Cheese and Ham Brunch Croissants

These tasty croissants are a brunch staple, however taste incredible at any time of the day. Try and use a few different combinations of your favourite ham, cheese, or even prosciutto for a quick and easy meal which is super-filling.

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Serves 2


2 large croissants

2 tbsp butter

2 slices ham

50g cheese


  1. Preheat your oven to 200ºC (400ºF). Slice the croissants down the middle and spread each side with butter.
  2. Place a thin piece of ham on each side of the croissant, then follow with the cheese. Close the croissant, then wrap with aluminium foil for extra crunch.
  3. Cook for 7-10 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with fresh lettuce, sliced tomatoes, and cucumber.

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May 17, 2015

Breakfast Recipes: Choc Chip Pancakes with Maple Nectarines

There’s nothing better than starting the weekend with an indulgent brunch, and this choc chip pancake recipe will become a family staple. Use your favourite pancake mix and make the luscious maple nectarines while you’re flipping the pancakes and you’ll have breakfast on the table in less than 20 minutes!

Serves 4


1 bottle pancake mix
30g butter
1/2 cup dark choc bits
1 cup/250ml maple syrup
4 yellow nectarines, stones removed and cut into thin wedges


1. Prepare pancake mix following the directions on the packet. Melt a little butter in a frypan, add 1/2 cup of the pancake mix, sprinkle with some choc bits.

2. Cook until bubbles appear on the surface, flip and cook until golden. Repeat with the remaining mix and choc bits.

3. Heat the maple syrup and nectarines and bring to boil, cook until the nectarines are soft. Serve stacks of pancakes topped with nectarines in syrup.

What’s your favourite brunch recipe?

October 17, 2013

Weekend Breakfast Recipes: Decadent Belgian Waffles

Start your weekend with a decadent brunch. Chocolate cafe Max Brenner shares their Belgian waffle recipe with butterscotch chips, roasted pineapple and white chocolate orange maple sauce. Our tip? Start the waffles the night before and prepare the sauce and roasted pineapple in advance, so all you have to do it wake up, assemble and enjoy! We like to make a batch of these golden waffles and freeze them for instant weekend breakfasts. Make sure you serve with bottomless Bellinis!

Makes: 10 waffles


Waffle dough
3 1/2 cups plain flour

1/2 cup milk, plus more if needed
1/2 cup cream
Scant 1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 envelope dry yeast
230g unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup butterscotch candies, chopped, plus more for topping

White chocolate and orange maple sauce
3/4 cup cream
240g white chocolate, chopped
Zest of 1 orange
3 tablespoons orange juice
6 tablespoons maple syrup

Roasted pineapple
115g plus
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
5 (1cm thick) pineapple slices


1. Make the waffle dough. In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a dough hook, combine the flour, milk, cream, sugar, eggs and yeast. Mix on low to form a smooth dough, about 10 minutes. If dough is too dry or tough, add a little more milk 1 tablespoon at a time. Add the butter and salt and continue kneading until the dough becomes elastic and pulls away from the sides of the bowl, 10 o 15 minutes. It should not be sticky to the touch.

2. Let the dough rest in a lightly greased bowl at room temperature for about 1 hour. Turn the dough once and put in the fridge to rest for another hour. Turn it again and refrigerate for a minimum of 5 hours.

3. Add the butterscotch to the dough and mix well. Scoop the dough in heaping teaspoonful’s and roll into balls. Place the 10 balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment and let rise in a warm place for about 90 minutes.

4. Heat a waffle machine to 160C. Add a ball of dough to each section on the iron. Bake until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Repeat with the remaining dough.

5. Prepare the sauce. Bring the cream to a simmer. Pour over the chocolate in a heatproof bowl and let sit until the chocolate in a heatproof bowl and let sit until the chocolate begins to melt, about 1 minute. Add the orange zest and juice and stir until smooth. Let cool, then stir in the maple syrup.

6. Make the roasted pineapple. Melt the butter over the high heat in a non-stick pan. Add the sugar and pineapple slices. Cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side.

7. Place a waffle on each of 10 plates, add half a slice of roasted pineapple, and top with white chocolate and orange maple sauce. Sprinkle butterscotch pieces over the tops and serve hot.

What’s your favourite weekend breakfast?

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September 20, 2013