Chilli saffron toast with crispy ba­con

The Simple Things - - LIVING | EATING WELL -

Here’s one for the chilli lovers. Head to your lo­cal bak­ery (or su­per­mar­ket) to pick up a Cor­nish saffron loaf and get the fry­ing pan on for this eggy bread with a twist. The fiery green chilli and co­rian­der re­ally wake ev­ery­thing up. These toasts are great with a bowl of Greek yo­gurt on the side.

Serves 4

2 large eggs, beaten 16 rash­ers of smoked streaky ba­con 40g but­ter 4 slices of 1 large saffron loaf*, 2.5cm thick 4 tsp wild honey 1–2 small green fin­ger chill­ies, to taste, finely chopped 1 bunch of co­rian­der, roughly chopped

1 Sea­son the eggs with salt and pep­per, then pour them into a deep saucer or shal­low bowl and leave to one side. This is for dip­ping the saffron bread into.

2 Pre­heat oven to 195C/Fan 175C/Gas 5½ and line a bak­ing tray with bak­ing parch­ment. Lay out the rash­ers of ba­con on the pre­pared bak­ing tray. Lay over a sec­ond layer of parch­ment on top of the ba­con and put an­other bak­ing tray on the top to keep the ba­con flat and stop it curl­ing up while it cooks. For crispy ba­con, cook in the oven for 15 mins.

3 In the mean­time, melt the but­ter in a fry­ing pan over a medium heat. Dip each slice of saffron bread into the egg and press down to soak up the egg, then turn over so that both sides are soaked equally. Fry for 2 mins on each side or un­til golden brown. When all the slices are fried, put them onto a bak­ing tray and pop them in the oven with the ba­con to keep hot un­til you’re ready to serve.

4 Put the crispy ba­con on top of the saffron toast and driz­zle with honey. Serve sprin­kled with the chill­ies and co­rian­der.

A hit of fiery chilli gives this break­fast a wake-up call

Dawn Corn­wall en­joys the lat­est sun­rise in the coun­try; dawn hap­pens slowly here, which seems quite ap­pro­pri­ate in this most laid-back of coun­ties. There’s a rit­ual around cook­ing break­fast that’s about stop­ping and tak­ing time, whether that’s for a fam­ily sit-down or for some soli­tude with the morn­ing pa­pers. It’s not some­thing most of us are able to do ev­ery day so this is more a week­end or day-off af­fair.

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