Lately, there rarely seems to be a night when I just chill out at home…I don’t know how and I don’t know why, but that’s just the way the cookie crumbles! BUT, to my utter delight last night, when I had made my batch of soup, given my bathroom its (long overdue) clean, hoovered my room and watered the plants, I sunk into the sofa and was thrilled that The Fabulous Baker Brothers was on. I love these guys. Super dishy and funny to watch. And the stuff they cook literally makes me want to dive inside the televsion and eat it all with them…and last night, after my try-to-be-healthy intake of soup (ruined by just-too-irresistable hunk of Port Salut), the Blackpool Breakfast Bap left me drooling…I know. Attractive.

Blackpudding ain’t everyone’s bag. Yes. Pigs blood…with some oatmeal thrown in to soften the blow. The kind of thing that, when you were a child, you would probably wince at and begrudgingly eat with your nose firmly pinched between two fingers. BUT, for those of you who appreciate it, you’ll know what I mean when I say that it makes a cooked breakfast, and that the smell that emanates the kitchen when it starts cooking is a sure far way of warming the cockles. It has a strong, peppery taste and quite honestly, if you didn’t know what’s in it (which by now, you certainly do!)…you’d be sure to enjoy it…

Now, the Blackpool Breakfast Bap…Imagine a warm, crusty bun with a blackpudding patti esq burger, bacon, a fried egg and homemade mushroom ketchup….it was like this mountainous tower of heaven, the yolk of the egg dribbling down the side of the crispy blackpudding burger. The baps were covered in black poppy seeds, to really give it that ‘Blackpool edge.’Can you imagine it? The smell, the textures, the warmth. The sheer blissful contentedness that must occur when this fine specimen of a breakfast enters your mouth? Well I can, but now it’s time to put it to the test!

It was a treat to make the baps.  When I was at Ballymaloe, we relished the fact that we could make bread whenever we wanted, and without fail I would make some loaf or other every morning. But what one one bakes, one tends to eat, and ‘if you are what you eat’ then unfortunately by the end, I rather resembled a bap myself…..So the bread baking ceased and I never really got back into it until now… These are very simple to make and the knead is a good old workout in itself! The poppy seeds give it a moreish crunch and if you serve the breakfast bap in these as they are really fresh out of the oven, then you might accidently let out a groan post/during first bite. If so, don’t be ashamed. No one’s judging you…

The ketchup is awesome. As far as I was aware until I watched this, Geo Watkins was the only Mushroom ketchup there was. But then I am ignorant, and clearly lack imagination! The flavours are insane and I felt myself thinking how angry I might be if someone so much as thought about putting tomato ketchup on as well!! I can be irrational at the best of times…I gave myself a mental slap around the face.

The blackpudding burgers are great, the potato giving them that hash brown edge but with a bit of spice thrown into the mix, it’s like a partaaaaay in yo mouth! And come on guys, we all know how to fry some bacon n’ eggs…

All in all, it was a little time consuming to make, but with the help of a friend and good chats and an epic kitchen disco, it was almost like a cooking night club, but one that smelt of yummy food rather than smelly drunk people. And at the end of the ‘night’ we had this instead of MacDonalds, and frankly it was tons better!

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