Think of this super-simple dessert as a crustless baked cheesecake. Creamy ricotta and mascarpone form the base, and tangy mandarins and a dark mandarin caramel make the ideal complement. We've added chopped pistachio nuts for crunch; crumbled ginger biscuits would also work well.
This can be made in an instant for breakfast using shop-bought Greek-style pita bread instead of your own. It's good either way.
Scone-like buttermilk biscuits smothered in sausage gravy is a breakfast favourite in the American South. Traditionally the gravy, similar to a white sauce, is made with breakfast sausage - always pork and formed into patties - while the biscuits are often shortened with lard. It's rich and tasty dish, and would be great with a fried egg or Southern-style fried chicken. We've included a recipe for lard - you really can't beat freshly made - but butter works perfectly in the biscuits and gravy.
Think of this as a savoury bread and butter pudding. It's full of all the things we love at breakfast - bacon, eggs, toast and plenty of cheese. It's an excellent option if you're having friends over for breakfast - you can do all the work the night before and bake it in the morning. Salted maple syrup riffs on the classic American bacon-maple combination.
Known as tamago gohan, this classic Japanese comfort dish is served piping hot with a raw egg cracked on top, which is then mixed into the rice until it's fluffy. The heat from the rice is enough to gently scramble the egg. At its simplest, the dish is just rice and egg, but various condiments and flavourings can be added - we've opted for soy sauce, home-made dashi stock (hot green tea is a winning alternative) and sesame seeds, but togarashi, furikake and mirin are also good additions.
These fluted French doughnuts are made from a choux-like pastry dough, giving them a light, airy texture. Crullers are best eaten the same day they're made.
Fried eggs and crisp salami make happy partners, particularly layered on grilled ciabatta - it's an ideal weekend breakfast, but would be just as good for lunch, dinner or a late-night snack.
Scrambled eggs make the perfect base for any number of flavour combinations - here we've gone for the richness of hot-smoked trout offset by fragrant herbs and spicy sriracha for a breakfast guaranteed to please. A handful of roasted salted peanuts would be an excellent addition if you have them to hand.