Mother's Day Brunch Recipes for Breakfast in Bed or a Feast at the Table
Delight Mom with an array of sweet and savory recipes on her special day. Our top picks are perfect for both leisurely bedside dining and for family gatherings.
So many people choose to show Mom just how much they love her by preparing breakfast in bed. If that's not her (or your) jam, serve her a glorious Mother's Day brunch instead. The recipes here are sure to get Mother's Day off to a delicious start, no matter how she likes to celebrate. Some of our recipes are just right for serving on a pretty tray in bed, but the more elaborate entrées are better-suited to a family brunch enjoyed around the table. Whatever you do, don't forget the fresh-brewed coffee or a pot of tea.
What could be a better breakfast for Mom than a delicious stack of our test kitchen's tried-and-true fluffy buttermilk pancakes, pictured here? Follow our step-by-step guide, then serve them with whipped cream, strawberries, and maple syrup—it's like having strawberry shortcake for breakfast!
If Mom's taste runs more to the savory than the sweet, our stunning Roasted Radish Tart is just the thing to make. Consider it the most elegant quiche ever. And if you know you'll be short on time or you plan to bringing breakfast to Mom, baked French Toast is just the thing to whip up. This make-ahead wonder recipe can be assembled the night before and baked in the morning. Does Mom prefer tropical flavors? Choose the most colorful and ripest fruits available at your local market and make our coconut-pistachio crunch, a sweet, gluten-free take on granola to pair with the fruit salad. The crunch is made ahead so all that's left to do on Mother's Day morning is prep the fruits and arrange them beautifully.
Whether she prefers sweet or savory, here you'll find our most delectable recipes for breakfast in bed or a Mother's Day brunch. Treat Mom in style and don't forget to tell her how much you love her.
Smoked-Salmon Flatbread with Pickled Beet
If Mom loves bagels and smoked salmon, make her this brunch appetizer that takes the cream cheese and salmon combo to new heights. Use store-bought pizza dough for the flatbread and Boursin in place of cream cheese—it brings built-in garlic and herbs that make it incredibly delicious. Whatever you do, don't change anything about the salmon. It's good just the way it is.
Asparagus Custard Tart
Plan to bake this eggy tart for your special brunch, then keep on scrolling for more ideas. That's right: This one is so easy to make that you'll want to whip up something else, too. It's made with store-bought puff pastry, which makes it easy on the cook and gives the finished tart a more spectacular look.
Dutch Baby with Ham and Chives
Roasted Radish Tart
Skip the bouquet of flowers and present Mom with blooming radishes atop a creamy cauliflower tart instead.
Pear-and-Raspberry Baked French Toast
Watercress, Strawberry, and Toasted Sesame Salad
Need proof that opposites attract? This salad, with peppery watercress and honeyed strawberries, is it. Plus, this bright, beautiful salad, which includes feta, toasted sesame seeds, and roasted tamari almonds, comes together in a snap. It's the perfect side dish for your Mother's Day brunch.
Buttermilk Oat Waffles
Asparagus with Blender Hollandaise
Bring some green to brunch with this easy take on the classic pairing of asparagus and Hollandaise sauce. Made in the blender, the sauce comes together in seconds but tastes just as good as the original.
Tropical Fruit with Coconut-Pistachio Crunch
The sweet granola-like mixture of pistachios and toasted coconut sets this colorful fruit salad apart. Serve with a dollop of sour cream for richness—Mom deserves it.
Peekaboo Avocado Toast
Don't make Mom choose between avocado toast and eggs-in-a-hole on her day; whip up both for brunch!
Baked Cake Donuts
Donuts in a rainbow of festive hues are just the thing for Mother's Day brunch. Let Mom have her pick from powdered, glazed, or smothered in toasted coconut.
Tell Mom you love her by spelling it out with cinnamon sugar on toast. Bonus points if you pair it with a fruit-on-the-bottom, hearts-on-the-top yogurt parfait.
Zucchini Waffle with Smoked Salmon and Greens
Mom will adore waking up to these savory waffles that call for grated zucchini, Gruyère, scallions, and fresh dill in the batter. Serve with sautéed spinach, crème fraîche, and smoked salmon for a super-sophisticated brunch.
Swiss-Chard Frittata with Rye Berries
Scrambled-Egg and Sausage Pocket Pastries
Potato-Crusted Herb Quiche
Lemon-Poppy Seed Buttermilk Biscuits
Crab-and-Avocado Eggs Benedict
A luxe brunch dish for Mom, nutty brown butter adds dimension to the combination of crabmeat, avocado, and poached eggs in this Benedict.
Whole-Wheat Brown-Sugar Sticky Buns
Ham and Egg Crepe Squares
Breakfast never looked so elegant. These crepes are lined with Black Forest ham—there's also a sunny-side-up egg peeking out of each.
Yogurt Panna Cotta with Strawberries and Granola
These decadent pastries will transport Mom straight to Paris. They're reminiscent of pain au chocolat but so much easier to make. Don't forget the coffee!
Bacon, Egg, and Toast Cups
A fun twist on a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich, these cups are a guaranteed Mom-pleaser. The recipe is super versatile: Use crumbled sausage or spinach instead of bacon, or sprinkle with Parmesan or Mom's favorite cheese.