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🥞 Six money saving recipes guests love

recipe Nov 04, 2022

I think most business owners are looking at ways of saving money and cutting costs right now.

So I thought I'd look back through some of my bed and breakfast recipes and identify those that are a bit cheaper to make than the traditional full english and share them with you.

Of course your guests may insist on the works at breakfast. But in my experience if there were some more unusual breakfast options available, many guests were happy to try them out! 

Over 60% of my guests opted for something other than the full english when they stayed with me. And the recipes below were the most popular.

For more money saving tips, check out my blog post here >> How to save and make more money at your B&B

Click on the images to go through to the blog post.

French Toast

French toast is a quick and easy recipe to make and has the advantage of using up leftover stale bread. It works better if the bread is a day or so old to be honest.

If you have leftover bread, then I recommend slicing it and freezing it, then using it for any the bread recipes in this post!

You can save more money by using milk rather than cream, using golden syrup rather than maple syrup and skipping the vanilla extract.

Spiced Roast Plums

This recipe is very simple and makes use of any plums you have in the garden or in the freezer.  

It also works well with those rock hard "ripen at home" plums that you can buy very cheaply in the supermarket.

Offer to guests as a buffet table option with greek yoghurt and granola or as a topping for porridge.

Make your own bread

Making your own bread really is a great money saver, and I found that guests really do appreciate the difference.

I know it takes a bit more time. But I will admit that I am one of the laziest people I know, and if I'd found bread making to be any sort of real faff I wouldn't have done it.

But I devised a recipe that made 3 loaves of bread at a time and could be baked first thing without me having to get up at 4am.

This recipe does require a bread machine but you could use the same recipe and method to make 3 loaves by hand or with a mixer.

Roasted tomato with halloumi

I was actually inspired to write this blog post by today's lunch.

I had nothing planned when Rob came in at 12.30 and asked the "What's for lunch?" question.

We opened the fridge and freezer doors and had a look round the kitchen, where we spotted some of our greenhouse tomatoes on the table, some halloumi in the fridge and some sourdough in the freezer.

Just a quick note on the tomatoes. We eat A LOT of tomatoes and this year we grew Roma for the first time in the greenhouse. They are so good if you like cooking with tomatoes. This summer has been the season of roast tomatoes. I say summer - they are still growing and ripening and we're in November now!

Having recently got rid of our oil AGA, I've been using the air fryer to roast the tomatoes - about 15-20 minutes at 190 degrees C on bake

This recipe uses brioche, but it is just as good with sourdough or multiseed bread. And with no fresh basil, I used dried thyme.

As for Halloumi, it usually comes with a really long use by date - months! So I buy a load whenever it's on special offer. And if I don't use a whole pack, I'll freezer it, sliced and really well wrapped.

Cheese and Herb Vegetarian Sausages

I love these sausages for a number of reasons. They are very economical, using leftover bread, cheese and whatever herbs you have to hand.

They freezer perfectly and cook from frozen.

And my guests loved them!

Herby Mushrooms and poached eggs on toast

This was always a huge favourite with my B&B guests - even the meat lovers - and is another very economical dish.

I'm not a poached egg eater, so, as I had some leftover mushrooms the other day, I turned it into a very tasty lunch with pasta and a lot of grated pecorino.

Make your own pancake mix

American style pancakes were hugely popular at my B&B. And they are a cheap option.

With my pancake mix recipe, you can make just enough pancakes for one person so there's no waste.

I hope you've enjoyed this blog post - you can find all of my tried and tested ( by many hundreds of guests over the years ) here >> Bed and Breakfast Academy Recipes

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