This year, Valentine’s Day falls on the weekend, so it’s a perfect excuse to wake up to an indulgent breakfast.
Because why book an expensive restaurant for lunch when you could stay in your PJs and tuck in to one of these…
Chocolate Buttermilk Pancakes with Salted Caramel Sauce
Wowsers. Just look at all the chocolate and caramel going on with these pancakes, from the brilliant Averie Cooks. Her Chocolate Buttermilk Pancakes with Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce can be ready in 20 minutes, so you won’t be in the kitchen all morning, either. Stick the kettle on and whip up a batch.
The Ultimate Bacon and Egg Sandwich
So, if you’re going to create an Ultimate Bacon and Egg Sandwich, it would have to be something special, right? Well Em from Pig and Quill has, and it is. “It’s got so much freaking flavor — maybe too much, admittedly — your taste buds are gonna sprout taste buds just to get all up on it”, she writes.
It takes quite a bit of making, but in 20 minutes or so you’ll be rewarded with spicy, salty, umami and eggy flavours if you do. Go on, you know you want to.
Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls
If you’re looking for something that fits in with the Valentine’s colour theme and doesn’t really require any actual cooking on the day, this is it. These beautiful rolls were created by Erin from the blog Well Plated. You prep everything the night before and then slide them into the oven for half an hour when you get up.
“Or better yet,” she writes, “stay under the covers and have your roommate/boyfriend/husband/impressively-trained retriever pop the Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls into the oven, then bring them to you in bed. The antique china and paper doily are optional, but encouraged.”
Sometimes, only something spicy and savoury will do the job for a weekend breakfast or brunch. And this Shakshuka from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen is perfect. It’s hot, good for you and you can eat it straight out of the frying pan. Who wants to spend Valentine’s morning washing up, anyway? Plus, you’ll benefit from the supposed aphrodisiac qualities of the chilli and cayenne pepper. Bonus.
Toasted Oatmeal with Strawberry Chia Jam and Coconut Whipped Cream
Not your everyday bowl of porridge, this one. Toasting the oats gives them a nuttier flavour - and not to mention this breakfast is also dairy and gluten-free (if you use gluten free oats). Go check out the recipe for Toasted Oatmeal with Strawberry Chia Jam and Coconut Whipped Cream at the blog Cookie and Kate.
Bacon Pancake Sandwiches
What’s better than a bacon sandwich? A bacon sandwich made using pancakes (obviously). This recipe for Bacon Pancake Sandwiches comes from the blog Nom Nom Paleo and it’s grain and gluten-free. It’s also portable (so you can eat them in bed) and easy to make. Oh, and they’re drizzled with maple syrup, too.
Chocolate Doughnuts with Pomegranate Glaze
You’d think these would be really difficult to make, but they could be yours in around half an hour. Make them the day before and have them ready to tuck into on Saturday. Top points are awarded for heart sprinkles here, too. Check out the recipe for Chocolate Doughnuts with Pomegranate Glaze at the blog Yummy Addiction.
Bacon and Egg Breakfast Pies
If you get up late on Saturday, skip breakfast and head straight for brunch - with a batch of these Bacon and Egg Breakfast pies. They were created by Samantha Linsell of the blog Drizzle and Dip. You can make the pies vegetarian (skip the bacon) and they’ll be ready in around half an hour.
Coconut Whipped Cream Brioche French Toast with Chocolate Covered Strawberries
We know that there are Valentine’s Day haters out there. “How-ev-er,” writes Taylor, from the blog Food Faith and Fitness, “no matter if you’re on team ooey-gooey lovey-dovey goodness or team why-does-February-14-even-exist, I KNOW that you like French toast.”
She’s got a point. And her Coconut Whipped Cream Brioche French Toast with Chocolate Covered Strawberries is a breakfast you could TOTALLY fall in love with. Check out the recipe on her blog.
Are you on team Valentine’s? What will you be cooking up on Saturday?