Mother’s Day has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean you still shouldn’t treat your mom (or that someone special) to breakfast in bed. This year, up your game and create a full brunch spread. Here are a few recipes that will take your breakfast or brunch game to the next level and impress your whole family.
There’s nothing more comforting than a steaming bowl of oatmeal — except for maybe this baked carrot cake version. Spicy, crunchy and oh-so-cozy, this recipe is the perfect brunch treat. Plus, it’s relatively simple to make and includes many ingredients already hiding in your spice cabinet or fridge. Just be sure to carve out enough time to bake this delicious dish as it does require more than an hour to make.
Who said brunch had to be unhealthy? For the plant-based mom in your life, opt for this garlic hash brown and kale recipe. You only need six ingredients and, while the recipe does call for Yukon gold potatoes, you can substitute sweet potatoes instead. Whip this dish up in 25 minutes flat and serve with fruit or a parfait with plant-based yogurt to round out this brunch meal.
This savory dish is cheesy, warm and loaded with sausage, making it a hearty addition to any brunch. However, feel free to add some peppers, onions, or other veggies to this dish for a lighter option. Set aside a good two hours for preparing and baking this eggy dish, and keep in mind this recipe serves six people. Thus, if you plan on fewer people attending brunch, halve measurements and adjust times accordingly.
Host a stress-free brunch with this baked french toast casserole. The best part is you can throw this dish together in mere minutes, giving you extra time to sip your coffee and chat with mama while it bakes. This recipe does call for a few more ingredients than the previous dishes. However, the long shopping list will be worth it when you taste this sweet, airy french toast. Serve with maple syrup and fresh fruit.
Breakfast parfaits are as beautiful as they are delicious, and this one is no exception. Begin by halving a cantaloupe and scooping out the center. Fill it with yogurt, granola, and your mom’s favorite fruits. Garnish with a sprig of mint and serve. This show-stopper of a parfait is sure to impress your mama — and likely the rest of your family as well. Serve alongside an egg dish or toast for a complete brunch any mother would love.
As far as brunch recipes go, this one really takes the cake. Airy, delicate, sweet, and creamy, this crepe cake is sure to be a hit with any mom with a sweet tooth. However, it is essential to note this recipe involves several ingredients and requires you to make the cake in steps. Save time by making the custard two days ahead of time and the crepes the day before Mother’s Day.
Keep brunch simple with these easy breakfast cups. Just take everything you’d use to make a typical egg and meat breakfast and stick it in a muffin tin. Preparation only takes 10 minutes, and you’ll bake them in the oven for another 25. Garnish the finished product with salt pepper and a little bit of parsley and serve immediately. Pair with fruit or even pancakes for a delicious brunch combo.
Brunch simply wouldn’t be complete without cocktails. Mix up the day with these pretty pink drinks fit for a queen. Grapefruit vodka, elderflower liquor make up the base of this cocktail for a flowery, citrusy taste perfect for spring brunches. Plus, you can garnish the drink with fresh pansies from your flowerbed. These little darlings are both beautiful and edible and make the cocktail even more beautiful.
Popovers get a bad wrap for being fickle and an easy recipe to mess up. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. These popovers are incredibly simple to make and only require five basic ingredients you likely already have at home. In just 10 minutes, you’ll have warm, airy muffins that are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Serve with jam and a side of fruit or eggs to really impress your mom.
Celebrating Mom Every Day
Now that you have these recipes in your brunch-making arsenal, why not whip them up more often? After all, you should treat every day like it’s Mother’s Day, right? Celebrate more often with the delicious recipes above and add your own flair as you go. Mom could always use a little extra loving.