Food Porn Friday – Episode 23: Overnight

Most times, the night before a brunch, you’re not going to be cooking. There have been a few bottles of wine (hopefully not each) and some love has been shared and some Taylor Swift has been played and it’s all fine because the morning after there will be eggs.

Or there’s another kind of brunch: that one for a lazy weekend. The one where you’re eating breakfast at 12 not because you only just managed to stand up without going wobbly but because you’ve been luxuriating in a freshly washed duvet with tea and a good novel.

But brunches don’t just have to be for weekends. We’re busy girls and we understand the need for a good breakfast when you’re on the go. So here are some handy recipes you can prepare the night before.

The staple for the “overnight breakfast club” is overnight oats. There are infinite possibilities here, and I have kindly found you a buzzfeed list of the best of them:

Picture from Buzzfeed

Picture from Buzzfeed

This is my favourite recipe. Or possibly this one.

If you want to do some overnight oats with a  bit of a twist, this looks more like a flapjack.

Photo and recipe from Flavorthemoments.com

Photo and recipe from Flavorthemoments.com

In fact, it’s almost like the fruit crumble we all dream of – all crumble, bare minimum of fruit. Can I have it with cream?

I made Amy her first ever bread and butter pudding last week, but judging from the bowl full of raisins I cleared away, this might have been a better bet:

Photo and recipe from

Photo and recipe from Pumpkinspice.com

Surely even the most fruitphobic couldn’t turn their nose up at salted caramel Baileys, right?

For those with the more savoury tooth, Amy and I have spent about 10 minutes staring at this:

Photo and recipe from

Photo and recipe from Recipe Tin Eats

First of all, whoever it was who came up with “cheese and bacon cake” – genius. Second of all… actually, there is no second of all, I’m still stuck on “cheese and bacon cake”.

Cake is actually a clever brunch treat, as you can make the batter the night before and, even on my laziest days, I can easily shove a tin in a hot oven.

Photo and recipe from Beautyandbedlam

Photo and recipe from Beautyandbedlam.com

As I get older and my sweet tooth less pronounced, coffee is quickly becoming my favourite cake (shout out to The Swallow Bakery in Cheltenham for making the best I’ve ever tasted) – the bitterness of coffee really takes the edge off the sweetness and creates a cake I can easily eat at any time of the day. I also love cinnamon – most brunchy of spices – and I prefer pecans to walnuts. So, this is pretty much a perfect brunch cake for me.

Hope you enjoyed my roundup and let me know in the comments what you think! Also, suggestions for next time (as you might be able to tell, I’m scraping the bottom of the barrel here).

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About hattiemily

London-based poet. Previously published on the underground, currently can't remember how to actually write.
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