Mother’s Day Brunch Recipes That Celebrate Spring
This May, we’re honoring Mom with an elegant brunch menu. It's likely she's spent quite some time cooking for you and your family over the years, and we love having the opportunity to return the favor. Mother's Day falls at the perfect time for embracing all the fresh produce spring has to offer, and incorporating the season's best ingredients into her much-deserved celebratory meal makes it that much more special.
Give her the gift of homemade cornmeal-chia waffles, fresh-baked sausage and kale strata, roasted asparagus, buttery french toast casserole—or all of the above. You can serve it to her on a tray breakfast-in-bed style or gather around the dining room table. Once she's finished with her breakfast, shower her with one of these genius Mother's Day gift ideas, a thoughtful hand-written card, and don't forget the fresh-cut flowers. Only the best for your number one!
Here's a roundup of deliciously simple Mother's Day brunch ideas that will make mom feel loved, appreciated, and seriously satisfied. Each easy recipe is low on stress and bursting with the season’s best ingredients.
French Toast Casserole
What’s the best thing since sliced bread? Sliced bread layered in a casserole dish, soaked in a sweet, eggy custard, and baked. Voila, French toast for a crowd. To make ahead, soak the bread and custard in a bowl overnight. In the morning, layer in a casserole dish and bake as instructed.
Get the recipe: French Toast Casserole
Savory Cornmeal-Chia Waffles With Spicy Maple Syrup
These waffles are the ticket to a great Mother's Day morning. While a standard white-flour waffle will do the trick for a tasty breakfast, these hearty waffles are just as scrumptious, but much likely to keep you full longer thanks to stone-ground cornmeal, whole-milk Greek yogurt, and chia seeds.
Get the recipe: Cornmeal Chia Waffles
Black Rice Bowl With Tahini, PIstachios, and Raspberries
This bowl is so beautiful, she won't be able to resist snapping a picture of her breakfast in bed. The black rice is filled with the antioxidant anthocyanin, a plant pigment that gives it a rich, deep color. Its mild, nutty flavor pairs perfectly with smooth tahini, sweet raspberries, and salty pistachios. Finish with fresh mint.
Get the recipe: Black Rice Bowl with Tahini
Baked Eggs With Parmesan and Herbs
If you've never baked eggs in the oven, you're missing out on one of the easiest and most elegant tricks in the book. Crack individual eggs into small ramekins with butter, cream, and fresh herbs for a delightful breakfast. Baking eggs slowly in moderate heat (about 350° F) keeps them intact but never rubbery. You get silky whites and slightly oozy yolks.
Get the recipe: Baked Eggs with Parmesan
Tropical Creamsicle Smoothie
Dessert for breakfast is always a brilliant way to celebrate, but even better if the dessert is secretly healthy. Enter this tropical creamsicle smoothie recipe: it's filled with fresh mango, apple cider vingegar, coconut milk, and carrots (a vegetable!). Serving it with a straw is the final touch to helping mom feel relaxed and refreshed.
Get the recipe: Tropical Creamsicle Smoothie
Smørrebrød With Yogurt, Beets, and Eggs
Smørrebrød is an open-faced sandwich from Denmark, where densely seeded bread is slathered with butter and piled with artfully arranged toppings like pickled herring, cheese, eggs, and herbs. The variations are endless! In this lighter version, yogurt swaps in for the butter, and a fresh marinated beet salad adds fresh tang. Top it off with jammy soft-cooked eggs and briny capers for an especially exciting way to serve your mom her breakfast. If guests are coming, double the recipe and cutt into bite-sized slices.
Get the recipe: Smørrebrød With Yogurt, Beets, and Eggs
Baked Oatmeal With Cranberries and Almonds
This make-ahead whole-grain dish is the perfect breakfast for a busy Mother's Day morning. Serve the dish warm, drizzled with cream or milk. Leftovers will keep refrigerated for about a day.
Get the recipe: Baked Oatmeal With Cranberries and Almonds
Bourbon Mint Iced Tea
A combination of mint and black teas adds zing to this classic sweet tea. Serve it in a pitcher spiked with bourbon for a cocktail kick or plain—it’s perfectly refreshing either way—and finish it off with a few sprigs of fresh mint.
Get the recipe: Bourbon Mint Iced Tea
Sausage, Egg, and Kale Strata
You can assemble this delicious egg casserole up to 12 hours in advance—just pop it in the oven and bake the next day. The addition of kale keeps it from feeling overly heavy.
Get the recipe: Sausage, Egg, and Kale Strata
Strawberry Meringue Fool
This simple British treat, sometimes called “Eton Mess,” is a wonderful way to show off the first sweet ripe berries of the season. Strawberries are traditionally the star here, but if you want to experiment a bit, you can try pairing them with stewed rhubarb or a mix of raspberries, blueberries, or blackberries.
Get the recipe: Strawberry Meringue Fool