10 Easy Cottage Breakfast Ideas

One of the truly lovely things about being on vacation at the cottage is having the time to make (and enjoy!) breakfasts that go beyond dry cereal and toast. These ten cottage breakfast ideas are easy to make, use basic cottage pantry ingredients (with the occasional fancy extra) and, most importantly, taste delicious while also providing fuel for a day of outdoor adventures.

1. Classic Oatmeal

An easy weekend getaway menu-must is the all-time favourite oatmeal. Try making it from scratch for a healthy twist on this classic breakfast, it takes hardly any time and tastes so much better. As Goldilocks would surely agree, hearty and warming oatmeal on a chilly fall cottage morning is “just right”.

How do you make it?

1. Bring 3 cups of milk to a simmer in a large saucepan

2. Stir in 1 ½ cups whole rolled natural oats and a pinch of salt. 

3. Bring the mix to boil and reduce the heat. 

4. Simmer and stir for 5 minutes until oats have thickened. 

5. Top with your favourite fresh or dried fruit, chopped nuts, and a drizzle of honey or maple syrup. 

6. For extra creamy oatmeal, thinly slice a ripe banana and add it with the oats when the milk comes to a simmer, stirring constantly so that the banana “dissolves” into the oatmeal. 

7. For decadent oatmeal, top with peanut butter and chocolate chips! Serves 4.

2. Easy And Perfect Granola

Another great recipe for cottage mornings is the homemade granola. Just like oatmeal, preparing granola from scratch is cheaper, healthier and tastier than store-bought granola. Plus, when you make your own, the flavour possibilities are endless. Feel free to use the following recipe as a guideline, switching in your favourite fruits and nuts. And hey, if you want to throw in some chocolate chips too – we don’t judge!

How do you make it?

  1. Mix 1 ½ cups rolled natural oats, ½ cup wheat germ, ½ cup desiccated coconut, ½ cup slivered almonds or sunflower seeds and ¼ cup sesame seeds in a large bowl.

2. Stir together ¼ cup maple syrup, ¼ cup melted butter or coconut oil and 3 tablespoons brown sugar until sugar dissolves, then pour this over dry ingredients and mix well.

3. Spread evenly onto a large baking tray and bake at 340°F for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through.

4. Mix in ½ cup each cranberry and raisins, bake for another 5 minutes. 

5. Cool and serve with milk, yoghurt, and/or fresh fruit.

3. Roasted Stone Fruit

Make the most of late summer and early fall stone fruit (before winter snatches it away again) by roasting the last harvests of peaches, plums, apricots and nectarines to top your favourite cottage breakfast or eat on their own. 

How do you make it?

  1. Halve and deseed your chosen fruits and lay them, cut side up, on a large baking tray.

2. Dot with butter and drizzle with honey. You could also sprinkle over spices like cinnamon, cardamom, or vanilla bean.

3. Bake at 350°F for 20 minutes, or until the fruits are soft and a little browned.

4. Serve warm, or store in the fridge and serve cold. This also makes a lovely dessert!

4. Individual Cheesy Baked Eggs

Make your family feel like in a gourmet restaurant with this easy cottage lunch or breakfast cheesy baked eggs. Serve up in individual ramekins for a personal touch and don’t forget to set out some toast for dipping.

How do you make it?

  1. Lightly butter four ramekins and sprinkle a little cheddar or parmesan cheese on the bottom. 

2. Carefully break one egg into each ramekin.

3. Top with a little more cheese, some cooked crumbled bacon (optional), and herbs of your choosing (parsley and thyme work well).

4. Drizzle one tablespoon of cream over each ramekin (if you don’t have cream on hand, you can skip this step).

5. Bake at 375°F for about 15 minutes, or until whites are set but the yolk is still a little wobbly. (If you like your yolks fully cooked, leave in the oven for 20 minutes).

5. Bacon and Eggs

We could hardly write a list of brilliant cabin breakfast ideas without mentioning the classic bacon and eggs, could we? Infinitely adaptable yet always delicious, a hearty “fry-up” will bring everyone in the cottage rushing from their beds to the table.

How do you make it?

You probably know how to make these, but we wanted to share our favourite way to make this classic meal:

  1. In a frying pan cook your bacon until crispy.

2. Fry up or scramble some eggs.

3. Sauté some mushrooms and tomatoes in butter or leftover bacon grease. 

4. Serve with toast, biscuits, or home fries.

The perfect hearty start to any cottage morning!

6. Tofu Scramble

Vegetarians and vegans needn’t miss out on a hearty savoury breakfast at the cottage. Skip the bacon and eggs in favour of a tofu scramble cooked with bell peppers and spices. How about whizzing up a berry smoothie on the side, too?

How do you make it?

  1. Roughly crumble a block of firm tofu.

2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, sauté until soft red bell pepper, green bell pepper, and a small onion finely chopped.

3. Stir while adding  ½ teaspoon of ground coriander, cumin, salt and turmeric (the last gives the scramble a yellow “eggy” colour).

4. Add the tofu along with a few tablespoons of water.

5. Cook until the tofu is warm and the scramble is the consistency you desire.

6. Season to taste and serve with sliced green onions, baked sweet potatoes, hot sauce, and your favourite breakfast sides.

7. Speedy Gonzalez Pancakes

Got no time for elaborated cabin recipes? Then, these ridiculously easy to make pancakes are for you. They are so quick to whip up that you’ll be sitting down to happy faces and happy bellies in no time. Which is perfect, really, because it’s your cottage vacation and the sooner breakfast is over, the sooner you can be outside enjoying the weather.

How do you make it?

  1. Sift together 1 cup of self-raising flour with ¼ cup of sugar.

2. In a separate bow mic 2 eggs  and 1 cup of milk.

3. Gradually whisk the liquid mix into the solid mix until the batter is smooth.

4. Pour ¼ cup batter in an oiled heated medium frying pan and cook until bubbles appear on the surface of the batter.

5. Turn the pancake and cook until lightly browned.

6. Remove and cover to keep warm.

7. Repeat with remaining batter.

8. Serve with maple syrup, lemon and sugar, thinly sliced bananas and chocolate sauce, or fresh berries and whipped cream.

8. Overnight Breakfast Casserole

This make-ahead cottage meal is perfect if you’re travelling with an active crowd that’s always on the go. You can prep this casserole before you go to bed the night before, and then all you need to do in the morning is pop the dish in the oven and breakfast is ready!

How do you make it?

  1. Cook, drain, and crumble 1 pound of Italian or breakfast sausage (alternatively, use leftover sausages, hot dogs, or bacon from other cottage meals).

2. Scatter 4 ½ cups of cubed day-old bread in a 9×13-inch baking pan, then sprinkle over 1 cup of shredded cheese.

3. Mix together 10 eggs, 4 cups of milk, 1 teaspoon of salt, ½ cup of chopped green onions, 1 teaspoon of dry mustard and pepper to taste.

4. Pour this over the bread and cheese, then place the crumbled sausage evenly over the top.

5. Cover and chill overnight, then bake uncovered at 325°F for an hour. Serves 6.

9. French Toast

Do you have leftover bread or brioche hanging around at the cottage, getting a little stale? Repurpose it into everyone’s favourite French Toast and you’ll be creating cottage breakfast memories to last a lifetime.

How do you make it?

  1. Whisk together 4 eggs, 2/3 cup milk or cream and 1 teaspoon cinnamon.

2. Melt butter in a large frying pan over medium heat and, working with 2 pieces at a time, dip 8 slices of thick day-old bread or brioche into the egg mixture. Shake off excess and fry until golden, about 2-3 minutes each side.

3. Serve with syrup, fruit, bacon, eggs, and anything your heart desires.

10. Chocolate Croissant Breakfast Bake

For your last morning at the cottage, how about creating something delicious, decadent, and destined to be remembered? This Chocolate Croissant Breakfast Bake is all of those things and more.

How do you make it?

  1. Cut six croissants into 1-inch pieces and roughly chop 4 ounces dark chocolate.

2. Mix together 3 whole eggs and 3 extra egg yolks plus 1 ½ cups of cream and milk, 1 cup of granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt.

3. Stir the mix in the croissants and chocolate, then pour into a buttered 8-inch square baking dish. Bake at 375°F for 40-50 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Can be served warm or at room temperature (but we love how the chocolate is all melty when warm).

We hope these cottage breakfast ideas inspire you to gather your family and enjoy a delicious meal together during your next vacation.