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Best ever brunch recipes

Brunch is such a luxury, and an easy way to enjoy a lazy weekend. Try one of our 24 brilliant brunch ideas for indulgent pancakes, eggs all ways and healthy breakfast treats

Our brunch recipes are the best way to enjoy a lazy weekend at home. Restaurants across London and the UK are mad about brunch, so why not cosy up and enjoy a brunch party in your own home? Here are our brunch ideas for a crowd or to enjoy with someone special – pancakes, eggs all ways, , we’ve got comfort food covered. Or try our healthier brunch ideas including super smoothies, buckwheat pancakes and avocado on toast (or try our trendy squash on toast recipe). Pair your brunch dishes with a pokey bloody mary, or start your day with a boost from our breakfast smoothie ideas.

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Nutella pancakes with boozy hot chocolate sauce

And the prize for the most indulgent brunch recipe goes to…

These light and fluffy Nutella pancakes are simply delicious and come drizzled in a smooth and creamy hot chocolate sauce. Adding booze to the sauce is optional but highly recommended for an extra treat! We have more pancakes recipes here to choose from.

nutella pancakes

Roasted tomatoes and avocado on toast

Avocado on toast is THE most popular brunch recipe in London restaurants. This delicious healthy breakfast, lunch or snack couldn’t be easier to put together. Ripe tomatoes, avocado and salad leaves on toast are a great vegetarian combination. We are a bit avocado mad, so we’ve put together a whole collection of avocado on toast recipes here.


Egg and cheese brunch bagel

These easy egg and cheese brunch bagels are a great alternative to the usual weekend fry-up. Ready in 15 minutes these bagels are quick and packed with flavour.

Egg and cheese brunch bagel

Eggs royale with smoked trout and yuzu hollandaise

Brunch + eggs go hand in hand. We love this twist on classic eggs royale. Homemade hollandaise can send a shiver of fear down the spines of even the most seasoned cooks but it’s really very easy provided you don’t let the sauce get too hot. Yuzu is a little citrus fruit from Japan that packs a big punch. It tastes like sour mandarin crossed with lemon, with plenty of heady floral top notes. It’s tricky, but not impossible, to buy fresh yuzu in the UK. In need of eggs ideas? We have 57 eggs recipes here.

Eggs royale with trout and yuzu hollandaise

Best ever bloody mary

The classic brunch cocktail, a bloody mary is sure to cure any hangover and wake you up for the weekend. Our recipe for this classic cocktail combines vodka, tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, port and sherry with a few dashes of Tabasco to turn up the heat. Garnish with a celery stick and some tomatoes and olives to serve.

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Cinnamon buns

We like big buns, and we cannot lie! So we got the recipe for this chocolate-drizzled cinnamon roll from East London’s newest Danish bakery, The Bread Station. Bake a batch on Saturday morning and enjoy for brunch on Sunday, too!

cinnamon buns

Buckwheat pancakes

Who doesn’t love pancakes for breakfast? This recipe for cinnamon buckwheat pancakes with maple syrup, yogurt, and fresh raspberries comes in at under 300 calories per serving. We have plenty more low calorie breakfast ideas under 300 calories here.


Fancy adding a healthy boost to your brunch? Try one of our smoothie recipes to pair with your brunch dishes.

Almond milk smoothie

Bacon and egg crumpet melts

This quick, easy brunch recipe is perfect for lazy weekends when you can’t decide what to treat yourself with – spoil yourself with bacon, eggs AND crumpets.


Fluffy ricotta pancakes with whipped honey butter

These fluffy ricotta pancakes with whipped honey butter are perfect for a special brunch treat. If you haven’t tried whipping butter try this. It makes it light and airy and allows you to incorporate subtle sweet or savoury flavours.


Eggs Benedict baguette

We’ve taken a classic brunch recipe and made it even better with this recipe for eggs benedict baguette. It’s also a great, easy way of making hollandaise.

Eggs benedict baguette

Breakfast burritos

Breakfast burritos are perfect time-savers for busy mornings. Packed with all the essentials including streaky bacon, crispy hash browns, eggs and button mushrooms – it’s a full English on the go!

Breakfast Burritos

Dan Doherty’s Colombian eggs

Dan Doherty cracks brunch with this quick Colombian eggs recipe, taken from his book ‘Duck & Waffle; recipes and stories’. Try pepping it up with chorizo or smoked salmon, if you like.


French toast with sticky toffee walnuts

Whether you call it French toast or eggy bread, everyone is bound to love this easy family pud. The toffee walnuts are so easy to make too that this is sure to become a family favourite. We’ve put together a whole guide to create the perfect French toast here.


Tex-Mex hash with eggs

This recipe for Tex-Mex hash with eggs – a combination of potatoes, tomatoes chills, avocado and eggs – is, to us, one of the ultimate comfort foods. This is ready in just 30 minutes, so makes a great brunch or lighter dinner


Smoky cannellini beans on garlic toast

This recipe for smoky cannelloni beans on garlic toast is packed with flavour, vegetarian, ready in just 20 minutes AND under 500 calories. What more could you want for a midweek meal?


Lemon drizzle crumpets

We’ve taken these crumpets and given them a zingy makeover. Drenched in lemon and sugar they are great for a sweet brunch idea.

Lemon drizzle crumpets

Quick croque madame

Croque madame is a classic favourite and this quick version makes for an easy indulgent meal. Ready in just 30 minutes, it’s perfect for a midweek comfort food treat


Overnight plum and almond oats

Prep your oats the night before to make this quick and easy vegan breakfast for two. It may be low calorie but it’ll leave you feeling satisfied and full until lunchtime. Are you a fan of coconut? Try our coconut overnight oats recipe.

Overnight oats

Brioche French toast with warm blueberry compote

Superfood blueberries make a delicious warm compote to cut through the ice cream or clotted cream in this recipe. The golden fried bread is such a warming comfort food and makes this dish a really indulgent dessert or breakfast idea


Squash toast with feta, sumac and poached egg

Try this squash toast with feta, sumac and poached egg for a quick and healthy, vegetarian brunch for one under 300 calories.

Squash toast

Baked avocado with smoked salmon and egg

Avocados are really versatile, try them baked with smoked salmon and egg for a quick, healthy brunch. Click here for a mountain of inspiring avocado recipes.


Shakshuka

The classic brunch dish shakshuka is vegetarian and quick and easy to make – spices, peppers, tomatoes and eggs bubbled up in a pan – what’s not to like?


Baked smoked haddock and egg pots

These baked smoked haddock and egg pots are quick and easy to make and under 500 calories but feel indulgent.


Easy egg and bacon tarts

These easy egg and bacon tarts can be make in just 30 minutes with a handful of ingredients – perfect for midweek.

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Mix and match brunch waffles

These mix and match brunch waffles are the perfect recipe for a lazy weekend. Serve the toppings in bowls and the waffles in a pile and let everyone build their own


food director Janine has an extended chat with chef and author Sabrina Ghayour about why brunch is such a hot trend right now

olive magazine podcast ep49 – bad restaurant habits and Sabrina Ghayour on brunch