We get a lot of visits from our American, Canadian and Australian cousins who frequently ask us how to make a proper English breakfast and about the right ingredients, so we created this full English breakfast recipe just for you, we British probably already know how to make it.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Yield: Breakfast For Two
750 calories and 55 grams of fat per serving.
What should be on the list of 'standard' ingredients in an English breakfast is hotly debated, some people argue that black pudding is a prerequisite, others argue that french fries of hash browns have no place on an English breakfast plate and we would agree with them.
In this recipe, we are going to stick to the cultural norm and standard ingredients; back bacon, pork sausage, black pudding, beans, eggs, tomato, fre and mushrooms. This English breakfast contains approximately 850-1250 calories, between 45g-60g of fat, of which roughly 15g-20g are saturated.
Its fine to substitute the back bacon for Canadian or American bacon if you cannot get hold of any, I could not get any black pudding for instance, even the sausages can be substituted with a local variety, in fact in the old days local varieties of meat ingredients was the norm. Do not be afraid to reach for a tin of Heinz baked beans rather than bake your own, a generation of us grew up on them.
Photo credit: Toby Keane, Hawksmoor.
As I said earlier, I stuck to the 'standard' ingredients in my English breakfast here, but traditionally the English breakfast contained much more than these commonly found ingredients, although it is hard to find them being served and even harder to cook them, especially for small amounts of people.
If you wanted to be more decadent and treat yourself, you can add bone marrow, pork crackling, bubble & squeak, pork pie, a huge pork chop and and home made baked beans to make a really traditional and decadent English breakfast feast for a group of people.
If you are interested in history, heritage and recipes of the traditional English breakfast, check out our official English Breakfast Handbook, lovingly produced by the English Breakfast Society.