Friday, April 11, 2008

Breakfast #17: Bacon and Egg Pies

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In my ideal world I make breakfast everyday. In my ideal world, I have already reached 80 breakfasts many times over. I wake up at dawn and putter around the kitchen, preparing delicious breakfasts in the sunrise’s golden glow.

But, as you are undoubtedly aware, neither you nor I live in an ideal world. Well, ok, perhaps you do, in which case, lucky you :) Over here though, breakfast plans are often pushed back in favor of a few more moments of sleep, late nights of work (or play), or simply not enough intersecting morning time between C’s schedule and mine. And although I truly do love early mornings in my heart, my body does not seem to love them as much. So most mornings, it’s out the door with C, and me settling to work with coffee and some sort of cereal or yogurt.

There are times, however, through fate, luck, or pure determination, I find myself in that ideal world. The sun is rising, coaxing me out of bed. Miraculously I get up at first bidding. It seems that the morning is just full of empty hours to fill. I have time to water the plants. The fridge is full of eggs and bacon. All those breakfast dishes and recipes I have tucked away seem to be right at the top of my mind, ready to spill out at the slightest provocation. When this happens I make sure to take full advantage!

I liked this dish at first sight – a savory tart (something I love but don’t get to eat often) that seemed to be created for a breakfast-lover (and a bacon and eggs lover!) just like me. Around the same time, I had also found ready-made puff pastry here (no, we didn’t always have ready-made puff pastry on our shelves). So it was practically begging to be made.

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Bacon and Egg Pies
(adapted from Donna Hay’s Modern Classics I, page 158)

  • 1 sheet ready-made puff pastry (mine is 9.5 x 9.5 inches, you will have some scraps left over…use them for this!)
  • 6 strips of bacon (Donna rationed 2 rashers per person, but I felt we deserved 3 each)
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese (Donna used cheddar)
  • 1 – 1 1/2 teaspoons wholegrain mustard
  • 4 eggs

- Preheat the oven to 200C (400F).
- Place bacon on a baking sheet and place in the pre-heated oven for about 8-10 minutes. You just want to get the edges a bit crisp. Remember you are going to be baking it again with the tart! When done, drain on paper towels.
- Thaw pastry (in my kitchen this takes two seconds so I make sure everything is ready before taking it out of the freezer) and cut to fit two 1-cup capacity pie dishes (I just used whatever I thought would fit).
- Spread mustard on the pastry bases and sprinkle with the cheese.
- Top this with three pieces of bacon for each pie. I like to curve them around so they will cradle the eggs.
- Break two eggs over each pie.
- Bake for 15-18 minutes or until the pastry is golden and the eggs have set to your liking. Serve immediately.
- Serves two.

I have scaled down the original recipe to serve 2 instead of 4 and made substitutions based on what was available (I’ve indicated most of them above).

What surprised me the most was how much C liked this. He hardly has breakfast, but when he does, he is more of the Pinoy Breakfast school – i.e. with rice. But he mmm’d and aah’d more than I expected and then, the final compliment, declared that it was “just like the picture!”. Since this was a Donna Hay recipe (with a corresponding Donna Hay picture), being “just like the picture” was a pretty nice pat on the back for me :)

Keep an eye on the eggs so if you like them runny you can be sure to pull them out before they set too much. The flavors of the mustard and cheese go so well with the eggs and bacon. The pastry makes it a perfect breakfast package. And the best part? It is extremely simple and quick to make (so you don’t actually have to have all that extra time in the morning)! A little reminder that even if you don’t live in an ideal world, you can still have an ideal breakfast :)

49 comments:

LyB said...

That looks divine and right now, this could be my ideal breakfast, lunch and dinner! :) Just beautiful!

Veron said...

what I would give to have this for breakfast right now. You know what , I would love having this as a midnight snack either. You know the times on the weekend that you would just love to stay up late watching silly movies on tv.

katrina said...

Now, that IS an ideal breakfast! I love how you made the bacon cradle the eggs, it just looks so precious!

Are those cubiertos I see from your Ilocos trip? :-)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That's a great idea! Those pies would make a wonderful breakfast...

Cheers,

Rosa

Patricia Scarpin said...

Joey, these look great and so hearty!

one of the things that upset me is the fact that I can't have proper breakfast everyday. I live far from work so I have to leave the house very early... :(

chelley325 said...

These look fabulous, and as I love breakfast food for dinner as well, they would be great on a dreary night like tonight!

glamah16 said...

I'm taking the day off and this looks like something I should eat right now while watching telivison and fippling through magazines.

RecipeGirl said...

Oh, this is definitely an ideal breakfast for us. We're always looking for something different to do with eggs. Will try it out sometime soon!

Jerry said...

Could breakfast get any better?

Manggy said...

Joey, those are just beautiful! "The camera loves them" as Twiggy would say, lol. :) I will have mine with plenty of cracked black pepper please! I hope we get to see more breakfasts-- Filipino-style or otherwise, ok lang :)

There's always puff pastry at Santi's here in Timog Avenue :)

Cakespy said...

These look so good, so hearty, so perfect!!! The crusty part...is making me want to faint with happiness!

oggi said...

This is the perfect pie for breakfast or brunch!

nek0 said...

ohhhhhhhhhhh!

I am totally doing this! Hubby loves bacon and eggs so this is a candidate for breakfast soon! :D

Jescel said...

hey, this looks good. and i do have extra puff pastry sheets on my fridge..hmmmnn. might try it this weekend. will let you know. thanks.

Kate said...

This is gorgeous, and I LOVE finding a blogger posting a recipe where I have every. single. ingredient.

Oh yes, these will be MINE this weekend for sure!

Thank you.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

I never knew bacon and eggs could look so beautiful.

Ella said...

Oh my... not that healthy, but oh I can smell it from here. Couldn't pass by an opportunity to give my love to a breakfast fan. :))

Stella (Sweet Temptations) said...

Yummy yums Joey!
It must be so fun to have breakfast at your place!

Ellie @ Kitchen Wench said...

OMNOMNOMNOM

A parcel of tasty breakfast goodness that you can eat with your hand for extra laziness! I love!

Rachel@fairycakeheaven said...

This looks so good!!! I hear breakfast calling!!!

Tartelette said...

In an ideal world I would have this for breakfast, for sure! I can't eat more than a yogurt in the morning, more and I feel like going back to bed! This would be great for a lighter dinner too!

Bordeaux said...

Very cute pies. If it was not for my fear of getting soaked on the streets of Bangkok now, I'd be out buying bacon and pastry right now. Guess it'll have to wait until after Sonkrang now.

christine said...

Wow that does sound and look super simple! Mustard, cheese, eggs and bacon, mmm I have to try that! The spoon and fork look familiar! ;)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Lyb! Thanks! You can have this anytime of day :)

Hi Veron! Oh yes! This would be a great silly-movie-watching midnight snack! Love those nights :)

Hi Katrina! Since I didn’t have any proper 1-cup pie pans I also wanted to make sure the eggs didn’t spill out! :) Yes these are those very cubiertos! You can’t see them here but the have initials on them…the main reason I bought them :) Maybe in another “photo shoot” ;)

Hi Rosa! They certainly did :)

Hi Patricia! I don’t get to set out a proper breakfast as often as I’d like during the week, we can make up for it on the weekends! :) Or maybe we can figure out a make-ahead breakfast that we can just heat up in the morning! Hmmm…that’s a thought…

Hi Chelley! Thanks! I can eat breakfast food anytime of the day too :) This would make a great meal with a simple green salad :)

Hi Glamah16! Oooh, yes, I think it would be perfect…and you can pick it up with your hands if you don’t want to bother with utensils :)

Hi Recipegirl! I love eggs and am always looking for new ways to have them :)

Hi Jerry! Aw :) I’m sure it can and I always enjoy finding new ways to make that happen! :)

Thanks so much Manggy! I think between eggs, bacon, and puff pastry, there is enough natural gorgeousness for the camera to capture :) Who knows if Twiggy enjoyed either three as much as she could? Then again, I’m the one who can’t get into the skinny jeans. Hahaha! :) Hope to post more breakfasts! I get my puff pastry from Santi’s too :)

Aw! Cakespy! Thanks :) I wanted to faint with happiness while eating it :)

Hi Oggi! I think so too :) And you can make a ton of yummy variations!

Hi Nek0! I hope you enjoy it! :)

Hi Jescel! Yes, please let me know if you try it out! Hope you enjoy it :)

Hi Kate! I know the feeling :) I love it when I see something around here and realize…I can make this right now! Hope you like it! :)

Hi Susan! I’ve always thought eggs and bacon were beautiful :)

Hi Ella! Always nice to know another breakfast lover! :) Especially one that makes healthy breakfasts to balance my wicked ones :) :)

Hi Stella! And it must be so much fun to have dessert and tea time at yours! :)

Hi Ellie! You got it! :) That’s what I was thinking when I saw this recipe :)

Thanks Rachel! :) Enjoy your breakfast!

Hi Helene! This would be good for dinner too :) But sometimes, in the weekends, it’s nice to have a big breakfast and then crawl right back into bed…naughty, but nice :)

Hi Bordeaux! Thanks :) Hope you get to try it! Enjoy the holidays!

Hi Nens! It’s really simple…and yummy! And for us at least, a nice change from our usual breakfasts :) Yup, these are the Ilocos spoon and fork! :)

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

Mmmmm, it's Sunday morning and what wouldn't I give to be somewhere tropical being served this for breakfast! Lay the table Joey, we'll be there in about 24 hours - just enough time to pack and travel half way across the world.

Sakai said...

your day will always start out right with breakfast like this, nicely done joey:)

maybahay said...

that, to me, is a breakfast of champions.

Juc said...

Oh, I just described in my estonian blog www.jucjaco.blogspot.com today, how we (me and my husband H) dreamed of eggs and bacon yesterday evening. So you can imagine, what your post makes me feel. PS! We dreamed but didn't realize the dream as we are in the middle of a quite interesting human test - our bloods were tested for hidden food intolerance and now we cannot mix different foods anymore for some time.

Suzana said...

Not my ideal breakfast, I'm afraid! I'm a picky eater in the morning (ok, I'm picky all the time!) and this would be too much for my stomach. But it's now half past eleven here in Lisboa - ideal time to have brunch and these look yummy!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Amanda! Bring your flip-flops! :)

Hi Sakai! Thanks :)

Hi Maybahay! Me too!

Hi Juc! What a coincidence :) Sorry to hear about the food intolerance tests and not being able to mix certain foods...hope all ends up well though!

Hi Suzana! It'll make a great brunch too :) I shouldn't eat this everyday either...or else! Yikes!

Shandy said...

WoW! The Bacon and Egg Pies are a wonderful idea and yours is picture perfect! Beautiful! I'm with you. . .in an ideal world I would also love to be able to make a different breakfast every morning but weekends will just have to do. . .and I just found this delicious recipe of fluffy pancakes with lemon curd sandwiched in between the pancakes and a bluberry compote that is drizzled over the top. I just may have to get up a little earlier this week to try this one =D.
I have to tell you that I absolutely LOVE your blog!

Sharona May said...

Looks wonderful!!! I would love to start my day off with that as my morning meal.
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Marvin said...

That is, indeed, an ideal breakfast! I'm not sure about the mustard though.

aria said...

oh what is this little pie i spy!? oh dear joey you have got my number -- mmmmmmm. i love puttering about at dawn too, its my favorite time of day. these look amazing....

Jen Tan said...

I love brekkies!!!! joey this is a fantastic idea ...although I have never used store bought pastry...

As for me..I never have a problem getting up in the morning..as I have this ability to wake up 5-530am no matter how late I sleep in the night prior! hahaha I love making breakfast...problem is...none of my family wakes up early enough to have time to eat properly! hahaha

Lovely-lovely post!!!!!! Must try soon =)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Shandy! Thanks for you sweet comment :) Those fluffy pancakes with the lemon curd sound sooo good! I'm heading over there!

Hi Sharona May! Oh wow! Thank you! :) I'm extremely flattered :) :) I will go over there now!

Hi Marvin! It's good really...unless you are one of those not-liking-mustard people? Are you one of those people? :)

Hi Aria! Glad you like them :) I love early mornings...but my body does not...so it's always a struggle, but when I'm up it's SO worth it :)

Hi Jen! It's super convenient and aliw :) Unless you make yours from scratch? In which case...BRAVO! :) You are lucky...I'd love to be able to wake up that early naturally...

Kevin said...

That looks so good!

Paz said...

Oh, wow! I love this breakfast! love it! ;-)

Paz

Lina said...

what a great idea for breakfast! I recently discovered the joys of puff pastry. I need to try this recipe.

ChichaJo said...

Thanks Kevin! :)

Hi Paz! Me too :)

Hi Lina! Yup...it makes it so easy...especially for me because it is just too darn hot in my kitchen to make it from scratch!

Bea said...

everything look so tasty! I am hungry!

Tahn said...

Wow! I am hungry again :)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Bea! Thank you :) I always get hungry browsing you posts! :)

Hi Tahn! Thanks for dropping by :)

Deborah Dowd said...

Oh my gosh, these look so pretty, what an elegant way to have bacon and eggs!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Deborah! Don't you just love how you can dress up bacon and eggs? :) And dress down too!

Courtney said...

those look so simple and yet soo tempting at the same time! i see them in my future...

ChichaJo said...

Hi Courtney! I hope you enjoy them! :)

Mel said...

These look so gooooooood =)

ChichaJo said...

Thanks Mel! They taste good too and are a snap to make :)