The Little Book Of Brunch: Recipes For The Weekend
POACHED EGGS WITH YOGHURT AND CHILLI BUTTER
This is our version of the classic Turkish dish çilbir. You probably have most of the ingredients knocking around your cupboard and fridge, so it’s especially good for those times when you hadn’t planned on cooking anything but feel too lazy to throw a coat on over your PJs and nip out to the shops (if nipping out is an option).
Preparation time: 3 minutes
Cooking time: 2 minutes
200g Greek yoghurt
½ garlic clove, crushed
40g unsalted butter
½–1 tsp chilli flakes (depending how spicy they are)
½ tsp cayenne pepper
½ tsp paprika (hot or smoked)
¼ tsp ground cumin
bread, for toasting
With a spoon, beat together the yoghurt and garlic until smooth. Spoon into two small bowls.
In a pan over a low heat, melt the butter with the chilli and spices, taking care not to let it burn, until it is red and infused.
Poach the eggs for 1½ minutes, then remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper. Pop the bread into the toaster while the eggs are in the pan.
Place a poached egg on top of the yoghurt and pour over the chilli butter. Serve with toast for mopping up all the yolk, yoghurt and spicy butter.
CINNAMON BUNS WITH CREAM CHEESE ICING
Somewhere between a sticky bun and an American iced cinnamon roll, these pastries are just as good with builder’s tea as they are with filter coffee.
Baking with yeast requires time: on the plus side, it’s not as though you have to be anxiously hovering around the kitchen. Say you start these at 6pm: by 6.30pm you should be able to leave the dough for its first prove, leaving you free to make dinner, watch TV or mindlessly browse the internet (whatever floats your boat). By 9pm the dough will be ready to knock back and roll, then you can chill the shaped buns overnight (the cold temperature slows down the yeast, preventing them from over-proving). Whenyou wake up, they’ll be ready to bake.
Bar bacon frying or coffee brewing, there are few things more pleasant or enticing than the smell of cinnamon buns baking, and any annoyance you might have felt at the mild faff of the thing will soon be forgotten as you take your first bite of a just-iced bun.
For a Chelsea-style bun, add 250g currants to the filling.
Preparation time: 1 hour, plus proving and chilling
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Makes: 12 large buns
75g unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
2 x 7g sachets fast-action dried yeast
750g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
½ tsp salt
100g yoghurt or buttermilk
oil for greasing
50g demerara sugar
milk, for brushing
For the filling
50g unsalted butter
200g soft brown sugar
2 tbsp ground cinnamon
½ tbsp allspice
For the icing
120g cream cheese
40g icing sugar
pinch of salt (optional)
In a small pan, warm the milk over a medium heat (don’t let it bubble), then add the butter and leave to melt. Sprinkle over the yeast and mix together until any lumps dissolve.
Whisk the flour, sugar and salt together in a large bowl. Gradually add the milk-butter mixture, mixing together with a wooden spoon. When combined, add the yoghurt or buttermilk and mix again.
The dough should be fairly sticky, with an almost porridge-like consistency.
Flour your work surface generously, turn the dough onto it and knead until smooth and supple – this should take about 5–10 minutes. Grease a large bowl with a little oil, add the dough to it and cover with cling film. Leave somewhere warm for 2 hours. While the dough is proving you can make the filling. Melt the butter and leave to cool slightly. Combine the sugar and spices in a small bowl.
When the dough has doubled in size, line a large rectangular baking tray with greaseproof paper, grease with a little butter and sprinkle with the demerara sugar. Clear a large area of your work surface and lightly flour. Turn out the dough, punch it down and roll out to a large, even rectangle – around ½cm thick and 50 x 35cm. Brush the butter over the dough, then sprinkle over the sugar and spices, covering it right up to the edges.
Roll the longer side of the dough in on itself to make a fat sausage – try to keep it as even as you can so you end up with similar sized buns. Cut the dough sausage in half, then cut the two halves in half again so you have 4 pieces. Cut each of these into 3 equal pieces. Place on your lined tray, spacing them a couple of centimetres apart, then cover with cling film and leave for at least an hour, or pop in the fridge overnight.
In the morning, or when you’re ready to bake, preheat the oven to 180°C/gas 4. Remove the buns from the fridge (if necessary) and brush the tops with milk – this will help them to turn a nice golden brown. Bake in the hot oven for 30 minutes.
Beat the icing ingredients together in a bowl and spread on the buns a couple of minutes after removing from the oven. Eat immediately.
The Little Book of Brunch by Caroline Craig and Sophie Missing is published by Square Peg in Hardback at £16