When you want to impress your partner for a special occasion, perhaps for Valentine's Day or an anniversary, you probably want to push the boat out a little at breakfast. Here are our suggestions for some delicious romantic breakfasts...
Shakshuka is a Tunisian dish of eggs poached in a rich tomato sauce, with a little bit of a chilli kick. It has all the satisfaction of a fried breakfast but is considerably healthier - but still extremely delicious. It's also extremely easy to do – just cook up the tomato sauce in a heavy-bottomed frying pan, crack your eggs in and leave it to cook. Quick and very delicious, serve with a chunk of good bread or toast.
Ideal for... a lover with a taste for the exotic
Port-soaked baked fruit
When you're looking for something particularly luxurious to start the day then you can’t go wrong with this boozy combination of figs, plums, pomegranate seeds and cranberries soaked in port and baked until slightly caramelised. Cook it the night before and reheat the following morning if you want to avoid an early start. Serve with creamy porridge or, for a lighter version, Greek yoghurt.
Ideal for… a decadent lover
Recipe: port-soaked baked fruit
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Mushroom, chorizo and potato hash
Fans of a traditional full English fry-up might also appreciate this slightly more exotic cousin. Swap the bacon for chorizo and hash browns for sautéed potatoes and serve with fried eggs and mushrooms, plus some chopped fresh chilli.
Ideal for… a lover with an appetite
Recipe: mushroom, chorizo and potato hash.
Pancakes with honey and raisin sauce
These pancakes are similar to Scotch pancakes, but a little lighter. They're served with a gorgeous sauce made by boiling honey with lemon juice and raisins, and topped with a dollop of thick and creamy Greek yoghurt.
Ideal for… a lover with a sweet tooth
Recipe: pancakes with honey and raisin sauce
You can’t go wrong with classic French toast, whether it’s served with a simple sprinkling of icing sugar or, for a more special breakfast, a generous sprinkling of fresh berries and syrup, it’s the perfect weekend breakfast or brunch.
Ideal for… a lover with a taste for the traditional
Recipe: classic French toast
Raspberry and chocolate granola stack
The beauty of homemade granola is the vast options you have to make it your own. In this recipe, Madeleine Shaw adds cacao powder to give it a chocolaty taste. You can cook the granola several days beforehand so you don’t have to spend long in the kitchen on the big day itself.
Ideal for… a health-conscious lover
Recipe: raspberry and chocolate granola stack