How to rustle up a right royal brunch à la Prince Charles
These ridiculously cheesy baked eggs are fit for a future king
Are you British? Do you like cheese? Then you were probably all over last weekend's British Cheese Weekender – an online celebration of all things cheesy.
Someone who certainly does know his Red Leicester from his Wensleydale is Prince Charles. Fromage fact: HRH has been patron of the Specialty Cheesemakers Association since 1993 – and as part of the weekend's cheese-related antics, he shared one helluva brunch recipe.
On the final day of the festival, which was entirely online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Prince took to Clarence Court's Instagram page to declare his love for the yellow stuff, saying, "One thing that undoubtedly brings many of us great comfort is good food. It is, therefore, deeply troubling to learn that this crisis risks destroying one of the most wonderful joys in life – British cheese!"
And the image he shared? It can only be described as food pornography:
29.1k Likes, 561 Comments - Clarence House (@clarencehouse) on Instagram: ““One thing that undoubtedly brings many of us great comfort is good food. It is, therefore, deeply…”
In the full message on The Prince of Wales website, he wrote, "To whet your appetite, I am sharing one of my favourite recipes that can be made by using any number of our great British cheeses, which I hope you might be tempted to try."
Interested in giving it a go? Here's the full recipe...
- 100g wilted spinach
- 1 cherry tomato (or sundried tomatoes)
- 35g strong soft cheese (e.g. Tunworth, Golden Cenarth or other)
- 1 egg
- 80ml double cream
- 15g grated hard cheese (e.g. Old Winchester)
- Fresh basil leaves, torn
- Charcuterie (optional)
- Butter a small ovenproof dish and line with wilted spinach, making a small well in the centre.
- Place the cherry tomato (quartered) or the sundried tomato (chopped) on top of the spinach.
- Dot the soft cheese around the dish amongst the tomatoes. Add the torn basil leaves. Optional: Add any charcuterie at this point.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Crack the egg into the centre of the spinach.
- Pour the double cream over the egg (avoid breaking the yolk).
- Sprinkle with grated hard cheese.
- Place in a hot oven (180C) for 8-10 minutes.
- Let it stand for a few minutes before eating.
Where possible, use organic ingredients.