On Mother’s Day, there’s no such thing as too much. So pull out all the stops at brunch and make some seriously fun, seriously delicious dishes (stale bagels, limp French toast and overcooked scrambled eggs need not apply). These recipes are impressive, but employ short cuts and tricks to make them easy enough for even novice home cooks to execute. Mom will be so proud.
Cinnamon Roll Pancakes (above)
Cinnamon rolls are a quintessential special-occasion dish, but they require a significant amount of prep time. And because Mom deserves better than the stuff from the tube, we suggest this genius alternative: Pancakes that are just as gooey and cinnamon-y as their inspiration, but are ready in about a half hour.
Rolled up with a strip of puff pastry, zucchini and yellow squash turn into savory blooms you can eat with your hands, if you like. We bet Mom likes ‘em even more than a bouquet of real roses.
This indulgent quick bread is basically a way to justify eating dessert for breakfast — and on Mother’s Day we are totally OK with that.
Carb and cheese lovers will cheer a strata in the morning, and this recipe is flexible enough to use whatever leafy greens, meat, bread and cheese you have around. You can whip this up on the fly and impress Mom with your inventive cooking know-how.
Ina Garten’s sheet-pan roasting technique is foolproof and lets you cook a big batch of bacon all at once. No one should have to skimp on their bacon on Mother’s Day.
If flipping brunch in a skillet was never your forte, try this recipe. Ree Drummond’s bread pudding-style French toast gets topped with a brown sugar crumble that’s meant to look rustic — you can’t mess it up (especially when you finish it with blueberries).
Personal puff pastry squares stuffed with a runny egg, tomatoes, spicy feta cheese and lots of fresh herbs are way better than a soggy breakfast sandwich. Plus, kids can help prep the dough and crack the eggs.
A little raspberry liqueur and fresh raspberries (the world’s most adorable floating garnishes) are an easy way to turn a traditional brunch beverage into something a little more unexpected.