With friends here for the Easter weekend, breakfast is an extra special affair today. Time to read the papers or simply linger round the table chatting makes a welcome change from breakfast on a busy working day.
It is probably the time for a Full English Breakfast
but as we are having a full on Sunday Lunch today I fancy something a bit different. Am thinking maybe a stack of delicious Crempog - Welsh Pancakes
or American Pancakes
which can be served almost the same way as a full English with some crispy bacon. Yum.
I can always make a scaled down full breakfast on an English Muffin
with a slice of bacon or a sausage and a large spoonful of scrambled egg, maybe Eggs Benedict
? Or I can sit here thinking and we'll end up with nothing. Pancakes it is.
Today, Good Friday, is the day to eat Hot Cross Buns.
The buns are marked with a cross and were originally eaten by the Saxons to honour their goddess Eostre - it is thought the bun represented the moon and the cross the moon's quarters. To Christians, the cross symbolizes the crucifixion.
This recipe is a quicker, lighter - and somewhat easier - recipe than my traditional one, both are delicious, just depends on how much time you have.
QUICK TIP: Make a large batch and after baking keep some back to eat warm with lots of butter and freeze the rest.
Photo © Elaine Lemm
Get ready for Easter and bring on the chocolate. Got some serious baking to do for the weekend and making a start with a Chocolate and Nut Brownie. I am going to cook up a batch today which will hopefully see us through the weekend, somehow I have my doubts.
A baked ham at Easter is now as traditional as at Christmas. There are many variations out there, I love this one made using Welsh Cider. I used a particularly lovely Welsh Cider for this recipe from Rosies Cider in Llandegla North Wales, you can of course use any of your favourite dry ciders.