The Perfect Breakfast in Bed

Is there anything quite so wonderfully decadent as breakfast in bed? You can just lie back and enjoy the feeling that you’re totally and utterly wasting the morning in the most self-indulgent way. It also helps if you can get someone else to make it for you.

Either way, breakfast in bed is something we should all enjoy from time to time, and to that end we’ve put together a selection of the most delicious breakfast recipes.

How to make a breakfast berry smoothie

This is a really easy recipe that adds that super healthy touch to your feast, and you can use any selection of berries you like.

1 ripe banana

About 140g blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, or strawberries, plus extra to serve

Apple juice or water

Runny honey

Slice the banana into your blender or food processor and add the berries. Blend until smooth, then add the juice or water to create the consistency you like. Pour into a glass and add a few berries and a drizzle of honey to serve.

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How to make eggs Benedict with smoked salmon

A more refined recipe that’s a real brunch staple. If you’re not a fan of smoked salmon then just replace it with some decent cooked ham.

4 eggs                                                                                   For the Hollandaise sauce

2 tbsp white wine vinegar                                            2 tsp lemon juice

2 English muffins, halved                                              2 tsp white wine vinegar

A little butter for spreading                                         3 egg yolks

8 slices smoked salmon                                                 125g unsalted butter, diced

Chopped chives to serve

First make the Hollandaise sauce. Put the lemon juice and vinegar in a small bowl, add the egg yolks and whisk with a balloon whisk until light and frothy.

Place the bowl over a pan of simmering water and whisk until the mixture thickens. Gradually add the butter, whisking constantly until thick – if it looks like it might be splitting, then whisk off the heat for a few minutes. Season and keep warm.

To poach the eggs, bring a large pan of water to the boil and add the vinegar. Lower the heat so that the water is simmering gently. Stir the water so you have a slight whirlpool, then slide in the eggs one by one. Cook each for about 4 minutes, then remove with a slotted spoon.

Lightly toast and butter the muffins, then put a couple of slices of salmon on each half. Top each with an egg, spoon over some Hollandaise and garnish with some chopped chives.

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How to make American blueberry pancakes

A classic American breakfast, perfect for stacking up in a big pile, drizzled all over with maple syrup and blueberries.

200g self-raising flour                                                    Knob of butter

1 tsp baking powder                                                       1 egg

300ml milk                                                                           150g blueberries

Sunflower oil or butter for cooking                           Maple syrup

Mix together the flour, baking powder, and a pinch of salt into a large bowl. Beat the egg with the milk, make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and whisk in the milk to make a thick smooth batter. Melt the butter and beat into the mixture along with half the blueberries.

Heat a teaspoon of oil or butter in a large non-stick frying pan. Drop a large tablespoon of the batter per pancake into the pan to make pancakes about 7.5cm across.

Make three or four pancakes at a time. 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. Serve with maple syrup and the rest of the blueberries.

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