Brunch is a big deal these days, so when you’re hosting, you want to be prepared. And with Mother’s Day around the corner, inviting your mama over for a daytime meal can be considered a present in itself, so long as you prepare an all-star menu for the woman who (literally and/or metaphorically) gave you life. She deserves every last bite of your homemade strawberry-stuffed french toast and more.
Here are 14 recipes that will make this year’s Mother’s Day brunch spread the literal toast of the town.
The decadent dish is perfectly suited for anyone (mother or otherwise) with a sweet tooth. Layers of egg bread, cream cheese and strawberry jam soak overnight in a butter/egg/milk/sugar mixture and get popped in the oven in the morning to bake.
This isn’t your Tim Horton’s egg and sausage-patty kind of sammy. Instead, sausage meat is removed from its casing and sauteed in oil with onion and a beer (yes, beer!) reduction, then added to a fresh baguette alongside some seasoned scrambled eggs.
No one is going to complain about being served doughnuts for breakfast, especially when the fried dough rings are smothered in a velvety blueberry and honey sauce, and topped with Greek yoghurt. Or, another classic option is to dust them with icing sugar.
French toast with plain white bread is fine and dandy, but brioche french toast has got to be what kings ate. It’s dense, fluffy and fat-filled, but the flavours of orange liqueur, orange zest and maple syrup will make your tastes buds so happy, you won’t even think about calories.
Making granola from scratch means you can customize it to include your mom’s favourite flavours. This recipe uses oats and pecans, but other dried fruits and nuts can easily be incorporated. Present the parfaits in stemless wine glasses or other interesting glass dinnerware, so guests can marvel at the layers.
These flakey puff pastries might look tiny, but they house the most gooey egg and goat cheese mixture. It’s recipe is simple, but the finished product is oh-so satisfying and impressive looking once you top it with herbes de provence and serve with a summer tomato salad with burrata and kalamata olives.
Skillet meals are easy to cook and easier to clean. Present this BLT frittata with bacon, lettuce, tomato and egg in personal-sized skillets to score extra points from mom before she even takes a bite.
Crepes are so often filled with sweets, which is why this simple yet fancy-looking savoury salmon crepe cake recipe will win you Mother’s Day gold. Don’t forget to put some dill aside to decorate the “cake” before serving.
Waffles are quick and easy to prepare. This particular recipe adds spinach, chorizo sausage and cheddar cheese onto the batter before you press the iron closed, sealing the rich flavours right into the mix. Top with a fried egg, basil and Greek yoghurt.
If gluten and dairy isn’t an issue for your family, these herby cheesy puffs are next-level delish. Serve warm alongside casserole dishes of fluffy scrambled eggs, crispy bacon and mixed fruit salads.
Avoid day-of stress in the kitchen and consider a quiche. These breakfast pies can be whipped up the evening or day before, and warmed up when guests arrive. Try new flavours in this year’s Mother’s Day quiche, like gruyere cheese, leeks and asparagus.
Grilled sandwiches, like the Cubano, are perfect for brunch. No cutlery required! Plus, they’re relatively painless to prepare for a large group, too. Pick up a loaf of bread or rolls, sliced swiss cheese, as well as salami, honey ham and pickles… but take the time to whip up a homemade mango mustard to impress your mama.
If you want to serve a sweet crepe, why not put a twist on the traditional recipe and deep fry it? Serve with icing sugar and vanilla bean ice cream, and either cut into bite-sized pieces or dish it up as one long, fried roll.