Breakfast ideas for special days

As a frugal family, we don't eat fancy breakfasts. Most days we have cooked porridge as this if far cheaper than cereal. But on special occassions, we enjoy something slightly more special yet still affordable. Here are my favourites...


My husband has fond memories of his mom's special eggy bread. This is a family favourite, delicious with cinnamon sugar or syrup.

4 Eggs

250ml milk

salt and pepper

8 x 2" slices of bread or 4 thick slices

1/2 tsp baking powder

50ml butter / margarine

Beat the eggs and add it to the milk, add the baking powder and season to taste. Mix well. Dip the bread slices into the egg mixture and fry in melted butter until golden brown on both sides. Serves 4


125ml oil

500ml cake flour

1 extra large beaten egg

20ml baking powder


25ml sugar

20ml lemon juice

3ml salt

Mix together the oil and egg and add enough milk to make 250ml liquid. Add the lemon juice and sift all dry ingredients together. Add the milk mixture and mix it lightly with a wooden spoon or spatula until just blended. Spoon the mixture into greased muffin tins and bake for approximately 20 minutes at 190deg celsius. Makes 9 scones


50ml melted butter

50ml honey

180g Oats

200g cake flour

15ml baking powder

50g butter

125ml milk

2 large eggs

25ml sugar

For the top, mix together the butter, honey and 80g of the oats and keep it to the side. Now sift together the flour and baking powder, the rest of the oats and rub the 50ml butter in with fingers. Mix together the milk, one egg and sugar. Beat it well, making sure all the ingredients are combined but do not overdo it. Turn it out on a floured surface and press the dough down to 2cm thick. Cut it into round or square shapes, place them on a floured baking tray. Brush the scones with egg and sprinkle the topping on top, pressing it lightly on top of the scones. Bake for 15 minutes at 240deg celsius.


250g crisply grilled bacon

3 small bananas

125g self-raising flour

10ml oil

2ml salt

20ml margarine

1 large lightly beaten egg

Salt and pepper

150ml milk

Chop half of the bacon. Mix the flour and salt together and add the egg and 75ml milk and mix until smooth. Add the rest of the milk and stir well. Chop one banana into cubes and add the banana and bacon to batter. Season to taste. Heat the oil in a large pan and drop spoonfuls of the mixture into the hot oil. Fry until golden brown. Fry the rest of the banana in the margarine until browned, add rest of bacon and serve with the crumpets.


This one comes courtesy from my mother-in-law. My husband remembers this dish well! You can also serve this as a light supper.

2 eggs lightly beaten

1/4tsp pepper

6 rashers bacon diced

1/2tsp dry mustard powder

125ml grated cheddar cheese

1 small tin evaporated milk

1 x rolled puff pastry

Line an 8" dish with pastry. Combine the eggs, cheese, bacon, salt, pepper and mustard and stir in the milk. Pour the mixture into the pastry shell and bake for 40 minutes at 200deg celsius.

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