Mother’s Day Brunch Recipes

By Fabiana Santana

Sometimes the best give you can give the mom in your life is a little bit of pampering. Skip the expensive jewelry and, instead, make her queen for a day with these delicious recipes she can enjoy in the comfort of her cuddly PJs.

Breakfast in bed is just what Mom needs on Mother’s Day!  The Pioneer Woman‘s Lemon Blueberry Pancakes are the perfect pick-me-up on a Spring morning to show mom you care!

Ree Drummond's Lemon Bluberry Pancakes RecipeLemon Blueberry Pancakes Recipe

Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups plus 1 tablespoon cake flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 heaping tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups evaporated milk (more if needed)
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced (more juice if lemon isn’t very juicy)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted, plus more softened for serving
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • Maple or pancake syrup, warmed, for serving

Directions:

  1. Heat a heavy skillet or grill over medium-low heat.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the evaporated milk, lemon zest and juice. Allow to sit for 5 minutes, then add the egg and vanilla. Mix to combine.
  4. Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients. Stir gently to combine. Stir in the melted butter. Splash in more evaporated milk if the mixture is overly thick. Stir in the blueberries.
  5. Melt a little of the softened butter in the heated skillet. Drop the batter by 1/4 or 1/3 cup measures and fry the pancakes on both sides for a couple of minutes until golden.
  6. Serve with more softened butter and warm syrup.

Per Serving: Calories: 450; Total Fat: 13.5 grams; Saturated Fat: 9 grams; Protein: 12 grams; Total carbohydrates: 68 grams; Sugar: 23 grams; Fiber: 2 grams; Cholesterol: 98 milligrams; Sodium: 621 milligrams

Brunch never tasted so good, and Mom will love this classic French breakfast sandwich by Paula Deen again and again.

Croque Madam RecipeCroque Madam Recipe

Servings: 4 sandwiches
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 20 min
Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 extra-large eggs
  • 12 ounces smoked ham, very thinly sliced
  • 8 ounces Gruyere cheese, sliced thin
  • 8   slices sourdough bread
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Set half of the slices of bread buttered side down in the griddle or cast iron skillet, and cover each with a slice of cheese. Place 3 or 4 slices of the ham over the cheese, and place the top slice of bread over the ham, buttered side up.
  2. Heat griddle or skillet over medium heat. Cook sandwiches until bottom is golden brown and cheese is melted, about 3 minutes per side. Remove sandwiches and place on a plate.
  3. Spread a thin layer of mayonnaise on the top of each sandwich, and then place a slice of cheese on top. Put the sandwiches back onto the griddle or skillet then place in oven, cooking until golden brown and cheese is melted, about 5 minutes.
  4. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in skillet over high heat. Cook each egg sunny side up. Turn egg over and cook 3 minutes longer for a soft-cooked egg, or 5 minutes longer for a hard-cooked egg. Repeat with remaining butter and eggs.
  5. Place one fried egg atop each sandwich. Season egg to taste with salt and pepper. Serve sandwich immediately.

Yes, chocolate is necessary on Mother’s Day. But skip the fancy box and instead, serve up this Chocolate Elegance Cake. This looks like a million bucks and tastes just as rich. The only thing this decadent, smooth chocolate-and-cream-cheese cake skimps on is the time it takes to make it.

Chocolate Elegance Cake RecipeChocolate Elegance Cake Recipe

Ingredients:
  • 1-1/2 pkg.  (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese (12 oz.), softened
  • 1/2 cup  sugar
  • 2-1/2 cups  thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, divided
  • 1-1/2 pkg.  (4 oz. each) BAKER’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate (6 oz.), divided
  • 1 pkg.  (3.9 oz.) JELL-O Chocolate Instant Pudding
  • 1/2 cup  cold milk
  • 1/4 cup  PLANTERS Sliced Almonds, toasted
Directions:
  1. BEAT cream cheese and sugar with mixer until well blended. Stir in 1-1/2 cups COOL WHIP; spread 2 cups onto bottom of 8×4-inch loaf pan lined with plastic wrap.
  2. MELT 3 oz. chocolate. Add to remaining cream cheese mixture along with dry pudding mix and milk; beat until well blended. Spread over cream cheese layer in pan. Refrigerate 4 hours.
  3. MICROWAVE remaining chocolate and COOL WHIP in microwaveable bowl on HIGH 1 min.; stir until blended. Cool slightly.
  4. INVERT dessert onto platter. Remove pan and plastic wrap. Top dessert with chocolate glaze and nuts. Refrigerate until glaze is firm.

To go with these delicious brunch recipes, click here to try some Mother’s Day brunch cocktails.