There’s nothing quite like enjoying cafe-style breakfasts in your own home. Whether it’s breakfast-in-bed on a lazy Sunday, or al fresco breakfast in the early morning summer sun! Delicious cafe breakfast, hot coffee or good magazine… Divine!

We’ve compiled some of our most favourite breakfast recipes from across the site. And we think you’ll agree that these all meet the criteria of ‘cafe’ breakfast. Most of these are very quick and easy to make, and you can dress them up, or dress them down, depending on your weekend mood. 

Lots of these are great as weekday breakfast ideas too, for when that soggy cornflakes just ain’t cutting it anymore!

The best thing about making your own cafe-style breakfast at home is sitting down with the family, and taking your time to all enjoy a delicious meal together. It can be hard to get everyone around the table in our busy modern lives. But when it comes to Saturday morning pancakes, or Sunday brunch scones with jam and cream, our family love coming together and taking our time to really enjoy some good food together. 

And for another proper cafe-style twist, serve one of these great breakies with your own homemade lemon cordial or freshly squeezed in-season fruit juice. 

Terrific Homemade Lemon Cordial Recipe

If you have a favourite cafe go-to breakfast, leave us a comment below, and we might just add it to the list.

These recipes are from our breakfast collection, but you may find some great brunch ideas in our Lifestyle: Lunch recipes collection too. There’s plenty of easy ideas you can dress up there too for a proper bang-up cafe-style brunch you can make at home. 

I really hope you enjoy this collection of cafe breakfasts.

Delicious Cafe Breakfasts You Can Make at Home

French Toast Casserole

French toast casseroleHere’s a variation on a recipe I saw on a cooking show.  I will just highlight now, that this is not in any way healthy!  But it is fast and a delicious way to serve brunch to several people at once. It’s kind of a glorified bread pudding really, with bacon to make it ‘breakfast’… but it is really yummy!

You do need to make this recipe ahead of time. But that’s all part of the fun really. It’s quick and easy to whip up on a Friday night, and pop in the fridge. Then on Saturday morning, you just have to wake up, pop it in the oven, and try not to start salivating before brunch o’clock! French Toast Casserole Recipe.

Easy-Peasy Pikelets

PikeletsPikelets are a very quick and tasty evening snack.  I personally love pikelets, I make them all the time and they are perfect for little fingers to hold, or topped with a delicious raspberry or apricot jam and whipped cream.

With just 6 ingredients you probably have in the pantry right now, you can whip these up in literally a few minutes. And they take about as long to cook! In fact, if your kids are anything like mine, they’ll probably eat them as fast as you can fry them. Easy-peasy pikelets recipe.

Eggs Benedict (cheats version!)

Eggs Benedict – The cheats method



Easy Corn Fritters

Corn Fritters Recipe


This easy corn fritter recipe is about as quick and easy a meal as you could hope for. Serve them hot for tea or breakfast, or cold for a picnic lunch, either way they’re delicious.

All up this easy corn fritter recipe takes just 20 minutes from starting to serving, so it’s the perfect last-minute meal idea. And you can serve these as a side dish, or as the main event. As a main, it’s a great dish for a vegetarian meal, that leaves you full and satiated. Easy Corn Fritters Recipe.

Quick and Easy Waffles


Here is my favourite waffle recipe, it’s quick and easy – from an American cookbook that I picked up while I lived in Canada – ‘Betty Crocker’s Cookbook’ otherwise known as The Big Red Cookbook.

It’s a popular one in the States, and Americans do tend to be the originators of the big breakfast. Surely Betty Crocker does it best! Quick and Easy Waffles Recipe.

Feijoa and Banana Loaf with Walnuts

Feijoa banana and walnut bread

If, like me, you are intolerant to eggs you can use Egg Replacer in this recipe, and it works out well. The brand I use that seems to work really well in most of the baking and cooking we do is Organic Gluten Free Egg Replacer. I think I got mine from New World.

I hope you enjoy making this yummy bread as much as the kids and I did. We ate it warm with a little spread of butter. Perfect midmorning snack on a brisk Autumn day. This is a delicious sweet bread, perfect to eat warm with a spread of butter! Feijoa and Banana Loaf with Walnuts Recipe.

Oat Pancakes

Oat Pancakes Recipe

The combination of the oats and the vanilla extract just make these pancakes seem so much more ‘homely’ than the store-bought shake and fry kind. Maybe it’s something in the process too. But once you’ve tried these, you probably won’t ever buy those pancake mixes again. The ingredients are really straight-forward, and it takes literally just a few minutes to whip it together in a bowl.

Garnish your pancakes with banana, blueberries, strawberries, bacon, and lashings of maple syrup. Or go a-la-natural and just allow some soft whipped butter, and a small drizzle of maple to infuse into your pancake stack. Oat Pancakes Recipe.

Apple and Pear Pancakes

Apple and Pear Pancakes RecipeThese delicious apple and pear pancakes are versatile enough to serve a family of four for breakfast, or can be made into smaller pikelets and frozen for lunchbox snacks too, yumm!

This recipe should make around 12 pancakes, and you can easily half or double the recipe to suit. Serve these with a little of the chopped fruit on the side, or fresh berries, and drizzle with manaku honey for an extra special splash of sweet goodness! Apple and Pear Pancakes Recipe.

Easy Cheese Scones

Easy Cheese Scones-Fluffy and deliciousIn fact, whenever we run out of bread, or we’re at the end of the shopping week, these are our go-to lunch option. If I’m making them myself they only take me around 20 minutes from starting to serving, including clean up time.

For a cafe-style brunch, serve these scones warm with butter, and a coffee (or a fluffy for the kids!). They make a great breakfast-in-bed option too. Easy Cheese Scones Recipe.

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