The Great British Brekkie

The Great British Brekkie

Ask any true Brit what a typical British breakfast is, and many will tell you it's the Full Monty - the great British fry-up! There's nothing like the smell of bacon, mushrooms, fried bread and tomatoes cooking to get the tastebuds tingling. However, it's also renowned to be a treat that's not the best for the arteries, so, with a healthier Britain on the horizon, we are going to show you how to start the day in a healthier way.

Serves 4

Preparation time 15

Cooking time 20



1 Roast your bacon, tomatoes and mushrooms in the oven instead of frying to help cut down on the fat. This is also an easier way to cook breakfast and means less washing up as there is no need for several pans to be on the hob at the same time - so it needn't be just a weekend treat either. In fact, all you need to do is poach the eggs and toast the bread while everything else is happily cooking in the oven. Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/gas mark 6. Rub a little olive oil over a baking tray. Put the bacon rashers and tomato halves onto the baking tray and roast for 10 minutes. Take out of the oven, turn the bacon over and add the mushrooms. Roast for another 10 minutes.

2 Meanwhile, poach the eggs. Keep an eye on the eggs and when the egg white has set, after about 4 minutes, the eggs should be ready.

3 Toast the bread and spread with a tiny scraping of butter. Serve the eggs with the bacon, tomatoes, mushrooms and toast.