Monday 9 February 2015

Maple Syrup, Bacon, & Poached Egg Bagel

I discovered this recipe a few years ago in a brunch cookbook, and ever since I have been in love with it! It's easy, fairly quick to do and so yummy! It's perfect as a special occasion breakfast/brunch, and with Valentine's day approaching, I thought I would give it a share!
If you end up making this then please comment and let me know how you got on!

You will need some bagels, plain soft cheese (Philadelphia works best), bacon and maple syrup. I've added some eggs and an avocado, but they are not essential.
I went to Aldi to get my ingredients and it meant that it cost just over a £5er for all of that. I don't normally go there but they seem to be popping up all over the place so I wanted to see what all the fuss was about.

Now, I'm no Nigella so you'll have to bare with me as I teach you how to make this, but I promise it'll be worth it!

  • Firstly, Put a frying pan on a medium-hot heat (I used a griddle pan for this and didn't add any butter/oil as the bacon gives off quite a lot)
  • Once the pan is hot, place the bacon in (don't touch it! - you can find this out by placing a bit of bacon on the pan and it'll start to sizzle if it's ready)
I was cooking for more than two people when I did this which is why I have about a million pieces of bacon! Cook as much as you want, generally 2 pieces per half bagel.
  • While the bacon is cooking, cut the bagels in half and get the toaster out. Start toasting the bagels, one at a time.
  • If you want to keep your bagels warm then pre-heat your oven to 100 degrees, and pop them in after they have been toasted, while the bacon cooks.
  • If you want a poached egg with your bagel then boil some water, get a deep frying pan and add a table spoon of white malt vinegar. Add the water to the pan once it's boiled and crack an egg in there, put it on a medium heat. Click HERE to find out how to poach an egg.
  • Now is the perfect moment to cut up an avocado, or garnish the plate with spinach, while everything else cooks.   
  • Once the bagels are toasted, and the bacon is almost done, spread some cream cheese on them.
  • Then add the bacon to the bagels and plate them up.
  • If you've cooked poached eggs then now is the time to drain them and add them to the bagel too. Click HERE for a thorough description on how to poach an egg.
  • The final (and best part) is to add maple syrup! Add as much or as little as you wish! Enjoy!

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