When it’s too early to braai, bake!

The 2011 Rugby World Cup is in full swing!

Superbru picks are being made, and countless work hours are being lost as people tend to spend most of their work day mornings “making” coffee. Based on the time given to this task lately, we should all be expert baristas by now.

The only problem with the World Cup, is it is being played in New Zealand. Now I don’t have a problem with New Zealand, except for when the Springboks are up against the All Blacks, but wow, could you have picked a more inconvenient time zone to host the games in?

Because of this, the Springboks were up against Fiji, and kick off was at a ridiculous 8 am on a Saturday morning.

So this left us with a bit of a situation on our hands. Now I know that no matter where you are in the world, somewhere an aeroplane has flown overhead, and this means that you can drink, but at 8 am on a Saturday morning might be borderline alcoholic.

Any way, we think we’ve come up with a workable solution. The rugby “baked” breakfast.

This involved the following:

1. Find a location – I selected the couch right in front of the TV.

2. Invite a few rugby mad fanatics – We are talking about South Africa right?

3. Plan out a meal – I delegated this responsibility to the LIB.

4. Delegate some of the menu items for the guests to bring – and yes I too delegated this to the LIB too.

5. Wake up in time for the game – and no this isn’t as easy as it sounds.

Luckily the LIB, as she always seems to, had it all under control, and on Friday the house was filled with wonderful smells of baking (or so I was led to believe as I wasn’t actually there at the time).

The Menu?

First up was muffins. And not just ordinary muffins, but bran muffins with a slice of dried banana on the top (this was a valiant attempt at making them healthy I believe).

They looked so innocent!

The ingredients for the muffins were:

1 Box of bran muffin ready mix


Slices of dried banana

And the process for making? Simply follow the instructions on the back of the box.

The muffins were paired with rusks, these however were not home baked, but rather from our local Tuisnywerheid (some things are best left to the experts).

Cute enough to eat?

Next on the menu were the “Breakfast Cups”

The ingredients are:

A roll of puff pastry;

12 eggs;

variety of fillings, we used bacon, mushrooms, caramalized onions and smoked mozzarella.

The cups were made by rolling out the sheet of puff pastry, and cutting out 12, 10cm by 10cm, squares.

The squares were then placed into a muffin tin.

Baked in the oven until slightly brown (200C)

Crack an egg into each puff pastry cup, place back in the oven and cook until set.

Fill the rest of the cup up with the remaining ingredients (we pre-cooked the other ingredients).

Place back in the oven until the cheese is melted.

Tuck in!

These were amazing, like an entire breakfast, just in one hand!

Quick, before they're all gone!

Some freshly brewed coffee, some fruit juice, and a couple of croissants later, and all was set!

You know they say breakfast is the most important meal of the day?

Well, when its spent with friends, watching the nation’s pride give the Fijians a right royal wolloping, well then I think everyone will agree, it definitely is!

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2 thoughts on “When it’s too early to braai, bake!

  1. Those banana ones look absolutely perfect, I’d put one of those in my oatmeal with a scoop of peanut butter!

  2. I’m really enjoying watching the world cup, the Italy game today was very very good. These look delicious by the way.

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