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RISE & DINE
Whether it’s loud and lively with our friends, featuring bottomless mimosas and juicy gossip, or laidback and lengthy with our significant other and plenty of coffee, brunch is by far the best meal of the week.
From traditional fry-ups and extravagant pancake stacks to trendy açai bowls and oozing eggs, the menu options are endless. And while going out to your favourite brunch spot can be a lot of fun, there too comes a time where you don’t want to get out of bed. On those mornings, why not bring the brunch festivities home? In many ways, at-home brunch might just trump going out for brunch: no waiting in line, as many mimosas as your heart desires, and best of all…eating in your pyjamas.
Cooking your own brunch may sound intimidating, but when armed with the best breakfast kitchen gadgets, it’s easy to create a restaurant-worthy spread at home. Ahead, the 8 essential kitchen tools and gadgets to teach you how to cook brunch at home.
BUT FIRST, COFFEE
Wake up and smell the coffee! Whether enjoyed amongst your spread or a cup before you cook, you’ll want to start your morning off with quality coffee. The Oracle Bean-to-Cup Coffee Machine from Sage features an automated, touch screen operation to help you recreate your favourite café coffee in just three easy steps.
MIX IT UP
Pancakes are a brunch staple. Adored by all, they make for a great morning treat to serve to guests as you can prepare the batter the night before meaning all that’s left to do when you awake is fire up the pan. Make the task of whisking up batter even easier with help from the Kitchenaid Artisan Stand Mixer. Simply pop your ingredients in the bowl, set to speed 4 and mix!
If you're drinking your morning smoothie out of a glass, you're doing it wrong - or at least, that’s what Instagram will have you believe. Smoothie bowls are the latest foodie trend to take Instagram and brunch menus alike by storm. To make one at home, blend together your smoothie mix using the Ninja Foodi Power Nutri Blender. From there, pour into a bowl and top with delicious additions such as fresh berries, granola, coconut, and seed.
KEEP IT TRADITIONAL
If you prefer to keep things classic, there truly is no beating a traditional fry-up. Give this brunch favourite a healthy spin using the Tefal EasyFry Classic Air Fryer & Grill. You can cook bacon, eggs, beans, sausages, mushrooms and tomatoes all cooked to crispy perfection with minimal washing up at the end. The smart air circulation fries the food as though on the grill but with 99% less added fat.
BREAK AN EGG
When you think of brunch, what comes to mind first? For us, it’s eggs - poached eggs to be precise. But as delicious as they are, poached eggs are notoriously difficult to cook at home. Until now: this 4 Hole Stainless Steel Egg Poacher from Horwood allows you to make consistently runny poached eggs within minutes and you don't have to waste time cooking them one by one.
Though it’s not as convenient as grabbing a juice from the supermarket, freshly made juice is a great addition to any brunch. Not to mention how it’ll leave your home with a revitalizing aroma. This Braun Multiquick Juicer takes it’s name from its ability to make a fresh glass of juice in just fifteen seconds. What’s more, the 800w motor allows you to create textured juices to your own specification whilst the anti-splash spout enables juice to flow vertically into the glass.
MAKE A TOAST
Whether served alongside a traditional fry-up or as the base to your avocado and toast combo, we all have strong opinions on how light or dark we think our toast should be. This De’Longhi Ballerina 4 slice toaster features a variable browning setting so you can keep everyone happy, all at once. What’s more, its high lift function lets you grab your slice without burning your fingers!
But what would a delicious brunch be without that all important foodie snap? Give your tasty creation the perfect backdrop by presenting it on equally beautiful tableware. This Mason & Cash 12 Piece Dinner Set comes in a pretty pink hue sure to co-ordinate with any kitchen décor. Not to mention it photographs well! Containing four dinner plates, side plates and bowls, this set has something for every dish.
MORE TO READ
And where better to serve a delicious brunch than in bed? Set the scene by dressing your bed in the finest sheets and lighting an atmospheric candle. Find out more in The Ultimate Guide to Sheets & Scents.