What's in my perfect indulgent breakfast? I'm not talking about my week days breakfast, the one that I eat hurriedly during the week, filtering the first emails of the day and hoping no phone call comes to interrupt the first few minutes of the day when I'm rekindling with my best friend of the morning, a venti black coffee, often accompanied with a fresh fruit smoothie or a small pot of cereals. Nice and diet-friendly, but it's hardly indulgent.
On the week-ends however, I am a big fan of family breakfasts at the kitchen table, where we usually have a French-flavoured feast before getting on with our day. Baguette, jams, home brewed coffee, orange juice... but not pains au chocolat or croissants. Why? Because I never really liked butter-filled bakery. No, if you want to make me happy, just find me the perfect brioche and I'm a happy carb-devouring machine. On that note, I know there is a world-famous model who said living on one leaf of lettuce a day is worth it for the pleasure of wearing fashion, well I beg to differ: I think eating carbs and being a size 10 (on a good day, after the holidays it's really 12...) is well worth the pleasure of tasting such amazing goodies as the ones I'm about to tell you about, plus 95% of the brands I have come across make garment in up to size 14, if you ever needed a proof that just a tiny bit of salad a day makes you slightly intelligence-challenged.
Anyways, I digress. Back on topic. The issue with brioches is that it is very hard to find the perfect one. Most bakeries stock some chewy variety or one which is too eggy. Thankfully, I came across a new boutique in London, Aux Merveilleux de Fred, and they make the most delicious cramiques (that's a sort of brioche originating from Belgium and the North of France) I have ever tasted.
They come in four flavours: plain, sugar, chocolate, and raisins (the latter is the traditional one). Each is like a fluffy cloud of delicious brioche. My favourite is the one with melted sugar pearls, with the raisin one a close second, whilst Little Monsieur seems to be particularly fond of the chocolate one. They come in individual and large sizes, which are perfect for slicing, toasting and serving with jam. Yum! Absolutely perfect breakfast heaven. PS: Well worth never being a size XXS.
A side note: Aux Merveilleux is actually better known for the Merveilleux, little confections of meringue, whipped cream and crushed meringue, which I hear are fabulous but which I still need to try for myself. Do you know them?
Aux Merveilleux de Fred
88 Old Brompton Road
0 207 581 0226