Everything You Need To Cook the Ultimate Bank Holiday Brunch

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One of the best things about the bank holiday weekend is enjoying a long leisurely brunch with friends and family. Get up late, take your time, and treat yourself to something a bit special with these ultimate brunch gadgets, designed to make life that little bit easier. 
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The Divided Frying Pan

If a divided frying pan is good enough for Olympian Tom Daley (he posted a snap of himself using it on Instagram and received more than 52,000 likes), then it's flipping well good enough for us!

With individual segments for different foodstuffs, this is the daddy of frying pans – perfect for a bumper bank holiday fry-up. You can keep an eye on everything in one place, keep food for veggies and meat eaters separate, and the washing up takes half the time. What's not to like?
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The Yoghurt Maker

Bank holiday brunches don't have to mean calorie-laden fry-ups or sugar-heavy pastries. You can still rustle up something special that's healthy, too. Cue the yoghurt maker.

Empty all your ingredients into the jar(s), then either fill the insulated yoghurt maker with boiling water and place the jar inside, or pop the jar in the self-heating tray and switch on. You can experiment with different flavours and toppings too. Maximum kudos, minimum effort.
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The Pancake Batter Pen

Whether they're doused in maple syrup or topped with bubbling cheese, nothing beats homemade pancakes. Thin and perfect for flipping, or thick and fluffy American-style, pancakes are a guaranteed crowd pleaser. So why not go one step further and personalise them for your guests?

This heatproof pancake batter pen allows you to 'draw' your own pancake. What shape you choose to serve up, is entirely up to you. 
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The Colour-Changing Egg Timer

Delia Smith famously devoted two pages to the art of cooking eggs in her cookbook, How To Cook. Yet when it comes to boiling them, this inexpensive little gadget has it sussed, and it's as idiot-proof as they come.

The colour-changing egg timer uses temperature instead of time to suss out if the egg is cooked or not, making it more accurate. It changes colour to show when the eggs are ready and even indicates whether they will be soft, medium or hard.
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The Breakfast Sandwich Maker

Sometimes only those fast food joint breakfast muffins with the precisely shaped egg, exactly circular bacon and 'plastic' cheese are going to hit the spot. Fortunately, this breakfast sandwich maker means you no longer have to venture out to the drive-thru to pick one up.

For the brunch connoisseurs among us, you could add your own gourmet twist to your sandwich with posh eggs, vintage cheddar or homemade bagels. Result!
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The Bloody Mary Seasoning Kit

So you've had a heavy night – it is bank holiday after all – and your head is pounding. A Bloody Mary, considered the ultimate in 'hair of the dog' cocktails, may be the best cure. You can add the perfect kick with a Bloody Mary Seasoning Kit.

Science writer and author Adam Rogers explains: 'There's a theory that says the hangover is actually the symptom of very small amounts of methanol. The notion is if a hangover is methanol toxicity, you’re going to have another drink and the ethanol displaces the methanol off the enzyme and you will feel better.' So there.
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The Egg And Muffin Toaster

These nifty little egg and muffin toasters have double (even triple) whammy written all over them. The extra-wide toasting slots allow for croissants and bagels as well as a standard sliced white, while the built-in cooker sorts out your eggs, allowing for either boiled or poached.

Some super-fancy models even have a tray for heating pre-cooked meat. You'll struggle to feed a houseful with this, but if it's just you and your beloved this bank holiday, then you'll certainly rack up those brownie points.  
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The Avocado Slicer

Ever misjudged the angle or ripeness of an avocado, missed the stone with your knife and plunged it into the palm of your hand instead? You'll be pleased to hear you're not the only one – A&E departments treat avocado-related injuries more regularly than you might imagine. And there's nothing more mind-numbing than waiting for hours to see a doctor on a busy bank holiday. Cue the avocado slicer – quick, inexpensive and it could save you a fortune in plasters.
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The Silicone Tea Diffuser

Granted, it's hardly a kitchen essential, but if you're going for an 'ultimate' bank holiday brunch, then it's all in the details. And these novelty silicone tea diffusers are bound to put a smile on the faces of your guests. It's not all style-over-substance here either. Loose-leaf tea is far tastier than your average big-brand bag, and you can even experiment with herbs and spices to create your own signature blend. 
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