feature, and I do find it really handy – especially during pre-heating.

Cons:  The grill is on the large side, so if you’re counter top is small or cluttered it may be hard to find space for the Evolve in your kitchen. Compared to my other waffle maker, the Evolve takes considerably longer to cook my waffles to a nice golden brown colour, which also means you’ll get a crispier waffle.

Would I buy it?  Yes, probably. If I was in the market for another electric grill, the Evolve would be near the top of my list because of the removable & interchangeable plates because they make clean up so much easier – they’re dishwasher safe too!  At £149.99 the evolve certainly isn’t the cheapest grill on the market, so you’ll need to decide if the extra features & plates are worth it for you.

With thanks to George Foreman Grills for hosting the Evolve event, and providing me with the new Evolve grill.

And because this is a breakfast post, I’m submitting my waffles with strawberries and whipped cream to the Breakfast Club, this month hosted by Sarah over at Maison Cupcake, and co-hosted by myself.

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