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Bacon Easter Egg
Full English

Not everyone agrees on what a full English breakfast comprises - here are a few of the things I consider essential...

Bacon, obviously.

Black Pudding

Bacon Easter Egg

Perhaps the most controversial item on the list - Black pudding - a sausage made from cereals, pork fat and pig blood. Yes - it sounds icky to some, but it's really delicious, and honestly, eating this part of an animal isn't such a big deal, if you already don't mind eating other bits.

Sausages, Mushrooms, Fried Potatoes

Bacon Easter Egg

Fried slices of whole potato (here from a leftover baked potato - mushrooms fried whole, and good, meaty pork sausages - these are peppery Cumberland sausages - now a food of protected origin.

Fried Tomato

Bacon Easter Egg

Sliced through the equator and fried, cut-side down first (to seal it) then flipped over and fried on the skin side until it bubbles and steams - round tomatoes are a more traditional inclusion, but this beautiful, delicious beef tomato caught my eye and I had to have it.

Some people prefer canned peeled plum tomatoes, warmed in their juice - and these are nice, but for me, a fried tomato is the winner.

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Dear Internet - I heard you like bacon, so I made this for you.

Happy Easter!

Bacon Easter Egg

Yes folks - it's an Easter egg made of bacon!

Making The Bacon Egg

Making A Bacon Easter Egg

I hunted high and low for a metal egg-shaped form, without success, so I had to improvise.

I took an ovenproof stoneware oval pie dish and made a domed pad for the top, from aluminium foil. I then covered this with an additional later of foil which I tucked around the lip of the dish.

Making A Bacon Easter Egg

Bacon weaving is not a new idea, so I won't pretend to have invented it - I wove a tight mesh of streaky bacon on top of a flexible baking mat (makes it easier to handle once made).

Bacon weaving is pretty easy - just lay some rashers out in parallel formation, then add others going alternately over and under the first strips.

Making A Bacon Easter Egg

I draped the bacon weave over the egg form and tied it around the bottom with cotton string.

After taking this picture, I tucked the spare ends of bacon underneath and placed it on a metal baking tray and baked in the oven at 170C for half an hour.

Making A Bacon Easter Egg

The bacon shrank a little during cooking, opening up a few small gaps in the lattice, but this isn't a big problem.

I placed it on a wire rack to cool.

Making A Bacon Easter Egg

Once cooled, I trimmed off the spare fringes of bacon (it just snapped off), then pulled the foil away from the oval dish.

The foil came away cleanly and easily from the inside of the bacon-egg shell.

Making A Bacon Easter Egg

I made the other half of the bacon-egg in the same way, except without the domed foil insert - because I want the egg to be able to lie flat on a plate.

I trimmed up the edge of both halves with kitchen shears.

Making A Bacon Easter Egg

The next morning, I reheated the bacon-egg shell in the oven (which also gave it a final crispness.

Then I used it as the centrepiece of a full English Breakfast.

The egg conceals a couple of nice Cumberland sausages and some fried slices of black pudding - also on the plate; fried tomato, mushroom, potato slices, fried bread, baked beans and a fried egg (cooked to perfection with a liquid yolk) - and a nice mug of tea on the side.

Bacon Easter Egg
Making A Bacon Easter Egg

In practice, that was too much bacon even for me, so the top half was set aside for sandwiches later.

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Posted by crc on Apr 18 2014 at 06:34
What did you mean when you wrote "that was too much bacon"???

Love this idea. You are a bacon hero!

Posted by Sausage King on Mar 31 2013 at 20:09
That looks so good. I was in Poland last week and it was my strictly veggie host's 50th. I foolishly said what would you like? And he said you go vegetarian for a month or pay £100 to my favourite animal shelter. Day 7 and i dreamt i was eating this breakfast. I woke up feeling guilty!

Ps it's my 50th in August shoukd I insist he eats meat for a month lmao

Posted by Fennel crumblecheese on Mar 28 2013 at 20:43
Yes...yes we DO like bacon for we are legion and enjoy the meaty crunch of bacon immensely... we can't wait to get our forks around one of these gorgeous baconeggs (2 for the price of 1!) and the hidden chippolatas make all the difference and elevate this from a full English to something that Heston will want to copy on his next science meets grub show...kudos. Consider this passed on to other antipodeans who will hold this post aloft and will most probably form a small statue in your honour

Posted by narf7 on Mar 23 2013 at 19:47