We eat poached eggs on toast with crispy pancetta 90% of our weekend mornings together. But sometimes I like to mix it up with something else. Sometimes we have pancakes, or oeufs en cocotte but my most recent favourite is this brioche French toast.
It’s just the perfect sweet weekend treat with the buttery warm brioche, fresh berries, lightly whipped cream and a drizzle of maple syrup. Best eaten after a long lie-in, in your dressing gown!
Brioche French toast, serves 2
4 slices brioche
200 ml milk
1 tsp vanilla
2-3 tbsp salted butter
50 ml caster sugar
lightly whipped cream
Heat up the butter in a large frying pan on medium heat. Mix eggs and milk in a low bowl with a fork. Quickly dip the brioche slices on both sides in the egg mixture and fry until golden on both sides. Drain on kitchen towel. Dip in caster sugar (with out without a little cinnamon) on both sides and serve with fresh berries, lightly whipped cream and maple syrup.
On the top of my to-do-list for the long weekend in Stockholm was, of course, fika. And not just anywhere, but at a recently opened café by Roy Fares, incorporating American pastries with Swedish fika.
It’s a concept that totally works, and it’s nice to find things like American pancakes on the menu, as well as deliciously looking doughnuts and more traditional Swedish buns.
We came here on the Sunday morning, rather late as I’d had to work a bit, and after a chaotic few hours it was so nice to sit in the sunshine and enjoy our (very) late breakfast. We had some bread rolls with ham and cheese, American pancakes with maple syrup (so yum), smoothie, juice and of course some sweet pastries.
The piece de resistance here is definitely the red velvet croissant. And it’s utterly amazing. Imagine flaky pastry filled with the cream cheese frosting on a red velvet cake. It’s butterly, sweet (but not too sweet), flaky and creamy all at the same time. Yum, yum, yum!
We also shared a rhubarb and strawberry custard bun with crumble on top that was lovely, but nothing could beat the hybrid croissant of dreams. This place is a must for anyone visiting Stockholm.
Mr Cake, Rådmansgatan 12a, 114 25 Stockholm, Sweden
For Halloween last year I went to Dublin for the weekend to visit my friend Sinead and the city was bustling to say the least; in part because of Halloween but it was also the Dublin Marathon that weekend and of course there was a big rugby game on (like most weekends in Ireland).
I arrived late on the Friday night so we only had time to catch up over a bottle of wine, but spent the next day out on the town. We started with a delicious brunch at Dillinger’s in the cosy Ranelagh area.
The place was packed when we arrived but we got a nice table (can’t remember if you can book or not) and started to read to menu. For a brunch menu, this was one of the best I’ve seen; I wanted to eat everything! In the end I decided on the hash brown with guacemole, poached egg and smoked salmon while Sinead had the waffles with fried chicken and maple syrup. Both dishes were really nice (just a tad too big for us).
We also had bellinis drink (appropriate when on holiday) and coffee.
Our lovely Saturday continued with some shopping, both in Ranelagh and central Dublin, and some drinks outside before going home to change and then on to dinner.
Dillinger’s, 47 Ranelagh, Dublin 6, Ireland