Breakfast for Dessert…Part 2

October 11, 2011

Thanks so much for all your lovely comments and great guesses. Today I’ll reveal how I made that golden sausage, that gooey egg, sunny side up and that pesky streaky bacon. The egg and sausage were fine, but that streaky bacon had me stumped. I was almost going to leave it out altogether. When I finally came up with the brandy snap bacon, I knew I had it. Though not an absolute likeness (due to the holes!) it looked realistic enough for me, the texture was good and the taste was great. 

Fried Egg – or – Panna Cotta and Lemon Curd

For the egg I decided it would be a beautiful creamy panna cotta with lemon curd as a yolk. I used my normal panna cotta recipe, but made half the amount.

Panna cotta 

–  5g of butter, for greasing
– 150ml of double cream
– 12g of castor sugar
– One/two drops of vanilla extract
– ½ teaspoon of gelatine powder
– ½ teaspoon of water

Butter 4 small saucers. Place the cream, sugar and vanilla extract in a heavy bottomed saucepan over a gentle heat. When the cream is just about to boil and all the sugar is dissolved, take the pot off the heat. In a small bowl dissolve the granules of gelatine in a teaspoon of water. Put some boiling water into a saucepan and place the bowl of gelatine over the saucepan and place on a gentle heat. Heat until all the gelatine has melted and becomes sticky and translucent. Take one dessert spoon of the warmed cream and mix into the melted gelatine. Once it is well mixed in, add the rest of the cream and whisk until smooth. Pour the mixture into your prepared saucers and leave to cool. Once cool, cover the saucers with cling film and place in the refrigerator for at least three hours, overnight if possible. Removing the panna cotta from the saucer was a bit tricky. I turned the saucer onto a plate and rubbed a hot cloth over the underside of the saucer, which slowly eased the panna cotta from the saucer onto the plate. I had 2 success and 2 failures. I happily ate the ones that didn’t turn out exactly right  🙂

Lemon curd

Once again this is something that I have made before. For the purposes of this dish I only used a small spoonful of curd, but I saved the rest in a jar in the fridge. Lemon curd is great with natural yoghurt or on biscuits.

– 25g of butter
– 50g of caster sugar
– Finely grated zest and juice of one unwaxed lemon
– 1 large egg and 1 small egg yolk – well beaten together

On a low heat, melt the butter. When it has fully melted add the sugar, lemon juice and rind. Make sure the heat is very low. Next stir in the beaten egg and continue to cook over a very gentle heat until the mixture thickens slightly and coats the back of the spoon. Take off the heat and leave to cool. Once cooled, transfer the curd into a clean jam jar and leave in the fridge. The curd will keep for a few weeks in the fridge.

I took out a small spoonful of the curd and put it in a bowl. I added one small drop of yellow food colouring to make it a stronger yellow colour, that looked more like a yolk. I put this small dollop of curd on top of the panna cotta. I then put the whole plate in the fridge to set until ready to plate up. To give the egg the look of a real fried egg, I made some caramel pieces by melting sugar and water in a saucepan until it became caramelised. I placed the molten caramel on a sheet of silicone paper. Once set, I broke the caramel pieces up into small shards. I placed a couple of the shards around and on the panna cotta to make it look like a fried egg.

Sausage – or – Caramelized Peanut butter Sponge

The sausage was simply some sponge cake, cut into a sausage shape. I then rolled it in smooth peanut butter, before rolling in a sheet of rice paper. To get that crispy skin, I covered the rice paper with icing sugar and used a blowtorch to caramelize it until brown and sizzling. Sugared toasted rice paper is surprisingly delicious! The texture was sweet and crispy with lovely peanut butter sponge underneath. 

Streaky bacon – or – Brandy Snaps

Ok, so they may be a bit holey, but this is the closest I could get to making sweet streaky bacon. They are made of sweet brandy snaps. I tried a number of different approaches from jellies to toffees but this was the best. Half the mixture was coloured with red food colouring and the rest of the mixture was left natural.

Brandy snaps

– 50g of butter
– 50g of castor sugar
– 2 tbsp. of golden syrup
– Juice of ¼ of a lemon
– 50g of white flour, sifted
– pinch of ground ginger
– Few drops of red food colouring

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper.

Melt the butter, sugar, and golden syrup over a gentle heat in a large saucepan. Once all ingredients are melted and combined, take off the heat. Next, stir in the lemon juice, flour, and ginger. Take half the mixture out and place in a separate bowl. Add the red food colouring to the mixture in this bowl.  Leave both sets of mixture to cool.

I used two disposable piping bags and filled one with the red mixture and the other with the natural coloured mixture. I then piped a line of red mixture onto the baking sheet with a line of the natural mixture beside it and continued piping small lines of streaky bacon onto the baking sheet, leaving a gap of 3 inches between each one. Bake in the preheated oven for 5 to 6 minutes. You need to watch them like a hawk though as they burn really quickly.

Meanwhile I had lined up a group of 4 pencils for shaping at the end. Once the brandy snaps are out of the oven, you have very little time to play with. Leave them to set for about a minute, and then carefully lift them off the tray using a spatula. They will now be really malleable however they dry very quickly, so you have to act fast. I placed my streaky bacon pieces onto the row of pencils and squeezed into shape. As soon as one was done, I continued with the rest, using the same pencils to mould.  The pencils create small waves in the brandy snaps that resemble wavy streaky bacon.

And that concludes the recipe for Breakfast for Dessert. All easy recipes, all normal store cupboard ingredients… but definitely a dessert that will get people talking.


  • Reply Karen Moran October 12, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    I’m so impressed by this. I want to have breaksert every day.

    • Reply Vicky October 12, 2011 at 6:12 pm

      Breaksert I love it. Or Dessfast? Though that kind of sounds like a courier company 🙂

  • Reply Yvonne October 17, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Wow – this is amazing, it looks fabulous – the fried egg is an exact likeness

    • Reply Vicky October 18, 2011 at 9:58 am

      An exact likeness, but tastes a bit sweeter 🙂

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  • Reply Aoife Mc October 20, 2011 at 7:12 am

    You are actually amazing. I am STUNNED.

    • Reply Vicky October 20, 2011 at 1:57 pm

      Thanks Aoife. Nothing that amazing, just all regular recipes 🙂

  • Reply david October 20, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    Wow Vicky, just wow……

    • Reply Vicky October 21, 2011 at 2:52 pm

      Thanks David!

  • Reply Rodzilla October 21, 2011 at 3:16 am

    This so so awesome. I think it’s more creative than most of the high-level modernist/avant garde type stuff I’ve seen. Thanks for showing us how!

    • Reply Vicky October 21, 2011 at 3:02 pm

      Wow, high praise indeed 🙂

  • Reply Alex Cioppa October 22, 2011 at 12:39 am

    This is incredible! I’m in awe!

    • Reply Vicky October 23, 2011 at 11:45 pm

      Thanks 🙂

  • Reply Rhiannon October 22, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    This made my day!! SO creative!! – I smiled so much on seeing this and shared it with everyone! The sausage is just genius Vicky, what a result.. inspiring 🙂

    • Reply Vicky October 23, 2011 at 11:48 pm

      Thank you, your blog and sketches are really beautiful.

  • Reply Nessa Robins October 23, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    Wow, absolutely fabulous and so creative. Looking forward to showing this pic to the kids in the morning – however there will be no fear of me recreating it for them 🙂 Amazing!

    • Reply Vicky October 23, 2011 at 11:53 pm

      Ah, it wasn’t too hard, no weird Heston type gels or foams. All stuff you and the kids could do some rainy Saturday 🙂

  • Reply Amma // Beyond Beyond October 26, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Utterly amazing! I love this!!!!

    • Reply Vicky October 26, 2011 at 8:48 pm

      Thanks so much Amma, glad to have brought a smile.

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